Spanish Prosecutors to Indict Bush Six for Torture Crimes

April 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Daily Beast is reporting that Spanish prosecutors are pressing forward with criminal indictments against the “Bush Six,” for their roles in authorizing the torture of five Spanish nationals formerly held at Guantánamo prison.

The Bush Six targeted for prosecution, include former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, (author of the “torture” memo) former Defense Department general counsel William J. Haynes I, Cheney’s former chief of staff David Addington and former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith

These indictments were not unexpected. When Spanish prosecutors filed the charges on March 17, Judge Baltasar Garzón Real indicated then, there was more than sufficient evidence to support the charges.

Ironically, these charges were brought against the Bush Six during court proceedings to bring terrorism charges against the same five former Spanish detainees, imprisoned and tortured at Guantánamo. Because of Judge Garzón’s involvement in the terrorism case against the Spaniards, prosecutors will seek to have the Bush Six torture case transferred to another judge.

Many in the US have called for an investigation into the alleged criminal actions committed by members of the Bush administration, particularly the department of Justice, which under Alberto Gonzales, was turned into a political tool, disregarding established rules of law to provide Bush officials legal cover to engage in torture.

Yoo and Bybee’s infamous torture memos were released to Congress last year. The torture memos provided questionable legal opinions supporting torture, concluding that human rights, the US constitution and the Geneva Conventions don’t protectal-Qaida and Taliban enemy combatants held abroad.

These memos will now form the basis of the criminal charges against the former Bush administration lawyers.

What is striking about these Spanish indictments is that many critics of the Bush administration’s torture policies have warned that if the US government didn’t take criminal actions against the illegal behavior, a foreign country may step in, putting the US in an embarrassing position. And that is what has just occurred.

Many politicians from both parties prefer to look forward and not pursue criminal charges against Bush officials, especially with the financial crisis to deal with. Additionally, the Democrats and the Obama administration are reluctant to expend all their political capital during their return to power, pursuing Republican Bush administration officials.

After the charges were brought by Spain in March, the lead prosecutor in the case, Javier Zaragoza briefed US diplomats at the Madrid embassy. The prosecutor made it clear to the US officials that Spain would back off from indicting the Bush Six, if the US were to bring its own charges. The silence in the room was deafening.

President Obama has shown a willingness to forge an amicable relationship with Spain as a NATO ally, in order to garner Madrid’s support for the war in Afghanistan and to sign on to a global solution to the economic crisis.

Many on the world stage will be watching how the Obama administration reacts in the weeks ahead, as the Spanish criminal case proceeds against the Bush Six.


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One Response to “Spanish Prosecutors to Indict Bush Six for Torture Crimes”

  1. Red Green on May 3rd, 2009 12:29 am

    Huh, Spain is the home of the Spanish Inquisitions, and even in the 20th Century it wams my heart to see that this institution is not dead. Fuck the Spanish Persecutors and Fuck all Eurotrash Socialist Shitheads. What will they do in 20 to 30 years when the will all be converted to Islam or put to the sword. Allah, be praised…

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