Human Rights Groups ‘Indict’ Bush for Torture Without ‘Remorse’
February 8, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)–George W. Bush, one of the worst presidents in U.S. history, who brazenly admitted in his memoirs “Decision Points” that he authorized illegal torture on detainees, may never be able to travel to Europe, unless he wants to risk being arrested and charged with torture and war crimes under the UN Convention Against Torture. Since the United States won’t hold Bush accountable for his authorization of waterboarding, human rights groups have called for Bush’s arrest and prosecution if he ever sets foot in Switzerland, or any of the 147 countries that have ratified the Convention Against Torture. Under such a threat, Bush’s scheduled appearance to speak before the United Israel Appeal in Geneva was canceled. Amnesty International issued a memo to Swiss authorities demanding an investigation into “his alleged involvement in and responsibility for crimes under international law, including torture and to secure his presence in Switzerland during that investigation.” Now, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights released a preliminary indictment against Bush for war crimes, to be used as a framework for other countries to use, in the event Bush travels to Europe. Good.
The New York Times writes:
“The 42-page document by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said that Mr. Bush had authorized the torture of terrorism suspects in American custody. The document was described as “a preliminary legal analysis” that could be modified for particular plaintiffs and countries. “So if he decides to leave the United States in the future, as soon as we hear about it we will have a complaint filed,” said Katherine Gallagher, a senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Mr. Bush canceled a trip to Geneva this week because of security concerns.”
The indictment slams the United States, a signatory to the Convention Against Torture, for its failure to hold the Bush administration accountable for its war crimes.
“George W. BUSH has acknowledged on numerous occasions, and without any apparent remorse or consequence that he authorized and condoned the waterboarding of detainees held in U.S. custody, and that he was aware of and condoned the use of so-called .enhanced interrogation techniques.. BUSH‘s own admissions are consistent with, and confirm the findings of, key reports, such as the CIA Inspector General‘s Report and the Marty Report….”
“The United States, as a party to the Convention Against Torture cannot claim that they were no longer under the obligation to abide by it. In addition, the prohibition against torture is a jus cogens norm, meaning that no circumstances may ever justify the recourse to torture. Internal governmental memos cannot legally allow it, or provide any type of legal cover for those implementing it….”
In a national address from the Oval Office last September to mark the end of our combat mission in Iraq, President Obama spoke of his desire to “turn the page” on Iraq and focus on “our own prosperity.” It’s understandable that President Obama did not want his presidency bogged down with criminal investigations of the former administration, especially when he took office with so much on his plate, after Bush trashed our country.
But the stain left on our country by Bush’s disdain for the rule of law will continue to eat away at our national psyche, unless and until, Bush and his cohorts are held accountable.