Spanish investigation of Bush regime torture

This video from the USA says about itself:

TORTURE AND PRESIDENT BUSH… Andrew Sullivan tries to explain the deliberately confusing detainee bill. Then Anderson Cooper interviews — the Canadian that was detained, tortured, then found innocent.

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden:

Spanish judge launches new torture probe of Bush officials

1 May 2009

Spain’s top investigative judge, Baltasar Garzón, has launched a new criminal investigation into allegations of torture at Guantánamo Bay and other US prison camps that will target the “possible material authors, enablers and accomplices” of the illegal abuse of detainees.

In a strongly worded court order issued Wednesday, Garzón indicated that he would investigate the role of high-level Bush administration officials in what he called an “authorized and systematic plan for torture and harsh treatment of people deprived of their freedom without any charges and without the most basic elemental rights for detainees, set forth and demanded by international treaties.”

Guantánamo Bay, he wrote, could be seen as “a true ‘limbo’ in the legal sense which is defined by a multitude of treaties and conventions signed by the International Community.”

Garzón clearly implied that he would consider bringing charges against Bush officials who authored, directed or sanctioned the use of torture, not simply the CIA agents who carried it out or the Justice Department lawyers who provided pseudo-legal justifications. …

The attitude of the American political and media establishment to Garzón’s investigation is indicated by the virtual silence with which the media has greeted it. It has barely been reported on the television news channels and been given only the most perfunctory coverage in the print media. An article was published in the electronic edition of the New York Times Wednesday, but not in the next day’s print edition.

This response demonstrates once again the complicity of the media, both in the criminal actions perpetrated by the Bush administration and the efforts by Obama to prevent those guilty of state crimes from being held accountable.

Torture Advocates will Set the Military Back for Generations: here.

Cheney and torture: here.

The Cheney Torture Tour: What’s the Deal? Here.

Survey: The More Often You Go to Church, The More Likely You Are to Support Torture: here.

US lawyers claim they have videos implicating Abu Dhabi royal in more cases of torture, a week after outcry over his assaults on Afghan businessman: here.

8 thoughts on “Spanish investigation of Bush regime torture

  1. Let’s make sure Yoo gets fired.

    Posted by: “John Mason”

    Thu May 14, 2009 10:55 pm (PDT)

    Dear Friends,

    John Yoo, one of the authors of the torture memos that said that torture wasn’t torture but “enhanced interrogation techniques”, is slated to be a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, owned by Brian Tierney, a long-time republican media hack. I urge you to join me in contacting the Inquirer to see that he doesn’t get the job, thanks,

    John Oliver Mason
    Freelance writer, poet, notary public
    2234 Cantrell Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson


  2. Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:23 pm

    Protesters want UC Berkeley law professor fired



    Anti-war activists protested Monday at the University of California, Berkeley to call for the firing of a law professor who co-wrote legal memos that critics say were used to justify the torture of suspected terrorists.

    Campus police arrested at least four people who refused to leave the university’s law school building.

    The demonstrators said John Yoo should be dismissed, disbarred and prosecuted for war crimes for his work as a Bush administration attorney from 2001 to 2003, when he helped craft legal theories for waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques.

    Shouting “war criminal,” the protesters confronted Yoo as he entered a lecture hall on the first day of class at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where the tenured professor is teaching a civil law course this semester.

    Yoo mostly ignored the demonstrators and waited for police to remove them from the classroom before he began teaching. Several officers then stood outside the lecture hall to prevent protesters and journalists from entering.

    Demonstrators also staged a mock arrest of Yoo. Some dressed in black hoods and orange prisoner suits similar to ones seen in infamous photos of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, which was closed in 2006 following reports of detainee abuse.

    “There is little doubt that John Yoo is a war criminal,” said civil rights attorney Dan Siegel, speaking outside Boalt Hall. “John Yoo went to Washington and created the ideological, political and legal basis for the torture of innocent people.”

    Yoo, who returned to UC Berkeley after spending the spring semester at Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.

    Yoo, 42, has defended the controversial interrogation techniques, saying they were needed to protect the country from terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    “To limit the president’s constitutional power to protect the nation from foreign threats is simply foolhardy,” Yoo wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last month.

    He has come under intense criticism since the interrogation memos became public in 2004. The Berkeley City Council has passed a measure calling for the federal government to prosecute him for war crimes, and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla has filed a lawsuit alleging that Yoo’s legal opinions led to his alleged torture.

    Christopher Edley Jr., Berkeley’s law school dean, has rejected calls to dismiss Yoo, saying the university doesn’t have the resources to investigate his Justice Department work, which involved classified intelligence.

    Berkeley law students are divided over Yoo, whose classes are among the law school’s most popular.

    Liz Jackson, a second-year law student, said the university should determine if he violated UC’s faculty code of conduct. “I personally believe he has blood on his hands,” said Jackson, 30.


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