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Bush, Rumsfeld should be pursued for torture

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http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/bush-r ... 43148.html
Bush, Rumsfeld should be pursued for torture: UN rapporteur

January 21, 2009

The UN's special torture rapporteur called on the US Tuesday to pursue former president George W Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.

"Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation" to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said, in remarks to be broadcast on Germany's ZDF television Tuesday evening.

He noted Washington had ratified the UN convention on torture which required "all means, particularly penal law" to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it.

"We have all these documents that are now publicly available that prove that these methods of interrogation were intentionally ordered by Rumsfeld," against detainees at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nowak said.

"But obviously the highest authorities in the United States were aware of this," added Nowak, who authored a UN investigation report on the Guantanamo prison.

Bush stepped down from power Tuesday, with Barack Obama becoming the 44th president of the United States.

Asked about chances to bring legal action against Bush and Rumsfeld, Nowak said: "In principle yes. I think the evidence is on the table."

At issue, however, is whether "American law will recognise these forms of torture."

A bipartisan Senate report released last month found Rumsfeld and other top administration officials responsible for abuse of Guantanamo detainees in US custody.

It said Rumsfeld authorised harsh interrogation techniques on December 2, 2002, at the Guantanamo prison, although he ruled them out a month later.

The coercive measures were based on a document signed by Bush in February, 2002.

French, German and US rights groups have previously said they wanted to bring legal action against Rumsfeld.

But, we all know that Obama will do nothing about this.
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Re: Bush, Rumsfeld should be pursued for torture

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Yeah, given the wire-tapping thing it looks like Obama doesn't want to interfere with Bush personally.

But why not? Bush had a 30 percent approval rating by the end of his administration, as I recall. Surely his administration has everything to gain calling him on this?
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Of course Obama will do nothing, I will be very honestly surprised if a single charge is laid, because if he did something then everyone would find out about just how many Democrat members of Congress know about it the whole time. Why else do you think democratic leadership categorically ruled out impeachment in public speeches repeatedly? If they didn’t have such a huge stumbling block they would have at least threatened[i/] it to try to reign in the latter years of Bush.
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