"I came back from Cambodia to hear some of the Republican Presidential candidates endorse waterboarding in their debate and say that it’s not torture. I’m glad Obama pushed back today, for I find their view unfathomable — partly because in Cambodia the Genocide Museum has displays of tortures used by the Khmer Rouge, and one of them is waterboarding. And in the Tokyo Tribunal after World War II, we executed some Japanese officers for torturing American soldiers with waterboarding. But somehow when we do it, it is just “enhanced interrogation”? Give me a break. We’re better than that. Or we should be."
Nicholas D. Kristof
wait so Japan was punished for acts committed during and as part of wartime/warfare? oh hell we’re screwed.
Amnesty: Canada ‘required’ to arrest George W. Bush
Amnesty International called on Canadian authorities Wednesday to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush, saying the former U.S. president authorized “torture” when he directed the U.S.-led war on terror.
Bush is expected to attend an economic summit in Surrey in Canada’s westernmost British Columbia province on October 20.
The London-based group charged that Bush has legal responsibility for a series of human rights violations in a memorandum submitted last month to Canada’s attorney general but only now released to the media.
“Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former president Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture,” Amnesty’s Susan Lee said in a statement.
“As the U.S. authorities have, so far, failed to bring former president Bush to justice, the international community must step in. A failure by Canada to take action during his visit would violate the UN Convention Against Torture and demonstrate contempt for fundamental human rights,” Lee said. (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)
"And now it’s 10 years later, and our descent into the Abyss continues. The provisions of the PATRIOT Act which were supposed to be used to help us ward of terrorism are now used for drug raids and rarely have anything to do with terrorism. We have tortured people. American citizens can now be assassinated by the President without Due Process so long as he suspects them of terrorism. We have cast aside Habeus Corpus, and people on American soil can now be indefinitely held without charge. We have created an underclass of political prisoners who have been cleared of wrong-doing, yet have no place to go because the countries we tore them from will not take them back. The TSA can now legally and literally sexually assault you, to the point of inserting their fingers into your vagina, and there’s nothing you can do about it. And of course, Muslims have now become Public Enemy #1, between opposition to the “Ground Zero Mosque,” and the latest hysteria over the non-existent threat of Sharia law; and all this despite the fact that many Muslims died inside the Twin Towers, and American Muslims have given their lives in service to this country, comprising the very Troops which the Jingoists claim to be such avid supporters of."
#please read this
#George W Bush
#War on terrorism
#please read this
Time for the US to Investigate Torture
There’s overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration. The Obama administration has a legal obligation to investigate. Jessie Graham reports.
“The widespread abuse across three continents was not the result of low ranking soldiers who broke the rules. It was the result of high administration officials who cast the rules aside to shape their own desires.
When the United States refuses to investigate American officials for their involvement in torture and ill treatment, it undermines the global effort to press for accountability for human rights abuses in other countries. The US is right to call for justice in places like Darfur, Libya or Sri Lanka but there can’t be double standards.”
For the uninitiated, a few links below have been provided to give you an idea of how the Bush regime not only administrated torture methods on detainees but also justified each and every one of them:
Appalling, to say the least.
As much as I’d like to see these guys nailed for authorizing the use of torture, I’d be shocked if I saw it happen. Although U.S. legal scholars have made a decent case, I don’t see it leaving academia. The Obama administration made it clear right away that they wouldn’t be investigating any Bush officials and the United States isn’t going to let a foreign government prosecute U.S. officials at all. (See Khaled el-Masri) The U.S. can put political pressure on foreign governments, place economic sanctions on them, or whatever in order to deter any investigations.
Furthermore, they really blew it when they let John Yoo, from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, go, citing that there was no misconduct present in the interrogation memos, just “poor judgement.”
I think they got away with this one.
I just read all about waterboarding and I am so disgusted with the world.
PLEASE READ THIS. People should know that these things happen. This isn’t about left/right, liberal/conservative, dem/rep - at least, it shouldn’t be. You’d just have to be a sick, evil person to think that doing this to other humans was acceptable.