4.23.2009

Europeans & U.N. Officials to U.S.: Prosecute the Torturers or We Will

I've said it before & I'll say it again. If we don't clean up this mess properly, then other countries will do it for us. It's better if we do it.

From the Washington Independent:

When President George W. Bush wrote on February 7, 2002 that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions did not apply to al Qaeda or Taliban detainees, he took the first step down a slippery slope of legal interpretation that he and members of his administration may come to regret.

The release of the complete unclassified version of a Senate Armed Services Committee report on Tuesday, following the release last week of more Office of Legal Counsel memos that detailed the interrogation methods used by the CIA and their legal justifications, are ratcheting up the pressure on Congress, as well as on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, to initiate more in-depth investigations that may, some experts say, ultimately lead to criminal prosecution.

On Tuesday, President Obama did not rule out that Holder might prosecute the legal architects of the abusive interrogation policies, and said he was open to a bipartisan congressional commission investigating the Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation techniques and how the policies were developed. And European and U.N. officials are increasingly saying that if the United States does not prosecute what appears to be a violation of the Convention Against Torture, to which the United States is a signatory, then European prosecutors may initiate prosecution themselves.

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