Saturday, March 28, 2009

A measure of justice

Nice to see the system of justice in this country upholding the rule of law. Oh wait... that would be Judge Baltasar Garzón in Spain who brought forward a complaint against six of the war criminals of the Bush administration.
Spain’s national newspapers, El País and Público reported that the Spanish national security court has opened a criminal probe focusing on Bush Administration lawyers who pioneered the descent into torture at the prison in Guantánamo. The criminal complaint can be examined here. Público identifies the targets as University of California law professor John Yoo, former Department of Defense general counsel William J. Haynes II (now a lawyer working for Chevron), former vice presidential chief-of-staff David Addington, former attorney general and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, now a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and former Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith.
Not sure why Cheney didn't make the list. But if this goes forward to conviction, that's 24 countries in Europe these thugs won't be able to visit. Small justice, but it's something. And as Jay at Newshoggers points out, "The noose is tightening."
With the recent news that another three damning Bush Administration era torture documents will be released soon, and today's story that a New York judge has ordered the CIA to release all information about the destruction of videotapes of detainee interrogations, it's becoming more and more likely the extent of Bush Administration criminal conduct will become clear.
Can't come soon enough for me. Not for vengeance, but for accountability.

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Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

Didn't see Cheney or Crumbsfeld on that list. Why not?

9:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Post.

See also:

10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

8pus, I asked myself the same question. I'm hoping they're expecting one of these thugs to roll over so can get more solid evidence.

Thanks for the link anon.

9:11:00 AM  

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