Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Team Bush Goes Unpunished for Torture

t r u t h o u t - Marjorie Cohn
Team Bush Goes Unpunished for Torture

"... In his State of the Union address, Bush said, "Torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people to countries that do torture." Yet former CIA Director George Tenet, who approved the illegal renditions of prisoners to Egypt and Syria where they were formally tortured, has not been charged with any crime.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the man who, according to Seymour Hersh, personally approved physical coercion and sexual humiliation of prisoners, has not been prosecuted. And Alberto Gonzales, responsible for some of the most egregious torture memos, remains the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. When asked by Senator Richard Durbin at the confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, "Can US personnel legally engage in torture under any circumstances?", Gonzales refused to give a categorical "no" answer. He waffled, "I don't believe so, but I'd want to get back to you on that." The would-be attorney general surely knew that the Convention against Torture prohibits torture at any time, including wartime. . . ."

For background information

War Crimes

Bush the Would-Be Torturer

The Torturer-in-Chief

Bush's "Humane" Torture Policy Hits a Speed Bump

Command Responsibility: Playing Politics with Torture

Bush & Co.: War Crimes and Cover-Up

The Quaint Mr. Gonzales

Chickens Come Home to Roost

Redefining Torture

Dear Mr. Gonzales

The Gonzales Indictment


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