Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spain Preparing Arrest Warrants for Cheney and Company

From the pages of the NY Times. Too bad we can't do this ourselves and try the whole gang in our own courts under our own laws. Our laws are fine, it's just that our spines and our desire to do the right thing are missing.

Once again, sweeping an inconvenient scandal under the rug takes precedence over the rule of law.


ueber-g said...

The U.S. really has bound itself to a treaty called the Convention Against Torture, signed by Ronald Reagan in 1988 and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1994. When there are credible allegations that government officials have participated or been complicit in torture, that Convention really does compel all signatories -- in language as clear as can be devised -- to "submit the case to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution" (Art. 7(1)).

If we don't, or won't, then it is up to other countries or the United Nations to proceed.

Viva l'Espana.

Counterlight said...

Indeed, but I seriously doubt that we will do what the Brits did when this same judge ordered the arrest of Pinochet, send over the constabulary to take them in.

That does not reflect well on us at all.

Viva l'Espana!

Leonard said...

Viva l'Espana!

I´ve being telling people for years that we´ll need to watch the Spanish for the WARRANTS for Cheney, Bush, Gonzales and *others*...they are the ones, they let nothing slip by...they have plenty of reason to be vigilant...they know from experience about despotic leaders and the harm that they do...perhaps they will also issue a WARRANT for Peter Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria and his questionable *participation* at The Massacre of Yelwa...the World demands accountability from those who, murder, torture and persecute thousands of fellow human beings...they ought look to Uganda (again) and the current ¨witch hunt¨ underway...following the money is a good idea (are those who pay for all of this social cleansing accountable too?).

Viva l'Espana!

JCF said...

No, no, no, no!

It's not Dr. Strangelove from whom Cheney was separated-at-birth. It's Blofeld, from the Bond movies (y'know, w/ the pussy cat?)

Good on ya, Spain.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Sr Garzón is a good boy, isn't he?