Bush Six to Be Indicted Today (In Spain)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 8:58 am

Spanish prosecutors have decided to go ahead with a criminal investigation of the six senior lawyers — including former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales — who allegedly crafted the legal justification for the Bush administration’s torture and abuse of detainees in its “war on terror,” Scott Horton reports today in The Daily Beast.

Horton’s sources tell him that the decision is to be announced today in a Spanish criminal court. The prosecutors reportedly will also ask Judge Baltasar Garzón, who has gained an international reputation for prosecuting other high-profile torturers, to step aside. Apparently, they think it’s awkward that he’s also presiding over the terrorism case of five Spaniards who were held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay — and might have been tortured there. Others want Garzon to step aside apparently out of concern that some in the U.S. media, which have derisively covered some of the judge’s previous prosecutions of foreign officials — such as former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet — might view his focus on prosecuting torture as “a sort of personal frolic of Judge Garzón,” Horton reports.

While the indictments expected today are sure to put a crimp in any vacation plans to Spain for the six former Justice Department lawyers — in addition to Gonzales, they include former Office of Legal Counsel lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, David Addington — more importantly, it’s sure to ratchet up the pressure on U.S. lawmakers to respond to the growing body of evidence that senior American officials broke the law.

Yesterday, CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen came out in support of a truth commission along the lines of what Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has suggested. But as I’ve noted before, Leahy himself has expressed doubts that that’s ever going to happen, since he can’t seem to win any Republican support for it. (By the way, where’s Sen. John McCain on this?)

While Congress is hashing this all out and mulling over the latest foreign justice system courageous enough to stand up for international law — after all, the United States is under international treaty obligations to prosecute torture — Leahy and his Senate Judiciary Committee could, at the very least, convene an investigation of precisely what role the Bush Six lawyers and the rest of the Justice Department played in developing an illegal interrogation and torture policy. That would be the perfect complement to the ongoing investigation of the CIA’s role by the Senate Select Committee on intelligence, and to the Senate Armed Services Committee’s probe into the Pentagon’s role — which destroyed the “bad apple” myth and revealed that the orders came from the top.

I’ve been told there’s some support for the truth commission idea among Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, but Leahy, the committee chair, is still not aggressively pushing it.

We’ll be watching to see if the Spanish prosecution — or the additional OLC “torture memos” that may (finally) be released later this week in a FOIA case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union — changes that dynamic.

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9 Comments

arcticredriver
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 7:38 am

I suspect, in the long run, fully exploring the Bush administration's routine use of torture and extrajudicial detention will be more important than dealing with the current financial crisis.


Austin Divorce Lawyer
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 9:06 am

Drip, drip, drip toward indictment…the problem the US has to deal with is the international outrage and violence against Americans abroad that the release of these memos may have…so wish the Supremes had never ruled in favor of Bush over Gore…sigh…


chabuka
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 9:48 am

I am very proud of Spain's Judicial system..its sad that the U.S. doesn't practice what it preaches…maybe those of us who actually care about laws, and international treaties will see justice…
Obama saying “We do not torture” and then keeping the option open…by ignoring, refusing, even obstructing hearings or investigations, therefore leaving the torture option open for possible future use, just in case..is just to reminiscent of the Bush Administration….


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Rafael del Barco Carreras
Comment posted April 19, 2009 @ 1:45 am

EL JUEZ GARZÓN Y GUANTÁNAMO.

Rafael del Barco Carreras

Abril 2009. Para quien ha pasado TRES AÑOS en La Modelo de Barcelona, 1980-3, que un juez español investigue GUANTÁNAMO, ya no es que sea una ininteligible falacia, que merece profundos estudios psiquiátricos o sicológicos, a la par que sociales e históricos… por el olvido colectivo de una perversión propia de las peores cárceles del TERCER o ningún Mundo.

Garzón podría citar a todos los vecinos de unos 50 años de edad de alrededor del tétrico edificio que muchas noches, en masa, salieron al balcón gritando “asesinos, asesinos…” por los alaridos de los encadenados en LOS SÓTANOS DE LA QUINTA GALERÍA, perfectamente audibles. O consultar varios sumarios con “muertos”, verdaderos “asesinatos”, y como aun vivirán familiares y denunciantes… interrogar. !Qué ni han prescrito y sin alcanzarles la injusta Ley de “borrón y cuenta nueva”!

Él disfrutaría, porque en este sumario, no debería dictar un auto pidiendo la partida de defunción de FRANCO (habían pasado cinco años de su muerte), y aunque hayan muerto varios, el director CAMACHO (una verdadera bestia), viven de los que borrachos en sus guardias nocturnas se divertían torturando. Inmensas palizas…con muertos. En Barcelona eso lo saben todos los JUECES Y FISCALES de entonces, pero no buscan Guantánamos para montar numeritos… con olvidarse de lo sobreseído y archivado, basta. Preguntar al Presidente actual de la Audiencia, José Luis Barrera Cogollos, digno sucesor del de entonces Alfonso Hernández Pardo, con quien compartió Tribunal ESPECIAL (montado solo para ese caso “jueces contaminados”) en el Juicio por el Consorcio de la Zona Franca, donde se me condeno a esos tres años pasados en prisión.

Las imágenes que tanto se han difundido de las especiales prisiones americanas son “infantiles” comparadas con lo que he vivido y visto… en una prisión rodeada de una CIUDAD que ya había votado PROGRESISMO SOCIALISTA, y que poco le importaba si allí había inocentes (que por las habituales torturas y sistema judicial los había muchos) o terroristas con decenas de muertos. 2.600 hacinados, y ríanse del “Expreso del medianoche”.

En http://www.lagrancorrupcion.blogspot.com reproduzco las páginas de “Barcelona, 30 años de corrupción” para refrescar la memoria con el propio relato del primer juez de Vigilancia Penitenciaria en Barcelona, el otrora gran amigo de Garzón, Gómez de Liaño, preguntándose que fue de aquellas denuncias.


Florentin Edwards
Comment posted April 23, 2009 @ 10:32 am

Did they file anything against any of the terrorists who have been blowing up trains in Spain?


Florentin Edwards
Comment posted April 23, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

Did they file anything against any of the terrorists who have been blowing up trains in Spain?


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