Spain Won’t Prosecute Bush Officials After All

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Despite recent reports to the contrary, Spain’s attorney general has now reportedly decided not to prosecute the Bush Six — the top legal officials in the Bush administration who allegedly approved the torture of terror suspects.  Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpio said that the United States would be the proper forum for such a case.

“If there is a reason to file a complaint against these people, it should be done before local courts with jurisdiction, in other words in the United States,” Conde-Pumpio said in a breakfast meeting with journalists, according to The Associated Press.

Spain could have exercised what’s known as “universal jurisdiction” over the case, but the government was apparently reluctant to do that and risk tensions with the United States.

The possibility of charges, which we’ve reported here, began when human rights lawyers asked Judge Baltasar Garzon, famous for indicting ex-Chilean ruler Augusto Pinochet in 1998, to consider the case. Following Spanish law, the judge then asked prosecutors to recommend whether to pursue the case.

While the case may not move forward in Spain, back in the United States, the memos drafted by some of the same lawyers under scrutiny by Judge Garzon are expected to be released today in a pending court case. The memos reportedly provide the legal justification for the Bush administration’s harsh interrogation techniques that included the CIA’s torture of detainees in secret prisons as part of the “war on terror”. The memos could be used as evidence in any future prosecution of former Bush officials initiated in the United States.

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Bob S.
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

“If there is a reason to file a complaint against these people, it should be done before local courts with jurisdiction, in other words in the United States,” Conde-Pumpio said…

the trouble with that?
It will never be done in the US.


Claudia
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

Bush and his gang of criminals just get away with murder. For an ordinary American, try to be found with few grams of pot in your pockets – he'll just end up in jail. International Tribunal for now is good only for small heads of state like Milosovic, Charles Taylor etc. No one but NO ONE can touch United States despite the fact that it is a killing machine, either through CIA agents, bombs, snipers, mercenaries. US has all the tools to kill people or destroy states that are anti-American. Now, who will speak for the detainees who were kept in secret prisons for years, tortured for years and then sent to GITMO. Many of them died under the watch of American soldiers or agents, others remained handicapped and a few are so brain dead that they have admitted to orchestrating the 9/11. Yes, 9/11. They needed “guilty” people, that is the only reason for torture – this is a cover up. Unfortunately nobody will pay for these crimes.


oliverwright
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

Claudia, Bob: Do either of you know who Augusto Pinochet was? Do you know what he did? Do you truly feel that Bush administration officials are in the same category? Do You? Really? In your heart of hearts? If so, then fear not: we are paying for their “crimes” more dearly than you could possibly hope; beyond even your wildest, happiest dreams. You should be ecstatic.


HistoriCUSS
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

After the CIA assassination of Allende, the democratically elected president of Chile on 9/11 in 1973, Pinochet was the puppet installed by and who served the interests of his USA masters as he murdered thousands. Isn't it interesting that there are no Indigenous Peoples in control over their own lands and lives in the Americas? Colonial imperialism reigns. Only the four main colonies of the British Empire (Canada, New Zealand, Australia and USA) voted against the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples last year. The Europeans have taken control the Americas by conquest and torture and the USA to this day denies all native Peoples the basic rights of self-determination and government by consent. Today's news reads just like the early days of Spanish and English invasion and the assessment of one of the Indian chieftains from that first impression rings yet true:

“I have long since learned who you [European Christians] are, through others of you who came years ago to my land; and I already know very well what your customs and behavior are like. To me you are professional vagabonds who wander from place to place, gaining your livelihood by robbing, sacking and murdering people who have given you no offense. *** I regard those men as vile and contemptible who subject themselves to the yoke of someone else when they can live as free men. Accordingly, I and all of my people have vowed to die a hundred deaths to maintain the freedom of our land. This is our answer, both for the present and forevermore.” — Acuera to de Soto in 1539.

Now the word from the ObamaNation is that those who participated in these crimes against humanity and international law should not be prosecuted because they were 'just following orders' – as did many of the Nazis. This creed is unconscionable, as noted by perhaps the most informed and intellectual of the USA 'founding fathers', Benjamin Franklin, when he wrote:

“It has been for some time a generally receiv’d Opinion, that a military Man is not to enquire whether a War be just or unjust; he is to execute his Orders. All Princes who are dispos’d to become Tyrants must probably approve of this Opinion, and be willing to establish it. But is it not a dangerous one? since, on that Principle, if the Tyrant commands his Army to attack and destroy, not only an unoffending Neighbour Nation, but even his own Subjects, the Army is bound to obey. A Negro Slave in our Colonies, being commanded by his Master to rob or murder a Neighbour, or do any other immoral Act, may refuse, and the Magistrate will protect him in his Refusal. The Slavery then of a Soldier is worse than that of a Negro! A consciencious Officer, if not restrain’d by the Apprehension of its being imputed to another Cause, may indeed resign; rather than be employ’d in an unjust War; but the private Men are Slaves for Life, and they are perhaps incapable of judging for themselves. We can only lament their Fate; and still more that of a Sailor, who is often dragg’d by Force from his honest Occupation, and compell’d to imbrue his Hands in perhaps innocent Blood. But methinks it well behoves Merchants, Men more enlightened by their Education, and perfectly free from any such Force or Obligation, to consider well of the Justice of a War, before they voluntarily engage a Gang of Ruffians to attack their Fellow Merchants of a neighbouring Nation, to plunder them of their Property, and perhaps ruin them and their Families, if they yield it, or to wound, main and murder them if they endeavour to defend it. Yet these Things are done by Christian Merchants, whether a War be just or unjust; and it can hardly be just on both sides. They are done by English and American Merchants, who nevertheless complain of private Thefts, and hang by Dozens the Thieves they have taught by their own Example.”

Interesting he also recalls the licensing of pirates, while today they are masked as international corporations with the USA military as their socialized, private security force, to “protect American Corporate Interests” anywhere on earth, or in outer space..

“A Highwayman is as much a Robber when he plunders in a Gang, as when single; and a Nation that makes an unjust War is only a great Gang.” — Ben Franklin


kent carlander
Comment posted April 17, 2009 @ 9:54 am

The CIA tortured people to death, but that's o.k., according to current Obama admiinistration logic, because they were under guidlines that said it wasn't illegal. We don't want to look backwards, we need to look forward. According to this reasoning, why not jetison the Justice Department?


Pvt. Man
Comment posted April 18, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

TOTALLY MISLEADING HEADLINE
AND LEAD PARAGRAPH!

1. There has been NO decision in Spain
not to prosecute the Bush Six.

2. Spain's Attorney General does not
have the power to halt prosecution
of the Bush Six. That decision rests
with Judge Garzon. The Attorney
General's opinion is advisory only.

You ought to be ashamed of yourself
for writing and publishing an article
that is so inaccurate and misleading.


Tim
Comment posted April 19, 2009 @ 7:58 am

Maybe the WI is a disinfo agent for our US intel. Maybe their sources are playing them? They can't seem to handle the truth, according to Pvt. Man's post. The trouble is that we never know what linkages there are between govt intel and venues for info like WI. Many of our taxpayer dollars go to disinfo. My post last night didn't even make it in. Hmm.. so much for credibility.


Tim
Comment posted April 19, 2009 @ 8:27 am

The question is will the Spanish justice system cave in to behind-the-scenes discussions with the USA? You can bet that the gov is putting pressure on Spain not to do this because “it wouldn't be in the best interests of both countries, blah, blah, blah”, which translates into, you will be punished in some way if you do this. There are many ways to punish another country when you're the top dog. This is, unfortunately, how it usually works.


Rick
Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

You are brain dead but not from drugs or a hit in the head. You are brain dead from listening to liberals who do nothing but make baseless accusations with no proof to justify your accusations but name calling.


KITKAT
Comment posted April 23, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

what the krap i didnt get the info i needed I KILL U


Francis X Mullen
Comment posted May 16, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

Power always wins !!!!


Francis X Mullen
Comment posted May 17, 2009 @ 4:45 am

Power always wins !!!!


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