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Amnesty International Wants
Bush War Crimes Investigated
English.Pravda.Ru ~ 29.11.2010 ~ Tatiana Felix
International asks U.S. to
of torture committed by former President
ratification of the Convention against Torture and other
mistreatment or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, in 1994,
seems to have had much significance to the United States of
America (USA). According to Amnesty International (AI), the
country's former president George W. Bush authorized at the time
of his government, that which would be called "enhanced
interrogation techniques" on detainees in secret custody.
The former U.S. president confirmed earlier this month when he
published his memoirs, that he personally authorized the use of
techniques such as waterboarding and other torture against
so-called "high value detainees" who [WGFT Ed;
translation?] violated the international prohibition of torture
and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Therefore, Amnesty International has filed to request a criminal
investigation, in the last 10 days, against Bush and other U.S.
government officials. The director general of AI, Claudio
Cordone, said that the admission by the former U.S. president is
enough for the country to fulfill "its obligation to investigate
his actions" and to prosecute him.
In his memoirs, George Bush reported on cases of prisoners in
this secret program. One example is that of Abu Zubaydah who had
been detained from April 2002 until September 2006, in several
undisclosed locations. In August 2002, Abu had been subjected to
more than 80 simulated drownings.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was also subjected to simulated drowning,
but a much larger number of times: 183, soon after his first
month in prison, according to a report from the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency, the CIA. Mohammed was arrested in Pakistan
in March 2003 and put in secret CIA custody.
After three and a half years of being held incommunicado in
detention and incommunicado in secret centers, Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed was transferred to military custody at Guantanamo,
where he and Abu Zubayhdah were subsequently detained without
trial, along with over 150 others.
"Under international law, every person involved in perpetrating
acts of torture must answer to justice, and this does not
exclude the ex-president George W. Bush. If you confirm the
facts that can be found, the United States has an obligation to
prosecute him," Cordone emphasized. He added that "if the U.S.
did not launch an investigation, other states must step in and
The ratification of the Convention against Torture and other
mistreatment or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment should
mean that all cases showing evidence of torture, with direct
participation or complicity, are brought to trial. The document
is not clear how people who have held public office would be
allowed to be exempted from the proceedings.
However, the United States Justice Department announced on
November 9, they will not press criminal charges against anyone
because of the destruction in 2005 of nearly 100 video tapes
with recordings of interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Nashiri,
another prisoner of secret CIA program. The destruction of the
tapes likely means the crimes committed by the government will
According to the Justice Department, after a "thorough
investigation" on the issue, a federal prosecutor concluded that
criminal charges would not be made for the destruction of
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