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Spain Proceeding With Bush Torture Case PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2012 18:07

The Obama administration may want to look forward but but other countries are still interested in determining whether Bush-era anti-terror practices violated international law. - Full article here

"my Administration has faith in the rule of law" PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:30

In May of 2009, President Obama instituted a new and improved Military Commissions process.

Military prosecutors in the Al Nashiri trial, conducted under the Military Commissions Act, say they cannot and will not promise to release the defendant if he is acquitted. The military prosecutors have filed a brief asking the judge to withhold this from the jury. “The U.S. military tribunal for the USS Cole bombing suspect has no power to free a captive found innocent of war crimes but shouldn't be told the terror suspect could be held for life anyway, Pentagon prosecutors said in a court document made public Wednesday”  Article

“As president, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and laws such as our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.  The Administration has put forward a false choice between adhering to domestic and international law and providing security to the American people. These legal regimes exist precisely to keep us safe, and I will make clear that my Administration has faith in the rule of law".  — Candidate Barack Obama, 2008 

Getting Away With Torture PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 07:47

Human Rights Watch releases a new report today, Getting Away With Torture, a good summary of the actions of US officials responsible for setting interrogation and detainee policy and how those actions comport with US and international law.

George Bush gives an interview to the Dallas Morning News PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 November 2010 18:06

from the interview: “[W]e passed laws that Congress endorsed and embraced, like the Terrorist Surveillance Program, military tribunals and enhanced interrogation techniques. The enhanced interrogation techniques are available to presidents if they so choose to use them.”  George Bush 

An article on Think Progress with Bush statement from The Dallas Morning News. Note the transcript and link to audio of the interview with the new UN Torture Rapporteur, Juan Mendez.

Other countries probing Bush-era torture PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 August 2010 15:47
Link to today’s article in McClatchy:
Link to helpful chart:
Relevant citations from US law:
U.S. Constitution, Article VI:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
from the Convention Against Torture:
CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (signed by the U.S. under Ronald Reagan):
Article 2 
1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture. . . .
Article 4 
1. Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law. The same shall apply to an attempt to commit torture and to an act by any person which constitutes complicity or participation in torture.
Article 7 
1. The State Party in territory under whose jurisdiction a person alleged to have committed any offence referred to in article 4 is found, shall in the cases contemplated in article 5, if it does not extradite him, submit the case to its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution.
Article 15 
Each State Party shall ensure that any statement which is established to have been made as a result of torture shall not be invoked as evidence in any proceedings, except against a person accused of torture as evidence that the statement was made.
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