Friday, 1 May 2009

More on US Torture Cases and Possible Prosecutions

My search for a state willing to prosecute US leaders for torture is apparently not without an answer. Spanish judge Balthazar Garzon – who else? - has started a criminal investigation into the suspected torture of detainees in Guantanamo Bay , saying he would target both US military personnel and those who issued their orders: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/04/2009429193945860316.html.
There are a couple of terrific articles on the practice of torture by Mark Danner in recent issues of the New York Review of Books, and these are apparently available on line: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22530; http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22614
Thanks to Mercedes Melon and Joe Powderly.

2 comments:

aonghus said...

The US columnist and legal commentator Glenn Greenwald has been providing excellent running commentary on the torture prosecutions debate on his blog: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/

It's well worth following and gives an excellent overview of the current discourse in the US media.

Carla De Ycaza said...

Scott Horton also has some interesting commentary and input regarding the prosecution of Bush administration officials. There's also, of course, the ongoing debate initiated by Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, regarding the establishment of a truth commission to investigate these abuses.