Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, March 16, 2009 6:51 am

It was torture

Filed under: Hold! Them! Accountable! — Lex @ 6:51 am

But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Probes. Prosecutions. Punishment. Promptly.

UPDATE: Despite President Obama’s stated inclination to “get it right going forward,” the government may not have a whole lot of choice but to do a criminal investigation:

“The more these kind of reports come out, the more pressure it puts on the government to do something,” said Sarah Mendelson, director of the human rights and security initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. …

As a signatory to the UN convention banning torture, the United States may be legally obliged to carry out a probe of former officials, Mendelson said.

“I think they are compelled to open some kind of investigation by allegations of torture, under the convention against torture,” she said.

“That investigation does not need to be made public but they need to be doing it.”

I would take issue with that last point. The investigation no more needs to be secret than did the Nuremberg trials. There’s plenty of evidence already in the public record.

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