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>> Saturday, March 28, 2009

Just found out the great news today, courtesy of Andrew Sullivan. A Spanish national security court

has opened a criminal probe focusing on Bush Administration lawyers who pioneered the descent into torture at the prison in Guantánamo. The criminal complaint can be examined here. Público identifies the targets as University of California law professor John Yoo, former Department of Defense general counsel William J. Haynes II (now a lawyer working for Chevron), former vice presidential chief-of-staff David Addington, former attorney general and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, now a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and former Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith.
The Spanish criminal court now may seek the arrest of any of the targets if they travel to Spain or any of the 24 nations that participate in the European extraditions convention (it would have to follow a more formal extradition process in other countries beyond the 24). The Bush lawyers will therefore run a serious risk of being apprehended if they travel outside of the United States.
HA! No international travel for you fuckers! Kiss any Mediterranean cruises goodbye! The judge presiding over this case is Baltasar Garzón, and he is no lightweight having presided over hundreds of cases involving Basque terrorists. He ain't gonna buy Darth Cheney's "go to the Dark Side" shtick. Oh, let's not forget his involvement in bringing Augusto Pinochet to justice either. You're not going to be able to fuck with this guy.

As Andrew Sullivan noted later today,
The case may well be strengthened by the DOJ's own internal review of the Yoo and Bybee and Bradbury "legal" opinions, which were transparently abuses of the law to allow Cheney to get on with torturing. Britain is also investigating allegations of torture against Binyam Mohammed, as Greenwald explains here. The Brits seem to have some kind of idea that the West is governned by something called the rule of law - a state of affairs suspended for seven years under Bush and Cheney. The US can hardly complain. Washington invoked the same right to prosecute foreign leaders for torture last year.
I believe that the case to investigate and prosecute Bush administration crimes is coming. As Newsweek reported earlier this week,
Over objections from the U.S. intelligence community, the White House is moving to declassify—and publicly release—three internal memos that will lay out, for the first time, details of the "enhanced" interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration for use against "high value" Qaeda detainees. The memos, written by Justice Department lawyers in May 2005, provide the legal rationale for waterboarding, head slapping and other rough tactics used by the CIA. One senior Obama official, who like others interviewed for this story requested anonymity because of the issue's sensitivity, said the memos were "ugly" and could embarrass the CIA. Other officials predicted they would fuel demands for a "truth commission" on torture.

Because of an executive order signed by President Obama on Jan. 22 banning such aggressive tactics, deputies to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. concluded there was no longer any reason to keep the interrogation memos classified. But current and former intel officials pushed back, arguing that any public release might still compromise "sources and methods." According to the administration official, ex-CIA director Michael Hayden was "furious" about the prospect of disclosure and tried to intervene directly with Obama officials. But the White House has sided with Holder. Faced with a court deadline in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the memos filed by the ACLU, Justice lawyers asked for a two-week extension "because the memoranda are being reviewed for possible release."
And let's not forget I haven't even mentioned Senator Patrick Leahy's truth commission proposal in the works. Yeah, it's coming.

The Vedic astrologer I take occasional classes from noted that there is a penumbral lunar eclipse that occurs on George W Bush's natal Sun on July 7. His Sun is located in the 12th house (of loss, expenditure, prisons and many other things). You can't help but wonder if Georgie is going to face jail time. He is in his Mercury dasha/Ketu bhukti, and Mercury is lord of the 12th house.

I expect that the announcement of a truth commission on the Bush Administration will come in early July.

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