Spain Must Hold Them to Account!

You may have read how Spain’s Attorney-General tried to get judge Baltasar Garzón to drop his criminal proceedings against former Bush Administration officials (Alberto Gonzales, a former White House counsel and attorney general; David Addington, former vice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff; Douglas Feith, who was under-secretary of defence; William Haynes, formerly the Pentagon’s general counsel; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, who were both senior justice department legal advisers) for torture at Guantanamo Bay.

Well he’s circumventing the order, or at least trying to:

In a ruling on Friday, Garzon ignored this advice but also avoided a direct confrontation with the attorney general’s office by submitting the case to a lottery system which will now assign it at random to one of the six high court judges.

“Let it be assigned to the corresponding court,” Garzon said in the ruling.

The judge who gets the case will now have to decide whether to go ahead of it. Under the system, Garzon will have a one in six chance of getting the case back.

We can only hope that he succeeds. Having said that, their internal wrangling is causing the chain of responsibility for the Bush Administration’s policy of torture to continue to emerge, and is adding a whole new dimension to the argument. So Candido Conde-Pumpido would much rather someone go after the people who authorised the ‘Bush Six’ to give their rulings eh? Fine, but remember this:

The first memo [allowing torture], from 2002, approves waterboarding – which makes the suspect feel like they are drowning – and other harsh techniques on suspected high-level al-Qaeda figure Abu Zubaydah.

It was written by former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee for the CIA’s top lawyer, John Rizzo. The CIA has confirmed that two other high-level al-Qaeda suspects were waterboarded.

The memo says: “We find that the use of the waterboard constitutes a threat of imminent death” – one of the criteria for torture.

Obama wants the flunkies to stay immune, but didn’t comment on the ‘Bush Six’. Attorney-General Holder has tried to ignore them by saying the DOJ and ONC have ‘moved on’, but there are gaps they’ve both left open, should they need to go after the Six and their political masters in the future. As I said in my previous post I hope they are compelled to at some point in the future – if America is to be a nation of laws, Obama mustn’t be allowed to fall back on the Nürmberg defence for any reason. Should what I hope to be his gamble either not be real or not pay off, let Spain remain true to its own human rights legislation and at least go for those who rewrote the rulebook in order to legitimise torture by the American government.

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2 responses to “Spain Must Hold Them to Account!

  1. EL JUEZ GARZÓN Y GUANTÁNAMO.

    Rafael del Barco Carreras

    Abril 2009. Para quien ha pasado TRES AÑOS en La Modelo de Barcelona, 1980-3, que un juez español investigue GUANTÁNAMO, ya no es que sea una ininteligible falacia, que merece profundos estudios psiquiátricos o sicológicos, a la par que sociales e históricos… por el olvido colectivo de una perversión propia de las peores cárceles del TERCER o ningún Mundo.

    Garzón podría citar a todos los vecinos de unos 50 años de edad de alrededor del tétrico edificio que muchas noches, en masa, salieron al balcón gritando “asesinos, asesinos…” por los alaridos de los encadenados en LOS SÓTANOS DE LA QUINTA GALERÍA, perfectamente audibles. O consultar varios sumarios con “muertos”, verdaderos “asesinatos”, y como aun vivirán familiares y denunciantes… interrogar. !Qué ni han prescrito y sin alcanzarles la injusta Ley de “borrón y cuenta nueva”!

    Él disfrutaría, porque en este sumario, no debería dictar un auto pidiendo la partida de defunción de FRANCO (habían pasado cinco años de su muerte), y aunque hayan muerto varios, el director CAMACHO (una verdadera bestia), viven de los que borrachos en sus guardias nocturnas se divertían torturando. Inmensas palizas…con muertos. En Barcelona eso lo saben todos los JUECES Y FISCALES de entonces, pero no buscan Guantánamos para montar numeritos… con olvidarse de lo sobreseído y archivado, basta. Preguntar al Presidente actual de la Audiencia, José Luis Barrera Cogollos, digno sucesor del de entonces Alfonso Hernández Pardo, con quien compartió Tribunal ESPECIAL (montado solo para ese caso “jueces contaminados”) en el Juicio por el Consorcio de la Zona Franca, donde se me condeno a esos tres años pasados en prisión.

    Las imágenes que tanto se han difundido de las especiales prisiones americanas son “infantiles” comparadas con lo que he vivido y visto… en una prisión rodeada de una CIUDAD que ya había votado PROGRESISMO SOCIALISTA, y que poco le importaba si allí había inocentes (que por las habituales torturas y sistema judicial los había muchos) o terroristas con decenas de muertos. 2.600 hacinados, y ríanse del “Expreso del medianoche”.

    En http://www.lagrancorrupcion.blogspot.com reproduzco las páginas de “Barcelona, 30 años de corrupción” para refrescar la memoria con el propio relato del primer juez de Vigilancia Penitenciaria en Barcelona, el otrora gran amigo de Garzón, Gómez de Liaño, preguntándose que fue de aquellas denuncias.

  2. Pingback: Obama’s Long Game on Torture: Part 2 « Cosmodaddy

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