December 10, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) The United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling for justice after the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a torture report detailing the CIA’s use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’. Human rights groups from around the world are demanding the prosecution of U.S. officials listed in the report.
“As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice,” the UN’s Ben Emmerso said in a statement issued in Geneva. “The US Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible.”
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Torture is an international crime and U.S. officials may be prosecuted by any country they travel to. Even after seeing the report, the Justice Department said it will not seek charges. The report “shows the repeated claims that harsh measures were needed to protect Americans are fiction,” said Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth.
“It is now time to take action. The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today’s report must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes.” said the UN’s Ben Emmerso.
Should these U.S. officials who tortured be held accountable for breaking international law? Absolutely! Will they be held accountable? Doubtful. Instead of prosecuting torturers, Obama prosecuted the guy who revealed the program.
I’ll leave you with what Glenn Greenwald had to say in his article on The Intercept.
One of the worst myths official Washington and its establishment media have told itself about the torture debate is that the controversy is limited to three cases of waterboarding at Guantánamo and a handful of bad Republican actors. In fact, a wide array of torturetechniques were approved at the highest levels of the U.S. Government and then systematically employed in lawless US prisons around the world – at Bagram (including during the Obama presidency), CIA black sites, even to US citizens on US soil. So systematic was the torture regime that a 2008 Senate report concluded that the criminal abuses at Abu Ghraib were the direct result of the torture mentality imposed by official Washington.
American torture was not confined to a handful of aberrational cases or techniques, nor was it the work of rogue CIA agents. It was an officially sanctioned, worldwide regime of torture that had the acquiescence, if not explicit approval, of the top members of both political parties in Congress. It was motivated by far more than interrogation. The evidence for all of this isconclusive and overwhelming. And the American media bears much of the blame, as theyrefused for years even to use the word “torture” to describe any of this (even as they called these same techniques “torture” when used by American adversaries), a shameful and cowardly abdication that continues literally to this day in many of the most influential outlets.
– Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept
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