the legal obligation to prosecute "engineers" of torture

Posted by sky Monday, November 16, 2009

Report Briefing: International Justice Group Takes Aim at Bush Officials By DAPHNE EVIATAR 11/16/09 RAW STORYThe International Center for Transitional Justice usually focuses on bringing to light and holding perpetrators accountable for such heinous crimes as genocide, mass murder and systematic torture, often in far-off war-torn...

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International Justice Group Takes Aim at Bush Officials

While there's support among many Democrats for some sort of accountability, whether through criminal prosecutions or an independent truth commission, Republicans vehemently resist any suggestion that the Bush administration even did anything wrong.

Since Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday that the Justice Department would try the alleged 9/11 co-conspirators in a U.S. federal court in New York, some Republicans have denounced the move as an illegitimate attempt to put the Bush administration, rather than the terrorists, on trial.

"The government is going to try to put Khalid Sheik Mohammed on trial. Defense lawyers will try and put the government on trial," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News.

Tom Ridge, head of the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush administration, added that any effort to use the 9/11 trial to "delve into a fishing expedition" to go after Bush officials is "wrong and unconscionable."

Meanwhile, in The Wall Street Journal today, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo -- a potential target of any future criminal prosecution of Bush officials -- attacked the decision to try the 9/11 detainees in federal court as a dangerous mistake. "The treatment of the 9/11 attacks as a criminal matter rather than as an act of war will cripple American efforts to fight terrorism," Yoo wrote. "It is in effect a declaration that this nation is no longer at war."

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