Well it’s certainly been a while since we’ve written about this guy! Former President George W. Bush recently cancelled a trip to Switzerland for the United Israel Appeal because he was warned that if he set foot in Europe, he would be arrested for human rights violations. Ruh-roh.
The story dates back to Bush’s authorizing waterboarding as an acceptable interrogation method by the CIA and Guantanamo Bay authorities. Why? Because it’s not an acceptable interrogation method at all. It’s torture, and was outlawed by the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Adding further to his lackluster international reputation, President Bush spoke openly to Matt Lauer about giving the go-ahead on the torture practice. International human rights lawyers have his confession on video. Yikes.
Amnesty International released a statement about their efforts to bring the former prez in for legal action:
“To date, we’ve seen a handful of military investigations into detentions and interrogations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo. But none of these has had the independence and reach necessary to investigate high-level officials such as President Bush,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
“Meanwhile, there has been virtually zero accountability for crimes committed in the CIA’s secret detention program, which was authorized by then-President Bush.”
Anywhere in the world that he travels, President Bush could face investigation and potential prosecution for his responsibility for torture and other crimes in international law, particularly in any of the 147 countries that are party to the UN Convention against Torture.
“As the US authorities have, so far, failed to bring President Bush to justice, the international community must step in,” said Salil Shetty.
It doesn’t sound like the 2011 Bush Family Reunion is going to be taking place abroad this year.
Do you think President Bush should be held accountable for his violations of international law? Should other countries be allowed to torture American citizens the way our military did to foreign prisoners?