[Marxism] Bush cancels Europe trip amid calls for his arrest

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri May 3 01:21:33 MDT 2013


http://www.salon.com/2011/02/07/bush_amnesty_arrest/


Will George W. Bush set foot in Europe again in his lifetime?

A planned trip by Bush to speak at the Switzerland-based United Israel
Appeal later this week has been canceled after several human rights groups
called for Swiss authorities to arrest Bush and investigate him for
authorizing torture. Bush has traveled
widely<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/05/AR2011020503752.html>
since
leaving office, but not to Europe, where there is a strong tradition of
international prosecutions.

The Swiss group and Bush’s spokesman
claim<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/05/AR2011020503752.html>
that
it was threats of protest, not of legal action, that prompted the
cancellation. But facing protests is nothing new for Bush. What was
different about this trip was that groups including Amnesty International
and the Center for Constitutional Rights argued that Switzerland, as a
party to the UN Convention against Torture, is obligated to investigate
Bush for potential prosecution.

Amnesty’s memo to Swiss authorities cites, among other things, Bush’s
admission in his own memoir that he approved the use of waterboarding. From
Amnesty’s press release:

“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.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, meanwhile, intended to file a
2,500-page complaint against Bush in Swiss court on behalf of two
Guantanamo detainees. The group will release that complaint to the public
today.

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original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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