Spanish judge to investigate Bush lawyers on torture allegations

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/world/europe/29spain.html?_r=1


    I'm sure that "Politics" will protect them, but it's an interesting - and welcome - development.
     
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    honeslty the entire thing stinks of politics. It will go no where. They can issue all the arrest warrants they want but not like they have any jurisdiction out side of Spain. The US will not send them over to Spain for a joke of a trail.

    To me this is just Spain or some one over their trying to give themselves an ego boost at the tax payers expense.
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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    Countries have jurisdiction over crimes against humanity anywhere in the world. The US in particular has claimed jurisdiction for all sorts of alleged crimes in other parts of the world. I am very glad that there are people prepared to take on these officials who believe they can act with impunity in breaking treaty obligations and trashing ethical standards at their convenience. There may never be a trial, but it is certainly no joke.
     
  4. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Better than the nothing that going to happen to them here. At least they'll have the distinction of being prisoners in their own country, unable to travel abroad for fear of arrest and incarceration.
     
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    alas, such things are very rarely treated as anything more than political posturing by one side or the other

    for example, the International Criminal Court recently issued an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir, the president of the Sudan, charging him with war crimes in Darfur. That didn't stop him from attending the recently held meeting of the Arab League in Qatar. Not only wasn't he arrested, he was treated as a hero for defying the ICC
     
  6. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Exactly. Better than nothing, but far from what they deserve.
     

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