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Why Spain Can Actually Prosecute Bush and Co. for Their Crimes

They can use "universal jurisdiction," often used to prosecute foreign nationals for crimes that shock the conscience of the global community.

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If the United States refuses to investigate now, it will be more likely that some future administration will repeat this scenario. The use of torture should be purged from our system, much like we eradicated slavery.

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, and the US representative to the executive committee of the American Association of Jurists.