Justice? Human Rights Group Calls On World To Prosecute Bush For War Crimes

In a move to improve the U.S.’s reputation (and seek responsibility for suffering), New York-based organization Human Rights Watch is calling for the investigation and prosecution of George W. Bush and his top aides for war crimes.

The request stems not from emotion or loosely-supported opinion but research and the law. In a report released Tuesday, Human Rights Watch called the Obama Administration and current U.S. authorities legally obliged to investigate the Bush administration for crimes including torture, abduction, and mistreatment of prisoners. If the U.S. will not take on the responsibility, HRW calls on foreign governments to carry out justice for Bush’s victims.

According to The Guardian, author of the HRW report Reed Brody said “It's become abundantly clear that there is no longer any movement on the part of the Obama administration to live up to its responsibilities to investigate these cases when the evidence just keeps piling up. Just this year we have the different admissions by President Bush that he authorised waterboarding.”

Bush is not the only GOP player on HRW’s list. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and ex-CIA director Georg Tenet are, to name a few, due for some comeuppance of their own. The Bush administration’s legal team is also under scrutiny for providing the rhetoric to aid abuses of power they knew had no legal foundation.

“There is enough strong enough from the information made public over the past five years to not only suggest these officials authorized and oversaw widespread and serious violations of US and international law, but that they failed to act to stop mistreatment, or punish those responsible after they became aware of serious abuses” the report says.

The group calls the investigation and prosecution necessary “If the U.S. hopes to wipe away the stain of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and reaffirm the primacy of the rule of law.”

The question is: will Obama rise to the occasion?
AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at July 12, 2011, 9:40am

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