Monday, May 04, 2009

Holder May Help Spanish Judge Try Bush Officials.

Listening to Bolton, it's quite clear that he either (a) has no idea what he is talking about, or (b) he knows fine well what they law says but doesn't think the US should pay any attention to international law, which is the more likely of the two.

Here's what the well known left winger Ronald Reagan had to say when he signed up to the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called "universal jurisdiction." Each State Party is required either to prosecute torturers who are found in its territory or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution.
Perhaps Bolton actually thinks the United States should proceed with prosecution although, given his track record, that would be highly surprising.

But he's flat out wrong when he states that this is none of Spain's business. Unless the US bring their own prosecutions, other nations are obligated to act under the Convention.

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