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Harvard Law School report: Bush and Cheney authorized USGovt torture and should be prosecuted

Everyone outside the United States, and most particularly residents of Islamic countries, knows that the USGovt has been involved in a massive program of  torture and kidnapping, that it has been the official policy of the USGovt, approved by the President, and that Britain and other allies of the USGovt have knowingly assisted the torture and kidnapping program.

It is only the US Main Stream Media and “average” Americans, empowered by their media and their politicians, who refuse to call torture “torture” and kidnapping “kidnapping”.

Americans of every political persuasion, like their British cousins in the hey day of the British Empire, find it impossible to accept that there is no evil which their leaders will not commit to maintain themselves in power, and enrich their friends.

Fortunately Euro-American systems are still resilient enough that, despite the craven corruption of Euro-American politicians, their best academic institutions and their (few) independent journalists can still publish the truth.

An 18,000 word, massively documented report from Dr. Trudy Bond, Prof. Benjamin Davis, Dr. Curtis F. J. Doebbler, and The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School has now produced a damning indictment:

Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture on the Review of the Periodic Report of the United States of America
September 29, 2014
Prepared by
Advocates for U.S. Torture Prosecutions
Dr. Trudy Bond, Prof. Benjamin Davis, Dr. Curtis F. J. Doebbler, and The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School

“Summary:

Since the United States last reported to the Committee Against Torture in 2006, even more evidence has emerged confirming that civilian and military officials at the highest level created, designed, authorized, and implemented a sophisticated, international criminal program of torture. In August 2014, President Barack Obama conceded that the United States tortured people as part of its so-called “War on Terror,” yet the United States continues to shield senior officials from liability for these crimes, in violation of its obligations under the Convention Against Torture.

Recommended Questions:

1. Why has the United States not prosecuted senior officials for authorizing conduct it admits was torture?

2. Were the following people ever criminally investigated for their role in torture, and why have they not been prosecuted?

a. Former President George W. Bush
b. Former Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Department of Justice lawyer John
Yoo
c. Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Dr. James Mitchell

Suggested Recommendation:
1. That the United States promptly and impartially prosecute senior military and civilian officials responsible for authorizing, acquiescing, or consenting in any way to acts of torture committed by their subordinates.

I. Reporting Organization
Advocates for U.S. Torture Prosecutions is a group composed of concerned U.S. citizens, residents, and students—scholars, legal and health care professionals, and law students —who have sought for years to use what modest levers we have to end the U.S. program of torture put in place post-9/11, to obtain justice and redress for those harmed, and to seek accountability for those responsible. We are joined in our submission by supporting organizations and individuals from across civil society.

II. Summary of the Issue

A. The U.S. Government’s criminal program of torture was authorized at the highest levels.
Since the United States last reported to the Committee in 2006, even more evidence has emerged confirming that civilian and military officials at the highest level created, designed, authorized, and implemented a sophisticated, international criminal program of torture between 2002 and 2007. Just this past August, President Obama conceded that the United States tortured people as part of its so-called “War on Terror,” yet the current administration continues to shield senior officials from liability for these crimes, in violation of its obligations under the Convention Against Torture.

The techniques in question, sometimes styled as interrogation techniques and sometimes as detention procedures, included near-drowning (“waterboarding”), sleep deprivation for days, and forced nudity. They have caused many people intense suffering, including severe mental harm and, in some cases, death.7

The post-9/11 U.S. torture program is breathtaking in scope. Two presidential administrations are implicated—one through design and implementation, the other primarily (though not exclusively) through its cover-up and obstruction of justice. The program was conducted in the U.S. Guantánamo Bay Military Base, Cuba, as well as in secret locations around the world in collaboration with fifty-four countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Lithuania, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Syria, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom (Diego Garcia), and Yemen. The program was conceived and authorized at the highest levels in the United States government, including by then President George W. Bush, then Vice President Dick Cheney, then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) George Tenet,12 then …”

 (GMB Note: The last paragraph emphasis is mine)

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