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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:42 PM

51. Here's an historic photo of a Japanese officer who oversaw water-boarding Allied POWs...



Now the United States used waterboarding to "extract" information they would use as "evidence" Iraq possessed WMDs.



Damn right, George Bush should face criminal proceedings for waterboarding

Though signatory to the convention against torture, Canada neglected to investigate George Bush. Will the UN now act?

Katherine Gallagher
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 17 November 2012 10.00 ES

One thing brings together these four men – Hassan bin Attash, Sami el-Hajj, Muhammed Khan Tumani and Murat Kurnaz: they are all survivors of the systematic torture program the Bush administration authorized and carried out in locations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo, and numerous prisons and CIA "black sites" around the world. Between them, they have been beaten, hung from walls or ceilings, deprived of sleep, food and water, and subjected to freezing temperatures and other forms of torture and abuse while held in US custody.

None was charged with a crime. Two were detained while still minors. And one of them remains at Guantánamo.

SNIP...

Thanks to the Obama administration's call to look only "forward" – even in the face of torture that demands a proper reckoning – and a court system in the US that has readily closed its doors to torture survivors, the crimes of the Bush era are effectively beyond the reach of justice in the US. But the immunity – the impunity – granted to these criminals here should not follow them into other countries, particularly those that are signatories to international laws and treaties against torture.

If the UN convention against torture is to have any hope of fulfilling its mission of preventing torture, the committee must send countries like Canada a clear message: it is their legal obligation to ensure there is no safe haven for torturers; and any action to the contrary makes these states effectively complicit in furthering impunity for some of the worst crimes of the past decade.

CONTINUED...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/17/george-bush-criminal-proceedings-waterboarding



My grandfather's cousin, a member of MacArthur's staff that remained on Corregidor, survived the Bataan Death March, the POW torture ships to Japan, and two years of captivity, only to die from untreated illness a few months before the war's end. He gave his life to defend the nation and fight the kind of people who torture.

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