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“Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees” (HRW report)

Human Rights Watch (HRW) publicou hai dúas semanas un informe dunhas cen páxinas sobre os Estados Unidos. O informe leva por título “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees”, e céntrase nas responsabilidades dos gobernantes e altos funcionarios estadounidenses implicados, por acción ou omisión, nas torturas e outros maltratos a detidos. Copio un extracto da súa introdución:

Should former US President George W. Bush be investigated for authorizing “waterboarding” and other abuses against detainees that the United States and scores of other countries have long recognized as torture? Should high-ranking US officials who authorized enforced disappearances of detainees and the transfer of others to countries where they were likely to be tortured be held accountable for their actions?

In 2005, HRW’s report “Getting Away with Torture? Command Responsibility for the U.S. Abuse of Detainees” presented substantial evidence warranting criminal investigations of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director George Tenet, as well as Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, formerly the top US commander in Iraq, and Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, former commander of the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

This report builds on our prior work by summarizing information that has since been made public about the role played by US government officials most responsible for setting interrogation and detention policies following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, and analyzes them under US and international law. Based on this evidence, HRW believes there is sufficient basis for the US government to order a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes committed in connection with the torture and ill-treatment of detainees, the CIA secret detention program, and the rendition of detainees to torture. Such an investigation would necessarily focus on alleged criminal conduct by the following four senior officials—former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and CIA Director George Tenet.

Such an investigation should also include examination of the roles played by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Attorney General John Ashcroft, as well as the lawyers who crafted the legal “justifications” for torture, including Alberto Gonzales (counsel to the president and later attorney general), Jay Bybee (head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, OLC), John Rizzo (acting CIA general counsel), David Addington (counsel to the vice president), William J. Haynes, II (Department of Defense general counsel), and John Yoo (deputy assistant attorney general in the OLC).

Much important information remains secret. For example, many internal government documents on detention and interrogation policies and practices are still classified, and unavailable to the public. […]


24 Xullo 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Iraq, United States

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