Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon continues inquiry

Reuters is reporting that Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon is going to continue with investigation of the Cheney/Bush Administration officials involved with torture at Guantanamo. Earlier in the day, the Spanish Attorney General moved to dismiss the charges.This is on the heels of the Obama Administration’s grand failure to keep the promise of accountability and his legal obligations to investigate crimes. He’s placed political expediency above the law again. Eric Holder announced that the administration would not seek to charge CIA officers who engaged in the “enhanced torture techniques” so long as they were doing so in “good faith” to the legal opinions rendered by the OSC.Can you imagine how defense lawyers can utilize this sort of formula now for their rape and murder cases? If they can just find various areas where “moving forward” is more valuable than “dwelling on the past” they’ll be able to get any of their defendants off. Further, they could always go for an equal protection claim that shows their client received a greater sentence than Officers who tortured and killed detainees.Let us not forget we have accusations of deaths in custody including the accusation of murder committed at Bagram Air Base.Did the United States ever really have integrity? Was it an illusion to begin with? Or is this just an aberration and an anomaly the US character?

Secret Torture Memos released

Secret Torture Memos have been released by the Obama Administration. These memos show the administration did willfully violate U.S. law and international laws and treaties by seeking to give legal cover for interrogation techniques that clearly cross the line into illegal treatment of detainees.Here are the memos by Jay Bybee and Steven G. BradburyMemo OneMemo TwoMemo ThreeMemo FourThe repeated calling of detainees as “terrorists” does not finalize their legal path. They have not been adjudicated and thus are simply suspects. Torturing suspects is a violation of our fundamental standards of law.Now the Obama Administration is telling the CIA that they will not be prosecuting the officers who were “just following orders”. Apparently Obama’s constitutional law background doesn’t understand this change in legal standards. From now on, anyone who is given an illegal order can simply hope to have a memo stating it was legal.This muddying of the legal waters isn’t only a US problem. The Spanish chief prosecutor has said he would not recommend proceeding with prosecution of US officials. The nature of the investigation isn’t in the hands of the prosecutor but the judge and it will be a couple more days before we hear what he will recommend. Stay tuned…

Red Cross report now available – Danner on Maddow

Mark Danner appeared on Rachel Maddow to discuss the now released report from the International Red Cross Available hereDanner’s journalism is top notch. Thanks Mark.