Bush, Other Top Officials Should Face Torture Probes, Says Amnesty; Urges Arrests if Warranted
By Abid Aslam
May 26, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26 (OneWorld) - Rights watchdog Amnesty International urged foreign governments Wednesday to investigate and prosecute President George W. Bush much as they once did former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
"If the United States permits the architects of torture policy to get off scot-free, then other nations should step into the breach," William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said in a statement launching Amnesty's annual report.
Bush is among a dozen former or current U.S. officials who should be probed by foreign governments because Washington has failed to conduct "a genuinely independent and comprehensive investigation" of torture allegations against U.S. troops, commanders, and their civilian overseers, Schulz said.
Others on the Amnesty list of potential targets for investigation and prosecution include Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief George Tenet.
"If the U.S. government continues to shirk its responsibility, Amnesty International calls on foreign governments to uphold their obligations under international law by investigating all senior U.S. officials involved in the torture scandal," Schulz said.
Editor's note: Amnesty International is another organization which looks sincere, but is disingenuous.