Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Human Rights Watch Calls on Government to Investigate Bush, Other Top Officials for Torture

Human Rights Watch issued a 107 page report today calling on the United States government to Investigate President Bush and other top officials for torture.  Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees argues that, "Based on this evidence, Human Rights Watch 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."  The report calls for a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into the programs of illegal detention, coerced interrogation, and rendition.