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Obama To Aid Spanish Inquisition Of Bush

Buried in this other joyous news from the Associated Press:

30 Gitmo Detainees To Be Released

April 29, 2009

About 30 detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for release, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he tried to persuade European allies to take some of them.

Meeting with reporters in Germany, Holder also signaled the Obama administration might cooperate with a Spanish investigation of former Bush administration officials over the treatment of terror suspects

In his comments Wednesday, Holder also said it is possible the U.S. could cooperate with a foreign court’s investigation of Bush administration officials.

Speaking before it had been announced that a Spanish magistrate had opened an investigation of Bush officials on harsh interrogation methods, Holder didn’t rule out cooperating in such a probe.

"Obviously, we would look at any request that would come from a court in any country and see how and whether we should comply with it," Holder said.

"This is an administration that is determined to conduct itself by the rule of law and to the extent that we receive lawful requests from an appropriately created court, we would obviously respond to it," he said.

Pressed on whether that meant the U.S. would cooperate with a foreign court prosecuting Bush administration officials, Holder said he was talking about evidentiary requests, and would review any such request to see if the U.S. would comply.

Here is a little more detail about the ‘Spanish investigation,’ also from the Associated Press:

Spain Opens Inquiry on Guantánamo

April 29, 2009

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s top investigative magistrate opened an investigation into the Bush administration Wednesday over alleged torture of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

Judge Baltasar Garzon said documents declassified by the new U.S. government suggest the practice was systematic.

Garzon said he was acting under Spain’s observance of the principle of universal justice, which allows crimes allegedly committed in other countries to be prosecuted in Spain

Garzon is opening a probe into "possible material authors" of torture, accomplices and those who gave torture orders, although he does not name anyone specifically.

In a 10-page writ, he said documents on Bush-era treatment of prisoners, recently declassified by the Obama administration, "reveal what had been just an intuition: an authorized and systematic plan of torture and mistreatment of person denied freedom without any charge whatsoever and without the rights enjoyed by any detainee."

Garzon cited media accounts of the documents and said he would ask the U.S. to send the documents to him.

He said he is also acting on the basis of accounts by four former Guantanamo inmates who have alleged in Spanish courts that they were tortured at that U.S. prison in eastern Cuba.

All four were once accused of belonging to a Spanish al-Qaida cell but eventually cleared of the accusations. One is a Spanish citizen, another is a Moroccan citizen who has lived in Spain for more than a decade and the other two are residents of Britain.

Is this not wonderful?

And to think the US government will now actually cooperate with this farce.

Judge Baltasar Garzon said documents declassified by the new U.S. government suggest the practice was systematic.

No less an expert than Mr. Obama’s top aid, Valerie Jarrett, has pronounced that there is absolutely nothing new in the recently released memos that has not been in the public news accounts for years.

From CNN:

There’s nothing new in CIA memos, says Jarrett

August 26, 2009

Rebecca Sinderbrand

The CIA memos are grabbing headlines – but they’re not news, says Jarrett.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — There’s nothing new in the interrogation memos whose release has stirred controversy, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett told CNN Sunday…

There’s nothing in these documents that Americans hadn’t seen all over the news,” she said…

But that doesn’t matter.

The show trial must go on.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama To Aid Spanish Inquisition Of Bush”

  1. Confucius says:

    Besame culo.

  2. proreason says:

    In due course, Holder and Obama will be put on trial themselves, and we wll learn who they really are and who created them.

    • Douglas says:

      I’m for extraditing them to Iran in 2013.

      Certainly Obama is applying the golden rule here and this is exactly how he wants to be treated when the tables are turned.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “This is an administration that is determined to conduct itself by the rule of law ..”

    BULL!!!! When it’s convenient or politically expedient!

    This entire batch of nitwits are dillusional!!! And .. DISGUSTING!!!

    How about the assault on the Freedom of Speech? How about the underhanded and hidden methods to destroy the Second Amendment? How about the fraud and election laws that were constantly ignored and broken by this gang? How about the tax cheats throughout o-blah-blah’s administration and inner circle and those under investigation? How about his pal and mentor Bill Ayers who proudly acclaimed “Guilty as sin .. free as a bird” after he got out of a probable life sentence for his and his gang’s deeds? How about his corrupt methods and attacks on American businesses and capitalism? How about his campaign promises? And so on and so on.

    These siccophant dolts are abhorrantly disgusting!!!

    I wonder if this crap will be one of the trip wires that will send the mainstream Americans into an all out “this is enough” mode (?). I do hope calmer heads prevail and there are no violent outbursts so as to give o-blah-blah the opportunity to declare Marshall Law (which frankly, I think is amongst his goals – he can really be in control then); but I hope and pray that very focused and active effort(s) continue and increase in their pressures against this destructive president and administration.

    God bless us, all!!! God bless America!!!

  4. beautyofreason says:

    “In his comments Wednesday, Holder also said it is possible the U.S. could cooperate with a foreign court’s investigation of Bush administration officials.”

    Charming. Kotowing to international courts representing the anti-Bush European left instead of upholding American laws, all while releasing detainees known for returning to terrorist groups at a rate above 10% (just the known ones) AFTER the anti-terrorist “rehabilitation” in Saudi Arabia.

    I’m surprised that Iran and other Islamic countries haven’t yet demanded for the U.S. turn soldiers from Guantanamo over to Shariah “justice” after that fake story claiming “Koran defacement” several years ago.

    After all, we’ve offended dictators and the laws of other countries merely by being American.

    This President and his administration disgust me.

  5. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    Yea, go ahead and open up this can of Shinola. No serving president has ever, ever, gone after his predecessor in the judicial system. Mild criticism, “I inherited this mess” type of stuff, yep. But never, ever trying to prosecute or use other legal means.
    Go for it, Bambi and YOUR chickens will come home to roost, or roast……

  6. gipper says:

    “Garzon said he was acting under Spain’s observance of the principle of universal justice, which allows crimes allegedly committed in other countries to be prosecuted in Spain…”

    Excellent! The U.S. will now be sending you all of our criminals. Prosecute them how you see fit, but we don’t want them back. Spain can become the new Alcatraz.

  7. Colonel1961 says:

    Re: torture. Just returned from having drinks with two of my buddies. Both West Point graduates. Both Rangers. Both endured SERE training. One was denied Delta Force only because he is color blind. I sat down at the table and said ‘So, I guess water boarding is torture, huh?’ Let’s put it these way, I’m glad to be alive. I listened to 45 minutes of the most intense, vicious, and brutal treatment that I have ever heard described. As I’ve noted before, my Father is a WWII-era graduate from the academy – I have heard some incredible stories of the personal fortitude required to make it, i.e., I knew ‘Beast Baracks’ was not a weekend at the Ritz Carlton.

    But nothing you read prepares you to hear the stories of the personal agony that these brave men endured in training to serve our Country. Training to serve. The very idea that water boarding is considered torture, the very idea that what we did to these terrorists was inhumane defies any rationale thought. And the fact that it is being bandied about for political purposes – by a useful idiot such as Holder whose firm defended some of the Guantanamo detainees – is an insult to our Country and our ideals.

    Enough is enough, folks. Our Country has been held hostage for 100 days. We need to prepare take it back…


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