From September 8, 2009
A Spanish judge has decided to go ahead with the prosecution of six Bush administration lawyers - including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales - who were the architects of the legal framework for President George W. Bush "enhanced interrogation" program, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper Publico. (Original article here; Google translation here.)
The six Bush administration alumni targeted in the prosecution are former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; John Yoo, author of the "torture memos"; Douglas Feith, then a deputy defense secretary; Pentagon lawyer William Haynes II; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; and David Addington, a former chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney.
. . . Holder’s investigation will be limited to instances where interrogators overstepped the boundaries set out by Bush lawyers for "enhanced interrogation." By contrast, the Spanish case challenges the legality of the entire program.
I thought some upbeat dance music was in order to celebrate good news with. I am aware that salsa is NOT from Spain, thought the first two vids are. I figured the diversity should be celebrated.
Note: A Hat Tip to Edger of Daily Kos and Docudharma fame who broke this story a few days ago. Since no one picked it up here I thought I'd share it with everyone else, but the credit should go to Edger.
According to Raw Story Spainish law goes by the concept of "universal jurisdiction" which means that any crime anywhere in the world can be prosecuted by Spanish courts under Spanish law. If I were a Bushie I wouldn't be taking that cruise in the Mediterranean this year, or this century for that matter.
Further, under Spanish law anyojne can file criminal charges against another party. In this case, it is civil right organizations and private lawyers who are filing the charges on behalf Sami El-Laithi, an Egyptian national and Jamil El-Banna and Omar Deghayes, who are British residents.
Let's all put our hands together for our brothers and sisters from the Great Nation of Spain, where the rule of law is respected, defended and revered and no holds barred prosecutions of Bush/Cheney's war crimes are going to be starting very soon.
6 down, many, many more to go.