Germany Files War Crimes Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials


Germany Files War Crimes Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials (Addicting Info, Dec 21, 2014):

If President Obama won’t do it, someone else will. Thankfully, a human rights group in Berlin, The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, has begun the process of indicting members of the Bush Administration by filing criminal complaints against the architects of the Admin’s torture program.

Calls for an immediate investigation by the German human rights group was started after outrage ensued on the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who had been captured by CIA agents in 2004  because of a mistaken identity mix-up and was tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan.

Wolfgang Kaleck, the general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, said:

“By investigating members of the Bush administration, Germany can help to ensure that those responsible for abduction, abuse and illegal detention do not go unpunished.”

In an interview with “Democracy Now,” Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and chairman of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, said that he believes Cheney, among others, have no defense for torturous actions and should be indicted:

“I strongly disagree that Bush, Cheney, et al., would have a defense. This wasn’t like these memos just appeared independently from the Justice Department. These memos were facilitated by the very people — Cheney, etc. — who we believe should be indicted. This was part of a conspiracy so they could get away with torture. But that’s not the subject here now.”

“Secondly, whatever we think of those memos, they’re of uselessness in Europe. Europe doesn’t accept this, quote, ‘golden shield’ of a legal defense. Either it’s torture or it’s not. Either you did it or you didn’t. And that’s one of the reasons, among others, why we’re going to Europe and why we went to Europe to bring these cases through the European Center.”

Ratner then hit the nail on the head regarding America’s dangerous exceptionalism path down the road:

“But, of course, you know, Cheney just showed us exactly why you have to — have to prosecute torture. Because if you don’t prosecute it, the next guy down the line is going to torture again. And that’s what Cheney said: ‘I would do it again.’”

Khalid El-Masri was on vacation in Skopje, in Macedonia, when he was pulled off of a bus by government agents, sodomized with a drug, and taken to the secret base that was identified only as Cobalt in the CIA torture report. After four months, and after the United States learned of the mistaken identity, they left him there and continued to torture him. They held him further because the U.S. realized they had been torturing the wrong man. Afterwards, they released him, dropping him off somewhere to resume his life.

El-Masri in his own words, in the same interview with “Democracy Now:”

[translated] I was the only one in this prison in Kabul who was actually treated slightly better than the other inmates. But it was known among the prisoners that other prisoners were constantly tortured with blasts of loud music, exposed to constant onslaughts of loud music. And they were—for up to five days, they were just sort of left hanging from the ceiling, completely naked in ice-cold conditions. The man from Tanzania, whom I mentioned before, had his arm broken in three places. He had injuries, trauma to the head, and his teeth had been damaged. They also locked him up in a suitcase for long periods of time, foul-smelling suitcase that made him vomit all the time. Other people experienced forms of torture whereby their heads were being pushed down and held under water.

He finished the interview with some pretty damning words that should make George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld shudder:

“And let me just say, Germany — whatever happened before, between the NSA spying on Germany and the fact that their citizen has now been revealed to have been kept in a torture place, when it was known that he was innocent, I’m pretty sure that Germany is going to take this very seriously.

2 thoughts on “Germany Files War Crimes Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials”

  1. YES!!!!!!!!!
    And, if the US refuses to respond in a responsible way, turn the bastards over to the world court………………Germany will use that as a reason to join much of the world, and dump the dollar. If Germany dumps the dollar, it is all over for the US.

    I wish we didn’t have such fools in power. The portend of this act is very serious, and I don’t think those idiots know the meaning of what they saying and doing. These Americans, Bush, cheney, Et Al are all war criminals.

    Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice are all responsible for the deaths and dismemberment of millions. They have rendered over 4 million Iraq people homeless, they have destroyed a country that did nothing to deserve it, and now, their successors are back there adding to the disaster as I write this…….the bastards have to be stopped. They are out of control, and their behavior makes no sense. ISIS is CIA created, and the US is at war with its own creations……….in Iraq once again………….this is wrong on so many levels, I cannot list them all.

    Add in the torture, and the refusal to release the truth of the findings, and more nations want to know the truth so it does not happen again. We have no way to know if it was ever stopped……… could still be going on.

    Bravo to Germany.

    My hands are going again, I have to stop writing.
    Thanks for covering this very important story, I will pass it to others.

    The US citizen/voter has been rendered impotent. Therefore, the world is stepping up in our place. If they say no to Germany, Germany will say no to the dollar, and more nations will join Germany.


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