Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Outsourcing justice

Scott Horton reports allegedly impending indictments of the Torture Lawyers by the Spanish courts. We'll see shortly if he's correct; meanwhile, this to me was the most interesting part of his report:
contrary to a claim contained in an editorial on April 8 in the Wall Street Journal, the Obama State Department has been in steady contact with the Spanish government about the case. Shortly after the case was filed on March 17, chief prosecutor Javier Zaragoza was invited to the U.S. embassy in Madrid to brief members of the embassy staff about the matter. A person in attendance at the meeting described the process as “correct and formal.” The Spanish prosecutors briefed the American diplomats on the status of the case, how it arose, the nature of the allegations raised against the former U.S. government officials. The Americans “were basically there just to collect information,” the source stated. The Spanish prosecutors advised the Americans that they would suspend their investigation if at any point the United States were to undertake an investigation of its own into these matters. They pressed to know whether any such investigation was pending. These inquiries met with no answer from the U.S. side.
What a disgrace. The biggest presidential crimes since Watergate (at least). Could Watergate even be prosecuted today? Or would it be "too political"?

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