TortureMemos

George Bush and state sponsored terrorism against human rights, torture and the inditement of internaltional war criminals

A lot of information for this document came from the ABC's Lateline program hosted by Tony Jones.

Some names for reference to start

Judge Garzon He came to prominence in the late 1990s, when he campaigned for the extradition former Chilean military ruler Augusto Pinochet, from London to Spain for human rights abuses he is also involved in prosecution of suspected Al Qaeda members. see BBC article here

Philippe Sands international lawyer and author book Torture Team

Condoleezza Rice former US government employee and Stamford University quote from collegenews.com her words in quotes " A lot of people are second-guessing now" no condi we were always against torture "but let me tell you the second-guessing that would have hurt me more is if there had been 3,000 more Americans dying" but at what costs IRC http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ estimates over 100 000 Iraqi civilian deaths.  she then goes on to state  that waterboarding is not torture and not illegal, because President George W. Bush allowed it. Compare with statements obtained during the Nixon trials of officials who worked in the Watergate break in. The paradox is that those most involved in obtaining torture for others are the most likely to be prosecuted by legal action ( and therefore have their lives made a misery ) due to wrong views of the mind ( can torture of others ever lead to peace? the Taliban often use beatings to obtain loyalty ) and the recyclable nature of evil thoughts deeds and their products ( a persons reputaion is ruined by such conduct ).  She has turned her attack on the president saying she just was a mouthpiece for the administration of George Bush.  Which raises the question how culpable are people who supported a suspected fascist regime by speech?

George W Bush former US president who advocated for torture for the obtaining of information. Read history of other tortures in history (ie Augusto Pinochet and their unhappy ends being chased from country to country escaping legal actions) there is some concern that these former employees of the US government will have trouble travelling as foreign governments who stand against torture may jail them too (Lateline article reference).

Donald Rumsfeld  see The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book: Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner: Amazon Books may have this.  His rebuttle on Fox News (note Fox is a well known suspected right wing propaganda voice  see Outfoxed video biased towards obtaining certain views see their involvment in promotion of the war on Television networks).

Laws and references applicable to this article

1984 Torture Convention

1949 Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention 

ABC's Lateline article (Australian Broadcasting Commission) Tuesday May 05 2009

The united nations convention against torture

As of December 2008, 146 nations are parties to the treaty, and another ten countries have signed but not ratified it (source Wikipedia)

quote from the convention about what is torture

Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

Quote from a great master of suffering and its causes. 

"Hatred is never ended by Hatred 

it is only ended by compassion "

                                                        The Buddha