by Alan Gilbert
A small item from the Miami Herald, one of the McClatchy newspapers, the only papers that did serious coverage of the lies involved in the Iraq aggression, but have no publications for the “important people” in Washington and New York, talks of the torture and rape of three Frenchmen picked up by the United States in 2001 and held for four years in Guantanamo. The pictures of rape at Abu Ghraib were one of the things that shocked even Rumsfeld – as the SecDef reported of seeing the photographers, perhaps bringing home to him for a moment who he was, a war criminal (with the legal doctrine of command responsibility, the US executed Japanese generals who had not explicitly warned their troops against committing war crimes…).
Over a hundred prisoners were murdered in the course of torture, in American custody, according to the Pentagon (see “Taxi to the Dark Side” concerning the murder of Mr. Dilawar)…
It is the third international judicial inquiry into American war crimes, the article reports, in the past week. The Convention against Torture, though international law and American law (signed by President Reagan, ratified by Congress, part of the highest law of the land under Article 6, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Supremacy Clause) may be ducked by the Obama administration as well as the Bush administration, but European judges do not agree.
Will the Obama administration provide Judge Sophie Clement with the secret records from Guantanamo she is asking for?
If it does not, will the provision about what happens when a national court refuses to prosecute grave crimes be brought into effect, and will international courts move, even more determinedly, against American war criminals?
They occasionally tour in the United States, make book sales, face demonstrations (in classrooms at Stanford and Berkeley or at Auraria in Denver or at the University of Virginia or at the American Political Science Association, or as with Bush in Montreal…), and perhaps have odd dreams.
Drip, drip, drip…