The Pinochet Principle lives:
A Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation into allegations that six former high-level Bush administration officials violated international law by providing the legal framework to justify the torture of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.
The move represents a step toward ascertaining the legal accountability of top Bush administration officials for allegations of torture and mistreatment of prisoners in the campaign against terrorism. But some American experts said that even if warrants were issued their significance could be more symbolic than practical, and that it was a near certainty that the warrants would not lead to arrests if the officials did not leave the United States.
For some idea of what they did, listen to the Mark Danner interview on Fresh Air. From the website:
The CIA administered an ‘alternative set of procedures’ to high value detainees, alleged al Queda operatives, in a “hidden global internment network,” or “black sites,” according to our guest, University of California Berkeley journalism professor MARK DANNER. Danner wrote about this from information he read from a confidential report made by International Committee of the Red Cross, that included interviews with fourteen detainees at Guantánamo Bay. You can read Danner’s report in the April 9th issue of The New York Review of Books.
Follow the link to the website and search for March 25, 2009, Hour Two, or listen here (mp3).
Via the Booman.