Spain accused of torture by UN: Is Bush Six judge Spanish Pelosi?
Sometimes you can’t make it up.
Spain was said to be readying an indictment of six Bush administration senior legal officials. For giving advice to the president that Spain says resulted in the torture at Guantanamo Bay of five terrorists, Spanish citizens all.
Then, something curious happened. Bill O’Reilly, using the powerful podium that is his Fox News television show The O’Reilly Factor, threatened a boycott:
“There will be a boycott and there will be ill will towards Spain. This is going to become a huge story and it’s not going to be good for Spain.”
Out of the blue, within days Spain suddenly ducked and backed away, refusing to issue indictments threatened for months.
The Spanish Attorney General, Candido Conde-Pumpido, abruptly declared there was no merit to a case charging torture because none of the six US officials were present when the torture occurred. The “Bush Six” as they are known include former White House counsel and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; David Addington, former vice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff; Douglas Feith, under secretary of defense for Donald Rumsfeld; William Haynes, the Pentagon’s ex-general counsel; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee. The last two were senior Justice Department legal advisers and Bybee is now a sitting federal judge.
News of this in hand, O’Reilly sat smiling as Megyn Kelly, a Fox host and lawyer, did a clinical analysis of the sudden change of the Spanish heart. Then the two had this exchange:
O’REILLY: Now, I don’t know whether “The Factor” was a Factor in this decision, but I am taking full credit for it.
O’REILLY: You bet. Because Spain, according to the Economist magazine, is pushing 19 percent unemployment. We were going to boycott Spain. That means millions of Americans would have at least been exposed to the idea. And they folded pretty darn fast. We started this last week. Today no mas.…Well, we’re taking full credit for that, ladies and gentlemen, whether deserved or not.
Was this Spanish change of heart driven by a secret fear that even O’Reilly had not yet understood — but could soon discover if Spain persisted with the Bush Six prosecution? And with the announcement by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón that he will ignore the Spanish government’s decision and open an investigation into allegations of torture against the Bush Six, is there still more to discover about allegations of torture not only against the Spanish government but against Baltasar Garzón himself? Allegations that effectively make Garzón Spain’s version of the waterboarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?
The place to start with this curious tale is, of all places, the United Nations.
On March 23, 2004, one Theo van Boven, a Dutch investigator employed by the United Nations as a “Special Rapporteur,” filed an official 23-page report with his superiors at the UN’s Commission on Human Rights. The subject? Spanish treatment of Basque separatists who have committed violence against Spain — terrorists. The title: “Civil and Political Rights, Including the Questions of: Torture and Detention.” The subtitle? “Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Van Boven’s UN report flatly accuses the Spanish government of running a system that “as it is practised allows torture or ill-treatment to occur, particularly with regards to persons detained incommunicado in connection with terrorist-related activities.” In other words, the very nation that planned to go after American presidential advisers with accusations of torture is itself officially accused by the United Nations of “more than sporadically” practicing torture.
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