War Crimes

Bush Alters Interrogation Rules

In signing an executive order recently, president Bush laid to rest some of the criticism about his government's use of torture to extract information.

Guantanamo Closure Decision Near?

While the administration denies it plans to close Guantanamo any time in the near future, the AP reports that a decision to do just that is coming soon.

Rumsfeld May Be Behind Abu Ghraib Torture

Colonel Janis Karpinski, the commander at Abu Gharib during the torture, alleges that Outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the torture of prisoners at the hands of civilian contractors.

"The handwritten signature was above his printed name and in the same handwriting in the margin was written: "Make sure this is accomplished,""

Karpinski was a Brigadier General at the time but has since been demoted on allegedly unrelated charges.

Serbian Party Elects War Crimes Defendant As Leader Ahead Of Parliamentary Elections

The largest party in Serbia, the Serbian Radical Party, has elected indicted war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj as its leader as the country goes into parliamentary elections this December.

While the party is the largest in Serbia, they are not expected to win a majority of seats nor are they expected to be able to form a coalition government.

Administration Seeks War Crimes Protection

Accoring to this L.A. Times article, the Bush administration is seeking to retroactively exempt policymakers from prosecution under the War Crimes Act for any role they may have had in directing the torture or abuse of prisoners.

This does make one wonder if the whole Abu Ghraib drama may have an act or two left in it. Asking for such an amendment can only be politically damaging to the administration, so why seek an amendment to the Act to protect yourself unless the political damage is less costly than the damage criminal charges will bring.

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