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Punish the torturers

By Jonathan Power  

If the US prosecution system wasn’t so generally competent. I would advocate referring the US to the international criminal court so that senior figures in the Bush administration could be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity, in particular the use of torture.

But it is competent, although it has been hamstrung by the clever legal footwork of the Bush administration plus the use of the presidential veto—as with the recent veto of legislation that would have required the CIA and all intelligence services to abide by the restrictions contained in the US army field manual on holding and interrogating…

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