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Should Bush Officials Be Tried?

A Spanish court has agreed to review requests that a criminal case be instituted against several Bush officials including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. They are being charged with encouraging torture of prisoners at places like Guanatanamo. Human rights lawyers have brought the case to the attention of anti-terror judge, Baltasar Gonzalo Boye. Spanish law allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture or war crimes. There were requests for a similar indictment against Israel officials, but the Spanish government made clear it would halt such proceedings.

Judge Boye is arguing that some of the prisoners who were tortured were Spanish citizens which thus allows his nation to intervene in such cases. The focus of the proposed indictment is not against those who actually conducted torture interrogators but against higher level officials who gave sanction to such behavior.

Most probably, the best manner of dealing with this issue is for creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States to get at the root of these charges.