There is one topic that Barack Obama would prefer go away without any further discussion and that is the possibility of instituting legal action against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture told “Frontal 21″ a German television program there is currently sufficient evidence to place Rumsfeld on trial for war crimes. There is more than enough evidence that Rumsfeld, Rice, Cheney and Bush ignored the Geneva Convention and are responsible for mistreatment of prisoners who were held in Abu Ghraib. The abuse was not that of a few rogue soldiers but was ordered by those who headed the American government and American military forces. Rumsfeld authorized new interrogation policies for Guantanamo include placing prisoners in “stress positions,” hooding detainees for 20 hour interrogations, exploiting phobia to induce stress, sensory deprivation and isolation.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ALU) in 2003, senior officers of the Judge Advocate General’s office objected to interrogation techniques but “Pentagon officials didn’t think this was a bid deal so they just ignored the JAGs.”
One can go on and on about reports and complaints by officials in the American military or those from international organizations. Donald Rumsfeld was guilty of war crimes and the American people must cleanse their souls by placing this man on trial.