This is a Bush administration official with direct knowledge admitting that we torture detainees:
The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned to participate in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, interrogating him with techniques that included sustained isolation, sleep deprivation, nudity and prolonged exposure to cold, leaving him in a “life-threatening condition.”
“We tortured [Mohammed al-]Qahtani,” said Susan J. Crawford, in her first interview since being named convening authority of military commissions by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in February 2007. “His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that’s why I did not refer the case” for prosecution.
Crawford, a retired judge who served as general counsel for the Army during the Reagan administration and as Pentagon inspector general when Dick Cheney was secretary of defense, is the first senior Bush administration official responsible for reviewing practices at Guantanamo to publicly state that a detainee was tortured.
The indictment is now writing itself. There is already talk of Bush, Cheney and a bunch of other current and former administration officials facing war crime charges in Europe. For use to restore our standing in the world, Europe shouldn’t be put through the hassle. Our nation should be the one to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. No leniency or anything – give it all to them. These are criminals that should not be allowed to walk.
On a related note, the evidence handling practices when it comes to detainees is in such chaos that it would give merit to any regular case being thrown out in our courts.