Friday, January 30, 2009

War Crime Evidence Against Rumsfeld?

The UN has an "obligation" to investigate whether government officals serving under the Bush administration ordered torture, says United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak.

Former Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld is a particular focus of attention: "In our report that we sent to the United Nations, we made it clear that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld clearly authorized torture methods and he was told at that time by Alberto Mora, the legal council of the Navy, ‘Mr. Secretary, what you are actual ordering here amounts to torture.’ So, there we have the clear evidence that Mr. Rumsfeld knew what he was doing but, nevertheless, he ordered torture.”

A cross party Senate report released in December found Rumsfeld and other top administration officials responsible for abuse of Guantanamo detainees in US custody. It said Rumsfeld authorized harsh interrogation techniques on December 2, 2002 at Guantanamo Bay.

Source: CNN

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