Calls Grow For Dick Cheney and George W. Bush To Be Prosecuted For Torture


A top international official is calling for the criminal prosecution of top members of the Bush administration for torture and other war crimes.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson called for prosecutions of former Bush administration officials at the highest levels,

It is now time to take action. The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy revealed in today’s report must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes.

The fact that the policies revealed in this report were authorised at a high level within the US Government provides no excuse whatsoever. Indeed, it reinforces the need for criminal accountability.

International law prohibits the granting of immunities to public officials who have engaged in acts of torture. This applies not only to the actual perpetrators but also to those senior officials within the US Government who devised, planned and authorised these crimes.

As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice. The UN Convention Against Torture and the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances require States to prosecute acts of torture and enforced disappearance where there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction. States are not free to maintain or permit impunity for these grave crimes.

It is no defence for a public official to claim that they were acting on superior orders. CIA officers who physically committed acts of torture therefore bear individual criminal responsibility for their conduct, and cannot hide behind the authorisation they were given by their superiors.

However, the heaviest penalties should be reserved for those most seriously implicated in the planning and purported authorisation of these crimes. Former Bush Administration officials who have admitted their involvement in the programme should also face criminal prosecution for their acts.

The prosecutions would involve the highest levels of the Bush administration. Former CIA directors, Dick Cheney, and maybe even former President Bush. The CIA may have misled the Bush administration about the severity of the tactics, but it was the Bush administration that set up a torture program that was a clear violation of international law.

The odds of the Bush administration officials being turned over for prosecution are zero, but those who have referred to the Bush administration as war criminals have new justifications for their claims.

They also have the agreement of the international community that what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney engaged in was criminal, and officials in their administration deserve to be prosecuted.

71 Replies to “Calls Grow For Dick Cheney and George W. Bush To Be Prosecuted For Torture”

  1. I wonder how long the chances of prosecution will remain zero if the world community unitedly supports major trade embargoes and sanctions against the US. I think it would be interesting to see any and all US citizens overseas bank accounts froze by the world. See if the very rich in the US cannot get access to their accounts things just might change for the whole Bush Administration crowd. You know hit the rich in the wallet and corporations as well that have US headquarters and watch what happens.

  2. Waterboard ’em. The iron maiden, rip their tongues out, the rack, burn ’em at the stakes, 50+1 lashes, the stockades, hang him just for few seconds, then cut ’em loose. Cut their d***s off, put a screw driver through their ear, rip their finger and toe nails, poke their eyes out…do whatever, but torture their asses! Let them know what torture feels like!

  3. Good point. Further, all the money US corporations keep outside US taxing authority could also be frozen, until this issue is settled. If that occurs, the current administration will have an easy out, saying a failure to prosecute could have severe consequences for the US economy since US corporations use this untaxed cash to loan themselves money; a pratice which would end, until this is cleared up.

  4. Everyone in the world has always known Dick Cheney is a crook and a war criminal. He was the puppeteer pulling the strings.

  5. The way that corporations have been “transferring” their headquarters to subsidiaries that they bought in other countries to avoid paying taxes could come back to haunt them.

  6. And thats a problem, Ive signed 3 of them already tonight. Wish the site would tell you if there is already a petition for that

  7. They only know his name dj, they really don’t have a clue about anything he really did, just that Fox propaganda network says he was a good ole’ boy.

  8. Bush & Cheney, War Criminals

    A report was made public today
    After far too prolonged a delay
    And it’s causing distress
    For George Bush and the rest
    Of his thugs at Guantanamo Bay

    That they tortured was never in question
    It all started at Cheney’s suggestion
    He’s a freaking disgrace
    To the whole human race
    With a penchant for death and deception

    Bush and Cheney should both be indicted
    For all of the grief they incited
    Then spend time in a cell
    ‘Til their final farewell
    So their horrible wrongs can be righted

  9. Fool. Just who is monster enough to do shit like that to another human being? This ain’t the 14th century Inquisition.

  10. The only way the U.S. can redeem itself as a nation is to either prosecute the torturers,Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes, terrorism, and crimes against humanity. Then after convicted here in the U.S. extradite them to the ICC for prosecution on the world stage. Then and only then can the U.S. be redeemed.

    If international sanctions, and embargoes against the U.S. are imposed to force this redemption then so be it.

  11. The criminal, terrorist regime of Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush was monster enough to do so, and did. They were the revival of the 14th century.

  12. Fox Propaganda was a tool the criminal, terrorist regime of Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush to deny, divert and disguise the atrocities that were committed. Fox Propaganda should be investigated as an accomplice to these crimes, and prosecuted.

  13. And Dick has the nerve to appear on Faux and continuously condemn and lie about President Obama. He is the lowest form of life no better than the worst dictators there ever been.

  14. I still want to know where the missing 2.3 Trillion went on their watch as referred to in Donald Rumsfeld’s press conference on 9-10-01, yes the day before 911. Are they financing Isil to justify their criminal actions? Never ever believe or trust a Bush or a Cheney EVER! Jail them both for life for murdering Americans and theft/conspiracy of the US govt.

  15. Enter Karl Rove to Fox “news” propaganda for idiots. Hired to sell it. Why do you think they hate Obama so much? They’ve blown at least 1 Billion trying to buy their own guy into office, a patsy who will do what the 1% tells them to do for their own benefit. Lets keep them flushing their money down the can. Dont be stupid. Vote Democrat – Come on Clinton/Warren ’16.

  16. U.S. will spend $454 million this year to maintain the facility and pay troop salaries, among other fees — a little under half a billion dollars. With only 166 prisoners, that works out to an annual cost of about $2.7 million per detainee.

    Compared to if they were at a supermax which BTW no one has ever escaped: $60k+
    dollars per year for an inmate at a super-maximum security prison within the United States

    Somebody is getting PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Maxie2014

    Good bet she had her lunch money stolen throughout the entirety of middle school and
    just can’t contain those uncontrollable impulses and need for serious payback…no matter how much it makes her look like a completely unhinged loon.

    I’ve seen some sick shit on the internet and that one fits right in.

    Seek help.

  18. Its kinda like the Gulf Oil spill. Halliburton has a part in the spill, then makes a shitton of money for the cleanup. Create the conflict, then take credit for fixing it…what a joke. Didnt work this time George and Dickhead.

  19. You all are only blaming Bush and Cheney. Have you forgotten that Attorney General Gonzales is the one that sanctioned the “enhanced interrogation techniques”? And what about Condoleezza Rice? You cannot tell me SHE didn’t know anything about the torture.

    After WWII, many Germans were prosecuted for war crimes. The excuse that they were only carrying out their orders was NOT acceptable.

    Anybody with an ounce of humanity, would never have been able to do the things the CIA operatives did to these people. To say that they were only carrying out their orders is a pile of BS.

    The U.S. is NOT a signatory to the ICC. So the U.S. is not obligated nor required to turn these people over to that court, however They have committed crimes against humanity need to be condemned and handed over to some kind of an international tribunal and stand trial just like the criminals they are.

  20. If that happened it would show that the rest of the world runs the show and not the U.S. bad for americans ego lol

  21. I imagine the punishment for this should also be on the U.S. as a whole, the kind of punishment that would ensure that americans never elect people the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney ever again

  22. Need to disagree skydiveNY. My dream would include ALL those involved. SHRUB CONDOLEEEEEZA Cheney and his underlings all of them…..
    Just thinking these men and women would be looking out from bars makes me :)Justice finally??????

  23. Maxie why don’t you tell us how you really feel?
    When I read you rant, made me lol. Thinking to self, WOW she said it, every word….true and deserving.

  24. Charlie please don’t yell at Max. SHe said what many have thought and wished for. I actually enjoyed her rant!! Made me LOL…

  25. AHHH Mr Cheney hasn’t been on Tv for quite a while now. His ugly mug hasn’t been seen,very low profile for some time now. Perhaps the fear has gone home to roost?
    Also wonder if this may have an effect on Jeb running. after all if dear shrub gets called up to answer for his crimes, Jeb will not be running…. Yipeeee!!!

  26. Great opportunity for world to shut down dollar as the largest world currency. The Chinese RMB now has Canada. They are creating a network with BRICS. (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Goodness knows Russia would be all for that.
    Something has to be done. Our government is creating more and more enemies as our nations #1 export is war. We were warned many years ago about this.

  27. What did these people do that was any different than Adolf Hitler, the Nazis were brought to justice a.s.a.p., but because these war criminals were high level US politicans and appointed executives, these war criminals really have shown other counties how much we as a nation really care about justice in this country (“do as I say not as I do”), we as a country are a joke and will pay for this with our blood in time. Thank the GOP Bush and Cheney war criminals.

  28. They have been tried

    By Press TV

    November 25, 2011 — A War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia has found former US President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of war crimes for their roles in the Iraq war.

    The five-panel Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal decided that Bush and Blair committed genocide and crimes… against humanity by leading the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday

    In 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction allegedly stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

    The Malaysian tribunal judges ruled that the decision to wage war against Iraq by the two former heads of government was a flagrant abuse of law and an act of aggression that led to large-scale massacres of the Iraqi peop

  29. This is why Darth and the Weed won’t set foot outside the U.S. They know they’ll be grabbed and shipped off to the Hague the moment they leave U.S. soil.

  30. And become just like them?

    No thanks. I am a better man than that and wish to continue being so.

    Sure, on an emotional level that might feel great, at first.

    But those of us that believe in the rule of law know not to let our emotions taint our actions.

    I sympathize with your viewpoint on a visceral level, but cannot actually support ANYONE doing so.

    That would just lead to a viscous cycle of inhumanity.

    Prosecute them and punish them using LEGAL methods.

    Then we at least can still hold claim to our humanity in the knowledge that we did the RIGHT thing despite our urge for revenge.

  31. Bush and Cheney are human scum. Lying killers, ego maniacs, entitled assholes, draft dodgers, hypocritical Christians who break commandments daily, Unamerican haters who sold America to oil billionaires(themselves). Prison cell is too good for them and their cronies. Donnie, Condi, George, you are next.

  32. i could not agree more…. They should have been renditioned to the Hague and prosecuted for WAR CRIMES years ago. NOW is the time…NOW may be the ONLY time.

    The American public is feeling very deserted as a result of efforts in 2014 by the right-wing hate machine to marginalize everything and everyone outside their bubble. They should Probably ALL go as well !!

  33. Heres THE Secret:
    If many of us feel like these guys have violated the human rights on this earth, then All we need to do, is too collectively concentrate a thought each day, visioning Dick Cheney & and all Bushes, burning in a hell like fire without ever dying, but with the reality that they & their supporters will suffer great bodily pain without ever dying & with more pain then they ever caused anyone else.

    This thought will help connect our collective consciousness to make it a reality, bring us back a peaceful world with Love instead of Hate and may GOD have mercy upon all our souls for being so silent.

    Lets try it and see what happens. All we need is a hundred thoughts each day, under the hundred monkey theory until it happens. And I believe that we will then be released from evil forever.

  34. Was you with Abbie Hoffman when he said all we have to do is chant and we can levitate the Pentagon? Please with the nonsense

  35. Yes Patricia you are correct, but this thought applies to all Bureaucrat‎, associates & robots who are equally guilty of all atrocities in their capacities of servitude too these monsters. The money & pay checks and power that they manifested qualifies them as well to these unjust deeds. Non of them are innocent and they all deserve to burn in hell for not using their brains & hearts in causing such sufferings.

    They must all answer for their sins against humanity as well.

  36. The entire Iraq war was based on LIES, over 4000 troops DIED and the tea bag/repubs rail against this TRUTH.

    We were LIED to from the worst presidential regime in our history.

    The entire Bush regime of terror needs to be put on TRIAL for WAR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

  37. The American people, by not voting,just let a boat load of Bush and Cheeney like criminals into the Congress, AGAIN…
    The whole world should be shaking in their boots.

  38. Here is what Condi Rice told the Lehrer News Hour in 2002, based on the torture-induced statements of the late al-Libi:

    “We clearly know that there were in the past and have been contacts between senior Iraqi officials and members of Al Qaeda going back for actually quite a long time,” Rice said. “We know too that several of the [Al Qaeda] detainees, in particular some high-ranking detainees, have said that Iraq provided some training to Al Qaeda in chemical weapons development.”

    Which Cheney and his administration used as an excuse to invade Iraq. And what was in it for Cheney and the company he ran? Cheney’s Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War

  39. GW Bush took credit for waterboarding in his memoir so pretty hard to believe the fairy tale he didn’t know what was going on if he approved waterboarding and would do it again. He was not some clueless President the CIA kept in the dark — President and his staff see the CIA budget which is included in their annual budget request so for anyone to think that GW Bush was not part and parcel of the torture at GITMO and other places is not facing reality.

    Just remember we have only seen Executive Summary not the 6,000 pages of CIA report which would bet contain gruesome details.

  40. In fact, there was almost no one voting at my precinct. Downstate, a great deal of Broward County was denied the franchise by the coincidental breakdown of voting machines, largely in Democratic precincts. This appears to have mirrored the picture around the state.

  41. Exactly Shiva. The top 1% should be worried. If they freeze their accounts. the world casts off the U.S dollar as the main currency. The very ones who put these two in office will prove more loyal to their wealth than any human being including a president.

    If the international pressures the U.S with the dollar. We as a nation are at their mercy. We will have zero choice but to hand them over. I for one endorse all war criminals face prosecution. However the world community must then go after North Korea, Iran etc…They are also responsible for crimes against humanity.

    I will personally offer to drive one of the many buses needed to round up the international criminal leaders and drive them to Guantanamo. Yes that is where they should all end up. Have an international guard force watching them.

  42. Can’t forget about john yoo, the guy who actually WROTE the torture justification memos who is living it up as a law prof in California.

  43. Communications between the US and Iraq go back a long time, too. We put the corrupt Shah back on the Peacock Throne, and got our diplomatic staff held hostage for 444 days.
    We have been sulking and threatening Iraq ever since, instead of admitting we were wrong.
    If we weren’t addicted to oil, we wouldn’t care what Iraq did or did not do.

  44. I think they should freeze their bank accounts all the dirty money they made off 911 The Forfathers in the Constitution where all against torture that is why we put in our Constitution torture only makes people admit some thing they are not guilty of they had this problems in other Countries

  45. Every single case of torture should be put on review, those accused of this most horrible crime should be extradited to the Hague for war crimes, then take this up the chain of command, and indict those that ordered the torture. After watching this earlier, I was left somewhat shocked at the scale of our government’s depravity.

  46. This has all been well orchestrated. In order to tank the dollar for which we are all aware. for years now BRICS has been setting up shop in other countries. Now all the big money knows this. they have been taking their wealth offshore. Investing in China, South Africa, India and Brazil. Russia is the exception. But that is because they are going to tank the ruble in unison with the U.S and blame all of this on the circumstances they created.

    Why else would you not build infrastructure. Why else not raise minimum wage to help the economy. I have been following this deceit by the wealthy for years. You have to disregard politics. It is not about that. It is about money.

    Warren Buffett and others are bailing at an alarming rate.

    It is the beginning of the end of the dollar. they will use the international community as the scape goat. All the while they are in on it.

  47. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
    -Bishop Desmond Tutu

  48. The Brad Blog has gathered together all of Tom Tomorrow’s comic panels on the topic from revelation in 2004 to present.

    It’s difficult to know where Rightwingers are now when it comes to the release of today’s remarkable, horrifying, redacted 528-page executive summary [PDF] of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,000-page report on Bush-era CIA torture.

    “Torture never happened!,” they used to say. Then, “Okay, it happened, but it wasn’t torture!” Then, “Okay, torture happened, but it was necessary!” Now, “This report is just meant as a distraction from America’s real problem: ObamaCare!”

    “Presumably if the cartoonists knew about it, the White House did as well.”
    Read More

  49. This can’t continue! We have to stop protecting criminals in our government. It’s obvious Bush Sr and Jr., Cheney and Rumsfeld are all guilty of war crimes. They are not only guilty of war crimes but of pilfering funds for a war that never should have been. In other words, they stole federal taxes from the American people on false pretenses and lies to the American people.

    Prosecute them all! Freeze their assets until the trial is over and the truth comes out.

    And now we have Boehner, McConnell and their ilk stealing from the American middle class and giving it to Wall Street and the Bankers.

    Presecute them too! Start at the top and go down whether they are in office or not!

  50. John, I agree. The perpetrators of this need to be prosecuted. They are no better than Hitler or any other individual that did crimes against humanity. I don’t know that we will see it but we can hope. I am disgusted that it went on and people like Cheney seem to be proud of it.

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