Sunday, May 29, 2005

Amnesty International urged governments around the world yesterday to bring criminal charges against any high-level US officials

View video clip from C-Span3 of William Schultz, Amnesty International Executive Director

Amnesty International has stood up, accused and called for the arrest of top US government officials......and it's not covered by mainstream media, do you now believe the mainstream media is controlled! jasonf.

WASHINGTON -- Amnesty International urged governments around the world yesterday to bring criminal charges against any high-level US officials found responsible for policies that have led to torture of prisoners in US-run detention facilities overseas.

"Amnesty International calls today on foreign governments to uphold their obligations under international law by investigating all senior US officials involved in the torture scandal," William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said during a press conference yesterday. ''If those investigations support prosecution, the foreign governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and should begin legal proceedings against that official."

Schulz said that if the United States does not take such action, foreign governments should go after top US officials, such as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, just as charges were brought in Spain against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998.

Schulz, speaking at the release of Amnesty's 2005 annual report on human rights abuses worldwide, appeared to acknowledge that foreign governments were unlikely to act now against US officials on the torture complaints when he noted that such crimes have no statute of limitation and could be tackled in the future.

''Let's keep in mind that these issues can be pursued years from now, not just today," he said.

Over the past year, lawmakers in Sweden and Italy have also probed cases involving the alleged treatment by US forces of terror suspects arrested in their soil.

The report said Amnesty found evidence ''that Iraqi prisoners were beaten severely, forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, made to masturbate in front of female US soldiers, and forced to walk on their hands and knees and bark like dogs."

Yesterday, Schulz cited the case of a man named Mohammad al Dossari, who told Amnesty he was subjected to electric shocks in US custody in Afghanistan. He also said the autopsy of a captured Iraqi general revealed five broken ribs, which he said were apparently caused by ''punching, kicking, or striking."

The group distributed a handout with the faces of Rumsfeld, Tenet, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Defense Department general counsel William J. Haynes II, and five other senior current or former US officials under the title: ''Architects of a descent into torture?"

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