Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A narrow brush with justice

Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been forced to flee France in order to avoid prosecution for torture over his authorising the torture of suspected terrorists [PDF], and his personally supervising the torture of Mohamed al-Kahtani in Guantanamo Bay. Obviously I'd prefer it if he'd been arrested, tried, and jailed, but even this narrow brush with justice should be a warning to current and former Bush administration officials involved in establishing the policy of torture. Like Kissinger and Pinochet, they will have to be very careful about where they travel to in future - because if they go to any country which is a signatory to the Convention Against Torture (which is pretty much everywhere), they will be facing arrest, trial, and punishment.