Thursday, July 24, 2008

We should arrest this war criminal

AUSA is offering a $5,000 bounty to any Auckland University student who manages to make a citizens arrest of Condoleezza Rice during her visit here. For those who don't know, Rice chaired the policy discussions which led to the US adopting a policy of torture and approving the waterboarding of suspected terrorists. That makes her a war criminal, guilty of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. The discussions started when the CIA sought approval to torture al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah - approval which was granted. That makes her guilty of conspiracy to torture. Both are crimes under New Zealand law, over which New Zealand claims universal jurisdiction in accordance with international law. Which makes you wonder why AUSA is having to offer a bounty; instead, the New Zealand police should be arresting this war criminal at the border.