Amnesty Wants Arrest of Bush for Waterboarding

Friday, 02 Dec 2011 09:48 AM

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Amnesty International is drawing fire for its continued calls for the arrest of former President George W. Bush for his administration’s use of waterboarding. The latest call comes as Bush tours Africa promoting AIDS and cancer awareness, Fox News reports.

bush amnesty arrest waterboardingThe human rights organization said "there is enough evidence in the public domain" to justify Ethiopia, Tanzania or Zambia arresting Bush on charges of committing "crimes under international law."

"All countries to which George W. Bush travels have an obligation to bring him to justice for his role in torture," Matt Pollard, senior legal adviser for the American branch of the group, said according to Fox. Pollard was referring to the administration’s use of waterboarding.

"They've been trying to get any country where President Bush and Vice President Cheney visit to harass them wherever they go," former Justice Department attorney John Yoo said of Amnesty's actions.

Former Bush advisor Brad Blakeman told Fox the Amnesty International campaign “could be taken as a call for violence against the president." Yoo, who provided the administration with the legal justification for their interrogation methods, called the campaign harassment.

Amnesty International also called for Bush to be arrested when he visited Canada in October. Regardless, President Barack Obama praised Bush for his work AIDS, calling it “one of his greatest legacies,” Fox reported.


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