CCR joins German complaint against CIA torturers
Last week [the] C[enter for] C[onstitutional] R[ights] joined a criminal complaint filed in Germany by the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) against former CIA head George Tenet, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other members of the Bush Administration, in response to the Senate torture report.
The ECCHR complaint is part of a long history of CCR’s efforts to prosecute those who designed, implemented, and carried out torture; the current complaint is the latest through which we have doggedly pursued the architects of U.S. torture in international venues, under the human rights principle of universal jurisdiction. The legal move was one of many actions we took as the torture report made headlines for a second week.
(Executive Director Vince Warren published another op ed, this one in U.S. News and World Report, and Legal Director Baher Azmy and other attorneys from our Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative continued to field media inquiries.)
Update 24 December: from Salon, a popular Internet site:
As the Intercept’s Dan Froomkin tweeted, “If 56 percent of Americans think ‘CIA interrogation’ was effective, all that tells us is that they’ve been misled,” adding, “Just like 70 percent of Americans once though Saddam was behind 9/11, now 56 percent think torture worked. This is a massive indictment of the U.S. media.” But it’s not just the media. America’s entire elite infrastructure is indicted in this state of affairs, which is why America so desperately needs to have broad-based, high-profile torture trials on the model of the Nuremberg Trials following World War II—trials that will both hold those responsible accountable for what they’ve done, and force the whole nation to engage in a profound moral reorientation, on the order of what Martin Luther King Jr. once called for.