AMERICANS WHO PERPETRATED TORTURE MUST BE PUNISHED
The Bush Administration authorized torture, including waterboarding.
By international treaty signed by the United States, perpetrators of torture must be punished:
"This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding." [Article VI of U.S. Constitution]
"Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law. The same shall apply to an attempt to commit torture and to an act by any person which constitutes complicity or participation in torture." [Article 4 of treaty on Torture]
The authors of Bush Administration torture policies:
Alberto R. Gonzales
Torture does not work as an intelligence-gathering tool by Ali Soufan, FBI interrogator of terrorists
No proof torture thwarted any attacks, says CIA official
US Soldier commits suicide rather than torture; Allysa Peterson from Flagstaff, Arizona
The chief US interrogator in Iraq, Major Mathew Alexander says that during
1,300 interrogations he supervised, he came across only one true ideologue.
He is quoted as saying that: "I listened time and time again to foreign
fighters, and Sunni Iraqis, state that the No 1 reason they had decided
to pick up arms and join al-Qa'ida was the abuses at Abu Ghraib and the
authorised torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay."
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"Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere... I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture."
-- George W. Bush, June 2003
"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." [Article V. of Universal Declaration of Human Rights]