Professor Philippe Sands of UCL gives an interesting interview on NPR’s Fresh Air on the chances of officials from the Bush administration facing “international” investigations given their alleged role in the use of torture in, for instance, the Abu Graibh prison in Iraq.
Sands argues that new evidence has recently emerged showing that the abuse which took place in Abu Graibh is not merely down to a few “rotten apples” on the ground but is linked to and authorised by high ranking officials within the Bush Administration. Sands argues that a number of these officials are of “serious risk of being investigated”. These include David Eddington, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, Jim Haynes legal counsel to former Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, and Donald Rumsfeld himself. Sands further argues that former attorney general Gonzales is in the risk zone alongside John Yoo.
It could very well be that some of these persons will find it a good idea not to do extensive travelling anytime soon.
Over on Concurring Opinions, Brian Kalt argues that all this may lead to the situation where Bush will have an interest in not pardoning his officials or himself.