April 17th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Spanish judge wants to keep Gitmo case alive

MADRID, Spain (CNN) - A Spanish judge moved Friday to keep alive an investigation into six former Bush administration officials for alleged torture of prisoners at the U.S. detention camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Cuba.

He acted just hours after prosecutors urged the case to be dropped, according to a court document.

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  1. cheneywatchorg

    Excellent integrity. Further, it shows that many people do not understand the consequences of the Obama administration impotence on this issue. Garzon kept up pressure on Pinochet and is still seeking a top operative in AlQaida. The prosecutors put politics above law yesterday.

    April 17, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. RoseAnne

    Y'all go ahead and keep being ashamed of being Americans, after all of the good we have done in the world (Africa, Germany, France.). I am a Democrat, voted for Obama, hoping and praying that the would govern from the center. However, if he does not speak out against this ridiculous vendetta to embarrass his predecessor, he will prove himself to be the radical people said he was. He will lose my vote.

    April 17, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. lived9lives

    If an American citizen had been unlawfully detained and tortured in Spain we would be screaming our heads off. Everyone assumes that the Gitmo detainees were all guilty. Spain is only doing what we should have done in the first place. Then again the naysayers probably don't value the life of one wronglfully encarcerated/tortured person. So who cares? Fortunately the Spainish judges do.

    April 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Susan

    Seems like the Bush cronies were so good at lying. "America does not torture"! Seems we were lied to about that too. Maybe they should be tried for war crimes.

    April 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Kelby In Houston, TX

    If WE do not prosecute the Bush administration for their various crimes, SOMEBODY ELSE WILL. It is not only the "liberal left" in the United States that demands that justice be done, The world demands that justice be done.
    The failure to prosecute the Bush Administration is the only thing that appears to be the weak spot of Obama's presidency. If we do not correct this error, we are no longer *leading the free world. We are no longer that country that everyone wants to be like. We are just like the enemies we have defeated. Have we learned nothing from our past?


    April 17, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. walleye

    I dont believe people who were following orders should be held accountable even though what was done is reprehensible and contrary to our Constitution. On the other hand Bush and Cheney should be tried and then hanged from the highest tree on the White House lawn.

    April 17, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. AndyBlue

    I always said if we cannot hold those accountable for crimes against humanity than the rest of the world will do it for us. I am still waiting for sadistic human garbage in our military to be brought to justice also. 8 soldiers sitting on the chest of a detainee until his ribcage is crushed is hardly what even the Bush crooks authorized. These Soldiers will come back to the united states and become police and prison employees. Just wait.... history will repeat itself and your children will be at the hands of these torturers. They should be required to register like we do sex offenders. American society needs protection from such sadistic disgusting people. .....Youll see. Unfortunately many of your children will be abused and possibly killed by the time people realize it.

    April 17, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. AndyBlue

    Folling orders to commit crimes againsts humanity? Nope! That is no justification. If I was ordered to murder or rape a child in front of their parents would that make it ok? This has happened and those of you who actually take the time to read the facts know this is true. American Soldiers did this.

    What is wrong with the thought process of Americans who think this is ok?

    April 17, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Terry, TX

    Spain...since when do they run our country...torturing terrorists please... and I laugh at the word torture....I read the memos Obama deliberately released. I think we could accuse him of aiding and abetting the enemy by releasing classified information...He didn't even appeal the request from the ACLU..might as well just give them an office in the white house.
    I had 3 boys who did worse to themselves growing up...especially pretending to be wrestlers.

    April 17, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Marie

    It is now official the U.S. leadership participated in war crimes. The torture memos have proven this and now it is up to America to either show the world they are not on a par with countries like Syria, Lebanon, N. Korea and Iran by prosecuting the war crimes.

    April 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Rick

    Spain has no jurisdiction.
    It's all for show.
    They can hand down indictments all they want, but they are meaningless outside of Spain.

    April 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. nick

    This Spanish Judge, should be asked to come to our country and become part of our Justice Dept. Maybe, even Attorney General.

    April 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Samuel

    Soldiers do not follow illegal or immoral orders.

    The order to torture was immoral. It wasn't legal even if the Justice department said it was okay. It wasn't okay. The soldiers and the CIA at Gitmo are responsible for torturing prisoners.

    Check out the witch trials a few centuries ago. Check out the Spanish Inquisition. Torture does NOT garner accurate information. People will say anything to get the torture to stop.

    The fact these people carried out an illegal and immoral order is cause for prosection. The Justice Department wrote up the orders. They should be prosecuted for it. Bush and Cheney and their cronies allowed it to happen. They should be sent to the Hague for war crimes.

    April 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!!!!!!!!! Unless you were part of the worst administration in U.S. history (2001 to 2009).

    April 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. sammieb51

    Anyone notice Dick doesn't have an opinion on this move? Three cheers for Spain - they got the guy to shut up. Silence speaks volumes doesn't it - Silence is Acquiescence.

    April 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. James

    They have no authority to charge our Government WITH ANYTHING. Funny I don't see any postings about hanging Obama. I doubt the Cnn moderators would let that through. But posting to hang Bush is OK?

    April 17, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Terry, TX

    Well how would Spain like for us not to buy their solar panels....we only make 8% of panels....in this solar push...we will have to buy from Spain and China...let's just cancel that order. Why aren't they prosecuting the Castro brothers in Cuba...he was heinous. We have had a transition of power....Obama needs to go to Spain and be tried....isn't that what everyone is saying...I disagree...Spain kiss our presidents rear end.

    April 17, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. James

    Bush is guilty of war crimes....please waterboarding three people do not constitue war crimes. If Bush is tried all hell will break lose and I mean that literialy. Next Oabma will be on trial for trampling on our constitution.

    April 17, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Sumar

    I think the people that carried out Bush, Chaney, Gonzalas, Rumsfields orders should not be punished, but I think all of the above sould stand trail and thrown in prison........and someone needs to WATERBAORD DICK CHANEY

    April 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Paul H

    Let it go will ya! Every administration has something that can be dissected, and spun into something bad. I bet Clinton still has baggage we will never know about.

    April 17, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. ken

    Why aren't they trying Osama Bin Laden or his thugs for what they did on 9/11 and continue to do in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why don't they try the people who cut people's heads of and blow up markets full of women and children? If they have the "authority" to try Bush then they have the "authority" to try the real criminals. This is nothing more than theatre for the far left that put the Spanish government into power.

    April 17, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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