When I first heard that a Spanish court headed by the same judge who indicted General Pinochet is considering opening a criminal case against six key Bush administration figures for their role in creating an American torture regime, my immediate thought was that it sounded like the court and those who brought the charges were following through on the detective work international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands did for his book Torture Team. (see here and here for previous posts on his work.) Torture Team had layed out a concise case demonstrating how those very same six individuals had played a leading role in the creation of policy that led to human rights abuses.
Now I see that Jane Mayer - herself an author of a definitive book on America's torture regime - has confirmed what I suspected.
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