Harper's has a piece saying the Spanish national security court has opened an investigation into six former Bush administration officials -- lawyers -- who authorized the use of torture against prisoners at Guantánamo Bay:
I'm including their pictures because this now means that any of these six men can be arrested, should they choose to vacation in any of the countries (Scott Horton in the above-linked story counts 24) that have ratified the EU extradition treaty. So if you happen to be on Holiday in Britain, or Italy, or, yes, Spain in the next few months, and you see a familiar face -- like Doug Feith, to the left, well, please let the nearest officer know.
The worldwide quest to bring our criminals to justice is just beginning. I find it funny and encouraging that the search is beginning with the men, like Alberto Gonzales to the right, who authorized broken interpretations of the law. They thought they were writing themselves some protections; they thought they were above the law, or at least enabled to make it that way.
Instead, they've made themselves targets, prisoners, and criminals.
Of course, their cage is much bigger than those in which they said it was OK to hold others. The punishment for these men, like William Hayden III at left, so far, is no holiday on the Riviera.
In fact, what's perhaps most troubling is to look at where these men are now. Though two of them are unemployed and having trouble finding work (Gonzales blames the economy), one of them -- Jay Bybee, pictured at right in black and white -- is a federal judge in the Ninth Circuit appeals court, which means he's still in a position to exercise considerable control over the interpretation of the laws in the United States.
I say keep an eye out. And keep an eye on them. John Yoo (left) is teaching law at Chapman University this year, potentially influencing those who will someday rise in this same system to make similar decisions.
The quest for justice is starting -- but it should've started here, long ago. It should've never been left to other countries to point out that we're breaking our own laws and that the people we trusted to guard them were criminals.