Saturday, May 2, 2009

Why we must prosecute for torture


Published by SANTA ROSA, CA PRESS DEMOCRAT:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 3:00 a.m.

"On Sept. 11, 2001, when the twin towers were hit, I was sitting in a meeting in The Hague discussing what should be included in an indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes in Bosnia.

I was an American lawyer serving as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and there was no doubt that Milosevic should be indicted for his responsibility for the torture and cruel treatment of prisoners.

As the head of state at the time those crimes were committed, Milosevic bore ultimate responsibility for what happened under his watch.

While at The Hague, I felt myself standing in a long line of American prosecutors working for a world where international standards restricted what one nation could do to another during war, stretching back to at least Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg trials......

.....We cannot expect the rest of humanity to live in a world that we ourselves are not willing to inhabit." GO.READ

Mark J. McKeon was a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2001 to 2004 and a senior prosecutor from 2004 to 2006. From the Washington Post.


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