There's nothing special about ex-presidents. Sitting heads of state get a pass, for diplomatic reasons, and reasons of national security. But ex presidents are just private citizens, and must be treated as such. A private citizen who tortures is subject to universal jurisdiction, just like a private citizen who commits genocide.
This would mean that everyone who voted for the war, who supported the President in his decision, must also be tried. It could get quite messy.
As you know, Islamic terroists remain a threat to the entire world so if you are truly interested in hunting down international criminals I suggest you start with those who commit, and advocate, terrorism. What do you propose we do with Islamic terrorusts?
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
But you're right, lots of people are involved, from Bush and Cheney to the individuals in the CIA who actually committed the torture.
But like I said, terrorists a scum and should be dealt with by our military according to due process and the laws of war.
I don't think you know a damn thing about the 'enemy.' When we pull **** like this, they recruit more people to their cause.
By all means, I'd love to see your explanation for how that opinion gives the Hague authority to prosecute Americans.And more to the point, in the United States the controlling opinion of Justice Brown in the Ambrose Light case agrees with them.
Ah, so that's the relevant factor? So you're saying that if Iran decided tomorrow that it was going to do what I just suggested, you'd be okay with it? You'd hop on a plane to fly to Iran if they decided to prosecute you?The fact that you are not a sovereign nation is what keeps you from declaring yourself a competent tribunal. Do you have any other ridiculous questions?
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Jurisdiction be damned.
They don't have enough fighters, carriers, tanks and infantry to force us to let them exercise it, and in international relations that is what counts the most.
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