BY SAM FIELDS
2009 Travel tip for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Yoo, Douglas Feith, Thomas Hartmann and the whole Gitmo/Rendition crowd: Stay home.
But, if you must take a holiday I’d avoid Belgium and Spain.
It seems those two nations had the audacity to extend jurisdiction for war crimes to acts that didn’t occur in their country, were not perpetrated on their citizens, or done by their citizens.
All suspects have to do is step one toe in either country when a secret indictment mentions their name. Think it a bluff?
Ask Henry Kissinger whose 1972 Chilean activities earned him a Spanish indictment. Henry won’t be watching the bulls run in Pamplona anytime soon.
Now where would those countries get such a crazy idea?
Come to Miami and watch the Federal Court trial of Charles “Chuckie” Taylor.
No, not the sneaker guy.
This “Chuckie” does have something in common with the horror movie series bearing his name: torture. Nothing particularly exotic; cattle prods, electrical shocking of genitals; mutilation, etc.
All done in Liberia to Liberians.
But when he got caught in the U.S. with a fake passport we applied a 1994 statute on torture which gave worldwide jurisdiction to U.S. Courts. This is why he is looking a life sentence rather then a couple of years for a phony passport.
That’s why George Tenent, Paul Wolfowitz and any NeoCon who served in the War on Terror should strongly consider spending their vacation dollars at Epcot.
(Sam Fields is a local trial attorney and a long-time Democratic political activist.)
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