Other countries probe Bush-era torture, not U.S.

The Miami Herald has a story on on how countries that once backed former President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism are carrying out their own investigations of the alleged U.S. torture program and the role that their governments played in it.

“As a result of the passage of time and the frustration of victims … there’s a movement to see what legal options exist outside the United States,” said James Goldston, the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, a legal project of George Soros’ Open Society Institute, who’s helped represent El-Masri.

The trend, although it’s slow-moving and involves disparate plaintiffs, forums and legal strategies, could represent the end of a reviled chapter of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, which ensnared hundreds of detainees with the clandestine cooperation of dozens of countries. Now, some of those countries, led by new governments or under pressure from their citizens, are trying to pry open those secrets.

According to the article, the Obama administration makes it difficult for lawyers in some cases to question witnesses or gather evidence, according to experts involved in the inquiries.

In Lithuania, a criminal investigation of a former intelligence chief who allegedly helped the CIA operate secret prisons is stalled partly because U.S. officials haven’t revealed the identities of detainees who were held there.


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