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Monday, February 7, 2011

GW's World Travel - The Goodbye Tour

Looks like Bush can flaunt his war crimes in the US and not get any kickback - but it looks like the rest of the world may not be turning the other cheek.

Protests are planned over the upcoming visit of former U.S. President George W. Bush in Geneva to attend a Jewish foundation’s charity gala. Some groups and individuals have launched legal moves to have him arrested for war crimes when he arrives in just over a week’s time. The World Organization against Torture justified such action, sending a letter to the Swiss government reminding it of its obligations under domestic law and the UN Convention Against Torture.
George W Bush has had to call off a trip to Switzerland next weekend amid planned protests by human rights groups over the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and the threat of a warrant for his arrest.
David Sherzer, a spokesman for the former US president, confirmed the move in an email to the Associated Press. "We regret that the speech has been cancelled," he said. "President Bush was looking forward to speaking about freedom and offering reflections from his time in office."
The visit would have been Bush's first to Europe since he admitted in his autobiography, Decision Points, in November that he had authorised the use of waterboarding – simulated drowning – on detainees at Guantánamo accused of links with al-Qaida. Whether out of concern over the protests or the arrest warrant, it is an extraordinary development for a former US president to have his travel plans curtailed in this way, and amounts to a victory for human rights campaigners.
International human rights groups, including Amnesty International, planned to ask Swiss authorities to open an investigation into Bush for human rights abuses, arguing that he had admitted to torturing terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and other C.I.A "black sites" around the world.
Bush wrote in his memoir “Decision Points,” which was released in November, that he had authorized interrogators to waterboard terrorism suspects, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

GW - hope you really like the good 'ol US of A.
As it looks like Bush may not be going outside the US much - hope this applies to Rumsfeld too.
Tell you what - maybe a bunch of us can buy you tickets to visit all the countries that signed the UN Convention Against Torture docs - we can call it a international good bye tour.

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