Calls for George W Bush and Tony Blair to face an International war crimes court go unheeded.
Bush's well-being is one reason the report on torture today only goes so far and President Obama talks of not looking back.
If you were a victim of torture I doubt you agree.
The allegation that the US CIA covered-up brutal torture and lied should not let those in high-office off scot-free.
CIA agents rogue or not, who were involved, should face justice and so should those who were sat where the buck stopped.
The damning Senate report claims the interrogation of suspects was far more brutal than initially thought. Sickening details of torture 21st Century style. And the CIA even spied on Senators working on the report.
The timing of the release of the report however maybe crucial.
Republicans are about to take the lead in the US Congress and Senate.
Still at least a version of the report has been published unlike the findings of the Chilcot inquiry. What with heavy censorship and delays it could be a huge waste of money; a whitewash.
But then again it could be politically useful for the Tories; calls to stop the report being published so close to a general election may go unheeded.
That of course means that the purpose of publishing may not be justice but rather a political side-swipe at Labour.
The Chilcot inquiry website says" The Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, was originally expected to have reported by now but the broad scope of the inquiry and the amount of evidence have led to delays in publication, which is now not expected until towards the end of 2014 at the earliest. This note provides a brief update on progress."
So my question is this:
Is the publication of the US inquiry or Chilcot in the UK simply politicians trying to gain political leverage or really about justice?
In May TEK wrote "The UK Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war has dragged on at a cost of thousands but Thursday there is both good and bad news for those waiting for its results to be published. The good news is that a deal has been reached which will allow the publication of the inquiry's findings but the bad news for those searching for the truth and accountability for the leaders that took the UK and the USA into this illegal war is that communications between former US leader George W Bush and former UK PM Tony Blair will not be published in full." You can read our full report here.
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