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Posted on Jul 17, 2009

“Torture is continuing in Guantanamo,” Sami al-Haj, a journalist for Al-Jazeera, said in announcing his legal action.

Finally someone is going after George W. Bush for his crimes against the world—it’s just a shame that it’s not the U.S. Congress. An Al-Jazeera journalist imprisoned for six years in Guantanamo is planning joint legal action against the former president.

The Guardian:

An al-Jazeera journalist who was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay plans to launch a joint legal action with other detainees against former US president George Bush and other administration officials, for the illegal detention and torture he and others suffered at the hands of US authorities.

The case will be initiated by the Guantánamo Justice Centre, a new organisation open to former prisoners at the US base, which will set up its international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, later this month.

“The purpose of our organisation is to open a case against the Bush administration,” said co-founder Sami al-Haj, an al-Jazeera reporter from Sudan who was illegally detained by US authorities for over six years after being captured while he was working as a cameraman. He was freed in May 2008.

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By diamond, July 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

It’s about time. I hope it’s the first of many prosecutions of this lawless and disgraceful regime.

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By David, July 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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Witness Cheney’s(I guess it’s now Joe’s) hit squad’s first victim.  These are the people our good old CIA will be assasinating.  Saving court cost don’t cha know.

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By scared, July 17, 2009 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

Please, some accountability from someone in the Bush admin for these indefensible detentions.  An Al-Jazeera camera man, are you kidding me?

By the way, I find Al-Jazeera’s comprehensive coverage of world events to be pretty unparalleled.  Sure beats the hell out of the BS coverage we get from CNN and MSNBC.  Even the BBC seems to be more and more filled with fluff nowadays.  Shame we don’t get Al-Jazeera English on cable here.

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By skulz fontaine, July 17, 2009 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Dear Mr. al-Haj:
If you need witnesses as to the obvious insanity of George Bush, I’d be happy to testify. I’m fairly fluent with the U.S. Constitution and the “treasonous” nature of Bush’s illegal detentions wouldn’t need the legal expertise of say a John Yoo. Good luck with your case.
S. Fontaine
Gaza Strip, Utah/Nevada

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