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Amnesty International Calls for George W. Bush Arrest in Africa

U.S. President George W. Bush dances with Senegalese performers at the White House in Washington

Amnesty International has called for the arrest of George W. Bush when the former U.S. President visits Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia later this month. The not-for-profit organization believes Bush should be arrested and detained for human rights abuse.

Throughout his eight years as President, Bush authorized the use of waterboarding – which simulates the sensation of drowning – and other interrogation techniques that many human rights groups regard as torture. Matt Pollard, senior legal adviser to Amnesty, said:

“International law requires that there be no safe haven for those responsible for torture; Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia must seize this opportunity to fulfill their obligations and end the impunity George W. Bush has so far enjoyed.”

Bush, who visits the east African nations this week to raise awareness about cancer in Africa, has previously defended the use of waterboarding, saying it is key to avoid a repeat of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

A Bush arrest seems unlikely, however. For the past two years, former British prime minister Tony Blair has avoided arrests by citizens, despite campaigns such as this. The likes of Blair and Bush often travel with a large security escort (many attempted Blair arrests have been brushed off by these bodyguards), and the men are widely seen as untouchable.

The waterboarding debate was recently reignited in the GOP presidential debates, leading politicians across the spectrum (from McCain to Obama) to reinforce their opposition to the practice. Those who disagree waterboarding is torture are welcome to try it for themselves, as one pro-waterboarding radio jock did.

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7 Responses to “Amnesty International Calls for George W. Bush Arrest in Africa”

  1. Sally Ann

    Yeah, pick on someone who uses detrimental uses for terrorists, in a country where genocide is the norm…way to go, Africa! Josie, how dare you agree with this! I don't agree with Obama's policies, but I would NEVER say that the arrest of a current or former President of the USA is warranted from another country. I guess that we've forgotten loyalty to our own country. Even to a President you don't agree with…You, madam, should go live in Africa where war and famine are par for everyday living.

  2. Sally Ann

    Yeah, pick on someone who uses detrimental uses for terrorists, in a country where genocide is the norm…way to go, Africa! Josie, how dare you agree with this! I don't agree with Obama's policies, but I would NEVER say that the arrest of a current or former President of the USA is warranted from another country. I guess that we've forgotten loyalty to our own country. Even to a President you don't agree with…You, madam, should go live in Africa where war and famine are par for everyday living.

  3. Aimee Boswell

    Torture rarely works. You are talking about torturing a group of people who strap bombs to themselves and stroll into wedding parties. Death is not something they fear most. Torture should never be sanctioned. I don't care what morals the other side has we should never stoop to that sort of level. All Bush had to do was take serious the memo that came during a briefing in the Spring of 2011 and 911 would never have happened. But then he never would have the opportunity to take out Saddam, which his Daddy couldn't do.