Amnesty International Bush Arrest Africa
December 2, 2011 by staff
Amnesty International Bush Arrest Africa, Former members of the George W. Bush administration assailed Amnesty International Thursday for demanding the former president’s arrest while he and his family are in Africa, calling Amnesty’s campaign at best a form of “harassment” and at worst a threat.
The world’s largest human rights group said Thursday “there is enough evidence in the public domain” to justify Ethiopia, Tanzania or Zambia arresting the former president during his visit to the region on charges of committing “crimes under international law.” The president is traveling in the three nations between Thursday and Monday to promote AIDS and cancer awareness.
“They’ve been trying to get any country where President Bush and Vice President Cheney visit to harass them wherever they go,” former Justice Department attorney John Yoo said of Amnesty’s actions.
“It could be taken as a call for violence against the president,” said Brad Blakeman, a former Bush adviser who accompanied the former president to Africa in 2003.
Blakeman said Amnesty is just trying to “embarrass” the former president but the sustained campaign could be potentially dangerous.
“I think it’s a threat upon … the former president,” he said.
The group said the three nations should investigate Bush’s “alleged involvement in and responsibility for torture,” referring to the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.
“All countries to which George W. Bush travels have an obligation to bring him to justice for his role in torture,” said Matt Pollard, senior legal adviser for the American branch of AI.
But Bush officials said Amnesty’s campaign at this point should be categorized as “harassment” — particularly considering the purpose of Bush’s visit.
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