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Baltasar Garzón is Spain’s best known judge. He’s also as determined a criminal investigator as can be found anywhere, and not one who cares much for the efforts of politicians to manipulate his work. So those who know him can hardly be surprised by his response to the Zapatero government’s effort to shut down his examination of Bush-era torture policies and the lawyers who brought them about. Today a thunderbolt out of Madrid: the case against the Bush torture lawyers moves into the formal criminal investigative phase, and Garzón is focusing on the documents that the Justice Department just released. A “systematic program for torture,” he calls it. Indictments to come? Get the details in my latest report on the events out of Madrid here.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Years it would take Jim Bakker to earn enough to pay his federal fine at his current job cleaning prison toilets:
Zoologists speculated that cannibalism among hippos might have led to an anthrax outbreak in Uganda that has killed at least 220 of the beasts. “I knew hippos were nasty,” said one anthrax expert, “but I didn’t know they went around eating each other.”
A white man in St. Louis was charged with punching a black man at a gas station after telling him to “go back to Ferguson.” “I’m going to let the authorities handle this,” said the victim, a former Major League baseball player, “but I’ve had enough of St. Louis.”
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