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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
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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