22 Oct 2011
Earlier this week, President George W. Bush spoke at an economic summit in Canada. Amnesty International called on the Canadian government to arrest Bush and either prosecute or extradite him for the torture of prisoners in the so-called "war on terror." Meanwhile, four men who say they were tortured in US prisons under the Bush administration lodged a private prosecution against the former president in a Canadian provincial court. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Center for International Justice submitted a 69-page draft indictment to Canada's attorney general, along with more than 4,000 pages of supporting material, that set forth the case against Bush for torture.
Democracy Now speak with one of the alleged torture victims, Murat Kurnaz, a former Guantánamo prisoner. He is a Turkish national who was born in Germany. He was detained in Pakistan at the age of 19 in 2001. "I believe George Bush is a criminal, and he has to pay for this, what he did. And even in my own case, even though I was got proven that I’m innocent and never had done anything wrong, so they kept me for like five years. After that I got proof that I’m innocent, they kept me five more years, and they never stopped the torture."
Also on the program is Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights who is assisting the plaintiffs in the case.