Scott Horton from Daily Beast reports that a judge in Spain decided today that an investigation of Bush officials involved in torture policy will go forward and can lead to prosecution. HuffPo has more. Human Rights orginisations applaud.

Garzón’s ruling today marks a decision to begin a formal criminal inquiry into the allegations of torture and inhumane treatment he has been collecting for several years now.

So the pressure is on again for the US to open its own inquiry or Truth Commission to stop being embarassed by a foreign nation.
Spanish lawyers close to the case state that under applicable Spanish law, the Obama administration has the power to bring the proceedings in Spain against former Bush administration officials to a standstill. “All it has to do is launch its own criminal investigation through the Justice Department,” said one lawyer working on the case, “that would immediately stop the case in Spain.

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