Bush Cancels Swiss Visit Amid Torture Complaints
Organizer say he feared legal action
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2011 2:32 PM CST
Former President George W. Bush gives a Veterans Day address, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

(Newser) – A visit by George W. Bush to Switzerland later this month has been called off because the host charity says it feared leftist protests would get out of hand. Human rights groups, meanwhile, say the real reason is because they planned to lodge a criminal complaint against Bush accusing him of sanctioning torture, reports Reuters. Bush had been scheduled to speak to a Jewish group Feb. 12 in Geneva, and an attorney for the group says the potential legal action played no role in the decision to cancel, notes the Hill.

"We didn't want to put people and property in Geneva at risk," he said, citing plans by protesters to arrive en masse. A spokesman for Human Rights Watch had a different take: "He's avoiding the handcuffs." Noting that Bush acknowledged in his memoir that he approved waterboarding, "authorities would have been obliged to open an investigation and either prosecute or extradite" him, said the spokesman.

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Observer
Feb 6, 2011 2:16 PM CST
Bush is an admitted torturer and war criminal. "Waterboarding is an acceptable interrogation technique". Most Egyptians, Romanians and Uzbeks agree. He should fear international prosecution. He authorized crimes against humanity, wholesale killings of civilians, fabricated justifications for attacking an already dominated and weakened oil-rich country, the creation of the world's biggest mercenary army, the absolute destruction of any sympathy or credibility in the world's eyes. He authorized illegal invasive - illegal, invasive - illegal invasive DOMESTIC SPYING on millions of Americans. Then got Congress to Pardon the complicit Telcos. Did all of you idiots miss this somehow? The Patriot Act is still in full force. Uncle Sam can stick his head up your ass so far you gag. Anytime, any reason -HELL for NO reason. The Patriot Act legalized unquestioned police state civilian domination if you read it literally like the Bible.
Dave
Feb 6, 2011 8:25 AM CST
But right wingers told me that the rich are untouchable and can do anything they want and never face any consequences. Does this mean they are wrong ? I can't imagine right wingers ever being wrong. Sure.
Libor Soural
Feb 6, 2011 12:00 AM CST
Bush did good. I love the United Satanic America. What did you do, you helpless, powerless morons, except your trivial daily nine to five ? I'm the dubbed Czech Hollywood Warrior Priest from Serious Entertainment and therefore know better, spreading my massive 36 volume Sixth Gospel word worldwide at an unprecedented level. Forget about Wikileaks or the Devil's media - Internet. Love, love, love, not really.