According to Harper’s, Spanish authorities are investigating Bush administration officials for torture. That includes the former BYU law professor Jay Bybee who signed off on John Yoo’s infamous torture memos.
The premier Spanish newspaper El PaÃs reports that judge Baltasar GarzÃ³n is involved in the investigation. Garzon is famous for prosecuting Basque terrorists and for bringing Augusto Pinochet to justice by demanding the dictator’s extradition from Britain.
Although the extradition request failed, Chile revoked the tyrant’s immunity and tried him at home.
The immediate consequence for Bybee and the torture crew is that they are no longer able to travel outside the United States. Spain may demand their arrest and extradition.
The Spanish activities are also increasing the pressure on the Obama administration to prosecute torturers for violating international human rights and American criminal law. Since Bybee is now a federal judge, his case is especially embarrassing.
As Mormons, we need to ask ourselves why so many prominent Mormons have become entangled in the abuses of the Bush administration. Personally, I have a hard time understanding how a torturer can remain a Mormon in good standing.