Did You know that Bush Can’t Travel to Switzerland Without Facing Charges? Will Obama Have Same Fate?
You may or may not know this, but former president George W. Bush can’t go to Switzerland without worrying about being prosecuted as a war criminal. The president was scheduled to appear in the country to address a Jewish charity, but had to cancel the 2011 trip because of the fear of being arrested.
There are those around the world who consider both presidents Bush and Obama to be criminals of war, primarily for various forms of torture, drone strikes and other activity that some consider to be illegal. The criminal complaints against Bush were levied in Geneva, according to court officials.
After his presidency is over, Barack Obama may not be free to travel the globe as some might expect. US foreign policy has created quite a few enemies around the world, and some think it’s only a matter of time before someone is made to pay for these alleged crimes.
The 2,500 page case against Bush in Switzerland consists of allegations of mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, a US naval base in Cuba. Groups claim that even in his memoirs, Bush admits to ordering various interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, a method that simulates drowning.
“He’s avoiding the handcuffs,” Reed Brody, counsel for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.
“President Bush has admitted he ordered waterboarding which everyone considers to be a form of torture under international law. Under the Convention against Torture, authorities would have been obliged to open an investigation and either prosecute or extradite George Bush,” Brody said.
The question for President Obama is whether or not he too will endure the same fate as his predecessor. The Obama Administration has been heavily criticized for continuing many of the policies of former President Bush. This leads some to believe that Obama may also not be able to travel to certain countries without fear of prosecution.
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