January 25, 2012
By Madison Ruppert
Two legal rights groups recently requested that the United Nations conduct an investigation into allegations targeting officials in the United States and Spain who reportedly conspired to block criminal probes into the authorization of illegal killings and torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration.
The request was made by the Center for Constitutional Rights, based out of New York, along with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights out of Berlin.
According to McClatchy, the request was made to the United Nations’ special rapporteur for judicial independence.
The two groups say that the United States interfered with the Spanish justice system in three separate criminal cases and they asked the UN to demand that both the Spanish and American governments cease their meddling in court cases.
I think this is pretty much a pipe dream, given that the United Nations is based in the United States, has incredibly close ties with the American government, and is far from the legitimate, accountable, and representative organization some make it out to be.
All we need to do is look at their inaction over the breaches of the Geneva Conventions carried out by the Bush and Obama administrations, the illegal invasion of Iraq, the invasion of Libya which left unknown numbers of civilians dead while breaching the Constitution of the United States of America, just to name a few examples.
The United Nations has no interest in justice unless it serves their needs, as we have seen with their deafening silence over the many illegal assassinations carried out by the United States in recent history.
“When arguably the leading human rights country in the world is engaged in torture and then gives impunity to those torturers, it sends a pretty bad message,” said the President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner.
I think Ratner’s assertion is laughably misguided, given that the United States is far from “the leading human rights country in the world” and I find it to be a hardly arguable point.
Sure, there are worse countries out there, but I would very much like to debate the assertion that the United States leads the world in human rights with Ratner or anyone else who genuinely believes this to be true.