Amnesty International, a prominent human rights organization, is calling for a criminal investigation into former President George W. Bush’s role in the use of interrogation techniques against detainees.
In his memoirs Decision Points, Bush confirmed his personal involvement in authorizing waterboarding and other torture techniques in order to obtain information from suspected terrorists. The former President claimed that waterboarding saved British lives by extracting critical intelligence from detainees.
UK officials who were familiar with the counter-terrorism activities during the time of Bush’s authorization have dismissed his claims that British lives were saved as a direct result of waterboarding. Amnesty International, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning, grassroots activist organization, suggests that Bush’s involvement should be investigated because waterboarding is prohibited by international law.
However, not everyone has vilified this admission. According to The Huffington Post, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) has defended Bush’s recent revelations. King, who is likely to become the next chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the former commander-in-chief “should get a medal” for his authorization of waterboarding.
“In the big picture, to hold someone’s head underwater, the chance of permanent damage is minimal and the rewards are great,” said King, quoted by the news provider.