Turley on his interview with Garzón

May 15, 2011

Jonathan Turley in conversation with Baltasar Garzón, recipient of the 2011 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. New York City, 14 May 2011. Photo Richard Bermack

Earlier today, Prof. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School summarized the main points of his two-hour conversation with ALBA/Puffin awardee Baltasar Garzón:

Garzón stated that the Obama Administration’s use of the “just following orders” defense as well as the protection of lawyers involved in the torture program violated the Nuremberg principles and precedent.

Garzón questioned the legality of the U.S. killing of Bin Laden given the lack of approval by Pakistan and the appearance of a mission to assassinate rather than capture the terrorist. He not only stated his view that such an operation would presumptively violate international law but lost a golden opportunity to interrogate the leader. Garzón previously successfully oversaw the prosecution of 18 Al Qaeda members and is viewed as a tough anti-terror judge, including his investigation of ETA.

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