• Barack Obama has called the leaders of Egypt and Libya following the latest violence in the region.
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17 Sep 2012 - 4:30 PM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 10:48 AM

By Brendon O'Connor, University of Sydney

Barack Obama's administration has been criticised for not taking action on alleged perpetrators of torture during his predecessor's reign. EPA/Barry Guiterrez

Last month, it seemed that justice would never be served for the acts of torture allegedly committed during the George W. Bush presidency. Despite Barack Obama's 2008 campaign promise to “immediately review” any suspected acts of terror, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closure of the only two cases under investigation without charges being laid.

However, with fresh claims of torture emerging, the debate regarding prosecutions for the perpetrators has reignited. In the video below, MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow discusses how new torture claims during the Bush presidency could finally lead to justice and accountability for those responsible. The second part of this video is particularly interesting: Maddow is a long way from Fox News.

Rachel Maddow discusses the torture claims

Brendon O'Connor does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

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