Name: John B. Bellinger, III
GW Bush Administration Position:
Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State of the United States (2005- Jan. 2009).
Senior Associate Counsel to the President.
Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House (2001-2005).
War crime charge(s):
- Complicity in the commission of a war crime – torture, ill-treatment of detainees.
- Justified extended detentions in Guantanamo and transfer of prisoners to other countries (rendition).
- Crime against peace – planning and carrying out a war of aggression.
- Played key role in convincing British legal authorities of legality of 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- Council on Foreign Relations, 1777 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, 1-202-509-8400
"The vast majority of the people who are in Guantanamo are being held under the typical laws of war1."
" There is no international definition of what is cruel, humane, or inhumane2."
1 (quoted in Feb 2006 Dept of Defense press release)
2(Interview with Frontline on May 4th 2007)