Bush expected to pardon those with torture links

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US LAWYERS battling against torture and other abuses at Guantanamo Bay are braced for George Bush issuing last-minute pardons to protect those in his Administration most closely implicated. The lawyers' warning came after a senior member of the Bush Administration, Susan Crawford, admitted for the first time that torture had been carried out. Such pardons could prevent US courts from prosecuting people involved in torture.

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