On November 19-22, 2011, the trial of George W. Bush (former U.S. President) and Anthony L. Blair (former British Prime Minister) will be held in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first time that war crimes charges will be heard against the two former heads of state in compliance with proper legal process.
Read more at Mathaba.net.
From the Huffington Post:
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to Colin Powell during his tenure as secretary of state, tells ABC News that former vice president Dick Cheney “fears being tried as a war criminal.”
The suggestion from Wilkerson coincides with the release of Cheney’s new book, In My Time, which came out on Tuesday.
Wilkerson signaled to Democracy Now! that he believes Bush administration officials should be held accountable when it comes to matters such as the authorization of warrantless wiretapping and the use of harsh interrogation techniques for terror suspects.
“And I’d be willing to testify, and I’d be willing to take any punishment I’m due,” he said. “And I think that explains the aggressiveness, to a large extent, of the Cheney attack and of the words like ‘exploding heads all over Washington.’ This is a book written out of fear, fear that one day someone will ‘Pinochet’ Dick Cheney.’
For more and to see a video of Wilkerson speaking with Democracy Now!, click here.
Antiwar Radio‘s Scott Horton once again interviews Professor Boyle. In this interview, Professor Boyle discusses how in 2004 the FBI and CIA tried to make him an informant to betray his Arab and Muslim legal clients; how his refusal landed him on several terrorism watch lists; the list of five thousand Arabs, Muslims and their sympathizers that the FBI interrogated and attempted to “turn;” the US government’s habit of (and plans regarding) rounding up entire groups of Americans –- Constitution notwithstanding — to send off to prison camps during crises; and why we already live in a police state, which could very well transform into a military dictatorship should there be one more major terrorist attack.
As reported by the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge is allowing an Army veteran who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld personally for damages.
The veteran’s identity is withheld in court filings, but he worked for an American contracting company as a translator for the Marines in the volatile Anbar province before being detained for nine months at Camp Cropper, a U.S. military facility near the Baghdad airport dedicated to holding “high-value” detainees.
The government says he was suspected of helping get classified information to the enemy and helping anti-coalition forces enter Iraq. But he was never charged with a crime and says he never broke the law.
Read the full article here.
Translated text of a recent interview with Thiago Barrozo.
Click here for the original.
The decision of the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the country’s intelligence chief, Abdullah Al Sanussi, raised the spirits of the White House and received immediate support from the U.S. government. Stretching the strong rejection of the public to the damage and costs of a new battlefront, the United States have wagered on international bodies to fight the war that, according to President Barack Obama, does not exist.
The strategy, however, can turn into a bomerangue. The statement is the Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, Francis Boyle. In January 2010, Boyle filed a request to the ICC investigation against former President George W. Bush, former President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA director George Tenet, the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, charged with defending a policy crimes against humanity. “The strengthening of the authority of the ICC could become a ghost to haunt the White House, as the Obama administration has the same policy of forced disappearance and torture of the Bush administration,” Boyle said in an interview with the Ladies Friends.
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From the IPA’s press release yesterday concerning Obama administration support of ICC arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The Washington Times editorialized Tuesday: The Obama administration is backing the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. It is a dangerous precedent for the United States to rush to affirm the jurisdiction of this relatively new international body, particularly with a president whose counterterrorism strategy has made his name synonymous with ‘targeted killing.’ On Monday, ICC judges granted warrants for Col. Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and regime intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi. …
“In 2010, American law professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, filed a complaint with the ICC prosecutor against Mr. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice and Alberto Gonzales for ‘their criminal policy and practice of ‘extraordinary rendition’ perpetrated upon about 100 human beings.’ The dirty little secret is that renditions have continued — and some sources say increased — under the Obama administration. This, combined with the questionable legality of drone strikes under international law, could come back to haunt the White House if the ICC continues to expand its authority.”
[Note: Obama, at his news conference today, made reference to the ICC case and repeated allegations of the Gadhafi regime using rape as a weapon. BBC reports: “Donatella Rovera from Amnesty International, who has spent three months in the country, said the organization did not have evidence of cases of rape so far.”]
Vancouver lawyer, Gail Davidson, cofounder of Lawyers Against the War, says she will send a dossier on former U.S. president George W. Bush to the Canadian war-crime investigation unit in advance of his visit to Surrey later this year.
See the article on Straight.com.
The Center for Constitutional Rights Announces Bush Indictment for Convention Against Torture Signatory States
February 7, 2011, Geneva and New York – Today, two torture victims were to have filed criminal complaints, with more than 2,500-pages of supporting material, in Geneva against former U.S. President George W. Bush, who was due to speak at an event there on 12 February. Swiss law requires the presence of the torturer on Swiss soil before a preliminary investigation can be opened. When Bush cancelled his trip to avoid prosecution, the human rights groups who prepared the complaints made it public and announced that the Bush Torture Indictment would be waiting wherever he travels next. The Indictment serves as the basis on which to prepare country-specific, plaintiff-specific indictments, with additional evidence and updated information. According to international law experts at the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), former presidents do not enjoy special immunity under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).
“Waterboarding is torture, and Bush has admitted, without any sign of remorse, that he approved its use,” said Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney at CCR and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). “The reach of the Convention Against Torture is wide – this case is prepared and will be waiting for him wherever he travels next. Torturers – even if they are former presidents of the United States – must be held to account and prosecuted. Impunity for Bush must end.”
While the U.S. has thus far failed to comply with its obligations under the Convention Against Torture to prosecute and punish those who commit torture, all other signatories, too, are obligated to prosecute or extradite for prosecution anyone present in their territory they have a reasonable basis for believing has committed torture. If the evidence warrants, as the Bush Torture Indictment contends it does, and the U.S. fails to request the extradition of Bush and others to face charges of torture there, CAT signatories must, under law, prosecute them for torture.
Read more from the CCR in the official press release.
As the Indict Bush movement organizes protests at stops all along his book tour, the message is resonating all over the world — Bush should be seen as a war criminal and indicted for his crimes.
London Mayor Boris Johnson wrote:
It is not yet clear whether George W Bush is planning to cross the Atlantic to flog us his memoirs, but if I were his PR people I would urge caution. As book tours go, this one would be an absolute corker. It is not just that every European capital would be brought to a standstill, as book-signings turned into anti-war riots. The real trouble — from the Bush point of view — is that he might never see Texas again.
Read more on IndictBushNow.org.