April 24, 2008

Me and Len Hart raise our hands to work on the war crimes tribunal (ya listening?)

Imminent Arrest of Americans for War Crimes?
Len Hart

The 'net' is abuzz with talk of the imminent arrest of Americans for war crimes, specifically the tortures that were most certainly ordered by Bush and anticipated by then House Speaker Tom Delay who sponsored legislation to exempt the 'President' from war crimes prosecution. Since that time, Bush 'lawyers' have rewritten US Codes prescribing the death penalty for specific violations of the Geneva Conventions. Only the oblivious would not ask: was Bush planning 911, Afghanistan, Iraq even before he sought the office?

Of Bush plans to commit the war crime of torture, then Atty Gen John Ashcroft said: 'History will not judge this kindly' But history may also conclude that John Ashcroft was, in the final analysis, complicit with the Bush/Yoo conspiracy to make 'legal' numerous crimes against humanity that Bush had intended to commit in our name. There was, indeed, precedent but not the kind sought by Bush. It was Reinhard Heydrich who convened senior Nazi brass at Wannsee. Their mission: cook up a rationale, some legalistic mumbo jumbo, that will make mass murder, genocide, legal!

Politico wrote the following as if it were current news.

Suddenly, something happens overseas that throws the presidential campaigns off the TV screens entirely: Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on vacation in Italy, is arrested and brought to The Hague to face war crimes charges.

--Politico, Could war crimes charges be October surprise?

Politico is not alone in thinking it just a matter of time until an American is arrested, charged, and, with any luck and justice, brought to trial. Tragically however, it is a measure of how Bush and by extension America is distrusted that almost every knowledgeable writer expects another terrorist attack on US soil. Politico refers to Bush as "on his way out". Yet --another attack will give Bush all the cover he needs to cancel the elections and, in effect, complete his fascist coup d'etat!

A war crimes trial of any American should be a wake up call for Americans. Former Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. Paul X. Kelley reminded in the Washington Post: "

Violations of Common Article 3 are 'war crimes' for which everyone involved — potentially up to and including the president of the United States — may be tried in any of the other 193 countries that are parties to the conventions."

I was not surprised by recent reports citing a recently declassified memo that JD lawyer/talk show pundit John Yoo bluntly argued sweeping, perhaps unlimited, presidential authority to order torture. A fuzzy cheeked idiot in my Congressman's office had made the same argument to me with regard to a Tom DeLay sponsored House Bill authorizing Bush and exonerating him in advance for numerous offenses which he clearly had intended to commit. I object to this utter disregard regard for international law. My Congressman's aid said that the treaties meant nothing! In other words, I replied, America's word means absolutely nothing in this regime! My opinion of the Bush regime has been exponentially confirmed since that time.

The Bush administration began plans to commit war crimes from the outset of the administration perhaps even earlier. Long before 911, Bush prepared legislation that would exempt US troops from war crimes prosecution at the Hague, specifically, violations of the Geneva Conventions later violated in fact at Abu Ghraib. The measure positioned Bush in advance to exploit the crime of 911, though it had not yet happened. To this end, Bush sought Congressional authorization to go to war with the Netherlands should US troops find themselves on trial for war crimes at the Hague!

The measure exempting US troops from 'war crimes' was introduced by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) as an amendment to H.R. 1646, The Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2001, on May 8, 2001. It passed the House 282-137 on May 10 and introduced as S. 857 in the Senate on May 9 by Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC), Zell Miller (D-GA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Warner (R-VA), Trent Lott (R-MS), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Frank Murkowski (R-AK).

The bill authorized Bush "...to use all means (including the provision of legal assistance) necessary to bring about the release of covered US persons and covered allied persons held captive by or on behalf of the Court [International Criminal Court, ICC, in the Hague]. Some highlights:

• The President is authorized to invade The Hague. Specifically, the bill empowers Bush to use all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release from captivity of US or Allied personnel detained or imprisoned against their will by or on behalf of the Court.

• No US governmental entity --including State or local governments and court of any US jurisdiction --may cooperate with the ICC in arrests, extraditions, searches and seizures, taking of evidence, seizure of assets, or similar matters.

• No ICC agent may conduct any investigation in the US.

• No classified national security information can be transferred directly or indirectly to the ICC or to countries Party to the Rome Statute.

• These provisions are in addition to existing US law (the 2000-2001 Foreign Relations Authorization Act) which prohibits any US funds going to the ICC once it has been established unless the Senate has given its advice and consent to the Rome Treaty.

It is significant that this measure was introduced before 911 in obvious anticipation of a 'War on Terrorism' and the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. Certainly no one but Bush, Dick Cheney, Tom Delay, the Project for the New American Century and members of the Bush administration might have anticipated the improbable series of events leading to the American quagmire in Iraq.

Certainly, no one but Bush would have foreseen that US atrocities at Abu Ghraib, GITMO and a gulag archipelago of US torture centers throughout eastern Europe would have necessitated measures in advance to put himself, US brass and members of his criminal junta above the law! This measure amounts to a criminal administration positioning itself --in advance --to exploit the crime of 911. It is more evidence that 911 was anticipated.

It is evidence that the Bush administration was far better equipped and prepared to supervise the events of 911 from inside Dick Cheney's bunker than was the rag tag improbable and outlandish 'conspiracy' of 19 Arab hijackers --none of whom could fly a 757! Because Bush had planned in advance, his administration moved forward with plans to attack Afghanistan months before 911 as negotiations with the Taliban broke down. As for Iraq, Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force had already carved up the oil booty among the robber barons of big oil: Halliburton, Enron, et al!

Bush would soon have his first chance to exploit what the Project for the New American Century [See: PDF: Rebuilding America's Defenses] would call a 'catalyzing event' like Pearl Harbor.

Courts in Italy and Germany already have issued warrants demanding the arrest of CIA operatives for illegally kidnapping and allegedly torturing citizens and residents of their nations. More than 30 US citizens have been named, their CIA covers blown. These warrants have not been executed, primarily for diplomatic reasons. But they could be acted upon rapidly with a simple decision by either government. And other names — of those directly involved in "enhanced interrogation techniques" [bloody torture] — are starting to emerge overseas.

--Politico, Could war crimes charges be October surprise?

Under the precedent of the Nuremberg trials, even making such an argument exposes Yoo, along with others — including federal Judge Jay S. Bybee, a former Bush administration Justice Department official, or former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales — to war crimes indictments.

How Bush Created a Dictatorship and Places Himself Above the Law

I encourage the International Courts to indict George W. Bush himself for having ordered a campaign of capital crimes i.e, wars of naked aggression in which millions are now dead as a result. If that's not a crime in this world, then nothing is. If the ICC will proceed, I will happily assist them in the preparation of its case.


April 24, 2008 By: Len Hart Imminent Arrest of Americans for War Crimes?, a The Existentialist Cowboy

Be sure to read my entries on Blackwater: A Legal Remedy

As well as my entries on appointment of a special prosecutor

I get real DOWN but now is not the time for fear, I guess. I am just sick to death of being oppressed and being called crazy. You would be too. I would so like to turn this blog into a proper website and organize all this material - but n o dice, no cash, and I may lose my ISP soon if I don't come up with some ca$h pronto. I thought that they were taking the money off my prepaid Mastercard for the past four months, but no. Bell had already taken me off line with no warning whatsoever. Sigh, it's hard in 2007 to be a disabled radical dame, it really is.

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