Friday, 29 January 2010

War Criminals: Arrest Warrants Requested for Bush Officials

International arrest warrants have been requested for George W. Bush, Richard (Dick) Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleeza Rice and Alberto Gonzales at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands.

Professor of Law Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champain, United States of America, has issued a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court against the above-mentioned for their practice of “extraordinary rendition” (forced disappearance of persons and subsequent torture) in Iraq and for criminal policy which constitutes Crimes against Humanity in violation of the Rome Statute which set up the ICC.
http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/25-01-2010/111844-war_criminals_bush-0

According to International Law, where torture has resulted in the death of a detainee, those who authorised the said torture can be charged with murder.

None of these officials are above the Law. It is past time that the world stopped treating them so. Unless criminals in suits face the serious consequences of their actions nothing will change.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 29th, 2010.]

2 comments:

steven andresen said...

spook,

I have been saying that the powers-that-be do pretty much what they want regardless of the efforts of do-gooders to "hinder" them. So, if the powers want to steal valuables from Iraq, they get the U.S. army and marines to go in there, shoot the place up, and someone makes off with the loot. And, if there's some question of legality, the powers are able to keep any investigations or prosecutions at bay. They buy a judge. They kill a reporter. They pass a law.

Here, you've suggested that Bush and his buddies should and can be arrested in other countries, even if they would not be here.

It would be nice if you were right and these guys would be arrested if they travelled outside the U.S.

Do you think this is a realistic expectation? I mean, these countries are still doing business with the U.S. and arresting politicians would provoke some kind of economic reaction. This is the main reason why I don't think criminal politicians from the U.S. are arrested in other countries. These other countries realize the economic consequences would far outweigh the good that might come to them by bringing these guys to trial.

SpookyPunkos said...

I agree that international politics comes into stopping arrest warrants being issued a lot- especially as you would not want to undermine an ally that has strong military and economic ties.

This is all well and good for the politicans and the corporations but it is a betrayal of the American people and their Constitution.

Any country that offers up arrest warrants needs to sell this move with a legal justification AND an argument similar to what I just made.

Having said that, my comment was also directed at individuals inside the US. (Whatever country you are in the justification remains the same.)

The powers that be are powerful but they are not omnipotent. I recommend starting with a never ending effort of bringing to justice anyone who can be prosecuted, letting the can of worms be opened before the gaze of the public.

Once an idea like "prosecuting our leaders" gets out, then the chances of it happening again, and going further, is more likely.

In the end I think there will be a revolution of sorts as people wake up to hard truths, and realise that actions can be taken so that the criminal system can be undone (to a very large extent).

I'd like to see this stuff attempted rather than we accept everything that's lumped upon us- like unnecessary wars, rigged elections, assassinations, harmful corporate products, subsistance living conditions with little real benefits from paying taxes etc.