Bush War Criminals Not Welcome in Canada: The Gloves Come Off. Vancouver lawyer seeks Dick Cheney’s arrest as War Criminal; Bush on No-Entry list too!
This blogger writes:
But the anti-Cheney protest is just the first round. Canadians’ legendary meekness seems about to turn to fierce direct action against the entire George W. Bush administration. A group of Canadian lawyers has launched an initiative to have former U.S. president George W. Bush declared a War Criminal too, and to be banned from entering Canada.
The Vancouver, B.C. speakers’ club, “The Bon Mot” has the notorious former V.P scheduled to speak on 26 September. Ironically (and perhaps predictably!) the ghoulish Cheney’s address is already sold out. Morbid curiosity always attracts people to roadside crashes, doesn’t it?
So far, the following official parties have raised the alarum against hosting Bush and Cheney in Canada: Amnesty International, Lawyers Against the War, and the Hon. Don Davies, critic for Immigration of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. They want to stop Cheney from completing this engagement because of Cheney’s oft- admitted approval and oversight of torture against unindicted and illegaly detained civilians in the U.S’ “War On Terror.”
Dear Minister Kenney,
Your portfolio encompasses the oversight and proper administration of certain Canadian laws relevant to Refusal of Entry to Canada of persons deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, “accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.” Impending, on 26 Sept, 2011, is a scheduled visit of former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney to the City of Vancouver to speak to a curiously blithe private club, the “Bon Mot Club.”
But this visit can in no way be seen as a “bon événement” for Vancouver, for the province of B.C. or for Canadians in general.
Click the following link to read Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson, of “Lawyers Against the War” on Cheney and Bush, in The Georgia Straight:
“Lawyers Against the War” also produced a six-page legal brief sent to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and his top advisers singularly denying the appropriateness of allowing former U.S. president George W. Bush to enter Canada. Click here to download the document.
Here is a brief extract of the document:
George W. Bush is reported to be coming to Surrey, B.C. on October 20, 2011 at the invitation of Surrey Mayor Diane Watts. There is overwhelming evidence that George W. Bush as President of the United States of America and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces aided, abetted and counselled the torture of non-Americans at U.S. controlled prisons outside the U.S. including but not limited to Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Bagram prison in Afghianistan and other places…
- We are writing to report that George W. Bush, former President of the United States, is inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), sec 35(1) (a) because of overwhelming evidence that he has ‘committed,’ outside Canada, torture and other offences referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act (CAHWC).
- the George W. Bush administration is known to have engaged in systematic gross human rights violations, or a war crime against humanity within the meaning of subsection 6(3) to (5) of the CAHWC
- We request that you…ensure that the RCMP War Crimes Secition immediately takes the following steps:
- begin an investigation of George W. Bush for aiding, abetting and counselling torture between November 13, 2001 and November 2008 at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba…and
- acknowledge that the George W. Bush’s administration was a “government that has engaged in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity, and therefore GWB…is inadmissible under section 35(1) (b) of the IRPA
Will the Conservative, Bush-friendly Canadian government really move to ban Bush and Cheney from Canada? Not likely. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is known to have been sympatico with the Bush White House, so, barring riots in the streets or some such violent eruption of public protest in Canada, Harper will make this issue just go away. That’s the sad realpolitik of it!
…meanwhile, local antiwar activists are planning to give Cheney “the welcome he deserves”. The StopWar Coalition is calling for a protest starting at 5:30 p.m. outside the event at the Vancouver Club. And Human Rights Watch has lately been bringing pressure to bear upon Canada to investigate Bush and Cheney for Crimes Against Humanity.
“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly. Where will it all end?”
That’s what this blog is all about.