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Bush Skips Town on secret ‘GET OUT OF JAIL FREE’ Card – Canada’s Cowardly Legal Lions Protecting ‘W’ from Justice?

October 28, 2011 1 comment

COVERUP : B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond stays proceedings against Bush, posthaste! Without Reading It’s 69+ Pages First? **

Attorney General still has not given us any reasons in writing: Senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights

George W. Bush was slipped a secret GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD from Canada‘s cowardly legal powers on 24 October, 2011 allowing the former U.S. president to once again slip through the fingers of justice fighters aiming to bring him in for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bush’s 20 October speaking engagement at a hotel in Surrey, B.C. closed down city streets, commandeered phalanxes of special police protection officers and attracted hundreds of highly-vocal, sign-waving protestors railing against war crimes widely believed to have been perpetrated by the Bush administration. Even while the protestors were raising their voices against Bush, a British Columbia court official in Surrey accepted delivery from a group of human rights organizations of a scathing 69-page criminal indictment against Bush, and duly set a hearing date for January, 2012.

Things fizzled out from there:

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Canadian Centre for International Justice – criminal indictment filed against Bush

Matt Eisenbrandt, legal director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), one of the intervening rights organizations, said in a press release the same day: ” Mere hours after a justice of the peace received the criminal information and the court set a hearing date for January, we received notice by phone that the Attorney General of British Columbia had already intervened in the case and stayed the proceedings against former President Bush, effectively ending the case.”

The indictment brought by the rights group, which comprises the New York based Center For Constitutional Justice, Amnesty International as well as the CCIJ lays out the harrowing case of four individuals who endured horrendous tortures including beatings, chaining to cell walls, being hung from walls or ceilings while handcuffed, lack of access to toilets, sleep, food and water-deprivation, exposure to extreme temperatures, sensory overload and deprivation while captive in the hands of U.S. military forces. One of  the men, Hassan Bin Attash, is still detained at Guantánamo. He has been imprisoned there without charge for more than nine years.

 Eisenbrandt says the legal basis for the indictment is exceptionally strong, and the case should have been tried under the Criminal Code of Canada.  “A slap in the face to the four men who were brutally tortured by Mr. Bush’s government..” is how he describes the Attorney General’s underhanded scuttling of the case.

Shirley Bond is the Attorney General for the province of British Columbia. It was her office that intervened in the case and stayed the proceedings against Bush. Bond was named Attorney General on August 18, 2011. She serves as Attorney General on an interim basis. Bond’s assistant deputy attorney general,Robert W. G. Gillen, Q.C.,  has respsonded to this blogger’s enquiries regarding documentation and rationale behind her shutting down the case against Bush, but unsatisfactorily. Gillen’s letter is currently being reviewed and analyzed by a CCIJ lawyer. Click: link to the CCIJ critique.

◊This blogger is awaiting results of a Freedom of Information Request in search for possible dark politics at play protecting Bush from Justice in Canada.

Rookie, temporary B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond – behind secret Stay of Proceedings against Bush – Spook #2 protecting Bush?

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While an attorney general of a Canadian province is not required to take instruction from the federal AG, Bond’s brief tenure in the position and the tenderfoot status of the  provincial government of which she is a member causes speculation about what influence the federal Attorney General’s office might have played in her decision. Canada’s present  Conservative federal government led by prime minister Stephen Harper is known to have had congenial relations with the Bush administration, even in times of Bush’s deepest unpopularity and impending political death.

Federal AG Rob Nicholson – Spook #1 protecting Bush?

Federal Attorney General,  Robert Nicholson, has  not responded to enquiries from this blogger regarding possible political interference and his stance on investigating and apprehending Bush based on the stayed charges.


It’s a deafening silence.

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Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights said, ” The Attorney General still has not given us any reasons in writing for staying the case, but the speed with which it was done shows the case was not treated seriously.

Gallagher brings forward the ever-present legal jeopardy that haunts George W. Bush these days. His world is shrinking around him :

Mr. Bush will need to be exceedingly careful about where he travels.  He has caused harm to so many – including those who were  tortured in U.S.-run detention facilities – and he remains vulnerable to prosecution in any of the other 145 countries that have signed the Convention Against Torture, as long as the United States continues to breach its own obligations under the Convention.”

Canadian Maher Arar “renditioned” by U.S. sued and won damages from Canada

There is something that could explain why Canadian authorities are happy to let Bush breeze through with no fuss, no muss, and certainly no criminal indictments accepted. Canada itself has been complicit in Bush’s war ziggurat, and paid a price. Canada, like many other countries, once cooperated with Bush in various ways and now finds itself in a squeeze equally along with Mr. Bush. In 2002 a Canadian court awarded Canadian citizen  Maher Arar $10 million in damages  for the suffering he endured  when he was illegally handed over by Canada to U.S. security forces, who then imposed “renditioning” on him – being shipped off to a third party country for torture. In a U.S. ‘black’ detention centre in Syria, Arar was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months. Arar is active now in investigating the U.S. and Syrian personnel who perpetrated these crimes against him.

Perhaps because of  the heat raised by one case like Arar’s, now Canadian authorities feel shy, and sly,  about not bothering with Bush.

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Let there be no mistake: the international hunt for Bush and his War On Terror cronies is real, widespread, and well-armed for Justice. More countries find themselves inexorably sucked into the Bush war crimes vortex. One big question to be settled is which countries ran secret, illegal prisons on their soil on behalf of Bush’s torture experts?  Evidence girds the globe implicating Great Britain, Spain, Australia, Poland and Lithuania. Legal minds in those countries already are furiously cobbling together whatever legal defences they can muster against inevitable charges coming their way on this account.

Spanish prosecutors have already pressed criminal charges against six senior Bush administration officials who approved the harsh interrogation methods that detainees say were employed at U.S. military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo Bay and other sites.

Last November, Italian courts convicted a CIA  chief and 22 other Americans  –  all CIA operatives – in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric who ended up in a secret prison in Egypt. The Americans were tried in absentia and aren’t expected to serve jail time. Still…the noose tightens.

One puzzlement is that, while other countries prepare to face war crimes charges, the one obvious suspect is utterly blithe on the subject. One Miami Herald headline said:

Other countries probe Bush-era torture, not U.S. 

Could America consider herself immune from prosecution? What is Liberty thinking?

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“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.


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Bush News Flash – Amnesty International to Canadian Government: Detain, Investigate George W. Bush for War Crimes

October 9, 2011 2 comments

Nemesis—The Last Days of the American Republic

Nemesis—The Last Days of the American Republic (Photo credit: Earthworm)

Canada

Canada (Photo credit: palindrome6996)

 Bush Must be Detained  : Amnesty International to Canadian Government

Arrest George W. Bush“: Amnesty International to Canadian Government

read full 24H Vancouver story online –  select date Oct 7, navigate to p.6.

Metro Vancouver has been abuzz in recent days with rumours and hearsay of how Canada might arrest top officials of the Bush administration as they try to enter Canada in the near future.

Newspapers across Canada over the weekend  carried front-page stories passing an urgent message to the Government of Canada from Amnesty International: Canada has a legal “obligation” to detain and investigate George W. Bush for alleged War Crimes. The former U.S. president will attempt to enter Canada on 20 October, 2011 for a speaking engagement at a regional economic summit in the border city of Surrey, B.C. The City of Surrey is a member city of Metro VancouverFormer president William J. Clinton is  scheduled to appear with Bush  at the summit in Surrey. 

Cheney’s visits to Canada drew protestors

The upset surrounding the former American leaders began 26 September when former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney spoke to The Bon Mot book club in Vancouver to promote his recently published memoirs. At the posh Club Vancouver, protestors obstructed entry to the $500-a-plate event. The next day, in Calgary, Alberta, Cheney again drew protestors at a second promotional dinner and speech.

In the meantime,  numerous human rights organizations have been bombarding the government of Canada with demands to apply its immigration laws banning or detaining persons who have been deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity“ under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, sec 35(1) (a) equally to all people. To date, Bush administration officials have been given carte blanche to enter and leave Canada with impunity. Conservative  prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harperhas always been sympatico with Bush and  the controversial “War on Terror.”  Before the Harper government (first elected in 2006),  Liberal Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien refused  to join Bush’s rush to invade Iraq in 2003.

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Water boarding torture – Trivialized by Cheney

A perfect storm may now be building head. This latest contingency places Mr. Bush exactly where human rights organizations have been waiting to have him: in the hands of a democratic foreign country willing to stand up to a leader who led the U.S. into an illegal war in Iraq, and is alleged to have approved numerous war crimes. Torture tops the list of the alleged war crimes.

At least four large organizations have been pressuring Canada to arrest or ban Bush officials: Vancouver-based  Lawyers Against the War,  The StopWar Coalition, the New York–based Center for Constitutional Rights, and London-based  Amnesty International have all recently lobbied Canada’s immigration minister, Jason KenneyCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Dianne Wattsthe mayor of  The City of Surrey  to insist that authorities  apply Canadian immigration law to all persons equally.

At the present time one Canadian citizen serving time at Guantanamo prison in Cuba for killing a U.S. soldier finds himself right at the centre of the clash between the U.S. and Canada. Omar Khadr was “renditioned” – shipped overseas to a third world country for torture – by the U.S. and is now working with Amnesty International to try to get home to Canada. Progress has been non-existent for Khadr. The Americans show no inclination to repatriate a prisoner taken under the auspices of the War on Terror.

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Toronto Sun story

Read  full Toronto Sun article online.

The Toronto Sun newspaper carried the story of the upcoming potential contretemps between the two countries in its October 9 edition.

Bryn Weese, of  the Sun’s parliamentary bureau wroteAmnesty Internatioanal is calling on the federal government to detain and investigate George W. Bush for war crimes. In fact, the organisation says the government has “an obligation” to do it…“The government of Canada has an obligation to start an investigation into former U.S. president George  W. Bush’s alleged involvement in , and responsibility for crimes under internernational law, including torture, while he is visiting Canada on 20 October,” according to a press release from the organization sent out Thursday.

Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney has bristled at the growing pressures brought upon him by activists. He had a heated exchange of letters with Amnesty International over the weekend, in which he told the organization he is “disappointed” in their dogged pursuit of  Bush officials. Kenney wrote that Amnesty International is “squandering” its own moral authority.

At the very least, October 20 is going to be a day of tensions in Canada as activists do their best to push  Canadian government officials to action, while attempting to cause as much embarassment to both sides in the international squabble as they possibly can.

Based on the present Canadian government’s past close relations with the Bush administration, activists are facing an uphill battle in trying to persuade Canada to bring the Americans to justice.

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“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.


In Canada Noose Tightens around Bush-era War Criminals – Cheney’s Visit Draws Protestors, Bush, Clinton Likely to Face Same Soon

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Witness Against Torture: Vince Warren

Witness Against Torture: Vince Warren (Photo credit: Shrieking Tree)

City of Greenpeace, No Nukes, and anti-war – Vancouver, Canada

This blogger writes: The peaceful, green Canadian city that first officially opposed  George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003,  that gave birth to environmental juggernaut Greenpeace, and that officially declared itself a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone decades ago, gave former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney a war criminal’s welcome  – “the kind of welcome he deserved,” in the words of one protestor – as the American leader most often referred to as a “war criminal” arrived in Vancouver to promote his memoirs and speak at a $500-a-plate speaking event on 27 September.

Vancouver protestors block entry to Cheney dinner & book event

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Cheney got “the welcome he deserved” in Vancouver – protestor

Police were called in to control hundreds of protestors who blocked the entrance to the posh Vancouver Club, making it difficult and frazzling for paid-up ticket holders to gain entry to the venue.

The promotional event was sponsored by The Bon Mot Cluband  sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale.

People do get a thrill out of seeing a real monster live and up close, in technicolor!

Cheney draws protestors in Calgary, Alta.

Cheney drew fire again from more protestors the following evening when he spoke to a Calgary, Alberta nosh ‘n talk crowd.

Click here to watch video interview with Katherine Gallagher and Matt Eisenbrandt of The Center for Constitutional Rights explaining why Cheney should be arrested, not celebrated.

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It’s not only Dick Cheney who is drawing heat in Canada recently. Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton are targeted continent-wide by at least four organized groups seeking to bring them to justice for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mr. Cheney is only the most recent leader to face protests from angry Canadians.  More showdowns loom on the near horizon.

Visit of George W. Bush on October 20, 2011: Canada must prevent entry or arrest and ensure prosecution for torture:

Bush tops arrrest list – activists

George W. Bush and  William J. Clinton are scheduled to appear together in the border city of Surrey, B.C. on 20 October, 2011 at a regional economic development summit. Surrey is a member city of Metro Vancouver.  Human Rights activists will be awaiting the arrival of both former presidents there in October.

Clinton of less concern – activists

Vancouver-based  Lawyers Against the War,  The StopWar Coalition, the New York–based Center for Constitutional Rights, and London-based  Amnesty International have all recently lobbied Canada’s immigration minister, Jason Kenney, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Dianne Wattsthe mayor of  The City of Surrey  to insist that authorities  apply Canadian immigration law to the former U.S. leaders, just as the law is applied to all persons who have been deemed by the government of Canada to be, among other things, accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity” under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, sec 35(1) (a).

The Hon. Don Davies, NDP critic for Immigration of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Canadian parliament also went public with a demand that Cheney either be banned from entering Canada, or must face a court of law upon his arrival in Canada.

But Mr. Cheney found a friend the same day. Prominent “reputation manager,” Doug Anderson, senior vice-president of  marketing, research and intelligence for Harris Decima defended Cheney on the popular CBC TV News show, “At Issue.” Anderson inveighed against Mr. Davies’ remarks about banning Cheney from Canada, arguing: ”A lot of people in Canada don’t like Dick Cheney, don’t agree with what he did, but I think that might not strike people as being the way to handle that issue.”  Vancouver journalist Charlie Smith called Anderson’s remarks “elite manufactured consent” in The Georgia Straight newspaper.

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The legal ammo the activists use against the former leaders are two important international laws: (1) The declaration proclaimed at the Nuremberg Tribunal following the Second World War that declared that launching a war of aggression was the  “supreme” war crime if it was not done in self defence. Many legal scholars argue that a war of aggression can only be fought with the backing of the UN Security Council. Bush’s “Iraqi Freedom” was not authorized by the UN Security Council…and….

U.S. disregards anti-torture UN law

(2) The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which the United States participated in drafting. The U.S., however, has neither signed nor ratified the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture. When the Bush administration dismissed United Nations concerns about torture, one judge observed: “America’s idea of what is torture … does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations.”  

Cheney represents un-‘Lawful Evil’ to many

 

[As for himself, Cheney made the claim in Vancouver that the controversial water-boarding torture, which he called merely a “coercive interrogation technique”  was used only three times under his watch! I wonder. Did Cheney’s blithe, well-heeled audience actually believe that? 

THIS  blogger doesn’t believe Cheney’s claim for a minute. Three instances of water boarding by American interrogators are on the record. But were they recorded deliberately? Or were they instead leaked photos or recordings? Further, countless prisoners taken by the U.S. were subjected to “rendition” – the practice of shipping detainees away to third party nations where torture is regularly, routinely  practised. Are we to believe that none of those other barbaric countries water-boarded “renditioned”  U.S. prisonersnot even once, !?]

Water boarding torture causes victim drowning panic

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A spokesperson for the New York based Center For Constitutional Rights said that her group was calling for Bush’s arrest but not for Clinton’s, even though they’ll both be in Surrey in October, because Clinton’s 1999 leadership role in the joint invasion with NATO of the former Yugoslavia has already been before the International Court of Justice in the Hague. More seriously, Bush led America in 2003  into war against Iraq criminally, as defined in both international and domestic laws.

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American criminal lawyer Vincent Bugliosi (who is famous for his convictions of such notorious felons as Charles Manson for murder)  makes the case for charging Bush with first degree murder under U.S. criminal law in his 2008 bestselling book “The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder.”     In the book, Bugliosi proposes that Bush could, and should, be charged for “the most serious crime ever commited in American history” –  the taking of America into an illegal war under  false pretences, and therein perpetrating serious war crimes. The author writes with deep passion that Bush’s disregard for law and moral rectitude directly resulted in the  deaths of  more than 100,000 human beings, including 4,000 young American soldiers, thus showing “reckless and wanton disregard” for the consequences and “indifference to human life,”  terms that both would lead to a conviction for murder under U.S. criminal law.

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“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.



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!

September 24, 2011 3 comments

Ghoulish war criminal Cheney not wanted in Canada

This blogger writes:

Canadians are assailing  federal minister of  immigration Jason Kenney to BAN former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney’s imminent entry into Canada to address a speakers’ club.

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.” 

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This blogger wrote to minister Kenney regarding the scheduled appearance of Cheney in Vancouver:

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.”

Ban war criminal Cheney from Canada


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.

Canadian Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney

Cheney must be barred from entering Canada, or, if he is allowed entry, he must be duly brought before a Canadian Court of Law to answer for his heinous war crimes. (This very threat caused Cheney recently to cancel an engagement in Switzerland.)
BE LIKE SWITZERLAND, minister! Stand Up for Human Rights and International Law. Make Canada proud! Cheney admits openly to the execution of countless illegal actions against the civil rights of U.S. citizens and of “prisoners of war” in The War On Terror. People have disappeared!
Canadians remember. Cheney is KNOWN to have been the mastermind behind countless heinous crimes! The “War On Terror” ultimately became “The War on Human Rights!”
If you allow Cheney entry into our country, you will be flouting the laws you have sworn to uphold, and you will be committing an offence against the good common sense of  ordinary Canadians. You will be compelled to resign your position as minister of Immigration. I will encourage the prime minister to fire you.
BAN Dick Cheney from our land, or PROSECUTE him upon entry!
Sincerely,

WT 
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Click the following link to read  Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson, of “Lawyers Against the War” on Cheney and Bush, in The Georgia Straight:

 Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson seeks Dick Cheney’s arrest | Vancouver, Canada | Straight.com.

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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.

Canadians' gloves off. Ban Bush's War Criminals from Canada!

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

Click here to download the complete document.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. Sympatico with Bush

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!

BUT…..

…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.

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“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.



6/11 TRAGEDY HITS AMERICA – Palin’s Goofy Weapon: Now She’s in Her Own Movie – Premiere in June

June 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Cover of "Going Rogue: An American Life"

Cover of Going Rogue: An American Life

This blogger writes: ❛Wannabe federal politician, and Famous-For-Being-Famous Bimbette Sarah Palin is in her OWN MOVIE!

But Why? She’s still NOT DECLARED her candidacy to the GOP  for the 2012 Presidential Election. “WILL SHE, or WON’T SHE?” The Week asks in “Palin’s possible 2012 run: Winners and losers.” If Palin does step into the ring,”  says The Week, “There will be definite LOSERS: Other conservatives.” Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic says. “If Palin decides to run, the most interesting aspect of her campaign…will be the way she attacks her fellow Republicans, and how they attack her back,”

Glamour Girl : Movie Goddess Sarah Palin

Palin may be Just Another Sophomore Beauty Queen, and Just Another College Drop-Out  – In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty pageant …{Where-the-HELL-is Wasilla? Why have a beauty pageant There?}… and she bimbo-ed her way through a feckless single semester in the fall of 1982 at Hawaii Pacific U., then  switched to North Idaho College for two semesters in 1983) –  But, Hey! Who says ya need a education to claim the Oval Office, anyway?

And now she’s a Glamour Girl Movie Queen! Only in America!

All she needed was a “celebrity-tranced” movie producer with more money than brains [found in one Stephen K. Bannon,  a former naval officer and ex-Goldman Sachs banker – ← [what a great credential! ‘Big Banker’], willing to pony up a reported $1 million for the two-hour long productiton, and she’s in The Movies! Move Over Anjelina JoliePALIN HITS THE SILVER SCREEN!

A sneak preview of the documentary by reporter Scott Conroy of RealClearPolitics runs sardonic sub-headings like “Fighting Words” and “Mining the ‘Maverick’ Label” in wading through the glop of Palin’s stunningly bizarre life story.❜

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Scott Conroy of RealClearPolitics writes: [In 2010] the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin’s governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.

“The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home…The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He’d make a feature-length movie, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself — to the tune of $1 million. It premieres in Iowa next month.

” ‘This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment,’ Bannon told RealClearPolitics. ‘Let’s have a good old-fashioned brouhaha.’

“Rife with religious metaphor and unmistakable allusions to Palin as a Joan of Arc-like figure, “The Undefeated” echoes Palin’s “Going Rogue” in its tidy division of the world between the heroes who are on her side and the villains who seek to thwart her at every turn.

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“Though she did not have any editorial role in the project, Palin facilitated access for Bannon and his film crew to key Alaskan defenders who were involved with the major achievements of her administration, and the filmmaker spent several weeks in the 49th state gathering archival film and conducting research and interviews for the project. He and his team took extraordinary measures to keep their endeavor secret.

“When they requested from Alaska’s TV news stations footage that was shot during Palin’s political rise, they asked for additional tapes containing subject matters that were irrelevant to their project, in order not to raise suspicions. And rather than staying at the well-appointed Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, they instead took up temporary residence in low-key motels.

“Bannon originally titled his film “Take a Stand”…But in order to give it a more triumphant punch, the filmmaker changed the title to ‘The Undefeated.’

“If she does decide to run, “The Undefeated” will be the key element to her initial coming-out party. The film’s impending release — and the frenzied media attention that it is sure to generate — will serve as a vivid wake-up call that despite the many obstacles in front of her, Palin’s entry into the race would turn the campaign on its head in an instant, just as it did in 2008.”

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Americans comment on the witless Palin and her alleged presidential hopes:

❛Even the fact that Palin can be mentioned as a serious candidate gives you an idea of how bad the Republican presidential hopefuls look at this time.

❛I think … Sarah Palin… can only ride the this wave so far.

❛What?? Palin for President?? This is getting too stupid!

Shame on America:Bin Laden’s Illegal Killing Underscores long tradition of Extra-Legal Assassinations

May 8, 2011 1 comment

Bin Laden is dead

Bin Laden is dead (Photo credit: Roger Smith)

Yankee Lynch Mob admires its dirty work on TV

This blogger writes:the bin Laden shoot-down is a continuation of America’s long tradition of extra-legal assassination.

Fidel Castro target for CIA assassination squads

Let’s remember that  in the 1960s the CIA tried countless covert antics in attempting to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Why? Castro had posed no threat to America. He merely made the annoying mistake of being a communist in the hemisphere “owned by America.” How dare he! He must DIE!

Mosaddegh died CIA prisoner

The CIA in 1953, too, captured and imprisoned the democratically-elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh,  keeping the ailing man – who  suffered from tuberculosis, anemia, bleeding ulcers, anxiety, exhaustion, and lack of proper nutrition – imprisoned until he died in 1967. As with Castro, Mosaddegh was incriminated for communist leanings, utterly contrary to the evidence of his long career as a parliamentarian.

HAPPILY, there is much clement commentary appearing on the Web now, condemning the USA for its illegal  assassination of bin Laden. The act was clearly in contravention of the Geneva Conventions (bin Laden apparently did not resist, so his death was murder, not a legitimate act of war).

See multiple editorials on the Huffington Post on this topic [below].

America is only a pretender to the aims of Peace and Justice.❜

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Cheney’s Gang

Larry Elder of Creators Syndicate writes: Osama bin Laden was a) killed by a unit overseen by what New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh denounced as Vice President Dick Cheney’sexecutive assassination ring,” which was b) sent into action based on intel derived from the now-outlawed “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were c) used on detainees captured during the George W. Bush administration, who were d) being held in now-outlawed “secret prisons” or in the intended-to-be-closed Gitmo.

via Bush Led, Bin Laden Dead — Where’s the Credit? – Yahoo! News.

 

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Greg Barns of The Drum Option writes: The killing of Osama Bin Laden provides a disturbing reminder that the West’s rhetoric on the universality of human rights and the rule of law is easily sacrificed at the altar of expediency.

via “Bin Laden’s killing without process undermines rule of law – The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).”

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Huffington Post: James Love writes : Justice and Assassination

With Jon Stewart, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and UN head Ban Ki-moon endorsing the “operation,” it appears to have support in many quarters. But if this was an operation to kill, rather than capture bin Laden, and if his death was not necessary, but actually ordered, then Limbaugh is correct in calling this an assassination, and it is not a credit to the United States to have carried out an assassination, even of bin Laden.

The killing may have political benefits for President Obama. But the longer term legitimation of assassination is risky, and undermines longer term goals of making society more just and more peaceful. I am disappointed other political leaders cannot say this.

via James Love: Justice and Assassination.

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Huggington Post: Bill Quigley writes: Assassination of US Muslim Cleric Illegal Immoral and Unwise

Agents of the United States are openly trying to assassinate Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, while he is in hiding in Yemen. Despite what the apologists for assassination argue this is illegal, immoral and unwise.

via Bill Quigley: Assassination of US Muslim Cleric Illegal Immoral and Unwise.

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“More and more since the Bush years, Canadians wonder just exactly what  kind of  continental neighbour America is! Where will it all end?”

That’s what this blog is all about.

It’s so sad… (via An Idiot’s Soliloquy)

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

this blogger writes: The irony in the title of this blog, “idiot’s soliloquy” will doubtless fly over the heads of America’s illiterate haters of “Liberalism” – see: America’s little Frankenstein monsters  – for the writer of  “idiot’s soliloquy” is  clearly NO IDIOT!

The word “Liberal” is utterly, utterly misunderstood by most Americans, even though the Founding Fathers wrote a Constitution that is a classic Liberal document.

You need only study up on John Locke, ‘The Father of Liberalism’ to understand the liberal vision of The Founding Fathers.

America! THINK!❜

blogger ‘An idiot’s Soliloquy’ writes…”that the GOP has spent so many years trying to demonize even the word ‘liberal’. Read any of  the ocean of GOP (or so-called ‘conservative’) blogs and outlets, and you’ll find out that being liberal means: You Hate America You Hate the Military (even if you served honorably in it) You Hate Small and Big Businesses – except for the oxymoronic ‘fact’ that you secretly pander to them You Hate God, Christ – anything but Atheism and ‘Allah’ (but, g … Read More

via An Idiot’s Soliloquy

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