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Bush’s Third Close Call:Desmond Tutu calls for Bush, Blair to face war crimes charges at the Hague.

September 7, 2012 6 comments

Number of state parties to the International C...

Number of state parties to the International Criminal Court from its creation to 2006-11-19 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The International Criminal Court in The Hague ...

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Nederlands: Het Internationaal Strafhof (ICC/CPI), Den Haag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bush should answer. US forces committed grievous war crime violations of the Hague and Geneva Conventions, UN Charter, Nuremberg Principles, and US Army Field Manual 27-10.

English: International Criminal Court (ICC) logo

English: International Criminal Court (ICC) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Desmond Tutu calls for war crimes charges for Blair, Bush – World – CBC News.

Sep 2, 2012 Associated Press

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, on Sunday Sep 2 called for George Bush  and Tony Blair to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Tutu, the retired Anglican Church’s archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to “answer for their actions.”

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This  blogger writes: Good ol’ boy,  former U.S. president George Bush  (aka “Shrub”must be sweating it by now. Yet another of his international  nemeses has publicly called for his arrest and indictment at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, (ICC) where he would face charges of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity (torture, mainly).

Archbishop Tutu also tapped Bush’s primary ally in the Iraq misadventure,  former British prime minister Tony Blair, as equally complicit in war crimes perpetrated by their countries’ troops in Iraq.

This incident is the third serious threat against Bush’s liberty by the authorities that we know of. Swizterland in February 2011 nearly collared Bush for arrest;  Bush was again nearly nabbed by an international coalition of lawyers out to arrest him when he visited Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in October 2011. Veiled political interference in the B.C. Courts got Bush off in this instance. It’s good to have friends in high places.

Archbishop and Nobel Peace Laureate wants Bush behind bars

This time retired South African Anglican Church archbishop  Desmtond Tutu slammed home an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that was guaranteed to terrorize Bush. The former U.S. president should be “made to answer” for offences against international laws that protect civilians and prisoners in times of war.

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Various international bodies since the end of World War II have enacted wide-ranging laws checking particularly odious behaviours of combatants in war.

The Nuremberg Charter was the decree issued on August 8, 1945 to include not only traditional War Crimes but also Crimes against Peace in its deliberations against Nazi offendersThe United Nations takes general responsibility for the prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity. The International Criminal Court (ICC) situated at the Hague in the Netherlands prosecutes Crimes Against Humanity sent its way from the UN, and this court follows definitions set out  by the ‘Rome Statute.‘ The Rome Statute says Crimes Against Humanity are defined as systematic, serious attacks on human dignity, including acts of grave humiliation or degradation of persons, and practised as government policy.

Persons in Canada suspected of violating Human Rights must face arrest. Why not Bush?

Numerous national governments around the world have also passed their own laws falling under the aegis of  war crimes and crimes against humanity. Both Canada and the U. S. in modern times have passed laws against torture and war crimes. Canada’s Immigration Act demands that any person suspected of crimes of violation against human rights be arrested and either expelled from Canada, or tried criminally in Canada. Why not George W. Bush?

This is the tangled web that a man in Bush’s situation must face as he moves about the world. He could fall into jeopardy  anywhere along the complex strands of  human rights laws extant around the globe. If not snared by an international law, he could as easily find himself  indicted under a domestic law.

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Reality Check: Accepted wisdom in most parts of the world  agrees that nobody would dare to actually arrest and indict a former president of the United States. It just couldn’t happen!

This blogger asks: Why not? What exact exemption from the law is it that protects certain – always First World – offenders from facing their crimes? Offending individuals from Developing World countries have been, and presently are being tried at the ICC for War Crimes. The first person ever to be brought before the ICC since it’s inception in 2006 was Congolese Thomas Lubanga, leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots, for child recruitment into the army. The list goes on ( But How Peculiar! Please note that all of the faces attached to the following names are brown-skinned!): Liberian Charles Taylor, Congolese Germain Katanga, Congolese Mathieu Ngudiolo Chui; Rwandan Jean-Pierre Bemba, Rwandan Callixte Mbarushimana and last-but-not-least, Cote D’Ivorian Laurent Gbagbo, the darling man who took to bombing citizens who failed to vote for the right party in elections .

Think about Mr. Gbagbo. Hmmm……Electoral fixing you say?…

“Our boy, George”!

….Remember the American presidential election of 2000? Didn’t Our Boy George appear to have his hand in a few Floridian ballot boxes? With a big assist from his powerful ex-president daddy, that is. And further assist  from daddy’s good friend whom he had happily placed on the Supreme Court of Florida himself!?

Something smells bad.

The bizarre thing is, it’s no secret now. The invading armies of the U.S and its allies in the Iraq war rained down terror and death upon hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians – de-humanizing the unfortunate meat targets as mere “collateral damage.”  Further, the whole world now knows beyond any doubt that U.S. troops routinely tortured their prisoners in hell-holes like Abu Ghraib prison. Bush himself confesses proudly in his memoirs published in 2011 to sponsoring torture. “Hell yes!” he responds to a questioner about the alleged use of torture.

By this blogger’s clock, Time is a’Wastin.’ There’s a Hard Rain Gonna Fall’ over Georgey Porridgey’s house one day. The disgraced ex-pres ( and his double-down disgraced ex-vice pres, FAT MAN Cheney)  are afraid. They may just be the most fraidy persons on the planet! 

And THAT would be a peck o’ Justice!


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CANADA A NO-GO ZONE for BUSH and CHENEY : THREE STRIKES, They’re Out! Out! Out!……Cheney’s afraid!

May 24, 2012 1 comment

Bush & Hitler = the same

Bush & Hitler = the same (Photo credit: MedienGuerilla)

Top Two Torturers avoid Canada

This blogger writes: The two top torturers of  the disgraced  George W. Bush  White House administration seem to have finally hit three-strikes-and-out against their own free entry into Canada in the future. The Decider Himself, George W. Bush, and his former vice president Dick Cheney have struck out three times in Canada since September, 2011, handicapped by their twin status as fugitives from the law for their self-confessed records of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

See videos of Bush admitting to approving torture HERE

DATELINE September 27, 2011, Vancouver, CANADA

Book Hustler Cheney hustled out of town

Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney drew 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 a s a “war criminal” arrived in Vancouver to promote his memoirs and speak at a $500-a-plate speaking event. Cheney spoke to The Bon Mot book club in Vancouver to hustle his new book. At the posh Club Vancouver, protestors effectively obstructed entry to the event. Cheney was said to have been extremely upset when his exit from the club was delayed for seven hours while police cleared the surrounding streets of angry protestors. The next day, in Calgary, Alberta, Cheney again drew protestors at a second promotional dinner and speech.

In the meantime, since the end of the Bush administration in 2008 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 this date, Bush and and Cheney have been given carte blanche to enter and leave Canada with impunity

…but times change… DATELINE  October 20, 2011, Surrey, CANADA

Bush smirks at Canadians, gets ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card from AG

Bush speaks in Canada, pockets $200,000, Smirks, Gives Justice the Slip! The “Protest at the Sheraton” was a street protest outside the Sheraton Hotel, Surrey, B.C., where George W. Bush spoke before a Chamber of Commerce crowd and collected a fee believed to have been approximately $200,000. Protestors howled in the streets, specifically aiming at outing Bush’s culpability in the perpetration of  war crimes, specifically torture,  associated with the War On Terror.

Simultaneously, The Canadian Center for International Justice  (CCIJ) filed a criminal indictment against Bush timed to synchronize exactly with the protest at the Sheraton, for his alleged criminal complicity in the torture of prisoners. All signs point to suspicious political interference with the Office of the Attorney General for British Columbia, as the CCIJ indictment was first booked for a January hearing, then hours later mysteriously dropped from the court’s agenda by a Stay of Proceedings. Rookie Attorney General Shirley Bond  has never explained her action in this event.

Bush is living now in a shrinking world.  Everywhere he goes criminal charges await him. He narrowly escaped justice in February, 2011 in Switzerland where a criminal indictment  awaited him. Bush won’t be visiting Switzerland again.

DATE LINE March 13, 2012 Toronto, CANADA

Cheney and daughter fear entering Canada

Dick Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth cancel speeches in Toronto, Canada. They express concern that they would be exposed to danger by Canadian protestors who oppose torture and want Cheney arrested, as Cheney  experienced in Vancouver, B.C. in September 2011. American law scholar and popular blogger Jonathan Turley explained at the time that,  while Americans appear reconciled with the torture program, citizens in other countries still demand that Bush officials be arrested according to international law.

Turley humorously wrote in his blogpost about the shy  Cheneys:

“The aspect of this story that I love the most is the name of the group that was arranging Cheney’s visit on April 24th: Spectre. Yes, Spectre of Ernst Stavro Blofeld fame. Number 1 in this case was Ryan Ruppert of Spectre Live Corp. who explained that “[a]fter speaking with their security advisers, they changed their mind on coming to the event [and] decided it was better for their personal safety they stay out of Canada. It is not clear if Blofeld’s cat will make the trip instead.

Cheney could claim a curious victory in frustrating efforts to arrest him. In the words of Blofeld: “Such a pity. All that time and energy wasted, simply to provide you with one mock, heroic moment.” [Look into camera, pet cat, exit stage right]”

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BREAKING NEWS May 24, 2012

Report by Joan Bryden “Canada’s failure to arrest former U.S. president George W. Bush during a visit to B.C. is cited by Amnesty International in its annual report on human rights atrocities around the globe. At the time of Bush’s visit last October, Amnesty maintained the former president authorized the use of torture against detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, in Afghanistan and Iraq as the U.S. pursued its war on terror following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. It cited the use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” and cruel, degrading treatment, such as forcing detainees to remain in painful position, without sleep, for hours. As a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture… Canada has an obligation to take action against alleged violators, including Bush.”

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Bush Torture Indictment | Center for Constitutional Rights.

U.N. Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

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George W. Bush and The War On Terror – Report

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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 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.


Bush speaks in Canada, pockets $200,000, Smirks, Gives Justice the Slip!

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Bush

Bush (Photo credit: CloCkWeRX)

COMING IN NEXT POST Breaking News: COVERUP: Canada’s Cowardly Legal Lions secretly shut-down criminal investigation into Bush war crimes. Leave no paper trail. 

What did the 99% of Canadians who aren’t among the lucky one per cent at the top of the socio-economic ladder – but who turned out in their hundreds  to give former U.S. president George W. Bush an energetic  “welcome he deserves” on October 20 – see of the man who some say is the world’s next war criminal overdue for a meeting with justice?

Bush, can you HEAR US? Too bad we’re out here, and HE’s in there. He must be in the one per cent!

The answer is this:  George W. Bush slipped invisibly into the City of Surrey, B.C. accompanied by his fellow ex-president Bill Clinton, where the two were scheduled to speak at Surrey’s $650 per seat summit on regional economic development at the Sheraton Surrey hotel. Having slipped by the several hundred peaceful protestors surging around the hotel entrance, Bush immediately banned the media from the convention room; we can only guess what furtive peeks he might have taken outside at the chanting crowd.

Click↓ C’mon down to the demonstration. Get yer fair share of the noise:

Bush and Mr. Clinton spoke for about one hour to the summiteers. Bush then sortied out the front doors of the Sheraton towards a waiting car – waving like a rock star, (!!) likely still curious to get a closer look at the  protestors. How many had he drawn?  Such peeks at the outside world likely help confirm for Bush the timelessness of his draw as a celebrity, after so many years away from the White House. Like Paris Hilton, Bush is such an empty personality, he needs to know that someone notices him. It makes him feel like a real person.

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Insulting protest signs greeted Bush. Bush gave back “the smirk.”

Why did Canadians give Bush “the welcome he deserved“: boos, taunts, insults and all manner of scornful signs decrying his administration’s war in Iraq? Why is Bush such a marked target for protestors?

Book: Bush On The Couch

This blogger is not alone in his cynical views about George W. Bush. Many books have been written trying to get inside the man’s head. The most accessible of them is “Bush On The Couch,” by psychoanalyst Justin A. Frank.

In his 2004 book Frank writes: “As a psychoanalyst I’m troubled by [the] president’s current and future mental health.” The author explores “the smirk heard around the world,” particularly in reference to how often “the smirk” was employed by Bush as governor of  Texas when sending death row prisoners to their execution: 

Bush’s trademark smirk makes his sadism easy to spot…At once arrogant and cowardly [the smirk puts] the nation on notice that the act of inflicting pain – and the good fortune of having a job that allow[s] it within the laws of the land – brought Governor Bush a certain pleasure that he couldn’t quite stop himself  from expressing.

Bush’s strut to his waiting car at the Sheraton was spoiled by a loud protestor who shouted out at him: “Hey Bush. How does it feel to be a big fat war criminal?”  In response, Bush gave his infamous smirk! Some things never change.

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Dear reader, when Bush is in the City of Surrey, he is on Canadian soil. When he deploys that sadistic Bush “smirk” on our streets, there is a problem. If you, dear reader are a citizen of the United States of America, I have faith in your individual acumen to recognize why Canadians hold the former president in such deep derision, and why we protest his presence here.

The “smirk heard around the world”

The “problem” is not Americans, it is George W. Bush’s America. His imperial arrogance and slightly moronic hauteur…never mind for the moment his war crimes …are justification enough for our antipathy.

We come by our national phobia for people like Bush honestly. Bush is, in fact, the very antithesis of his own folksy assessment of some people he meets: Bush himself is notgood people.” Russian demi-autocrat Vladimir Putin, however, garnered the “good people” seal of approval from Bush! So much for Bush’s self-proclaimed instinct for astutely assessing personalities upon first meeting.

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Bush is the kind of guest who can’t leave soon enough…

…He entered Canada commandeering vast Canadian security resources for his personal protection; he set about peddling such dubious expertise as he claims to have in the area of economics,  of all things (this from the man who nearly wrecked the world economy)! He orders the media out of the room. Ultimately, Bush took off  carrying a bag full of cash for his jackanape quickie-commerce. The City of Surrey refuses to reveal Bush’s speaking fee, but it’s estimated to have been in the order of $200,000. In fairness, Bill Clinton was likely paid the same amount. (Everything any member of the Bush family has ever affected is cloaked in secrecy, including George W’s own White House papers, so no big surprise here. But it is confounding that Bush’s paranoiac demand for secrecy should apply to a foreign country.)

Canadian Centre for International Justice – criminal indictment filed against Bush

The protest at the Sheraton was specifically aimed at outing Bush’s culpability in the perpetration of  war crimes, specifically torture,  associated with the War On Terror.

The Canadian Center for International Justice  (CCIJ) filed a criminal indictment against Bush timed to synchronize exactly with the protest at the Sheraton, for his alleged criminal complicity in the torture of prisoners,

At the time of writing, disposition of the CCIJ’s indictment is unkown – over the weekend – but there is the possibility, though slim, that Bush may now be a fugitive from Canadian law.

But the Sheraton crowd’s anger over Bush’s alleged war crimes spills over into a broader unrest, a simmering stew of  general gut-felt loathing of Bush’s Imperial America: its illegal wars, the bald-faced contempt for international law, broken treaties, bad faith trade pacts. And the startling spectacle of the top executive of the United States denying any responsibility for, or having had any inkling of a warning about the events on September 11, 2001. We all know now that Bush brushed off a clear warning delivered to him by a security briefer about an al Qaeda plot to use commercial aircraft as missiles to attack American tall buildings, imminently, a very short time before the awful events unfolded. Oh! The Humanity. Oh! The Stupidity!

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Bush lives now in a shrinking world. Everywhere he goes criminal charges await him.

Have you seen the little piggies? I saw so many at the Sheraton I felt dizzy. But Where Was George?

Chronology of  the War Crimes Hunt For George W. Bush

Switzerland February  7, 2011

George Bush named in criminal complaint by two torture victims. At the last minute Bush cancels his speaking engagement in Geneva. He knows that in Switzerland no preliminary investigation can begin against an accused if accused is not present in the country. The complainants had no choice but to drop their complaint. Bush won’t be visiting Switzerland again.

Canada, October, 2011

A Gang of Four: the New York based Centre for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International,  the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and four private individuals present Rob Nicholson, Attorney General for Canada, Jason Kenney,  minister for immigration and refugees for Canada, Stephen Harper,  the  prime minister of Canada and (timed to coincide with Bush’s speaking engagement in the City of Surrey)  the provincial court in the City of Surrey, B.C. with a 69-page criminal indictment against Bush alleging his authorization, condonation, oversight, aiding and abetting, and failing to prevent or punish acts of extraordinary rendition, punching, kicking, isolation in “coffin cells” for prolonged periods of time, solitary confinement, forced nudity, and water boarding of prisoners.

More piggies all in a row

So far Canadian leaders have lacked the political will to act on the charges brought against Bush. So Bush skipped the City of Surrey unimpeded with a rich pay packet for a one hour speech, and likely feeling some trepidation about another close brush with the law. ♦COMING IN NEXT POST Breaking News:

COVERUPCanada’s Cowardly Legal Lions secretly shut-down criminal investigation into Bush war crimesLeave no paper trail

Cops and protestors kept their cool at the Sheraton

Shooters on the roof! George Bush must be one of the most nervous people in the world. What a production, for one ugly Texan!!

Mind you, not everyone here is happy to have you in town.

Remember these shoes? We got more….

Arrest Bush Day arrives today in Surrey, B.C. “Next Stage” of Anti-Bush Protest To Begin Today

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Right-wing religious Bush nut in Akron Ohio

Right-wing religious Bush nut in Akron Ohio (Photo credit: Eleventh Earl of Mar)

Thurs,. 20 October, 2011: 8:47 A.M. PT

Bush – War Criminal

This blogger writes: Today’s the day, folks! We anti-Bush Canadians living in the Metro Vancouver area are only hours away now from the  arrival of former U.S. president George W. Bush at the Surrey Sheraton Hotel, in the border city of Surrey, B.C., where Bush is scheduled to speak to the Regional Economic Development Summit. Bush will be joined by former president Bill Clinton.

Surrey Sheraton Hotel – hosts War Criminal Bush, target of protestors

Police say they are geared up to face-down what will likely be hundreds of protestors representing at least four organized groups surging toward the Sheraton. The REAL target is George W. Bush : liar, sadist, torturer, war criminal.

Occurring simultaneously with the protests at the Sheraton, the Canadian Centre for International Justice is asking a  justice of the peace to approve a 69-page draft indictment against Bush, alleging he was behind the torture of four men who were detained in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

The group said it had 4,000 pages of documents supporting its case for trying Bush under the Canadian criminal code.

The legal manoeuvre comes in tandem with a letter signed by more than 50 human rights organizations and individuals, including Amnesty International.

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City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has kept her silence over the past week while facing a barrage of letters, emails and tweets asking her to un-invite Bush from the city. Municipal elections are only weeks away, Watts’ election signboards are already up around the city and the mayor is playing it safe by staying strictly silent on the issue.

Surrey Central City – world class architecture – “We Don’t Want Bush in our city!”

Not so inspiring a side of  Mayor Watts, whose government has so dramatically transformed the former nondescript City of Surrey into a world class model city.

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The weather here is cold and rainy today, that might keep some protestors home. But not all of them.

Emotions run high about George W. Bush here in Canada. Following is a sampling of comments left on news bulletin boards locally:

  • “Someone should kick Bush in the balls when he visits.. I think he deserves it.”
  • “The Bush family are some of the most evil people on this earth, why would Canada ever want one of them in their country? Please turn him over to be prosecuted for his war crimes, so that the would will see some justice, and can begin to heal.”
  • “Fascism is on the rise.”
  • “George W. Bush: Liar. Sadist. Torturer. “Dry” Drunk. Psychopath. War Criminal. Undiagnosed adult ADHD case. His Yankee citizenship is the only thing protecting him from due legal process. America still gets away with murder with impunity in this world.”
Stay tuned…the festivities begin at lunchtime….
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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 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.



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