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.”
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.
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.
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 offenders. The 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.
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.
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?…
….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!
“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’s Third Close Call:Desmond Tutu calls for Bush, Blair to face war crimes charges at the Hague. (americanotstandingstill.com)
“If 6 was 9” PalinProp-aganda: Hoaxing America!
Palin propagandists SPAMMING SEARCH ENGINES with suspicious ticket sales claims : “The Undefeated” premieres to ‘PACKED Atlanta THEATRE!‘… ‘Ticket Pre-Sales “ON PAR“ with “HARRY POTTER…!!!”
This blogger writes:“If 6 Was 9” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. The iconic tune is noteworthy for making innovative use of technological studio effects such as slap, echo, fuzzbox, distortion, and reverb.
Likewise, desperate Sarah Palin boosters are using Internet FUZZ, DISTORTION, ECHO and REVERB to spam search engines like Google with dis-information. Their aim is to fool American voters, shilling them with ridiculous claims of blockbuster ticket sales of Palin’s vanity feature film The Undefeated.
If 6 was 9, or maybe if 2 was 12, or 3 was 8, then maybe the psychedelic claims held by Palin’s personality cult that her vanity movie has achieved boffo ticket sales on par with ‘Harry Potter might possibly, theoretically, perhaps, potentially, MAYBE have a tiny, infinitesimal crumb of truth to them……Naaaaaah!
Tea Party hacks hiding out in their spider dens of ‘conservatism extremis‘ such as Sarah.net, Newsbusters.org, Gary P. Jackson’s conservative blog, ” A Time For Choosing,” and – auspiciously – one particularly insidious web presence, “Vocus“ (an online PR machine with enhanced web presence, pouring out freebies for Sarey) have been busily posting, re-posting, re-writing-and-re-posting, and bombarding search engines with fuzzy disinformation about ticket sales for The Undefeated.
Don’t trust your Google, Bing, Yahoo, Dogpile and other searches about Sarah Palin, America. The former Guv of Wasila has a web team busily faking-up stories distorting the truth about ticket sales of The Undefeated. The “If 6 was 9 Team“ has been spamming mind-altering PR all over popular search engines in a massive public relations fraud. The dis-information campaign seems to be suspiciously connected to one conservative operator with deep web presence!
TRY IT YOURSELF: Google: “Ticket sales The Undefeated”
YOU WILL FIND: hits just like these:
Immediately note the identical headlines, but differing url’s in the two hits displayed above. And THIS capture represents just two of dozens of clone hits to be found on all the major search engines! HOW did THAT happen?
Who is CRANKING OUT out this barrage of barely-disguised “clone news” ?
Neither of the above hits when clicked, offer any sales figures to back up their claims. They offer only airy hyperbole about boffo ticket sales over the weekend of July 16 & 17, 2011. They advertise that The Undefeated achieved sales “on par with Harry Potter.”
Oh, really? Harry Potter earned $168 million on the weekend. Is Aunt Sarey ReAlly that RICH already? Then her own war chest for the 2012 presidential campaign is already larger than that of all other candidates combined! And Sarey hasn’t even DECLARDED yet!
Check out the following search hit:
Note the top domain name from which this hit is broadcast: “www.PRWEB.com.”
Who is “PRWeb“? It turns out PRWeb is an online diseminator of news releases, not unlike any newswire: AP, ABC, Reuters, etc. etc. These PR companies supply “news” reports to news organizations: newspapers, magazines, and radio and television broadcasters. PRWeb is owned and run by one Rick Rudman. Rudman also owns PRWeb’s parent PR company called Vocus.
“Vocus” is another name you will find buried in dozens of your online searches for “Ticket sales The Undefeated.”
Mr. Rudman prefers to work in the shadows.
If you search “Rick Rudman” on Google you will be presented with the following warning: “This site may harm your computer.“
Just for the hell of it, this writer went ahead and clicked the booby-trapped link to Rudman. [For your own safety I do not provide the risky link here.] The next Security Warning reads: “Continue at your own risk. For detailed information about the problems we found, visit Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic page for this site.“
Rudman’s Google Profile is blank. Very nice, Dr. Evil!
Why is Rudman’s company, Vocus, behind searches for “Ticket sales The Undefeated”? What is Rudman’s link to Sarah Palin? Why is his company, Vocus, “getting more publicity” (as the company logo goes) for Sarey, in this subaltern manner? We may never know. Maybe the CIA has the poop on the connections between the Internet spook and Aunt Sarey.
Another conservative boing you will find buried in your searches for “Ticket sales The Undefeated” is a blogspot entitled, “The Speech: A Time For Choosing.” This Big Fat Blog is multi-linked all over the conservative web, to: sarahnet, Newsbusters, Victoryfilmgroup, and more. Gary P Jackson, Executive Editor and Publisher of “A Time For Choosing,” spikes one over the net to the reader right off the top. In warning us to self-censor our comments, Jackson writes:
“Pretty simple, we are Reagan-Palin Conservatives. We strongly support the ideals that both Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin stand for. With that said, we will not publish attacks on either. Simply not going to do it, SO DON’T BOTHER![my emphasis]
Friendly, open-minded chap, Gary sounds like, doesn’t he? Maybe not exactly the type you’d like for your over-the-back-fence neighbour, though. I can assure you that this Canadian neighbour is keeping well to MY side of the 49th. Who needs the Grief of Gary! Good Grief!
America, if you’re thinking evil thoughts by now about Dear Aunt Sarey – STIFLE IT! Don’t make Gary have to throttle your stupid unpatriotic, liberal, pinko throat!
Just lean back, close your eyes and think of “The Spirit of America – Organizer Palin,” while you get S – – – – – D!
For more revealing reading on the Palin Propaganda Machine read these blogs: “C & L” -“‘Crooks and Liars” – ‘ by David Neiwert, and “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid : The Palin Propaganda Machine,” by Sikivu Hutchinson on The Black Agenda Report – News, analysis and commentary from the black left.
- Tina Fey tired of Palin comparisons (politico.com)
Reacting to Osama bin Laden’s Death: A former counter-terrorism marine reflects on America’s troubling catharsis. 9 May 2011, TheTyee.ca
Journalist Chris Cannon writes: about the celebration of bin Laden’s death outside the White House, “…Let’s by all means grieve together. But let’s not be stupid together... Osama bin Laden’s death is an opportunity for the West. Is America mature enough to take advantage?…[Among] Bin Laden’s greatest allies [was] a hawkish Republican administration that capitalized on the opportunity to terrorize its own citizens, and a cowering American media that let them get away with it…”
this blogger writes: ❛ I’ve been believing all along that America really is going down that long dark road to Gehenna, and likely taking the rest of the us with her…that something dark has been happening down Dixie way, some beast ever slouching toward D.C.
I had totally GIVEN UP on all Americans.
Chris Cannon’s Op-Ed piece on the Tyee changes things incrementally for me.
Let’s bring on more like you! Good on you, man!❜
- ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Osama bin Laden’s Last Victory Over America (3quarksdaily.com)
How to scare the shit out of America and make them do anything
[Click to watch frightening video] → History of Neo Cons Rise to power in America | Polidics.com.
- NeoCon Personal Attack on Chuck Hagel (veteranstoday.com)
This blogger writes: ❛Conspiracy Theories already abound about the supposed death of Osama bin Laden.❜ Here are a few:
- Larry Chin of Global Research writes:“Obama’s “Big Lie“: White House Propaganda and the “Death” of Osama bin Laden Is bin Laden really dead? The official Osama bin Laden narrative, along with “Islamic terrorism” and Al-Qaeda, is a CIA military-intelligence fabrication designed to provide a pretext for an eternal global war agenda, and to provide an ongoing propaganda pretext for the “war on terrorism”.
- Lee Rogers of The Intelhub: RogueGovernment.com writes:
“No Proof Has Been Offered Suggesting That The Official Osama Bin Laden Death Narrative Is EvenRemotely True. There has been an endless amount of propaganda coming out dealing with the official Osama Bin Laden death narrative but there hasn’t been one shred of evidenceproving that these events actually transpired as we are being told they did.“
- blogger ‘KING-slave of ALLAH‘ writes: OSAMA BIN LADEN DEATH : A HOAX ?via OSAMA BIN LADEN DEATH : A HOAX ? « ISLAM—World’s Greatest Religion!.
- Demise of Bin Laden: a delusional tale (truthjihad.com)
- No Sailors Witnessed Osama Bin Laden’s Burial At Sea (disinfo.com)
Shame on America:Bin Laden’s Illegal Killing Underscores long tradition of Extra-Legal Assassinations
This blogger writes: ❛ the bin Laden shoot-down is a continuation of America’s long tradition of extra-legal assassination.
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!
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.❜
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’s “executive 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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s what this blog is all about.
- No US sailor saw Bin Laden’s alleged burial (presstv.com)
- Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk (guardian.co.uk)
- The Life and Death of Osama Bin Laden | A Timeline (burialinsurance.org)