Help put Bush on trial for crimes against humanity

Posted: January 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales for crimes against humanity, more specifically, “their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” perpetrated upon about 100 human beings.” Extraordinary rendition, if you didn’t know, is code for the U.S. government’s program of kidnapping, torture and murder of alleged terrorists in secret prisons.

While these are undoubtedly the least of their crimes, because they were committed in countries that are signatories to the Rome Statute that established the ICC there are legal grounds for the ICC to prosecute Bush and his cronies, even though the U.S. is not a signatory.

There is a long distance between filing a complaint and seeing Bush in an orange jumpsuit, but with Boyle as the author, it has a solid legal foundation. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare, and played a key role in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I doubt that the ICC prosecutor will act on the complaint in the absence of international public pressure. With the exception of Pravda, the mainstream media has ignored the story so far. Given Boyle’s international stature, this is scandalous (though not surprising.)

While the corporate media has blacked out the story, Boyle’s complaint got a big boost the other day when he appeared on the Alex Jones Show, a nationally syndicated US radio program with millions of listeners via broadcast and the Internet.

Jones’s brand of libertarian populism and his penchant for histrionics probably would not not sit too well with staid Canadian lefties, but if you fall into that category, step outside your comfort zone for a bit and spend some time with his website and his show. The man is a fierce defender of democratic rights and freedoms who has done much to inform and mobilize against America’s descent into tyranny.

So, it’s up to the alternative media to get out the word and fan Boyle’s spark into a raging fire. If there was ever an opportunity to hold Bush and his cronies accountable for their heinous crimes, this is it.

Boyle has asked supporters of the complaint to write or fax the ICC Prosecutor. This is where you can contact Professor Boyle:

Francis A. Boyle
Professor of International Law
Law Building
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217-333-7954 – Fax: 217-244-1478

And here is how to contact the ICC.

What are you waiting for?

  1. Connecting the Dots: How Developments in Canada Link with Professor Francis Boyle’s Intervention with the International Criminal Court and the Offering of a Reward for Those Who Attempt a Citizen’s Arrest of Tony Blair

    by Anthony J. Hall
    Professor of Globalization Studies
    University of Lethbridge

    Professor Boyle’s intervention with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute the Bush War Cabinet for international crimes is welcome news. Professor Boyle’s meticulously documented charges come shortly after news of a reward being set up in Great Britain for those who attempt citizens’ arrests of crebibly accused war criminal, Tony Blair.

    All over the world citizens are mobilizing to take action to demand accountability from those who have been committing with impunity the highest order of international crime. About a year ago I joined this global movement. At an invited presentation hosted by the Sociology Department at the University of Winnipeg in March of 2009, I proposed that George W. Bush should be arrested during his forthcoming speaking engagement in Calgary Alberta. I began the paper by criticizing the ICC for focusing all its attention on prosecuting African war lords while ignoring the blatent criminality being displayed at the highest levels of the feeding chain of military, political and economic power. The presentation went more of less viral on the Internet.

    Professor Boyle’s intervention significantly increases the pressure that some of us have being trying to place on the ICC to enforce international criminal law against credibly accused war criminals in not only in Africa, but also in North America, Europe and Israel.

    When I first presented these ideas at the University of Winnipeg, my host, Professor Heidi Rimke, and I were confronted by an organized group who surrounded us after my presentation and tried to associate my words with Nazi symbols. This surprising tactic spoke to me of the desperation and intellectual bankruptcy of the lobby seeking to prevent a real discussion of these vital matters strictly on their merits. Fortunately, there was a fairly strong reaction in Winnipeg and beyond that drew attention to the inappropriateness, to say the least, of such tactics to divert attention away from the need to address the culture of impunity that is permitting state-sponsored terror to proliferate in the name of the fraudulent Global War on Terror. As Professor Boyle indicates, this pattern of war crimes at the top is continuing and even accelerating during the presidency of Barack Obama.

    As important as it is to show support for US and British-based initiatives to enforce the rule of law on the highest order of criminality, I humbly suggest that Canadians might want to get involved in similar initiatives unfolding in Canada. When George W. Bush did come to Calgary, law enforcement officials ignored my efforts along with those of Lawyers Against War to provide them with evidence that the former US president had violated international law as well as the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. When it became apparent that police would not adhere to the Nuremberg Principles by arresting Bush, my friend and colleague, Splitting The Sky, attempted a citizen’s arrest.

    An Attica Brother and Mohawk activist, Splitting The Sky had come to Calgary carrying a letter from his lawyer, the former US Attorney-General Ramsay Clark, outlining the case why the former US president should be arrested. We held a press conference the day before Bush’s visit to inform the media of the existence of that letter.

    Instead of arresting Bush the police arrested Splitting The Sky. The authorities jailed him and and charged the Mohawk activist with obstructing justice. STS’s trial is scheduled to take place in Calgary Alberta in early March of 2010, which as I write these words is only about five weeks away. The local media, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has covered up the arrest and the circumstances behind it right up to this day. I lodged a formal complaint with the Ombudsman of the CBC, Vince Carlin, complaining about the public broadcaster’s biased and unprofessional coverage.

    Since the arrest of STS former US Congresswoman, Green Party presidential candidate and international anti-war activist, Cynthia McKinney, has been outspoken in calling attention to the importance of the STS-Bush case. Last November, for instance, Ms. McKinney addressed an international conference entitled “Criminalizing War” at Kuala Lumpur. Standing on the podium beside British MP, George Galloway, Ms. McKinney drew attention to the Canadian proceedings that she placed in the context of the history of COINTELPRO dirty tricks aimed at destroying the American Indian Movement

    I have continued the agenda that Splitting The Sky and I started after he telephoned me about one year ago to inform me that George W.Bush was coming to Calgary in his first public speaking engagement following his presidency.

    Along with Splitting The Sky, I attended the Bush-Clinton speaking event in Toronto. I wrote about that episode in a widely disseminated article that appeared on many web sites, including that of Paul S. Graham of the Winnipeg Peace Alliance.

    Unlike the United States, Canada is a member of the International Criminal Court. If the government of Canada truly respected the jurisdiction and mission of this new and still untested court, it would have made sure that credibly accused war criminals George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush War Cabinet were arrested when they have touched down on Canadian soil during previous months. But given the present composition of the Canadian government, there is no chance that it will respect international criminal laws that some of its own members, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, could and should be accused of violating.

    Moreover all of those police officers who failed to arrest George Bush when they were presented with the possibility of doing so became complicit in violations of international law, including the Nuremberg Principles. Following orders does not provide a legitimate defense for officials who fail to uphold the rule of law when it comes to the responsibility of dealing with the highest order of international crime. Again and again we see evidence that the rule of law does not apply to those at the top of military, corporate, political and financial chains of command. Under these circumstances the idea that we live in societies governed by the rule of law has become a sad hoax.

    The severity of the dangers that surround us as the 9/11 Wars continue kill, maim and displace many millions on the frontiers of empire and to subvert our governments and societies here in the imperial heartlands of North America, Europe, Japan and Australasia. These phenomenona have been well explained by Professor Boyle as well as by Canadian professors Peter Dale Scott, John McMurtry, Graeme MacQueen, Michael Keefer, and Michel Chossudovsky among others. Yesterday Professor Scott’s most recent observations on the lawlessness that permeates the highest levels of our governments were published at

    Founder of the Peace Studies Centre and the Peace Studies program at McMaster University, Professor MacQueen, has added his voice to the mix. He has emphasized the importance for the peace movement of understanding “fraudulent trigger incidents.” Prof. MacQueen argues that key elements of the peace movement have gone astray. He accuses some of his fellow activists of refusing to research the case being developed by one of the world’s most vital and determined movements of civil society and falling back on uncritical acceptance of what he calls the “government explanation” of the 9/11 Wars. See
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  2. Billy Jack Douthwright says:

    It’s interesting~suspicious that when I click the link provided to go to ‘ how to contact the ICC’ I get an ‘Error, page not found’ screen instead?!

  3. webmaster says:

    Sorry, Billy Jack. That was my mistake. I’ve fixed the link. It will now take you to the ICC.

  4. Erroll J. Reykjalin says:

    I am a 37 year old Canadian, who believes whole
    hearted, that WE MUST arrest the Bush War Cabinet And the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT needs to put them on trial for Crimes Against Humanity. As well as others. The WORLD, moreover “OUR CHILDREN” need to know that what has happened, and is still happening, is NOT NORMAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR!!! The people behind these horrendous acts MUST BE STOPPED, and held accountable for their destructive neuroticism. If nothing is done about this now! The youth of our planet, who will become our world leaders in the future may turn a blind eye as well.



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