Bush Convicted of War Crimes
Remember where you were when you heard the news. It’s not the International Criminal Court and it doesn’t have any government endorsements, but the first conviction for war crimes against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and several of their senior legal advisors has been made. A U.S. President has been convicted for war crimes, and it's the initial collection round the ICC probably needed towards raising Bush’s airfare to The Hague.
The prosecution occurred at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Foundation, a private organization chartered under Malaysian law. It has no endorsement from any government worldwide and is anything but an institution of global acclaim, but it is still very significant because it has been created by those with power to persuade the ICC. Those condemned are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and former deputy assistant attorney general John Choon Yoo, former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee, and former counsels Alberto Gonzales, David Addington and William Haynes.
The transgressions are the use of torture and the war crime of using torture during war, as defined by the Convention against Torture and four Geneva conventions of 1949, to which the United States government is a party. The statement of the tribunal was that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld “engaged in a web of instructions, memos, directives, legal advice and action that established a common plan and purpose, joint enterprise and / or conspiracy to commit the crimes of Torture and War Crimes, including and not limited to a common plan and purpose to commit the following crimes in relation to the ‘War on Terror’ and the wars launched by the US and others in Afghanistan and Iraq.” The evidence that they knew about this and supported it has been very compelling for quite a while.
One of the most revealing things about this development, however, is that the mainstream press in the US and UK have not touched it. At all. Not one spillage of ink, kb of information or second of airtime. CNN, the BBC, Newsweek, ABC, the London Times. The list could be as long as this article. The only major news source to touch it has been The Real News Network. I would rush to say that this display is some bizarre double-standard or moral evasion by the mainstream press, but it’s not as if these stations have been quiet about news that criticizes the war previously.Continued on the next page