Getting away with murder
If you haven't read Vincent Bugliosi's latest book, “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder” I would not be surprised. You most likely have not heard of the book.
That's because the “liberal media” has blackballed Mr. Bugliosi, and he has had to pretty much promote his book on his own. It is on the New York Times Best Seller List, but the Times, that bastion of liberal values, has not reviewed it.
If you're nowhere near 50 years of age, the name Vincent Bugliosi most likely doesn't mean much to you. He was the Los Angeles district attorney who prosecuted the Manson family for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends as well as the husband and wife that owned a grocery store chain.
I'd describe the murders as horrific, but aren't all murders by definition horrific? Mr. Bugliosi thinks so. He is appalled by the pain and misery the Bush administration has caused with the Iraq war and presents the case that because W and company lied to the American public and used false information to get our elected representatives (with the support of the American public) to take us to war, when they knew full well that people would die as a result, W and company (“company” being defined as, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld) are guilty of first degree murder.
He outlines a credible legal pathway to holding these people accountable. He does so free of party lines and loyalty. He does so not only as a citizen who is truly interested in justice but also as one who knows if there are different standards for obeying the law for our elected officials than there are for common folk (like you and me), then we as a nation in fact have no standards.
Frankly this fits right into “Gospel Order”, calling and working for justice. It's a major theme of not only Old Testament prophets but Jesus, the New Testament man, himself.
There is a group of American citizens who agree with Mr. Bugliosi and are willing to risk arrest to bring an indictment of Bush and Cheney.
In September, members of National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, asking to meet with him to discuss the indictment of Bush and Cheney for war crimes. Muaksey has not responded.
On Monday, members of the NCNR are going to the Department of Justice in Washington with a copy of the letter and again asking for a meeting with Mukasey to discuss indicting Bush and Cheney for war crimes. If they are refused, some members of the group will be moved by conscience to risk arrest utilizing the nonviolent practices and disciplines of Gandhi and King through nonviolent civil resistance.
“Obama has just won the election, and now more than ever we need to continue our work calling for peace and justice. We must continue to demand that the new president ends the occupation of Iraq and does not escalate military action in Afghanistan. We also must call for justice and demand that Bush and others in his administration are held accountable for the murders of millions of innocent people from Iraq, from Afghanistan, and almost 4,200 US soldiers.
"In April, Obama said that as president he would indeed ask his new attorney general and his deputies to "immediately review the information that's already there" and determine if an inquiry is warranted (apparently there are people in the Justice Department who are ready to sing like opera stars if only given the opportunity to do so). It is the responsibility of citizens to make sure this happens.
"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, appointed by President Truman to be the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunals following World War II, stated, 'Let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment.'
"We take this action knowing that we are doing what we are called to do, knowing that we are doing the only thing we can do as our leaders have continued to disobey the laws of the United States and to trample on and shred the U.S. Constitution for the last eight years.
It is time to bring the criminals of the Bush regime to justice. We, the people, have the power and we can restore justice.”
On another matter, Judge Robert Morin refused Friday to dismiss the convictions of five “Ghosts of the Iraq War” after an intelligence analyst claims a purloined e-mail (which originated from Max Obusaewski, one of the defendants), that was used as evidence against the defendants was posted on an open Web site.
Since Obuszewski was being spied on by the Maryland State Police, it is possible some police agency obtained the private e-mail.
U.S. Capitol Police intelligence analyst Eric Orsini testified that he obtained the e-mail and the source from Protest.Net, but the government failed to provide any proof. Judge Morin tried to find a page on Protest.Net for March 12, but the site has no archives.
Obuszewski took the witness stand and explained that someone obtained his private e-mail and then covered it up by indicating the source was a Common Dreams URL. He also argued that the government failed to provide all of the discovery prior to trial. However, Judge Morin accepted Orsini’s testimony, despite the lack of evidence, and disregarded Obuszewski’s arguments. In turn, he upheld the convictions.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 15.
See the Ghosts of the Iraq War action at http://www.youtube.com/watchv=T8BsJdy11F.