Tuesday, July 08, 2008

What about an international prosecution team for Bush?

One obvious law under which these people could be put on trial is the US War Crimes Act of 1996, which makes it a federal crime to commit a "grave breach" of the Geneva Conventions. Elizabeth Holtzman covered this issue in the Nation in 2005:

A grave breach, as defined by the Geneva Conventions, includes the deliberate "killing, torture or inhuman treatment" of detainees. Violations of the War Crimes Act that result in death carry the death penalty.

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Prosecute Bush under Title 18 Section 2441
(War Crimes)

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Out of Iraq Bloggers Caucas

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The US Attorney firing scandal [more]

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[click here] for my email to the International Criminal Court

[click here] for: U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan Announces Resignation

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Group seeks Bush sewage 'tribute'

Brian McConnell hands in his petition at San Francisco City Hall
McConnell handed in his petition at City Hall on Monday

A citizens group in San Francisco wants to pay an ironic tribute to President George W Bush when he leaves office - by naming a sewage plant after him.

The group, calling itself the Presidential Memorial Committee of San Francisco, wants the issue voted on at this November's election.

"It's important to remember our leaders in the right historical context," said petition organiser Brian McConnell.

The Republican Party thinks the plan stinks, and it will fight the measure.

Mr McConnell's group has submitted more than 12,000 signatures on a petition to the San Francisco Department of Elections.

If at least 7,168 of those signatures are found to be valid, the question of whether to rename Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant after the outgoing president will be added to the ballot papers in November.

"In President Bush's case, we think that we will be cleaning up a substantial mess for the next 10 or 20 years," said Mr McConnell.

"The sewage treatment facility's job is to clean up a mess, so we think it's a fitting tribute."


But one Californian Republican, Patrick Dorinson, said the plan was "a horrible idea".

Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant
Oceanside could become Bush's Bay Area memorial

"This is why San Francisco is considered wacky," the former California Republican Party spokesman told the Associated Press.

"It makes me ashamed to be a San Franciscan if this is all they've got time to do."

And a city official stressed that Oceanside offered "extraordinary environmental benefits".

"That's not our understanding of what the authors of this initiative believe the current president has delivered," said Tony Winnicker of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Mr Bush will leave office in January 2009. [BBC]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some bureaucrat says the sewagwe treatment plant in SF offers extraordinary environmental benefits. Nonsense! It is one of the few major wastewater treatment plants in the state that doesn't recycle any of the wastewater.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 11:54:00 AM  

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