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Why Bush wants immunity from prosecution for war crimes
Monday, 02 October 2006 13:37

Although not as widely remarked as the elimination of habeas rights and the consecration of torture, the recently passed Senate torture legislation includes provisions that would immunize the Bush administration and other US personnel from prosecution under the War Crimes Act of 1973, not just looking forward but retroactively as well, going back to 1996.

Why 1996? Because the War Crimes Act of 1996, signed into law by Bill Clinton on August 21 of that year, makes violations of several Geneva Convention protocols by any US national or member of the US military, here or abroad, a crime.

Bush is a US national, and he has acknowledged violating Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, including but not limited to:

  • (a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture
  • (c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment.
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    Barking Mad
    Monday, 02 October 2006 13:29
    There’s nothing more disturbing than knowing that an alcohol-addled megalomaniac has his sweaty fingers on the Big Red Switch and that with one little tug he could ignite the world like a Roman candle.

    It’s not a comforting thought, but it’s the truth.

    As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate and the feckless congress concedes more power to the president; Bush’s grasp of reality seems to grow increasing threadbare. How much more pressure his fragile psyche can take?

    Regrettably, there are signs that Bush is losing ground to an invasive form of delirium praecox; the steady erosion of his already circumscribed mental faculties.

    This can’t be good for the country...or the planet.

     


     

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    NATO’s Inferno
    Monday, 02 October 2006 10:22
    Civilised (adjective): cultured, educated, refined, enlightened, polite, elegant, sophisticated, urbane
    Civilise (verb): to enlighten, educate, cultivate, improve, advance, develop, refine

    Poor old Dante Alighieri, were he around today, I am sure he would find it difficult to find the words to describe the evils visited by so-called civilised nations on the defenceless of the planet, assuming that is, he was fully informed of what is going on.

    I know I shouldn’t be surprised but nevertheless I am. Surprised firstly that I live in a barbaric culture that has been able to masquerade as civilised and secondly, that it has been able to persuade the world that it possesses civilised credentials in the first place. And thirdly, that it has been able to carry off this illusion for well on five hundred years.

    Most of us associate the idea of being civilised with learning and with respect for culture, though the root of the word is that of the city dweller.


     

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    War in Heaven: Woodward's Book and the Establishment Insurgency
    Monday, 02 October 2006 04:47

    Bob Woodward has long been the voice of the American Establishment – or of certain quadrants of it, at any rate. When Richard Nixon's criminal depredations and mental instability had gone too far and it was decided to rein him in, former military intelligence officer Woodward was there as a safe pair of hands to receive the damning revelations of "Deep Throat" and help bring down the Nixon presidency. When the Establishment decided it was best to throw in with the Bush Faction's aggressive militarism after 9/11 – lots of big money to be made out of war and fear, and those tax cuts were just too sweet to pass up -- Woodward was there again, with a series of stories and books which, as Michiko Kakutani notes in the New York Times, "depicted the president — in terms that the White House press office itself has purveyed — as a judicious, resolute leader, blessed with the 'vision thing' his father was accused of lacking and firmly in control of the ship of state."

     

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    Trick and Treat: HP Sauce for Congressional Hypocrites
    Sunday, 01 October 2006 21:40

    Eager, as always, to make both first call at the bar and an early getaway, the bicameral two ring circus of embezzlers, extortionists, buffoons, car dealers, and lawyers known as the US Congress stirred itself last week to raise its right arm and wield its mighty rubber stamp.

    With Sunday football, Halloween, and elections dangling in front of its nose/trunk like a carrot in front of the proverbial elephant's ass, the 109th convention of bozo millionaires passed the Bush administration's military tribunal proposal-- finally bringing bourgeois theory finally into line with bourgeois practice by abrogating the "principle" of habeas corpus.

     
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