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A conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes will be held September 13-14 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover .
"This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred," said convener Lawrence Velvel, dean and cofounder of the school. "It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth."
"We must try to hold Bush administration leaders accountable in courts of justice," Velvel said. "And we must insist on appropriate punishments, including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940s."
"For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders," Velvel said.
The conference will take up such issues as the nature of domestic and international crimes committed; which high-level Bush officials, including Federal judges and Members of Congress, are chargeable with war crimes; which foreign and domestic tribunals can be used to prosecute them; and the setting up of an umbrella coordinating committee with representatives of legal groups concerned about the war crimes such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, among others.
Originally posted by eradown
reply to post by mybigunit
When will someone be brought to justice for WACO. Never, because whoever is driving our country into the ground does not like our two party system. The federal government is corrupt beyond all redemption. The best hope would be to shift power away from the federal government back to the States. The United States has successfully recreated the tower of Babel. It needs to be dismantled or else it will be dismantled in a terrible way by an outside force.
Back in the day when the south had a one party system ruled by democrats terrible corruption reigned. So much so, all the Bush family had to do was show up in Texas and be nice inorder to become politically powerful. What brought about the evil one party system was the self righteous desire of republicans to punish southern political leaders. The democrats are hell bent on punishing Bush and if they allow their hang em high attitude, to reign at a time when they know outside pressure prevents our presidents from effectively leading this country, things will get much worse in this country.
The dean specifically criticizes Justice Department officials who wrote legal opinions designed to provide political cover for administration figures to carry out torture. However, Velvel's sharpest words were saved for President Bush, according to a passage from ABA Journal.
"Does the president of the United States have the right to order a detainee buried alive?"
Oddly, this grotesque question was posed at a U.S. Congressional hearing last week. Even odder was the answer - From John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, now a law professor at the University of California.
"I don't think I've ever given the advice that the president could bury someone alive." Yoo told a judiciary subcommittee hearing into detainee interrogations.
Well, I guess that's comforting to know. But it was striking to watch Yoo evade answering whether he considered there was any treatment so vicious and inhuman that it would be beyond the president's power to inflict it on a detainee, in the interests of national defence.
Apparently there isn't. In a public debate in 2005, Yoo was asked if he thought it would be lawful for the president to authorize crushing the testicles of a detainee's child.
It would seem like a simple 'no' would suffice. But here's how Yoo responded: "I think it depends on why the president thinks he needs to do that."
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
You can't prosecute somebody because you disagree with them.
hanging him..would be murder. I think that is punishable by law in this country.
How stalinist can you get? I disagree with you...so now I will hang you!!!! LOL.