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CCR Announces Bush Indictment for Convention Against Torture Signatory States

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posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 10:44 AM
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aw, poor george had to cancel his travel plans.
anyone think anything will come of all this?
that is besides being swept under the rug by the media.



February 7, 2011, Geneva and New York – Today, two torture victims were to have filed criminal complaints, with more than 2,500-pages of supporting material, in Geneva against former U.S. President George W. Bush, who was due to speak at an event there on 12 February. Swiss law requires the presence of the torturer on Swiss soil before a preliminary investigation can be opened. When Bush cancelled his trip to avoid prosecution, the human rights groups who prepared the complaints made it public and announced that the Bush Torture Indictment would be waiting wherever he travels next. The Indictment serves as the basis on which to prepare country-specific, plaintiff-specific indictments, with additional evidence and updated information. According to international law experts at the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), former presidents do not enjoy special immunity under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). “Waterboarding is torture, and Bush has admitted, without any sign of remorse, that he approved its use,” said Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney at CCR and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). “The reach of the Convention Against Torture is wide – this case is prepared and will be waiting for him wherever he travels next. Torturers – even if they are former presidents of the United States – must be held to account and prosecuted. Impunity for Bush must end.” While the U.S. has thus far failed to comply with its obligations under the Convention Against Torture to prosecute and punish those who commit torture, all other signatories, too, are obligated to prosecute or extradite for prosecution anyone present in their territory they have a reasonable basis for believing has committed torture. If the evidence warrants, as the Bush Torture Indictment contends it does, and the U.S. fails to request the extradition of Bush and others to face charges of torture there, CAT signatories must, under law, prosecute them for torture. In a statement this weekend, the groups who organized the complaints said, “Whatever Bush or his hosts say, we have no doubt he cancelled his trip to avoid our case. The message from civil society is clear – If you’re a torturer, be careful in your travel plans.”


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posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 10:50 AM
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I bet in another 10 yrs ole Georgie
won't be able to travel to half the nations
on this earth without being arrested
for war crimes.

Sounds like lil Georgie is quickly
running out of places to hide.
Maybe his daddy can buy him
a nice palace in Saudi somewhere.

edit on 2/9/2011 by boondock-saint because: spelling



posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 10:55 AM
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They really really need to stop warning him before he travels.
Maybe next time they can wait until he is five minutes out from landing to call him and let him know that he will be detained upon landing and will but put into a holding cell until the date of his trial.



posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 11:12 AM
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Is it possible for them to hire a bounty hunter to drag his ass there and stand trial?



posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 12:15 PM
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Originally posted by pedroroach
They really really need to stop warning him before he travels.
Maybe next time they can wait until he is five minutes out from landing to call him and let him know that he will be detained upon landing and will but put into a holding cell until the date of his trial.


great point, didn't even cross my mind, although so obvious once you mentioned it.
i really don't know how this works,



posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 12:17 PM
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Originally posted by Bonified Ween
Is it possible for them to hire a bounty hunter to drag his ass there and stand trial?


isn't this basically where interpol would step in as far as euro territory?
again, great point and i have no idea how this would relate to a foreign entity arresting someone in the states.
anybody?
is there a precedence?



posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 03:33 PM
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As I recall, Bush has a nice spread in Paraguay.

www.newciv.org...

I think he is prepared for the inevitable.



posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 09:18 PM
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Unfortunately, IMH(f)O ... all of this is irrelevant.

Wherever W. goes, he is probably under secret-service protection/escort - even in another country. With few exceptions, I can see no country that we would go visit, which would have their own police or security forces start a confrontation with a US secret-service squad. It would simply be way too big of a diplomatic incident.

As long as he stays out of Iran, Venezuela and North Korea (under their current regimes), I think he's pretty safe.

Of course, Dick Cheney is another matter. He's a potential "fall-guy" that could be sacrificed to the cause. He's probably under SS protection as well, but he's lucky to be able to step foot in California!



posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 09:20 PM
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Excellent!
Its about time!, good find where did you get that article?
but im sure this will not lead up to much. Geneva is a joke.
edit on 10-2-2011 by markusjOHNSON because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 09:57 PM
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So, in another 2 years when Obama is out will he be having the next charges pressed? Just wondering, because he's just continuing the same policies and torturing people in Guantanamo.............I'm sure the left will be here defending him any moment, but truth is truth.


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posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 10:02 PM
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Originally posted by rubbertramp

Originally posted by Bonified Ween
Is it possible for them to hire a bounty hunter to drag his ass there and stand trial?


isn't this basically where interpol would step in as far as euro territory?
again, great point and i have no idea how this would relate to a foreign entity arresting someone in the states.
anybody?
is there a precedence?


Interpol acts globally, and technically GW could be called to a war crimes trial, but ONLY if a Nation or state were to raise the complaint, and with America bank rolling most of the countries who are against them, its unlikely



posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 10:12 PM
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Originally posted by pedroroach
They really really need to stop warning him before he travels.
Maybe next time they can wait until he is five minutes out from landing to call him and let him know that he will be detained upon landing and will but put into a holding cell until the date of his trial.


It's almost like there is someone tipping him off before he leaves.

Could boy Bush be so connected that he has bean-spillers high in the ranks of other governments?



posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 11:14 PM
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Of course!

I don't think there'd be many people as well connected as a former US president, especially that one.



posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 11:22 PM
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Iraq needs a Simon Weisenthal - and they need to hunt down every member of the Clinton administration as well as both Bush administrations. Iran could contribute its own to rope in the last straggling pieces of crap from the Reagan and Carter administrations. We spent 23 years committing atrocity between and within those two nations - as did several European powers, particularly Britain and Germany.

Interestingly, Americans would get really upset if Iraq or Iran were to perpetrate the same sort of "targeted killings" that the US and Israel use...



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