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International Criminal Court’s case against Bashir could provide legal precedence for going after Bush.

Think Progress- By Ben Armbruster on Mar 5th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

The International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Today, the AP reports that, based on the legal principles the ICC used to arrest al-Bashir, former President George W. Bush could be next on the list:

David Crane, an international law professor at Syracuse University, said the principle of law used to issue an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir could extend to former US President Bush over claims officials from his Administration may have engaged in torture by using coercive interrogation techniques on terror suspects.

Crane is a former prosecutor of the Sierra Leone tribunal that indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor and put him on trial in The Hague.

Richard Dicker, director of the International Justice Programme at Human Rights Watch, said the al-Bashir ruling was likely to fuel discussion about investigations of possible crimes by Bush Administration officials.

President Clinton signed the “Rome Statute” setting up the ICC in 2000 but Bush then “unsigned” the document in May 2002, thereby withdrawing U.S. support for the court. However, the Wall Street Journal reported today that according to a senior White House official, the Obama administration may reconsider joining the court.

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“While England Slept” was a phrase Churchill used to describe the state of somnambulence which existed in Britain while Hitler’s German made its preparations for wars of conquest in the east. JFK adapted this phrase to “Why England Slept” and used it as the title of his first book, based on a thesis he wrote during his senior year at Harvard. “While America Slept”  might well describe the state of somnambulance which existed in America during the Bush years. While America slept, Bush used the largely bogus threat of “terror” as a pretext to surreptitiously put in place a whole host of tyrranous legislation…and did anyone give a flying you know what? Benjamin Franklin said, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” That means, amongst other things, staying awake! One wonders what became of the spirit of the original Patriots in the American Revolution. America, the one-time “city on a hill” and beacon of liberty, has been a major disappointment to me in the last eight years. Here are a couple of articles on the subject.

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Turley: Bush terror memos are ‘very definition of tyranny’

David Edwards and Muriel Kane | Raw Story | Thursday, March 5, 2009

Since the release on Monday of nine previously-secret Bush administration legal memos claiming that the president has the power to ignore the Constitution when fighting terrorism, experts have almost unanimously denounced both their legal reasoning and their conclusions.

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Why Did So Few Americans Give a Damn?

William Pfaff | truthdig | March 5, 2009

The documents currently being released by the Justice Department that demonstrate the Bush administration’s view of the president’s constitutional power in a “state of war” tell us things we suspected but didn’t want to know.

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Billions Dished Out in the Shadows

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Robert Scheer | Truthdig | March 3, 2009

This is crazy! Forget the bleating of Rush Limbaugh; the problem is not with the quite reasonable and, if anything, underfunded stimulus package, which in any case will be debated long and hard in Congress. The problem is with what is not being debated: the far more expensive Wall Street bailout that is being pushed through—as in the case of the latest AIG rescue—in secret, hurried deal-making primarily by the unelected secretary of the treasury and the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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Fed Refuses to Release Bank Lending Data, Insists on Secrecy, Says it Isn’t Subject to FOIA Law

cryptogon.com | Thursday, March 5, 2009

HA. Bloomberg is trying to apply FOIA to the Federal Reserve. Well, to those of you who still believe that the Fed is part of the U.S. Government, pay close attention:

The Board of Governors contends that it’s separate from its member banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York which runs the lending programs. Most documents relevant to the Bloomberg suit are at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which the Fed contends isn’t subject to FOIA law. The Board of Governors has 231 pages of documents, which it is denying access to under an exemption under trade secrets.

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