You are hereBlogs


Let Judgment Be Bush's History

By David Swanson

History cannot be the judge of Bush and Cheney. The corporate news really is the first draft of history, and there will be no magical leap from its dishonesty to an honest account. Most in the Washington establishment want to protect Bush and Cheney and gang, although the New York Times has now printed one column admitting the obvious point that if the outgoing criminals are not punished, their heirs will repeat their crimes.

Holder Will Have to Prosecute

By David Swanson

After comments made in his confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee Eric Holder will be hard pressed not to prosecute Bush, Cheney, and their co-conspirators, or to appoint a special prosecutor.

FBI Building's Surprising Inaugural Message

3,000 in Front of FBI Building for Inaugural Parade to Demand Bush's Arrest

For January 20th, 2009, has secured a permit for the front of the FBI building for a Yes We Can Arrest Bush event during the Inaugural Parade.

Conyers Explains Why He Hasn't Impeached

By David Swanson

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has released a lengthy new report that updates his previous report originally released in 2005 documenting Bush and Cheney's crimes and impeachable offenses. The new report recommends that the Attorney General appoint a Special Counsel, even while making other recommendations that could delay or prevent prosecutions (including creating a bipartisan commission to spend a year and a half looking at the crimes and potentially immunizing criminals). The report includes 47 recommendations, some better than others, and has a tendency to ask the next president to ignore bad laws while offering that Congress might pass better laws "if necessary." The report takes up some new topics not addressed in the old one, but largely covers familiar ground, with one glaring exception: it virtually ignores what had previously been a major focus, the war. The lies that launched the war receive a few pages toward the end.

Bush Defenders Strain Painfully to Cover His Crimes

Check out this defense of Bush from the American Enterprise Institute. Not one word to suggest that Bush's actions benefited anyone. The bulk of the article devoted to claiming that the executive aggrandizement Madison feared was predicted by Alexis de Tocqueville. I'll predict right now that we'll see more of it and worse if Bush is not placed behind bars, but that doesn't mean I endorse it and shouldn't convince anyone it is a good thing. The defense of the Iraq war lies here is pathetic and centers on claiming that Clinton made the same lies. FISA violations are OK if you're a president. Torture is OK because one of the many laws and treaties banning it applies only to prisoners of war, and Bush's war was just a pretend war. Guantanamo is OK because previous presidents used it too. Habeas corpus is not needed because there are precedents of denying it to foreigners. Rewriting and then violating laws with signing statements is OK since previous presidents used them for harmless commentary. Having established that the laws of Congress mean nothing, the PATRIOT Act's outrages are justified because contained in a law passed by Congress. And, besides, the president is SUPPOSED to be an emperor anyway!

Media General Columnist Mocks Victims of Discrimination

By David Swanson

Here's a columnist in Media General newspapers named Scott Hollifield ridiculing Raed Jarrar's settlement that gave him $240,000 as compensation for having been thrown off an airplane for looking middle-eastern and wearing a t-shirt with Arabic words on it. This is an on-going problem. A whole family was thrown off an airplane at National Airport in Washington, D.C., a couple of weeks ago because they looked middle-eastern and one of them said to another that they should sit in the safest seats. Now, it's possible that a $240,000 penalty would be enough to change the behavior of an airline if repeated a few times, but this money is coming from the federal government, which now throws around trillions like they were millions. The purpose of the penalty is not to measure the suffering, although that should not be mocked. While Mr. Hollified may or may not have felt bad when he was accused of being a biker, I have no doubt that Raed, who works night and day to save lives, felt physically ill when accused of trying to destroy lives. The purpose is to end the discrimination. Raed was not, like Hollifield, offered the opportunity to turn his shirt inside out and remain on the flight. He was removed under suspicion of wanting to engage in mass-murder. So was that entire family. So are others, quite frequently, at airports and elsewhere in this country. Dredging up a petty offense from your drunken past with which to mock the victims of official and widespread discrimination is something only a Media General columnist or perhaps George W. Bush would think of.

Against Truth, Reconciliation, and Commissions

By David Swanson

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has introduced a bill, H.R. 104, that would create a commission to spend a year and a half looking at the various crimes of Bush and Cheney. While this might allow congressional Democrats to run election campaigns against Bush and Cheney yet again, even though those two will have been out of office for two years, it's not clear that it would do much else that would be positive.

What to Ask Eric Holder

On Thursday, January 15, at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder. If the Senators are willing to work together and to listen to those of us who elected them, the questioning might go something like this:

Bush and Obama Pass by 40 Feet Away

Join us on January 20th. We have a permit for an Arrest Bush demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the FBI Building. Bush and Obama will pass by at around 11 a.m. on their way from the White House to the Capitol. Obama will pass back by as president at around 3 p.m. Wear your Arrest Bush & Cheney Sweatshirt, other warm clothes, and comfortable shoes. Be patient and arrive very early. Bring all your friends and family and an Arrest Bush sign as your ticket to get into our parade viewing area (everyone with an Arrest Bush sign welcome until it fills up). Updates here: