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Is it Still a Crime if a President Does it?
If Obama Keeps the Powers Bush Seized, What Powers Do We Have?
If War Criminals Walk, What Will Prevent Wars?
Join the conversation and get organized to take action at these April events in New York and Massachusetts:
April 18, 2009, 3:00 p.m. New York, NY, panel at the Left Forum at Pace University, One Pace Plaza, organized by Seven Stories Press: David Swanson, Erna Paris, and Minky Worden:
April 18, 2009, 5:00 p.m. New York, NY, panel on "Prosecuting Bush Era War Criminals & Seizure of Powers: Preventing More Crimes" at the Left Forum at Pace University, One Pace Plaza, organized by World Can't Wait including David Swanson and Linda Rigas, and moderator Debra Sweet:
April 19, 2009, David Swanson and Debra Sweet with intro by Jeff Cohen, 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY, Sponsored by the Middle East Crisis Response, Woodstock Veterans for Peace, Contact: 845 679-3299 or
April 20, 2009, David Swanson and Valeria A. Gheorghiu, Albany, NY, Albany Friends Meetinghouse, 727 Madison Avenue, near corner of Madison & Lake Ave bordering on Washington Park, 12:00 noon.
April 20, 2009, David Swanson and Valeria A. Gheorghiu, Pittsfield, Mass., Berkshire Community College, 7:00 p.m.
April 21, 2009, David Swanson and John Bonifaz, Amherst, Mass., Bangs Community Center 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
UPDATES on all of these events here:
David Swanson's book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" will be published by Seven Stories Press in September 2009. He is planning events around the country at that time. If you'd like Swanson to come to your town or can help with planning an event, please go here:
A new report by a journalist who has seen a secret 2007 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross concludes:
"Beginning in the spring of 2002 the United States government began to torture prisoners. This torture, approved by the President of the United States and monitored in its daily unfolding by senior officials, including the nation's highest law enforcement officer, clearly violated major treaty obligations of the United States, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture, as well as US law."
Here's what you can do about it:
Events are planned around the country marking the sixth anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, for which there has been no accountability. From April 4 to 19, your representatives and senators will be home in their districts and states. Here are tools you can use in organizing and lobbying:
1. Print, copy, and distribute this flyer (PDF).
2. Ask your Congress member to impeach former torture memo author, now appeals court judge Jay Bybee; click here.
3. Ask your Congress member and senators to cosponsor the State Secrets Protection Act, to require court review when presidents deny access to information by claiming "state secrets;” click here.
4. Over 175 groups, including several chapters of PDA, are asking the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor for Bush and Cheney. Add your group here:
PDA Accoutability & Justice Action Group
Progressive Democrats of America is a grassroots PAC that works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal in 2009: Work with and increase the progressive majority in Congress as we build on our 2008 electoral successes. PDA's advisory board includes seven members of Congress and activist leaders such as Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Thom Hartmann, Jim Hightower, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.
By David Swanson
Democrats in Congress respected former Attorney General Michael Mukasey beyond any measure he appeared to have earned, and to the extent of fully expecting him to perform his duties even in the most difficult circumstances. In contrast, the same Congress members do not believe Attorney General Eric Holder is up to the job.
By David Swanson, ConvictBushCheney.org
The First Step Is Prosecutions:
Sign a petition asking Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in war crimes. Sign now.
By David Swanson
I'm fairly sure that the step that would most strongly deter future crimes by high officials in Washington would be criminal prosecution and incarceration of Bush and Cheney. At the federal level, that means asking the attorney general to appoint an independent prosecutor. And, of course, Bush and Cheney did not act alone -- others on their team should be in prison too.
By David Swanson
Sunday evening I spoke on a panel in Washington, D.C., about war crimes, and in walked a group of spirited activists led by Laurie Arbeiter wearing "Arrest Bush" sweatshirts and carrying "Arrest Bush" signs, and they were absolutely dumfounded by what they had just experienced. They'd spent the day at the train station in D.C. and on the streets of D.C. as excited Obama celebrators poured in by the tens of thousands, and they'd been unable to walk a dozen steps without people stopping them to have their photo taken with an "Arrest Bush" sign.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey raised concerns that government agents and national security lawyers may be at risk for criminal prosecution after his likely successor, Eric Holder, declared that waterboarding of terror detainees is torture....
...He added that in the future, government lawyers and agents "have to be concerned that you may someday -- having given your best, most honest, most impartial advice -- have it be said of you that you sanctioned a crime."
Wouldn't that be TERRIBLE? Imagine having to worry about whether or not your advice was legal! How unfair!
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.