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When President George W. Bush was pretending to want to avoid a war on Iraq while constantly pushing laughably bad propaganda to get that war going, we had a feeling he was lying. After all, he was a Republican. But it was after the war was raging away that we came upon things like the Downing Street Minutes and the White House Memo.
Elizabeth Holtzman knows something about struggles for justice in the U.S. government. She was a member of Congress and of the House Judiciary Committee that voted for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1973. She proposed the bill that in 1973 required that "state secrets" claims be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. She co-authored the special prosecutor law that was allowed to lapse, just in time for the George W. Bush crime wave, after Kenneth Starr made such a mockery of it during the Whitewater-cum-Lewinsky scandals. She was there for the creation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978.
Local Newspaper The Hook Makes Me Runner Up Person of Year for Chasing Dick Cheney Away - Gotta Love Charlottesville
When conservatives hear progressive political activist David Swanson coming, they might want to run away. But sometimes, they do so quite literally. After Vice President Dick Cheney announced plans to speak at the Miller Center on November 16, Swanson publicly called for Cheney's arrest for conspiracy to commit torture. "Were a local resident credibly accused of torture, I sincerely doubt you would hesitate to seek his or her immediate arrest and indictment," Swanson wrote in a November 14 letter emailed to Charlottesville and Albemarle law enforcement and posted on his website, warisacrime.org. Mere hours later, the Miller Center announced that Cheney's visit would be postponed for "personal reasons" and that he'd reschedule for early next year. Coincidence? Perhaps. But either way, Swanson will undoubtedly lead the welcome parade if the former Veep appears.
Number 5. When John Yoo came here, he got a good rowdy rule-of-law unwelcome, which no doubt made the Miller Center hesitate to promise Cheney a room free of decent human beings.
Number 4. Our brothers and sisters in San Francisco confronted Cheney with his crimes last week.
Number 3. It's a heck of a lot of crimes.
Number 2. Cheney just might have found himself face-to-face with a set of handcuffs.
Open flyer: PDF.
Another year, another war criminal book-touring at the Miller Center. This time, on Wednesday, November 16th, it’ll be Dick Cheney, who . . .
- lied to the public and Congress to launch a war on Iraq;
- pressured the CIA to assist in fraud;
- threatened and worked to promote war on Iran;
- lied to the public and Congress in an effort to launch war on Iran;
- led a campaign of retribution against a whistleblower;
- refused a Congressional subpoena;
- obstructed DOJ investigations;
- profited from his own war making;
- led the creation of programs of warrantless spying, lawless imprisonment, and torture;
- created a secret energy task force that violated open-government laws;
- mishandled classified information and destroyed visitors logs;
- suppressed evidence in the California energy crisis;
- continues to make false claims and to openly brag about his offenses.
The Miller Center is making people contact email@example.com for permission to attend, and appears to be screening out those who oppose the policies listed above.
But the Miller Center cannot prevent us protesting outside.
9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Lawn in front of Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Park at University Hall or Lannigan Field or in a nearby parking lot on Old Ivy Road.
Another year, another war criminal book-touring at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.
This time, at 11 a.m. on November 16th, it'll be Dick Cheney.
The Miller Center is not allowing members of the public to attend on a first-come basis, as is the standard practice. Instead, it is asking people to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and then wait for approval to attend.
Whether any or some or all people not known by the Miller Center to be welcoming of war criminals are being screened out we do not yet know.
Reasons some might ask Cheney uncomfortable questions during his Q&A include:
--Cheney lied to and defrauded the public and the Congress to launch a war on Iraq.
--Cheney pressured the CIA to assist in that fraud.
--Cheney threatened and worked to promote war on Iran.
--Cheney lied to the public and Congress in an effort to launch a war on Iran.
--Cheney led a campaign of retribution against whistleblower Joseph Wilson, including the outing of a covert CIA operative.
--Cheney refused to comply with Congressional subpoenas and obstructed Department of Justice investigations.
--Cheney profited financially from his war-making through compensation from Halliburton.
--Cheney led efforts to create programs of warrantless spying, lawless imprisonment, and torture.
--Cheney created the secret Energy Task Force which operated in defiance of open-government laws.
--Cheney violated laws on the handling of classified information and destroyed official visitors logs.
--Cheney Suppressed Evidence in the California Energy Crisis.
--Cheney continues to make false claims as well as to openly brag about many of these offenses.
For more information, see http://warisacrime.org/cheneycrimes
Two Years Ago Obama Decided Not to Prosecute Torturers
Now We Get An Account of Why
By David Swanson
If you can think back all the way to January 2009, back when wars were ending, Guantanamo was closing, the Pentagon was getting oversight, employees were going to have free choice, the rich would start paying taxes, the air would be getting cleaner, and so forth, you'll recall that the Obama transition team was acting super populist and high-tech.
They had questions from ordinary people for the President Elect submitted on their website and voted up or down. The top question at the end of the voting had come from Bob Fertik of Democrats.com and it was this: