Friday, April 10, 2009

Indictment of Bush Officials May Come in Days

Breaking news: Indictment of Bush Officials May Come in Days
Newsweek Breaks Shocking New Revelations About Disappeared Persons
From Pinochet to Bush, the Path to Prosecution

* The imminent indictment in Spanish courts of former officials of the Bush
Administration is being applauded by civil and human rights organizations
and legal scholars. The popular wave of support for indictment of Bush
officials will inevitably lead to Bush himself.

* Newsweek Magazine blew open more shocking news about Bush' system of
kidnapping, secret prisons and torture. A secret Red Cross report indicates
that many kidnapped and tortured people were turned into "disappeared
persons" by the CIA under instructions from Bush and Cheney. A former Bush
administration official told Newsweek's Michael Isikoff that the information
had been hidden from the Red Cross. "The majority of the people in the CIA
program are unaccounted for. We don't know what happened to them," a human
rights investigator told Isikoff.

* Like Bush, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, thought his power
would shield him from criminal prosecution when his regime kidnapped and
tortured and assassinated individuals who became known as the "disappeared."
It was when Spanish courts brought indictments against Pinochet that
everything changed. As Michael Ratner, president of the Center for
Constitutional Rights said, "the importance of this investigation [in Spain]
can not be understated. Contrary to statements by some, the Spanish
investigations are not 'symbolic.' Just ask Augusto Pinochet, who was
stranded under house arrest in England and who ultimately faced criminal
charges in Chile because of the pressure of the Spanish courts. If and when
arrest warrants are issued, 24 countries in Europe are obligated to enforce
them. The world is getting smaller for the torture conspirators."

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General has called for the prosecution of
Bush and other high officials in the United States, stating, "The greatest
danger arising from impunity for President Bush and his cohorts would be
that all subsequent officials will feel secure in committing the same crimes
and the people, having failed to compel impeachment for such open, notorious
and egregious crimes, will feel even more helpless to prevent them.
Ultimately the power and the responsibility to prevent criminal acts by
government is with the people."

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