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Canadians Seek to Arrest George W. Bush Oct. 20

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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Canada Must Arrest George W. Bush if he Enters Canada

 

by Gail Davidson, Lawyers Against War (LAW)

Vancouver, B.C. — An upcoming planned speaking engagement in Canada by former President George W. Bush is again generating a wave of protest.   Bush is reportedly scheduled to speak on October 20th at a gathering in Surrey, British Columbia hosted by Surrey Mayor Diane Watts. 

But Lawyers Against the War (LAW) says the Canadian government must either bar Bush at the border because of his alleged involvement in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity, or order his arrest when he enters Canada both to ensure he is prosecuted here or elsewhere, and to prevent him from returning to safe haven from prosecution in the United States.

In an August 25 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian Ministers of justice, immigration, public safety and foreign affairs, the group says “there is overwhelming evidence that George W. Bush …aided and abetted and counseled the torture of non-Americans at U.S. controlled prisons outside the U.S.”

The 7-page letter cites evidence of complicity in torture (and other crimes) from numerous international reports and authorities, including Bush himself: “In his 2010 memoirs, (Bush) admitted to authorizing the use of interrogation techniques that constitute torture such as water boarding.”

The letter goes on to spell out Canada’s “legal duty to deny safe haven from prosecution to anyone suspected on reasonable grounds of torture committed anywhere against any persons.”  This is a duty owed not just to Canadians but to all humankind. Barring entry is the first way that Canada can comply with this legal duty.

However, once G.W. Bush enters the country, Canada must then act to ensure that George W. Bush is prosecuted for torture (and other crimes) by either prosecuting him in Canada or extraditing him to a country willing and able to prosecute. Canada’s duty to prevent Mr. Bush from having safe haven from prosecution for the many crimes that he stands reasonably accused of, would require Canada to prevent him from returning to the United States.

The August 25/11 letter is signed by Gail Davidson of LAW, and Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law.

Professor Boyle has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales for extraordinary renditions, which include torture and enforced disappearances, both crimes under the Rome Statute for the ICC to which Canada is a party.

Although the US is not a party to the Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction to prosecute Bush administration officials for extraordinary renditions carried out in states that are party to the Rome Statute. (See at footnote 9, page 4 of LAW’s August 25th letter, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees involving council of Europe member states).

Professor Boyle’s ICC Complaint played a decisive role in deterring Bush from going to Switzerland in February 2011 because he feared prosecution there.

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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Arrest him, Rumsfield, & Cheney....

mamaof2angles
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM
YEA! but a day after our birthday really? Lmao (my son and I have the same bday)


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Arrest him, Rumsfield, & Cheney....


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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM

My Daughter is 10/23...its my fav time of year!! I LOVE the FALL

Quoting mamaof2angles:

YEA! but a day after our birthday really? Lmao (my son and I have the same bday)


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Arrest him, Rumsfield, & Cheney....



BleedinHeartMom
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Thats my DS birthday he will be 10 woot woot...We usually celebrate it on Halloween

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My Daughter is 10/23...its my fav time of year!! I LOVE the FALL

Quoting mamaof2angles:

YEA! but a day after our birthday really? Lmao (my son and I have the same bday)


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Arrest him, Rumsfield, & Cheney....




katzmeow726
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Too bad Cheney won't be with him...

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

My sweet-a-kins is turning 10 as well!@ :)

We usually have a costume party except last year she did a bowling party..

 


 

Quoting BleedinHeartMom:

Thats my DS birthday he will be 10 woot woot...We usually celebrate it on Halloween

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My Daughter is 10/23...its my fav time of year!! I LOVE the FALL

Quoting mamaof2angles:

YEA! but a day after our birthday really? Lmao (my son and I have the same bday)


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Arrest him, Rumsfield, & Cheney....


 



BleedinHeartMom
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

AWESOME.Thats what DS wants to do he joined a bowling league last year and he bowls a 150, so I guess he wants to show off his mad skills lol

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My sweet-a-kins is turning 10 as well!@ :)

We usually have a costume party except last year she did a bowling party..

 


 

Quoting BleedinHeartMom:

Thats my DS birthday he will be 10 woot woot...We usually celebrate it on Halloween

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

My Daughter is 10/23...its my fav time of year!! I LOVE the FALL

Quoting mamaof2angles:

YEA! but a day after our birthday really? Lmao (my son and I have the same bday)


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Arrest him, Rumsfield, & Cheney....






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