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DOJ wants Bush, senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War trial

Published time: August 22, 2013 16:04
Edited time: August 22, 2013 18:24
source: http://rt.com/usa/bush-amnesty-iraq-war-847/


US President George W. Bush addresses the nation aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln 01 May, 2003.
Bush declared major fighting over in Iraq, calling it "one victory in a war on terror" which he said would continue until terrorists
are defeated. (AFP Photo/Stephen Jaffe)


The United States Department of Justice has requested that former President George W. Bush and the highest figures in his administration receive full exemption from being tried for the Iraq War, which the DoJ says was in line with international law.

Apart from Bush, the names listed in the paper the DoJ filed on Tuesday are former Vice President Richard Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, retired four-star General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and former Deputy Secretary of Defense and President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz.

Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi single mother of three who became a refugee, filed a complaint in March in the San Francisco federal court, claiming that the war in her country can be judged as a ‘crime of aggression’, according to the same legal standards that the Nuremberg Tribunal used for convicting Nazi war criminals of World War II.

Saleh is the lead plaintiff in this class action lawsuit.

The reason for the decision is connected with the ‘Westfall Act’ certification. The 1988 law gives the Attorney General the power to personally decide whether the United States is actually a defendant in the case. This in turn allows the granting of absolute immunity to politicians for actions carried out while in the government’s employ.

Inder Comar of Comar Law has agreed to take the case. The San-Francisco-based firm normally specializes in support to private companies, particularly those in the tech industry. Comar met with Saleh at her home in Jordan to discuss the case.

Chief counsel Comar wrote on the War Is a Crime website explaining that, "The DoJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit.”

The lawsuit filed by Saleh says that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz orchestrated the Iraq War in 1998 as part of their involvement with the ‘Project for the New American Century’, a Washington DC-based non-profit organization that pushed for the overthrow of Iraq’s former leader, Saddam Hussein.


In this U.S. Marine handout picture, which was released on November 23, 2004, Iraqi Special Forces and U.S. Marines
from the 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division, conduct
a security patrol towards the palm grove and clear buildings along the way in the war-torn city of Falluja.
(Reuters/HO/USM/Lance Corporal James J. Vooris HH/JV)


Salleh then alleges that the tragedy of September 11, 2001, was pitched to other members of the Bush cabinet as the perfect excuse to scare the American public into supporting the war in Iraq. The lawsuit also claims that the United States failed to obtain United Nations approval for the invasion, making it an illegal and aggressive act of war.

According to Corey Hill, who is a member and outreach coordinator for Global Exchange, an international human rights organization, Comar Law is invoking something called the Alien Tort Statute, which is a 1789 law that permits a foreign national to sue the US federal court for injuries “committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” Hill explained this in his article for YES! Magazine, for which he also writes.

All the defendants in the case have been summoned to appear in accordance with the usual legal proceedings. The trial is expected to start in early 2014.

There are, however, several problems that could arise with the allegations. As Paul Stephen, who teaches law at the University of Virginia and is former international law consultant for the Department of State told YES! Magazine, that it would be difficult to sue a government employee for acting “under the scope of employment” in this case, because of the modified nature of the Westfall Act, giving officials more scope for action.

The second problem may arise from the fact that their actions did not take place on US soil, making it difficult to validate the accusation.


Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

And lastly, “courts aren’t open to ruling on matters of a political nature”, Hill said in reference to a doctrine in US Constitutional Law that separates clear-cut court cases with those better left to the legislative and executive branches of the government. This doctrine then means that the invasion of Iraq is a political case – not a legal one.

“If the expectation is that a federal court will declare that the invasion, although duly authorized by Congress, violated international law and thus violates U.S. law, I would respond that we walked up and down that hill with respect to Vietnam... No federal court ever has recognized such a claim,” Hill explained.

But Comar is optimistic in so far that in order for the Westfall Act to work in this case, the US government would have to prove that the act of preparing the invasion through a non-profit organization took place within office. But since that was not the case, the law cannot be invoked here. He further explained to Hill that separating a political matter from a purely legal one will also not be easy for the US government, as it may often be a very blurry line.  Comar expanded on this position to the ‘War Is a Crime’ website.

“The good news is that while we were disappointed with the certification, we were prepared for it,” he said. “We do not see how a Westfall Act certification is appropriate given that Ms. Saleh alleges that the conduct at issue began prior to these defendants even entering into office. I think the Nuremberg prosecutors, particularly American Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson, would be surprised to learn that planning a war of aggression at a private non-profit, misleading a fearful public, and foregoing proper legal authorization somehow constitute lawful employment duties for the American president and his or her cabinet.”


Former US vice-president Dick Cheney (AFP Photo)

RW - It would be pointless having these creeps appear in court anyway - they would lie, lie lie. That is the only truth we can be sure of when they speak.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 05:27:33 PM »
Bush was just the front man, following orders.  Cheney was handpicked by ADL & AIPAC Jew lobby to help pull the strings.  Plus, he could accept the payoffs with the no-bid contracts for Halliburton.  All anybody has to do is look at the Yid signatories to PNAC and especially A Clean Break to see who was REALLY behind "the clash of civilizations."

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 05:38:30 PM »
Bush was just the front man, following orders.  Cheney was handpicked by ADL & AIPAC Jew lobby to help pull the strings.  Plus, he could accept the payoffs with the no-bid contracts for Halliburton.  All anybody has to do is look at the Yid signatories to PNAC and especially A Clean Break to see who was REALLY behind "the clash of civilizations."

They are all front men for jews and have served them well - thus they are now protected by their masters. Unless things get a little too sticky. Then they have heart attacks.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 04:37:48 AM »
They are all front men for jews and have served them well - thus they are now protected by their masters. Unless things get a little too sticky. Then they have heart attacks.

It's an old game in politics to have disposable front men with those pulling the strings, hiding behind the curtains.  Bush & Cheney were in place to take all the heat.  The public started to pick up on Pearle & Wolfowitz, so those 2 Jews were put under wraps until later in the Iraq campaign.  In fact, this had reached a breaking point when there was a strike at the hotel where Wolfowitz was staying on a visit to Kuwait.  (Yeah, like Saddam really knew he was there and were he was staying!)  The only catch is that the general population hasn't been aware of the depth of Jew complicity in these affairs. 

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013, 09:47:43 AM »
But that's not all folks! Amazing how these Psychopaths have no limits and still walk around free.



Bush 'very comfortable' with Iraq War and wants brother Jeb to be next president.

Former President George W. Bush has no regrets about the decisions he made in office, and believes his brother would make a “marvelous candidate” for president in the 2016 race.

“I’m comfortable with what I did,” Bush said while reflecting on his legacy earlier this month. “I’m comfortable with who I am.”

And in a series of media interviews to promote the opening of his presidential library and museum, Bush continues to reaffirm just how comfortable he is with the decisions he made regarding his presidency and the Iraq War. 

“I am comfortable in the decision-making process. I think the removal of Saddam Hussein was the right decision for not only our own security but for giving people a chance to live in a free society,” he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

The former president reused the word in multiple interviews, and even went so far as to tell Sawyer how “very comfortable” he is with his decision to invade Iraq – despite the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.

He said that those who doubt his decisions and want to learn the facts he had access to as president can visit the Presidential Center, which includes a library and a museum that opened their doors on Thursday.

Although Bush told USA TODAY that he is not attempting to “correct the record” about his eight years in office or create any sort of specific legacy, he said the Presidential Center will provide information that can be “properly analyzed by historians who will come to the archives and do research and … look at the impact of the decisions I made” with “enough time to objectively analyze” them.

And while Bush preoccupies himself with the new center, he hopes his younger brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will consider running for president during the next election.

“He’d be a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so,” the former president told Sawyer. “He doesn’t need my counsel ‘cause he knows what it is, which is ‘run’.” He also said that ultimately, running for president is a “very personal decision”.

But the comments instigated opposition from Barbara Bush, who said she opposes the idea of having her youngest son follow the lead.

“There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes,” she told NBC’s Matt Lauer.

But despite the controversy surrounding the decisions the 43rd president made and regardless of his brother’s future, it does not appear that his confidence will falter. President Barack Obama attended the dedication of the Presidential Center on Thursday, and praised his predecessor for standing strong against the opposition.

“We know President Bush the man,” Obama said. “To know the man is to like the man. Because he’s comfortable in his own skin. He knows who he is. He doesn’t put on any pretenses.”

By repeatedly emphasizing how "comfortable" he is with himself and even having the current president describe him that way, former president George W. Bush hopes his library and museum will serve to reinforce the decisions he made as president -- even though those decisions led the US into a $1.7 trillion conflict that took the lives of 134,000 Iraqi civilians and subjected prisoners to "enhanced interrogation techniques".
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