BUSH IN CANADA: Where is our law enforcement?

BUSH IN CANADA: Where is our law enforcement?

Postby Oscar » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:29 pm

BUSH IN CANADA: Where is our law enforcement?

September 16, 2009

G.W. Bush speaks in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Montreal in October!

"The rule of law means that the law is above everyone and it applies to everyone. Whether governors or governed, rulers or ruled, no one is above the law, no one is exempted from the law, and no one can grant exemption to the application of the law."

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CONTENTS

(1) SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RULE OF LAW. GEORGE BUSH'S VISIT IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTER.

(2) LETTER TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE.

(3) VINCE BUGLIOSI, “THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER”

(4) SPANISH JUDGE RESUMES TORTURE CASE AGAINST SIX SENIOR BUSH LAWYERS.

(5) FACEBOOK ORGANIZING, DEMAND THAT THE RULE OF LAW BE UPHELD. ALL PEOPLE ARE TREATED THE SAME BEFORE THE LAW.


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(1) SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RULE OF LAW. GEOERGE BUSH'S VISIT IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTER

We are in big trouble if the laws do not apply to those who govern.

Many of us do not appreciate the significance of The Rule of Law. We take it for granted.

We don't stop to think what it would be like if we DO NOT HAVE the rule of law.

We don't stop to think about WHAT UNDERMINES the rule of law? . . . If people see that the law applies to them, but not to rich people, they grow to hold the law in disdain.

Unequal application of the law breaks down the rule of law. The response then, of those who govern, is to invoke martial law, a police state, because people become unruly.

People comply with the law if they see that is it fair and equally applied. You can have a measure of PEACE in the community if the Rule of Law is upheld.

Many of us do not appreciate that it is the CITIZENS in a democracy who have responsibility for ensuring that the rule of law is upheld.

We don't bother to understand that World War Two happened because the PEOPLE in Germany, the influential, the educated, the police, the lawyers, and judges DID NOT stand up and speak up when they saw things that were wrong in the application of the laws.

Citizens have to stop things BEFORE they get out of hand. The German people did not do that. After a certain point, bad actors cannot be stopped, except through the extreme measures of (World) war.

IF YOU BELIEVE that young lives were expended for a good cause in World War Two, then get the hell off your butts and do something to preserve what they fought and died for.

In pre-war Germany, people did not stand up and insist that law-breakers be arrested and tried in courts of true justice.

As bad actors amassed power, they were allowed to break the laws with no fear of prosecution.

"All persons, regardless of wealth, social status, or the political power wielded by them, are to be treated the same before the law.

"The rule of law means that the law is above everyone and it applies to everyone. Whether governors or governed, rulers or ruled, no one is above the law, no one is exempted from the law, and no one can grant exemption to the application of the law.

"The rules must apply to those who lay them down and those who apply them – that is, to the government as well as the governed. Nobody has the power to grant exceptions.”

People must, of course, KNOW WHAT THE LAW IS, if the rule of law is to be upheld.

We are in big trouble if we are ignorant, because then we are disempowered and at the mercy of bad actors.

The laws as they apply to George Bush for crimes against humanity are spelt out in the letter below to the Chief of Police. Many thanks to Gail Davidson of LAW (Lawyers Against the War) – I copied and pasted from her work.

We do not have the luxery of being ignorant, and we do not have the luxery of being complacent.

/Sandra

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(2) LETTER TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE

September 10, 2009

Sandra Finley
656 Saskatchewan Cres East
Saskatoon SK S7N 0L1
306-373-8078
sabest1@sasktel.net

TO: Saskatoon City Police, Chief Clive Weighill

HAND DELIVERED

Dear Chief Weighill,

CONCERNING: G.W. Bush visit to Saskatoon, October 21, 2009

George W. Bush is responsible for an illegal war on Iraq. I ask people how they would like it if he had done to Canada what he did to Iraq.

G.W. Bush authorized the use of treatment prohibited by the Convention against Torture and Canadian law. His coming to Canada will trigger Canada's jurisdiction and duty to prosecute him.

What can the Saskatoon City Police do? Can you start an investigation perhaps? There is lots of information already collected. I think it would mostly be a matter of using existing documents. Please see appended information. I would be happy to obtain more, if that would be helpful.

You may know that there are many lawyers and organizations around the world who are working on the legal case against Bush, in order to bring him before the International Criminal Court.

If he was the president of an African country (e.g. Al Bashir of Sudan, Darfur notoriety) who is responsible for similar but lesser deeds, he would be tried by the International Criminal Court.

It may take some time, but in the end G.W. Bush will be tried for his crimes against humanity - - worse than those of any criminal you have in your custody today.

There is more than a month’s time for the justice community in Saskatchewan to figure out how to deal with the entry into our City of a war criminal.

Please see the appended legal duties of Canada in this situation.

I have left a message for:

- Karl Bazin in his role of President of the Law Society of SK (Swift Current 778-3632 home)

- Terry Kimpinski, President of the SK branch of the Canadian Bar Association Saskatoon (306-244-6686.)

- I phoned Bedford Biofuels in Calgary (a sponsor of the Bush visit) and then sent them the legal case against Bush. Maybe they are unaware.

This is so offensive that they would bring Bush here. I have a sick feeling when I think that we would in any way celebrate war criminals, and worse yet, do nothing to see that justice is applied equally. Mr. Bush is not above the law.

The Star Phoenix sent out a full colour advertisement by email for the event. The names across the bottom of the ad indicate that the sponsors here are the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, TCU Place, and American Express.

I will contact others and encourage my friends to circulate the information. I am sure that working together, citizens and law enforcement, we can find a way out of this dilemma.

You are in a very difficult position vis-à-vis law enforcement. I would not wish to be in your boots.

(INSERT: Sept 12th. When I think of it, the Chief of Police is not in a difficult situation, especially if citizens rally behind him. If the rule of law is to prevail, the laws MUST apply equally to everyone, regardless of their perceived stature. It is the job of the Chief of Police – he would understand this better than anyone.)

Please contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Best wishes,

Sandra Finley

(THE FOLLOWING IS THE LEGAL ARGUMENT INCLUDED IN THE COMMUNICATION TO CHIEF WEIGHILL)

Canada’s legal duties

By ratifying the Convention against Torture and the Rome Statute for an International Court, Canada agreed not only to make the torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity crimes under Canadian law but also to participate in acting effectively to prevent and punish these crimes wherever they occur. To ensure Canada’s ability to fulfill these duties, Parliament has:

o Passed laws enabling Canada to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity wherever the crimes occurred and whatever the nationality of the suspected perpetrators and the victims. (e.g. Criminal Code, torture provisions and the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act.) Under the Convention against Torture , when a person suspected of any involvement in torture enters Canada, Canada has a duty to either prosecute that person or extradite him to a state that is willing and able to prosecute.

o Passed laws to ensure that Canada will not allow people suspected of war crimes and/or crimes against humanity and/or gross human rights abuses to enter Canada or otherwise provide a safe haven, even temporarily, for people suspected of any involvement in carrying out or acquiescing to war crimes, crimes against humanity or other gross human rights abuses. (e.g. Immigration and Refugee Protection Act)

The Canadian Ministers responsible are not enforcing these laws. In spite of significant intelligent, peaceful protests, G.W. Bush was allowed entry in Canada in March and May 2009 and Colin Powell was allowed entry in June 2008.

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G. W. Bush should be barred from entering Canada in accordance with the inadmissibility provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Foreign nationals suspected of human or international rights violations are not allowed into Canada.

George W. Bush has been accused by knowledgeable groups and individuals throughout the world of complicity in war crimes, crimes against humanity and other gross human rights abuses.

Bush (and Dick Cheney) are known to have authorized and directed the torture of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and other U.S. controlled prisons.

A Canadian citizen, Omar Khadr has been subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited by international law—treatment and interrogation techniques approved by Bush and Cheney.

States are responsible for enforcing international humanitarian law (the laws of war) by ensuring that violators are prosecuted and held accountable.

As a signatory to the Convention against Torture, the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute Canada has a duty to take effective measures to prevent and punish torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity wherever such crimes occur, no matter what the nationality of perpetrators or victims.

War crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by the Bush administration under the supervision and direction of G.W. Bush as President and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces and Dick Cheney as Vice-President are very well documented. Evidence that is part of the public record far exceeds the ‘reasonable grounds’ required by the IRPA.

Michael Haas (his book, George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes) identifies and documents evidence of 269 war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. under the direction and supervison of Bush and Cheney.

(INSERT, Sandra Finley: There is also the work of Vince Bugliosi in the U.S. in relation to Bush (testimony before the House Judicial Committee (on Youtube) and his book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder". I didn’t mention those to Chief Weighill, but should have. Please see Item #3 for more information.)

Courts in Canada and the U.S. have confirmed the involvement of G.W. Bush, as president and other members of the Bush administration in war crimes. The U.S. Supreme Court in Rasul v. Bush 542 U.S. 455 (2004) ruled that Bush’s order depriving Guantánamo Bay prisoners of habeas corpus was unlawful under U.S. and international law. Again in 2006 the U.S. Supreme Court in Hamdan v Rumsfeld, 126 S,Ct. 2749 (2006) ruled that the Guantánamo Bay regime created by Bush’s 13/Nov/01 order violated Geneva Convention fair trial rights. Under international (Geneva Conventions) and Canadian (Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act) depriving a prisoner of a fair trial is a war crime.

The Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Justice) v. Khadr, 2008 SCC 28 confirmed that the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay violated the Geneva Conventions and both Canada’s domestic law and international law obligations. The Federal Court of Canada in Khadr v. the Prime Minister et al 2009 FC 405, found that the U.S. treatment, including of Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay and the use of sleep deprivation (moving Khadr every three hours for a period of three weeks to ‘soften’ him up for interrogation by Canadian officials) violated the Convention against Torture (CAT) and that Khadr’s detention was illegal under international law.

If the law is applied equally, if citizens are to have confidence that the laws apply equally, G.W. Bush will be denied entry to Canada, in accordance with the IRPA. I think we have to work together to see that he is somehow stopped from coming to Saskatoon. We can do what is within our control, at the least.

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From email I sent

March 14, 2009:

I urge you to read the complete text of the MESSAGE FROM RAMSEY CLARK to the protestors of the Bush visit to Calgary. He is a former United States Attorney

General: (Sept 10 – unfortunately, this blog is no longer active)

http://hawkeyi.blogspot.com/2009/03/we- ... itude.html

Ramsay Clark starts: "My congratulations and gratitude to Canada's peace movement and its many organizations and individuals protesting the March 17th, 2009 appearance of former US President George W. Bush for a speech at a private lunch in Calgary.

We dare not blink at the magnitude, diversity and pervasive impact of the known crimes committed by the Bush administration.

With unity, cooperation and perseverance, We Shall Overcome, or be undone, together.

We dare not fail.

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(3) VINCE BUGLIOSI, “THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER”

Excerpt from email I sent 28/07/2008:

Vince Bugliosi's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, on YouTube video.

http://watsupjb75.blogspot.com/2008/07/bugliosi.html

Other testimony is available by clicking on the caption under the video:

"For a cross section of the testimonies at the Judiciary Committee Hearings"

Baby boomers will remember Bugliosi's prosecution of Charles Manson. I read his book "Helter Skelter" way back then, about the Manson "family" and the murders.

Bugliosi's testimony before the Judiciary Committee is based on his most recent book, "The Prosecution of George W Bush for Murder".

Excerpt from the book:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vincent-b ... 02427.html

"Perhaps the most amazing thing to me about the belief of many that George Bush lied to the American public in starting his war with Iraq is that the liberal columnists who have accused him of doing this merely make this point, and then go on to the next paragraph in their columns. Only very infrequently does a columnist add that because of it Bush should be impeached. If the charges are true, of course Bush should have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office. That's almost too self-evident to state. But he deserves much more than impeachment. I mean, in America, we apparently impeach presidents for having consensual sex outside of marriage and trying to cover it up. If we impeach presidents for that, then if the president takes the country to war on a lie where thousands of American soldiers die horrible, violent deaths and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children, even babies are killed, the punishment obviously has to be much, much more severe. That's just common sense. If Bush were impeached, convicted in the Senate, and removed from office, he'd still be a free man, still be able to wake up in the morning with his cup of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice and read the morning paper, still travel widely and lead a life of privilege, still belong to his country club and get standing ovations whenever he chose to speak to the Republican faithful. This, for being responsible for over 100,000 horrible deaths?* For anyone interested in true justice, impeachment alone would be a joke for what Bush did."

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(4) SPANISH JUDGE RESUMES TORTURE CASE AGAINST SIX SENIOR BUSH LAWYERS

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2009/0 ... h-lawyers/

Spanish judge resumes torture case against six senior Bush lawyers
8.9.09

The Spanish newspaper Público reported exclusively on Saturday that Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

Back in March, Judge Garzón announced that he was planning to investigate the six prime architects of the Bush administration’s torture policies — former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; John Yoo, a former lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, who played a major role in the preparation of the OLC’s notorious “torture memos”; Douglas Feith, the former undersecretary of defense for policy; William J. Haynes II, the Defense Department’s former general counsel; Jay S. Bybee, Yoo’s superior in the OLC, who signed off on the August 2002 “torture memos”; and David Addington, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff.

In April, on the advice of the Spanish Attorney General Cándido Conde-Pumpido, who believes that an American tribunal should judge the case (or dismiss it) before a Spanish court even thinks about becoming involved, prosecutors recommended that Judge Garzón should drop his investigation. As CNN reported, Mr. Conde-Pumpido told reporters that Judge Garzón’s plans threatened to turn the court “into a toy in the hands of people who are trying to do a political action.”

On Saturday, however, Público reported that Judge Garzón had accepted a lawsuit presented by a number of Spanish organizations — the Asociación Pro Dignidad de los Presos y Presas de España (Organization for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners), Asociación Libre de Abogados (Free Lawyers Association), the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España (Association for Human Rights in Spain) and Izquierda Unida (a left-wing political party) — and three former Guantánamo prisoners (the British residents Jamil El-Banna and Omar Deghayes, and Sami El-Laithi, an Egyptian freed in 2005, who was paralyzed during an incident involving guards at Guantánamo).

The newspaper reported that all these groups and individuals would take part in any trial, which is somewhat ironic, as, although Judge Garzón has been involved in high-profile cases that have delighted human rights advocates — his pursuit of General Pinochet, for example — he has been severely criticized for his heavy-handed approach to terrorism-related cases in Spain (as in the cases of Mohammed Farsi and Farid Hilali, amongst others), and, in fact, aggressively pursued an extradition request for both Jamil El-Banna and Omar Deghayes on their return from Guantánamo to the UK in December 2007, in connection with spurious and long-refuted claims about activities related to terrorism, which he was only persuaded to drop in March 2008.

It is, at present, uncertain whether another attempt to stifle Judge Garzón will derail him from his pursuit of the Bush administration’s lawyers, as he is not known for letting adversaries stand in his way. At the end of June, the Spanish Parliament pointedly passed legislation aimed at “ending the practice of letting its magistrates seek war-crime indictments against officials from any foreign country, including the United States,” on the basis that no Spanish Court should be able to judge officials of foreign countries except when the victims are Spanish or the crimes were committed in Spain.

However, on Sunday, when Público spoke to Philippe Sands, the British lawyer, and author of Torture Team, which provided much of the first-hand evidence for Garzón’s case, Sands explicitly stated that there was “no legal barrier” to prevent Judge Garzón’s prosecution from proceeding. He explained that he believed the recent decision by US Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special investigator to investigate cases of torture by the CIA is related to the Spanish lawsuit and the importance it has acquired because of its instigation by Judge Garzón. Sands told Público, “The recent decision by Eric Holder emphasizes how appropriate the Spanish investigation is. Many commentators believe that this decision has had a significant and direct impact in the United States, reminding people that there is an obligation to investigate torture.”

He added, “Judge Garzón’s actions have acted like a catalyst, and are supported by many people in the United States, including some members of Congress. He has reminded everybody that a blind eye cannot be turned to these actions and that there are people who are not going to let that happen.” He also explained that Eric Holder’s gesture is only a first step, “limited to cases in which interrogators may have exceeded the limits formally approved by lawyers in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel,” that the architects of the “legal decisions that purported to justify the use of torture are not in immediate danger in the United States,” and that there is, therefore, “no legal barrier to the continuation of the Spanish investigation.”

He concluded by stating that it was “important” that Judge Garzón proceeds with the case in Spain, because, although Eric Holder “has confirmed the importance of the Convention Against Torture, he has taken only a first step that “does not really address the actions of those who were truly responsible for its violation.”

Note: I wish to extend my thanks to Carlos Sardiña Galache for alerting me to the latest developments in this important story, which was not mentioned in the English-speaking press, and for translating crucial passages.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.

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(5) FACEBOOK ORGANIZING, DEMAND THAT THE RULE OF LAW BE UPHELD

ALL PEOPLE, INCLUDING GEORGE BUSH ARE TREATED THE SAME BEFORE THE LAW.

If you are on facebook, please invite everyone you know, especially in Saskatoon and area to join the group: "George W. Bush Welcoming Committee - Saskatoon":

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/readmessa ... 0160394722

I applaud the young people who are organizing the protest to demand that the Laws be upheld. GOOD ON THEM! Let’s give them a hand!

There will be a large demonstration in Saskatoon.

Peter Garden (Turning the Tide Bookstore) set up the facebook group Wednesday late in day.

There were

- 180 people at 8:30 Thur morning Sep 10th.

- 389 members at 4:00 pm. Thursday

- 770 members Saturday Sept 12 at 12:15 pm.

- 996 members Sunday, Sept 13 3:20 pm

- 1,171 members Monday, Sept 14 noon

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-----Original Message-----

From: Facebook [mailto:notification+mryg52wa@facebookmail.com]

Sent: September 9, 2009 8:26 PM

To: Sandra Finley

Subject: "George W. Bush Welcoming Committee - Saskatoon" sent you a message on Facebook...

Peter sent a message to the members of George W. Bush Welcoming Committee - Saskatoon.

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Subject: Growing the Group & Planning a Community Meeting

Hey folks,

Wow - nearly 180 people have joined this group in less than 18 hours. Awesome.

I was wondering if each of you would take 5 minutes and:

1. post this group to your profile

2. invite 10 friends (or more) to become members

This small action will help get the word out far and wide about Bush's visit and the organizing to oppose very it quickly.

MEETING

I am thinking that we should hold a community planning meeting to begin organizing for the event. Saturday, September 19th seems like a day that is far enough down the road to get the word out and would allow folks from out of town to be able to attend.

I am wondering if anyone has access to a church hall or space that would hold 100+ people. I am sure that if there was a small cost that we could cover it by passing the hat. Free space would be preferable (and off-campus if possible) and I am sure that we could round up some volunteers to make sure that the space was cleaned properly at the end of the meeting.

A few thoughts leading up to the meeting:

1. Childcare - we need a space with a room for kids to play and a handful of volunteers to watch the kids over the course of the meeting.

2. Food - it would be nice to be able to feed everyone at the meeting. Are there any cooks or people with access to cooking facilities in this group? I am sure that a number of people (including myself and my partner) would be willing to donate some garden produce to see a nice healthy lunch materialize.

3. Artists - we are going to need to get the word out in the community about the demonstration and artists can help make that happen. If there are any artists in the group who would like to start coming up with poster ideas to bring to the meeting that would be great. You can upload your designs to this group's wall.

Okay, thanks for joining everyone and hope to see you at a meeting in the near future.

In solidarity,

Peter

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