Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bush and Cheney War Criminals say Malaysian Tribunal

Former President George 'W' Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia and found guilty. The five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against former President George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their key legal advisers. All were convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

While this is interesting and somewhat humorous, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Foundation is essential powerless. Even if this group of do-gooders were able to get the International Criminal Court [ICC] to accept the case, it is highly unlikely to produce any tangible results. For one thing the US is not a signing party to the ICC. President Bush pulled out after President Clinton made a commitment to it several years prior. In fact there are only seven countries voted against the treaty, namely: Iraq, Israel, Libya, People's Republic of China, Qatar, Yemen, and the United States. The claim President Bush made at the time was that it could be used against US soldiers. An ulterior motive may have been he didn't want it used against his administration.


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