Should or will President Bush ever be tried for war crimes?
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- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
"Bush has committed no crimes." Yeah, right.
Yes, he has committed war crimes. Yes he should be tried, and yes he will eventually be tried, whether or not he is impeached in office. He knows that and so do the numerous members of his cabinet who have fled in recent months; that's why he had such a tough time replacing Gonzalez.
Why they've been high-tailing it out of there?
So here's a list of reasons why he should be and will be tried for war crimes.
Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush and
Vice President Richard B. Cheney,
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. - - ARTICLE II, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have committed violations and subversions of the Constitution of the United States of America in an attempt to carry out with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes and deprivations of the civil rights of the people of the United States and other nations, by assuming powers of an imperial executive unaccountable to law and usurping powers of the Congress, the Judiciary and those reserved to the people of the United States, by the following acts:
1) Seizing power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a massive assault on and occupation of Iraq, a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting in the death and maiming of over one hundred thousand Iraqis, and thousands of U.S. G.I.s.
2) Lying to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing false and deceptive rationales for war.
3) Authorizing, ordering and condoning direct attacks on civilians, civilian facilities and locations where civilian casualties were unavoidable.
4) Instituting a secret and illegal wiretapping and spying operation against the people of the United States through the National Security Agency.
5) Threatening the independence and sovereignty of Iraq by belligerently changing its government by force and assaulting Iraq in a war of aggression.
6) Authorizing, ordering and condoning assassinations, summary executions, kidnappings, secret and other illegal detentions of individuals, torture and physical and psychological coercion of prisoners to obtain false statements concerning acts and intentions of governments and individuals and violating within the United States, and by authorizing U.S. forces and agents elsewhere, the rights of individuals under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
7) Making, ordering and condoning false statements and propaganda about the conduct of foreign governments and individuals and acts by U.S. government personnel; manipulating the media and foreign governments with false information; concealing information vital to public discussion and informed judgment concerning acts, intentions and possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction in order to falsely create a climate of fear and destroy opposition to U.S. wars of aggression and first strike attacks.
8) Violations and subversions of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, both a part of the "Supreme Law of the land" under Article VI, paragraph 2, of the Constitution, in an attempt to commit with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes in wars and threats of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq and others and usurping powers of the United Nations and the peoples of its nations by bribery, coercion and other corrupt acts and by rejecting treaties, committing treaty violations, and frustrating compliance with treaties in order to destroy any means by which international law and institutions can prevent, affect, or adjudicate the exercise of U.S. military and economic power against the international community.
9) Acting to strip United States citizens of their constitutional and human rights, ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access to counsel, without charge, and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the Executive of a citizen as an "enemy combatant."
10) Ordering indefinite detention of non-citizens in the United States and elsewhere, and without charge, at the discretionary designation of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Defense.
11) Ordering and authorizing the Attorney General to override judicial orders of release of detainees under INS jurisdiction, even where the judicial officer after full hearing determines a detainee is wrongfully held by the government.
12) Authorizing secret military tribunals and summary execution of persons who are not citizens who are designated solely at the discretion of the Executive who acts as indicting official, prosecutor and as the only avenue of appellate relief.
13) Refusing to provide public disclosure of the identities and locations of persons who have been arrested, detained and imprisoned by the U.S. government in the United States, including in response to Congressional inquiry.
14) Use of secret arrests of persons within the United States and elsewhere and denial of the right to public trials.
15) Authorizing the monitoring of confidential attorney-client privileged communications by the government, even in the absence of a court order and even where an incarcerated person has not been charged with a crime.
16) Ordering and authorizing the seizure of assets of persons in the United States, prior to hearing or trial, for lawful or innocent association with any entity that at the discretionary designation of the Executive has been deemed "terrorist."
17) Engaging in criminal neglect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, depriving thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and other Gulf States of urgently needed support, causing mass suffering and unnecessary loss of life.
18) Institutionalization of racial and religious profiling and authorization of domestic spying by federal law enforcement on persons based on their engagement in noncriminal religious and political activity.
19) Refusal to provide information and records necessary and appropriate for the constitutional right of legislative oversight of executive functions.
20) Rejecting treaties protective of peace and human rights and abrogation of the obligations of the United States under, and withdrawal from, international treaties and obligations without consent of the legislative branch, and including termination of the ABM treaty between the United States and Russia, and rescission of the authorizing signature from the Treaty of Rome which served as the basis for the International Criminal Court.Source(s): Impeachbush.org This is one of several versions of the Articles of Impeachment of George W. Bush, et.al. There are several others, and a host of sites and organizations devoted to impeachment.
- 1 decade ago
No, it will not happen. Should it happen? Of course, no less than nazis for the myriad of war crimes they were hung for; war crimes like Crimes against the peace--which means you attacked another country without provocation, Crimes against humanity--turning Iraq into a ghoulish nightmarish chaoctic genocidal, ethnic cleansing sectarian alquaeda reeking recruiting and training staging area causing millions of iraqis to be displaced outside the country and millions more inside the country, and totally destabilizing the region, and making the threat of war even more likely. And lets not forget ordering torture as in Abu Graib and Gitmo. If nazis were criminals, I think a case can easily be made in an impartial court that Georgie boy whose grandaddy was a buddy of Hitler's and a fund raiser for that little greedy warmonger, is a criminal as well. No question about it.
- 1 decade ago
Hmmm. I read some peoples answers and it is totally false. Someone said he has not committed a war crime. He violated international law when he went to Iraq---and what about warrentless wire tapping for the sake of "security". This is a war crime and a crime against the constitution. there are other things that he (GW) has done that has breached the constitution. Funny how some people or SO republican that can not see when someone in their party is doing them (the Republican voters) in. To answer your question, without a dought. He should be tried for war crimes as well as violating the constitution.
- Darth VaderLv 61 decade ago
No, Before President Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, he got the UN to grant him immunity for any war crimes.
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- Mister2-15-2Lv 71 decade ago
Wouldn't world be better place if he was for ordering bombing of neighborhoods in Iraq and Clinton was put on trial because pilot under his command blew up a civilian train. Would only like to see them get twenty years at Camp Gitmo.
- FlyflingerLv 51 decade ago
You know being a Viet Nam veteran (USMC 67-68) I know what war is so the only reason I would like this country to go to was is so little weenies like you would have to grow up and see what the real world is like.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You have to love how Democrats stay angry about their last President being impeached for lying and want something worse to happen to the current President just because. He doesn't have to do anything wrong, but, Clinton was impeached so Democrats have to attack Bush.
Truthfully I could care less if Clinton got a hummer in the Oval Office. I am not sure I would have told the truth under those conditions although I would like to believe I would have.
What I would not have done was hold a press conference telling everyone that a woman I had sex with was a lying sl*t because she told someone she had sex with me. I think that kind of behavior is intolerable. I think most Independents and most Republicans agree with me.
Democrats don't mind it though and they still want to get back at Republicans for dragging the truth out into the open.
That is what defines the Democrats for me, anger at getting to the truth and wanting revenge for insisting on truth.
Clinton had 8 years to structure the intelligence services of the United States. GWB had about eight months when he had to rely on the Clinton structured intelligence services. Over the next year and a half the biggest mistake Bush made was not firing the Clinton cronies in intelligence. You don't swap horses in the middle of a river, BUT, in hind sight Bush should have.
GWB should have known how much the Democrat appointees in the intelligence services appreciated the truth from the Clinton lying debacle and from the support Clinton got for lying. The truth means nothing to Democrats.
GWB trusted those advisers and now everyone calls GWB a liar.
Trusting Democrats was poor judgment, but, it was not lying and GWB has not committed any crimes.
- Thomas GLv 61 decade ago
No. Weather he is a bad President or not and he is a bad president, He has simple been a man who meant well and did a poor job, not a criminal. When Democrats talk like this we sound as crazy as the Republicans and their witch hunt of Clinton
- Anonymous1 decade ago
In a perfect world
- MustardseedLv 61 decade ago
Are you speaking of rape seed oil? Canola oil? Oh, and exactly what crime/s has he committed?
- CHARITY GLv 71 decade ago
No. Leave it alone. Whether you think Bush is right or wrong is moot and does nothing to advance the American agenda . . . Progress will only be made when we stop finger pointing . . .