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LISTEN TO FRANCIS BOYLE
By David Swanson
As evidence of Bush and Cheney's crimes is slowly pried loose from President Obama's fingers, it's easy to forget just how long ago numerous articulate voices were identifying and denouncing those crimes, none more so that Francis Boyle, who told Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News show on September 13, 2001:
"Before I support a war that will jeopardize the lives of tens of thousands of our servicemen and women, I want to see the evidence that we are relying on to justify this. … I do not see the evidence that you need under international law and the
Boyle wasn't talking about mythical weapons, and he wasn't talking about
In every instance, Boyle cites laws and upholds the rule of law, something he knows more than a little about. He drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, back in that distant era when Bush's daddy was president and someone like Boyle could work with the government. Today an adherent of law enforcement is considered a bit nuts within the Beltway, as well as being generally shunned by the corporate media for having been too right too early about too many things.
Boyle has served on the board of Amnesty International, represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court, and served as legal adviser to the Palestinian Delegation to Middle East peace negotiations, and he teaches international law at the University of Illinois, where he has authored numerous books. I've just read Boyle's latest, "Tackling
Boyle studied at the
Boyle denounced the Iraq War and the lies it was based on, before the bombs fell. Of course, so did millions of us. We even created the single biggest day of protest in world history. But Boyle's analysis went deeper than most. He saw crime for what it was and called it by name, and consequently was pushing for impeachment and prosecution 4.5 years before I got involved in those campaigns.
Boyle and Ramsey Clark presented the case for impeachment to Democratic congress members on March 13, 2003, just days before the bombs hit
There's a lot in this book warning of a possible
David Swanson is the author of the upcoming book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" by Seven Stories Press and of the introduction to "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush" published by Feral House and available at Amazon.com. Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the
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