The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance has decided to follow up on the very successful National Archives action in which members of Veterans for Peace demanded that George Bush and Dick Cheney be indicted for war crimes. NCNR has decided to approach the Department of Justice in pursuit of this goal.
First, we intend to send a letter to the Attorney General to request a meeting to discuss an indictment of Bush and Cheney. If your group is interested in signing on to the letter [see below], please let me know ASAP. Second, members of the Ghosts of the Iraq War intend to make a visit to the DOJ as a follow-up to the letter. This will occur some time during their jury trial scheduled to begin on September 29 in Superior Court of the District of Columbia . Others are welcome to join the Ghosts on this visit.
Finally, we are organizing another visit to the DOJ some time in the future. We envision on this day that a group will go inside to demand an indictment followed by an outside rally. A date has yet to be determined, but if interested please let me know so that we can involve you in the planning.
Also note that Vincent Bugliosi will be in Washington on October 11 to discuss his book THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER. At this event, NCNR will announce the date of the rally at the DOJ.
I look forward to hearing of your interest. Thanks.
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
325 East 25th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
September ??, 2008
Attorney General Michael Mukasey
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Hon. Mukasey:
I am writing on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. We are concerned citizens who tried to prevent the illegal invasion of Iraq . While we were unsuccessful, we have been devoting much time and energy to convince Congress to end the occupation. Over time we discovered that the Bush-Cheney administration may have engaged in illegal behavior leading up to the war and afterwards.
NCNR members would like to meet with you to discuss the indictment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. We are quite flexible and would arrange our schedules to meet with a DOJ representative at a selected date and time. Our group would be small, and it would include someone who was directly affected by the illegal invasion of Iraq . Note there is an urgency to this matter.
At the meeting we would hope to discuss several examples of what we perceive to be illegal behavior on the part of the Bush administration. For example, the administration made false claims about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in order to build a public case for war. This manipulation of pre-war intelligence included a claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which could threaten the United States . Intelligence was also manufactured to claim a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.
It is our understanding, though, that on October 1, 2002, the CIA provided Bush with its National Intelligence Estimate, a consensus opinion of all sixteen US intelligence agencies. On page 8, it clearly states Hussein was not an imminent threat to the security of this country.
After the invasion of Iraq, the resulting calamity has left more than 4,000 members of the U.S. military dead, thousands more wounded, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and the wholesale destruction of a
country. It can be argued that the architects of this war had a criminal state of mind.
Moreover, the invasion seems to have violated numerous U.S. and international laws, including but not limited to USC 2441 (War Crimes Act of 1996), the Geneva Conventions, the Nuremberg Tribunal Charter, the U.N. Charter and Resolutions, the Laws and Customs of War on Land. We also believe U.S. law was violated through widespread wiretapping of the phone calls and emails of U.S. citizens without a warrant. The violations continued with the authorization to torture thousands of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths, and to hide prisoners in order to deny them due process.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, appointed by President Truman to be the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunals following World War II, stated, "_let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment." Thus we have a Nuremberg obligation to try to hold our government officials accountable.
Also there is a well-established law in our jurisprudence which places an affirmative duty on all of us to expose any treasonous or criminal act which comes to our attention. Failure to do so is defined as "misprision." As good citizens, we are writing to you out of duty, knowing that felonies have been committed we are to inform a magistrate. Silently to observe the commission of a felony, without using any endeavors to apprehend the offender, is a misprision.
We look forward to your response and the scheduling of a meeting. In this country, there is the belief no person is above the law. So Bush and Cheney should be indicted, accused of the serious violations of the law which we enumerated above.
on behalf of the National Campaign for nonviolent Resistance
Mobuszewski at verizon.net
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center , 325 E. 25th St. , Baltimore , MD 21218 . Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs