Have Bush and Cheney Committed War Crimes?
AOL News Elections Blog
Posted Oct 29th 2006 2:01PM by Michael O'McCarthy
Filed under: Iraq War, Key Issues, President Bush
On October 20, Professor Marjorie Cohn became president of the National
Lawyers Guild. In an interview with me Sunday, the new president of the
identified several instances in which she says President Bush has
U.S. and international law. Here they are:
1) Bush illegally invaded a sovereign nation under false pretenses and
put laws in place to immunize himself and his high officials from war
prosecutions. Even before Bush removed his hand from the Bible Laura
Chief Justice William Rehnquist swore him in as President, Bush was
to attack Iraq and change its regime.
2) Bush ignored warnings of the 9/11 attacks, then used that tragedy as
excuse to invade Iraq and push laws through a shell-shocked Congress too
timid to stand up for our Constitution.
3) Under the guise of fighting the terrorists, but undoubtedly aimed at
those who criticize his policies, Bush inaugurated a secret program of
warrantless spying on Americans that violates the Fourth Amendment and
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
4) Bush's USA Patriot Act creates a crime of domestic terrorism that the
government is using to target environmental rights activists.
5) Bush illegally suspended the Geneva Conventions, ordered the summary
execution of those he suspected of terrorist connections, and put
in place that resulted in torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo and the CIA's "black sites."
6) Bush pushed the Military Commissions Act through Congress that
unconstitutionally destroys habeas corpus rights for non-US citizens and
waters down our obligations under the Geneva Conventions. It also allows
Bush to classify both US and non-US citizens as "unlawful enemy
and lock them up indefinitely.
Cohn is a criminal defense attorney and teaches criminal law and human
rights at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She lectures on international
human rights and U.S. foreign policy. She is a news and legal consultant
CBS News, Court TV, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Air America Radio, NPR
Pacifica Radio. Her book, "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has
Defied the Law," is to be published, spring 2007 by PoliPointPress.
Professor Cohn is the U.S. representative to the executive committee of
American Association of Jurists.
Professor Cohn said, "The Guild was founded in 1937 as an alternative to
American Bar Association which excluded people of color. The Guild's
motto is that "human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than