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    Civil Rights Group Announces Indictment of George Bush and others for Torture, Illegal Detention and Murder NJ Civil Rights Defense Committee May 2, 2005
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      Civil Rights Group Announces Indictment of George Bush and others
      for Torture, Illegal Detention and Murder
      NJ Civil Rights Defense Committee
      May 2, 2005
      nj-civilrights.org/statements/indictmentrelease2.htm

      For Immediate Release
      Contact: Eric Lerner
      email: elerner @ igc.org
      973-736-0522

      Civil Rights Group Announces Indictment of George Bush and others for
      Torture, Illegal Detention and Murder



      The New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee announced that it had
      indicted President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former
      President William J. Clinton and other high government officials for
      violations of Federal and State laws ranging from Deprivation of Civil
      Rights to War Crimes, Torture and Murder. "We are making this
      indictment and we are demanding that these individuals be officially
      indicted by a Grand Jury for these crimes, and stand trial for them."
      said Eric Lerner, a member of NJCRDC. "We have demonstrated that there
      is more than enough evidence to show the `probable cause' needed for
      these indictments. The justice system must begin to bring these
      powerful criminals to justice."

      The indictments are in connection with the mass detention without
      charge of tens of thousands of immigrants within the United States,
      and of tens of thousands of other detainees, and the torture of at
      least many hundreds, all held with charge or trial in Iraq,
      Afghanistan, at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. The laws violated cited
      in the indictments, which the NJCRDC released today, include
      Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law (18 USC 242), Conspiracy
      against Rights (18 USC 241), Criminal Restraint (NJ 2C:13-2), War
      Crimes (18 USC 2441), Torture (18 USC 2340), and Murder (18 USC 1111).
      Those indicted are Pres. George W. Bush, Vice Pres. Dick Cheney,
      former President William J. Clinton, Secretary of Defense Donald
      Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet, former Attorney General
      John Ashcroft, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge,
      Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Vice Presidential Counsel David
      Addington, Gen. Geoffrey Miller, Gen. Ricardo Sanchez and Sheriff
      Jerry Speziale.

      The indictments were decided at a meeting April 30 at Rutgers
      University, New Brunswick, NJ, sponsored by NJCRDC, the Graduate
      Student Association, NJ Workers Democracy Network, Central Jersey
      Coalition Against Endless War, and NJ Anarcha-Feminists. At the
      meeting, NJCRDC members presented evidence to participants acting as a
      Grand Jury. "We could discuss only small fraction of the documentary
      evidence, " said Stan Organek, another NJCRDC member," but it was much
      more than sufficient to show that torture and murder are not the work
      of a few bad apples, but are policies decided at the top levels of
      government." The evidence demonstrate that the detentions without
      trial and torture both of immigrants in the US and others held as
      "enemy combatants" abroad are gross violations of the Constitutional
      rights guaranteed to all, citizen and non-citizen, by the Fourth,
      Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Bill Of Rights, as well as
      violations of the Geneva Conventions and of the Convention against
      Torture.

      The violations of these rights by government official are crimes under
      US laws including the law prohibiting the Deprivation of Rights under
      Color of Law, which prohibit the violation of any
      constitutionally-protected rights and the War Crimes Act, which
      prohibits US officials from violating any provisions of the Geneva
      Conventions. The officials accused have discussed the possibility of
      their being prosecuted under such laws, notably in a now-infamous
      August, 2002 memorandum justifying the use of torture.

      NJCRDC plans to document on its website
      ( http://www.nj-civilrights.org ) over the coming weeks the most
      important documentary evidence supporting the indictments, some of
      which has already been compiled by the Center for Constitutional
      Rights in its indictments of Donald Rumsfeld and others in a German
      court. The group plans, together with other organizations, to hold a
      People's Court Trial of George W. Bush and the other defendants in the
      fall.







      Indictment of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, William J. Clinton, Donald
      Rumsfeld, George Tenet, John Ashcroft, Tom Ridge, Alberto Gonzales,
      David Addington, Geoffrey Miller, Ricardo Sanchez and Jerry Speziale for:

      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242)

      Conspiracy Against Rights (18 USC 241)

      Criminal Restraint (NJ 2C:13-2)

      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)

      Torture (18 USC 2340)

      Murder (18 USC 1111)



      Timeline for Illegal Mass Detention of Immigrants:

      Deprivation of Rights, Conspiracy Against Rights, Criminal Restraint

      1996: Pres. William J. Clinton Signs Illegal Immigration and Immigrant
      Responsibility Act, setting up System of Unconstitutional detention of
      immigrants

      2001-Present: Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Secretary
      Tom Ridge authorize the mass detention of tens of thousands of immigrants

      2001-Present: Sheriff Jerry Speziale of Passaic County, along with
      many co-conspirators in other counties, illegally detain immigrant in
      county jails


      Indictment of Jerry Speziale for:

      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242)


      Jerry Speziale did under color of law willfully subjected thousands of
      detainees to the deprivation of their rights to due process under the
      Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution by detaining
      them at Passaic County jail without criminal charge, guaranteed access
      to counsel or trial by jury and did conspire to cause to Resendo Lewis
      and other detainees bodily injury by beatings, attacks by dogs and
      other methods.



      Criminal Restraint (NJ 2C:13-2)


      Jerry Speziale did unlawfully restrain thousands of detainees at
      Passaic county Jail without criminal charge.




      Indictment of John Ashcroft and Tom Ridge for:

      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242)


      John Ashcroft acting as Attorney General and Tom Ridge, acting as
      Secretary for Home Security did under color of law willfully subjected
      thousands of detainees to the deprivation of their rights to due
      process under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the
      Constitution by ordering them detained them without criminal charge,
      guaranteed access to counsel or trial by jury. These detentions led to
      Resendo Lewis and other detainees being caused bodily injury by
      beatings, attacks by dogs and other methods.


      Criminal Restraint (NJ 2C:13-2)


      John Ashcroft, acting as Attorney General, and Tom Ridge, acting as
      Secretary for Home Security did unlawfully restrain thousands of
      detainees at County Jails in New Jersey without criminal charge.



      Indictment of William J. Clinton for:

      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242) and Conspiracy
      Against Rights (18 USC 241)


      William J. Clinton did conspire with others to, under color of law
      willfully subject tens of thousands of detainees to the deprivation of
      their rights to due process under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
      Amendments to the Constitution by signing into law unconstitutional
      provisions of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act
      of 1996. These provisions allowed the detention of immigrants without
      criminal charge or trial when they applied for asylum, when the
      Attorney General deems that they should be deported, or when they had
      had a prior conviction for a vast range of crimes, violating the
      prohibition against being punished twice for the same offense. The
      provision denied the immigrants right to counsel, right to a trial by
      jury and specifically denied them any form of judicial review.



      Timeline for War Crimes and Illegal Detention, Torture, and Murder of
      "Enemy Combatants"


      October, 2001: Vice President Dick Cheney and VP Counsel David
      Addington advocate detention without charge or trial

      October, 2001: G.W. Bush issues secret finding authorizing killing of
      US citizens and non-citizens

      Nov. 16, 2001: Pres. George W. Bush Issues Military Order authorizing
      unconstitutional detention without charge of non-citizens
      November, 2001: mass detention begins in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay

      December, 2001: George Bush authorizes DOD and CIA to set up secret
      detentions centers around the world, Special Access Program, to
      conduct torture. Such torture initiated

      Januray ,2002: Alberto Gonzales advises suspension of Geneva
      conventions regarding detainees

      February 7, 2002: Bush issues Memorandum that Geneva Convention does
      not apply to detainees, "unlawful combatants"

      June, 2002: US Citizen Jose Padilla is detained in Chicago as "enemy
      combatant"

      August 1, 2002: Upon initiative of Cheney, Addington and Gonzales
      Drafts Memorandum from Jay S. ByBee, Asst Attny General, justifying
      torture. Memo is approved by Offices of Present, VP and National
      Security Council

      October 2002: General Geoffrey Miller request authorization of torture
      techniques at Guantanamo

      November, 2002: intensified torture begins at Guantanamo

      November, 2002: Reply to Sen. Carl Levin confirms claim of
      Presidential authority to seize anyone anywhere as enemy combatant.

      November 2002: US Citizen Kamal Derwish is murdered on orders of Bush

      December 2002; Donald Rumsfeld Approves list of interrogation
      techniques including forced nudity, suffocation by hooding, dogs

      August, 2003: Rumsfeld sends Miller to Iraq to convey torture
      techniques there

      September, 2003: Sanchez approves torture techniques including
      enforced nudity, use of dogs, extreme temperatures, sleep deprivation

      September, 2003: Torture incidents begin at Abu Ghraib



      Indictment of Geoffrey Miller for:

      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)


      Geoffrey Miller did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by
      ordering coerced interrogation of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo
      Bay, by subjecting them to humiliating and degrading treatment,
      including the forced removal of clothing, sleep deprivation, sensory
      deprivation, subjection to loud and prolonged noise, by denying them
      medical care and by submitting them to torture.

      In addition, Miller did commit additional grave breaches of the Geneva
      Conventions by recommending similar treatment to civilian detainees
      and prisoners of war held in Iraq.



      Torture (18 USC 2340)


      Geoffrey Miller did commit torture against at least dozens of
      detainees at Guantanamo Bay by ordering them subjected to extremes of
      heat and clod, shackled in painful positions for many hours, subjected
      to beatings with batons, all of which caused the detainees severe pain
      and suffering. In addition he ordered them threatened with dogs,
      subjecting them to threat of severe pain and suffering by dog-bite. In
      addition he ordered that detainees be threatened with transfer to
      countries known for extreme methods of torture.



      Indictment of Ricardo Sanchez for:

      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)


      Ricardo Sanchez did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by
      ordering coerced interrogation of hundreds of detainees in Iraq, by
      subjecting them to humiliating and degrading treatment, including the
      forced removal of clothing, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation,
      subjection to loud and prolonged noise, by denying them medical care
      and by submitting them to torture. Furthermore when Sanchez was
      informed by the ICRC of additional torture and degrading treatment
      occurring in detention centers throughout Iraq, he did nothing to stop
      these acts.


      Torture (18 USC 2340)


      Ricardo Sanchez did commit torture against at least dozens of
      detainees in Iraq by ordering them subjected to extremes of heat and
      clod, shackled in painful positions for many hours, all of which
      caused the detainees severe pain and suffering. In addition he ordered
      them threatened with dogs, subjecting them to threat of severe pain
      and suffering by dog-bite.


      Indictment of Donald Rumsfeld for:

      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)



      Donald Rumsfeld did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by
      ordering the coerced interrogation of detainees at Guantanamo, by
      subjecting them to humiliating and degrading treatment, including the
      forced removal of clothing, sensory deprivation, stress positions, and
      torture.

      In addition, Donald Rumsfeld did commit grave breaches of the Geneva
      Conventions by ordering, as civilian chief of the US armed forces, the
      mass detentions of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, without charge
      or trial.

      In addition Donald Rumsfeld did commit grave breaches of the Geneva
      Conventions by failing to stop torture in Iraq after it was reported
      to him the Red Cross and by failing to prosecute any officer directly
      involved in such torture, despite recommendations from his own
      investigators.

      In addition Donald Rumsfeld did commit grave breaches of the Geneva
      Conventions by directing General Miller to transfer coercive
      interrogation techniques banned by the Geneva conventions and torture
      techniques to Iraq.


      Torture (18 USC 2340)


      Donald Rumsfeld did commit torture by ordering that detainees at
      Guantanamo be threatened with dogs, subjecting them to threat of
      severe pain and suffering by dog-bite.

      In addition Donald Rumsfeld did commit torture by ordering a "special
      access program" for holding detainees in various countries in complete
      secrecy and subjecting them to a specific list of tortures, including
      subjection to extremes of heat and cold, and repeated
      near-drowning(water-boarding).

      In addition Donald Rumsfeld did conspire with others to commit torture
      by directing General Miller to transfer torture techniques to Iraq, by
      acting to continue the use of torture after he had been informed of
      its commission, and by acting to protect from prosecution all officers
      who committed torture. During the commission of the acts of torture
      that he conspired to commit, at least 28 detainees died.



      Indictment of George Tenet for:

      Torture (18 USC 2340) and War Crimes (18 USC 2441)


      George Tenet did commit torture and did commit grave breaches of the
      Geneva conventions by the following overt acts:

      Ordering, under the Special Access Program, and otherwise, the secret
      detention of Hiwa Abdul Rahman Rushul, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Abu
      Zabaida and dozens of other detainees without any contact with the
      outside world and ordering them subjected to tortures including
      water-boarding, severe beatings, subjection to extreme temperatures,
      suspension in painful positions, denial of pain-killing medicine after
      gunshot wounds, severe burning by hot metal, asphyxiation and by
      threat of death and sexual assault against themselves and members of
      their families. During such torture an unknown number of detainees
      died, including Manadel al_Jamadi, Abdul Wali and Abid Hamad Mahalwi.

      Ordering the detention and transfer of over 100 detainees including
      both US citizens, such as Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, and non-citizens, such
      as Canadian Maher Ahmed, to countries known for torture, to be
      tortured at CIA direction under the program know as "extraordinary
      rendition".


      Murder (18 USC 1111)


      George Tenet did commit murder by ordering the killing by Predator
      drone of US citizen Kamal Derwish.



      Indictment of Alberto Gonzales for:

      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)


      Alberto Gonzales did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions
      by advising President George Bush in written memos to suspend the
      application of the Geneva conventions to detainees.

      Alberto Gonzales did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions
      by drafting of a legal memorandum justifying and authorizing the use
      of torture on detainees.


      Torture (18 USC 2340)



      Alberto Gonzales did conspire with others to commit torture by
      drafting, in July, 2002, a legal memorandum justifying and authorizing
      the use of torture on detainees.


      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242) and Conspiracy
      Against Rights (18 USC 241)


      Alberto Gonzales did conspire with others to under color of law
      deprive detainees, both US citizens and non-citizens, including but
      not limited to Jose Padilla, of their rights to due process under the
      Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution by inserting
      into a draft legal memorandum the authorization of the President to
      detain at will without charge or trial anyone in the United sates or
      in the world. This conspiracy included plans to inflict bodily harm,
      as it authorized the President to order the torture of any detainee.


      Indictment of Dick Cheney and David Addington for:

      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)


      Dick Cheney and David Addington did commit grave breaches of the
      Geneva Conventions by directing in October, 2001 that a Presidential
      order be drafted authorizing the indefinite detention without charge
      of detainees and their subjection to military tribunals.

      In addition Dick Cheney and David Addington did commit grave breaches
      of the Geneva Conventions by initiating, in July, 2002, the drafting
      of a legal memorandum justifying and authorizing the use of torture on
      detainees. They then approved the final memorandum.



      Torture (18 USC 2340)


      Dick Cheney and David Addington did conspire with others to commit
      torture by initiating, in July, 2002, the drafting of a legal
      memorandum justifying and authorizing the use of torture on detainees.
      They then approved the final memorandum.


      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242) and Conspiracy
      Against Rights (18 USC 241)


      Dick Cheney and David Addington did conspire with others to under
      color of law deprive detainees, both US citizens and non-citizens,
      including but not limited to Jose Padilla, of their rights to due
      process under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the
      Constitution by inserting into a draft legal memorandum the
      authorization of the President to detain at will without charge or
      trial anyone in the United sates or in the world. This conspiracy
      included plans to inflict bodily harm, as it authorized the President
      to order the torture of any detainee.



      Indictment of George W. Bush for:

      Deprivation Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC 242)


      George W. Bush did under color of law willfully subjected thousands of
      detainees within the United States to the deprivation of their rights
      to due process under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the
      Constitution by approving the actions of John Ashcroft and Tom Ridge
      in detaining them without criminal charge, guaranteed access to
      counsel or trial by jury. These detentions led to Resendo Lewis and
      other detainees being caused bodily injury by beatings, attacks by
      dogs and other methods.

      In addition, George W. Bush did under color of law willfully subjected
      thousands of detainees outside the United States to the deprivation of
      their rights to due process under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
      Amendments to the Constitution by on Nov. 16, 2001 issuing a Military
      Order authorizing unconstitutional detention without charge of
      non-citizens.


      Conspiracy Against Rights (18 USC 241)


      George W. Bush did conspire with others to under color of law deprive
      detainees, both US citizens and non-citizens, including but not
      limited to Jose Padilla, of their rights to due process under the
      Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution by approving a
      legal memorandum authorizing the President to detain at will without
      charge or trial anyone in the United sates or in the world. This
      conspiracy included plans to inflict bodily harm, as it authorized the
      President to order the torture of any detainee.


      War Crimes (18 USC 2441)


      George W. Bush did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by
      authorizing the Special Access Program that led to the secret
      detention of Hiwa Abdul Rahman Rushul, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Abu
      Zabaida and dozens of other detainees without any contact with the
      outside world and ordering them subjected to tortures including
      water-boarding, severe beatings, subjection to extreme temperatures,
      suspension in painful positions, denial of pain-killing medicine after
      gunshot wounds, severe burning by hot metal, asphyxiation and by
      threat of death and sexual assault against themselves and members of
      their families. During such torture an unknown number of detainees
      died, including Manadel al_Jamadi, Abdul Wali and Abid Hamad Mahalwi.

      George W. Bush did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by
      authorizing the detention and transfer of over 100 detainees including
      both US citizens, such as Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, and non-citizens, such
      as Canadian Maher Ahmed, to countries known for torture, to be
      tortured at CIA direction under the program know as "extraordinary
      rendition".

      George W. Bush did commit grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions by
      issuing in February 7, 2002 a Memorandum stating that Geneva
      Convention does not apply to detainees, "unlawful combatants"


      Torture (18 USC 2340)


      George W. Bush did commit torture by authorizing the Special Access
      Program that led to the torture of dozens of detainees.

      George W. Bush did commit torture by authorizing the detention and
      transfer of over 100 detainees including both US citizens, such as
      Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, and non-citizens, such as Canadian Maher Ahmed, to
      countries known for torture, to be tortured at CIA direction under the
      program know as "extraordinary rendition".

      George W. Bush did commit torture by approving in August, 2002, a
      legal memorandum justifying and authorizing the use of torture on
      detainees. This memorandum was then used to justify torture directives
      issued by subordinates including Donald Rumsfeld, Geoffrey Miller and
      Riccardo Sanchez, among others. These directives in turn caused the
      torture of thousands of detainees and the deaths of at least 28.


      Murder (18 USC 1111)


      George W. Bush did commit murder by ordering the killing by Predator
      drone of US citizen Kamal Derwish.


      George W. Bush did conspire to commit murder by issuing a secret
      finding in October 2001 authorizing the CIA to kill those he
      designated, either US citizens or non-citizens, anywhere in the world.


      http://www.nj-civilrights.org/literature/indictmentofBushetal.htm

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      PRESS RELEASE


      BUSH ON TRIAL

      WORLD TRIBUNAL ON IRAQ REPRESENTATIVES DELIVER LAW SUMMON TO BUSH

      Tuesday May 17, 2005, Brussels – Today, representatives of the World
      Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) delivered a law summon and invitation letter
      addressed to President Bush at the US Embassy in Brussels. The WTI
      representatives invited George Bush to the final hearing of the World
      Tribunal on Iraq that will take place in Istanbul between 23-27 of
      June 2005. It is part of a global action day, as similar actions took
      place in Lisbon, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Istanbul, Tokyo and New York.



      In Brussels a number of activists arrived at the US Embassy with a
      huge banner reading "President Bush, the World holds you accountable".
      The activists also presented a letter to the US officials at the Embassy.



      In front of the US Embassy today, Prof. Lieven De Cauter, initiator of
      the BRussells Tribunal, and spokesperson for the WTI in Belgium, said:
      "Since the US administration does not recognize the International
      Criminal Court (ICC), the citizens of the world have undertaken an
      initiative to reclaim justice. The world is calling for Bush to be
      held accountable for the crimes committed in Iraq."




      The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) is a worldwide undertaking to reclaim
      justice. It aims to record the severe wrongs, crimes and violations
      that were committed in the process leading up to the aggression
      against Iraq, during the war and throughout the ensuing occupation,
      that continue to be widespread to this day. The project consists of
      commissions of inquiry and sessions held around the world
      investigating various issues related to the war on Iraq, such as the
      legality of the war, the role of the United Nations, war crimes and
      the role of the media as well as the social, political, environmental
      and cultural devastation.



      On June 23rd to the 27th 2005, at the start of the third year of the
      occupation of Iraq, the culminating session will take place in
      Istanbul. This session will reach a decision following an examination
      of the results of the previous sessions as well as new reports and
      testimonies, while evaluating the implications of the aggression
      against Iraq for the world at large.



      "We ask Mr. Bush to present his case in front of the jury of
      concience in Istanbul. We are fully aware that this is a symbolical
      action but we firmly believe that international law should be
      respected and that war crimes should not be met by indemnity"
      concluded Mr. De Cauter.
      For more information please contact,

      tel.0032/477 61 74 20 or 0032/494 68 07 62

      E-mail: info @ brusselstribunal.org - www.brusselstribunal.org

      Or Tolga Temuge, international media coordinator,
      tolga @ worldtribunal.org

      www.worldtribunal.org

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      IMPORTANT:

      - high resolutuon version of photo's:
      > http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=14295926&size=l
      > http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=14295927&size=l
      http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=14298277&size=l


      photo of statement:
      http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=14298277&size=l


      - video of statement read in front of the Embassy available at:
      http://tabula.rasa.free.fr/wti/
      (prof. Lieven De Cauter in English; prof. Lieven De Cqauter in
      Dutch; prof. Jean Bricmont in French)

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