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BEGIN A PETITION TO:
Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department.
The arrest of George W. Bush, President of the United States and other members of the National Security Council as named below.
Chief Lanier, you have probable cause to arrest a self-confessed serial torturer and mass murderer within the borders of the District of Columbia. He resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The suspect is George W. Bush.
Co- suspects are Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General Ashcroft.
The crimes are as follows:
George W. Bush has publicly confessed that he ordered torture, thus violating the Convention Against Torture. Bush knew. Not only did he know, he personally approved it.
"Yes, I’m aware our national security team met on this issue," he confirmed. "And I approved."
2. Conspiracy to commit murder:
To quote from a April 11 ABC News report co-conspirator, then Attorney General John Ashcroft said: "Why are we talking about this in the White House?" John Ashcroft nervously asked his fellow members of the National Security Council’s Principals Committee. (The Principals were Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General Ashcroft.)
"History will not judge this kindly," Ashcroft predicted.
According to an April 11th report by ABC News, "…when the Bush Administration asked the CIA to work over prisoners captured in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, Director George Tenet demanded legal cover. The Justice Department complied by issuing a classified 2002 memo, the so-called "Golden Shield," authored by Office of Legal Counsel Jay Bybee. "Enhanced interrogation techniques" — i.e., torture — were legal, Bybee assured the CIA.
"Tenet was a good boss, a CYA type. He wanted to protect his agents. So he got the Principals to personally sign off on each act of torture.
"According to a former CIA official involved in the process," ABC reported, "CIA headquarters would receive cables from operatives in the field asking for authorization for specific techniques." Can we beat up this guy? Can we waterboard him?"
When the U.S. signs a treaty, its provisions carry the full force of U.S. law. One such treaty is the U.N. Convention Against Torture, of which the U.S. is a core signatory. As Philippe Sands writes in his new book "Torture Team:" Parties to the… Convention are required to investigate any person who is alleged to have committed torture. If appropriate, they must then prosecute — or extradite the person to a place where he will be prosecuted. The Torture Convention… criminalizes any act that constitutes complicity or participation in torture. Complicity or participation could certainly be extended not only to the politicians and but also the lawyers involved…"
George W. Bush has publicly confessed that he ordered torture, thus violating the Convention Against Torture.
Because the torture ordered by Bush and his cabinet directly resulted in death, they must be charged with several counts of murder. Fifteen U.S. soldiers have been charged with the murders of two detainees at the U.S. airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan in 2002. They were following orders issued by their Commander-in-Chief and his Principals.
President, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the other Principals must therefore be arrested and charged with murder, arraigned and placed on trial.
We the citizens of the United States demand that you exercise your authority as chief law enforcement within the District of Washington, DC and order the arrest of George W. Bush and those other persons involved in the afore mentioned crimes.