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Proposal for UFPJ Strategic Framework or Program Document
Here is a proposed addition:
We will work to achieve the prosecution of high officials who are guilty of war crimes, including the supreme crime of aggressive war.
It is imperative that we prevent future wars, that we reestablish the rule of law in addition to simply requesting that certain laws be voluntarily obeyed for the moment. We can do this by prosecuting high officials who are guilty of war crimes, including the supreme crime of aggressive war. We can also shift power away from the Pentagon and the White House, and back to Congress and to the United Nations.
If we do not take these steps, we will be permiting a lawless world in which crimes are lamented but the criminals not punished. We will be handing every future president absolute power and asking him or her not to be corrupted by it. And when a president launches a new war of aggression next year or next decade, our response will be limited to "Stop that this instant or, or, or... we'll march in the streets!" And our lobbying will either be directed at the president or at a powerless Congress.
We shouldn't underestimate the power of marching in streets. But it cannot be our only power. And it isn't. Many UFPJ member groups, including the Center for Constitutional Rights and AfterDowningStreet are working to prevent pardons, advance prosecutions, and restore checks and balances in our government. The Congress has significantly lost the powers to legislate, raise and spend money, declare and end wars, approve and reject treaties, approve and reject officials, oversee the government, and impeach those who abuse power. We cannot proceed as a movement within a democracy unless we restore and expand that democracy. We will not be able to persuade future officials to listen to us if past officials have suffered no penalty for ignoring us.
A grass roots effort is needed, in collaboration with attorney allies. We need to be doing outreach to prosecutors and electing prosecutors, doing outreach to gold star families, lobbying Congress for a special prosecutor, lobbying the AG for a special prosecutor, educating the public, organizing and filing mandamus petitions, civil suits, and other law suits that peace groups and individuals can file, working with allies abroad to use foreign and international mechanisms for justice, passing resolutions like Brattleboro's, trying to prevent pardons, etc.
There is work to be done that is critical and central to preventing future wars. That is the only reason for this work. And that project cannot succeed without this work.