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Suing the War Party


An OTR Editorial
By Ahmed Amr, http://www.thousandreasons.org

"While the indictment and resignation of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is a welcome development, the responsibility for lying to the American people and targeting critics and dissidents needs to go all the way up the chain of command. Scooter Libby was clearly one of the administration's attack dogs unleashed on opponents of this fraudulent war, but he serves higher masters. This administration continues to wage a war based on lies, a war that has taken the lives of 2,000 Americans, including my son, and the lives of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis. This indictment reinforces the growing calls in this country and around the world to end the occupation, bring our troops home and hold those responsible accountable for their crimes. Let this serve as a springboard to put the war on trial and bring our troops home now." Cindy Sheehan

For the last two years, the Plame case has slowly inched its way through the obstructionist mine fields planted by the Bush administration and the New York Times. Granted, the indictment of Lewis Libby is an encouraging sign that the rule of law still applies to one and all – at least when Patrick Fitzgerald is on the case. That said, neither Libby nor anyone else has yet to be convicted of any crime. Even if the Pollard treatment was properly administered to Libby and he was made to rot in jail for the rest of his natural life - it would not begin to account for the enormity of the criminal activities that went into launching this war of choice.

When the history of this neocon enterprise is finally written, the outing of Valerie Plame will appear to be nothing more than a minor tangential detail in a much larger conspiracy. Libby was by no means a lone wolf and, in the final analysis, the betrayal of a CIA agent was merely a crime to cover up another crime – the systematic corruption of intelligence to make a case for an illegal war.

So far, the legal process has snared only one member of the cabal that engineered this unnecessary and very costly venture. If this is still America, the law will eventually catch up with Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George Bush and the assorted neo-con wizards responsible for this quagmire. Without minimizing the importance of the Plame case, allow me to suggest that we now have enough evidence available to prosecute a series of other crimes.

Strike One.

In a recent issue of The Nation, Elizabeth de la Vega makes a compelling case that the pre-war deception by the Bush administration amounted to a conspiracy to defraud the United States. The former federal prosecutor believes that she has sufficient evidence to prove that Bush and company are in violation of Title 18, United States Code (Section 371). According to de la Vega, conviction under this statute only requires proof that the illegal war in Iraq was orchestrated by “persons in authority who used half-truths and recklessly false statements to manipulate people who trusted them.

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ONE WOMAN
I'm sure ONE WOMAN is qualified for Supreme Court Justice.
Bush slapped half of America in our faces. Then put his unethical white Yale male up, as planned. A judge who promised in writing to recuse, and then refused.
Mrs. Rosa Parks was ONE WOMAN. She stayed seated. Others followed, our nation listened.

Be inspired by her. ONE WOMAN should keep our seat. One dash of diversity. One token against invisibility, inequity, indignity, and injustice.

I'm just one old woman tired of waiting for equal. One woman with an idea but no "network."
I'm asking each ONE WOMAN to please help us STAY SEATED. NOW.
If you like my idea---pass it on. If women work together-----we are too many to ignore.
Starting on World Peace Day, November 18. Take a chair somewhere and STAY SEATED.
Make signs. One for a favorite cause. One to KEEP OUR SEAT.
Give Jesus a present for his birthday-------PEACE! Stop the Hatemongers.
Let's be seen and heard. Be the NEWS. Block out staged "photo ops."
Our only hope is for Congress to fear our votes (while we still have them.)
I think wearing muslim type burqa scarves (or Taliban style full length burqa) when possible would send a message of unity with a world of women even more oppressed. And make us VISIBLE.
World Peace Day, Nov. 18, thru HUMAN RIGHTS DAY on Dec. 10. Three wks. active.
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Sit down outside your church. Sit down at a roadside. Sit down outside courthouse. Sit down to stand proud. Make Congress Listen!
Congress is voting to let CIA TORTURE. Tell them NO.
Congress is voting against liberty in more unPATRIOTic ACTS. Tell them NO.
Congress is asked to enrich corporations & steal from poor. Tell them NO.
Congress is asked to terrorize and spy on citizens even more. Just say NO.
It is hard to schedule protest during busy fall season. They count on that. SURPRISE?
When it is convenient, it will be too late. How about Iraq troops back by Christmas?
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LADY LIBERTY, BE SEATED.
JUSTICE IS A LADY, GIVE HER A SEAT
WE WILL NOT BE REMOVED
OUR GENDER GAP IS SHOWING
Women, the invisible minority
EIGHT against ONE is not equal
WOMEN DO COUNT
NO MORE IVY LEAGE SUITS NEED APPLY
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No Torture Waiver
Phony War--LEAVE Iraq
Who baked a yellowcake?
Rescind UNpatriotIC Act
Be American -- Be Fair
We are all HUMAN
HATE is EVIL
SAY NO TO CIA SADDAMISTS
Chief Justice Roberts called our gender gap "purported."
Shall we step to the back because he can't see us?
Our sheer numbers should protect us. Yet they distract us to divide us and ignore us.
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We "mother" others first. Each ONE WOMAN matters. YOU MATTER
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Sam Gardiner, a former military psych ops operative, wrote a whole report of the methods used to sell this war and terrorize americans. You can do a search on the internet to get the report. You haven't included the lobbyists and think tanks that promoted this war. These are tax exempt groups that have a tremendous amount of power to interfere in foreign policy for their own ideology or purposes at the expense of the american taxpayer. The military industrial complex and big oil cannot be left off the list of using citizens children and money for their own personal interests. Finally, a list of abuses is being put together that will allow individuals to address the abuse of power...but we can't stop with the few you have listed...this crime against humanity has been going on far too long and accepted as mainstream thinking...it is not. Thank you for your effort and keep up the drum roll....it is going to get into people's conciousness...because we know this criminal thinking...not the right thinking of decent people.

Great article! Finally the faceless evil-doers who cause death and destruction from a distance are being identified. Most of them probably feel invulnerable in their comfortable anonymity.

It's important to collect and publicize the evidence against them not just to bring them to justice, but to set a precedent to future fascists that their crimes against humanity will be prosecuted.

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