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International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
FORMER ABU GHRAIB COMMANDER JANIS KARPINSKI, EX-UK AMBASSADOR CRAIG MURRAY, TOP EXPERTS, AND FORMER OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY AT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON BUSH WAR CRIMES
Harry Belafonte to Will Also Speak at Bush Crimes Commission
Friday, January 20, 5-9pm, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Saturday, January 21, 10am-6pm, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Avenue
Actor, singer, and activist Harry Belafonte will speak at the opening evening of the Bush Crimes Commission this Friday at Riverside Church. This unprecedented citizens’ Commission of Inquiry which runs the entire weekend will hear testimony on the basic question: Is the Bush Administration guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity? Few have dared raise this for public examination. On January 20-22 in New York City this Commission of Inquiry will do so-- with rigor, substance, and a deep sense of responsibility to the people of the world.
Internationally-known expert witnesses and whistleblowers from the US and UK will testify in five areas: 1) war, 2) torture, 3) global environment, 4) global health (AIDS and reproductive rights), and 5) the administration’s response to Katrina.
Witnesses and judges include former commander of Abu Ghraib prison Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, former British ambassador Craig Murray (speaking for the first time in the U.S., and quoted January 16 by Al Gore) who exposed US use of torture in Uzbekistan, former arms inspector Scott Ritter, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, unembedded reporter who spent 8 months in Iraq Dahr Jamail, Guantanamo prisoners’ lawyer Michael Ratner, former US diplomat and retired US Army Reserve Colonel Ann Wright, Katrina survivors, and many others.
This Commission will break the unwritten rule in this country by speaking the unspeakable. It is acceptable to criticize particular leaders as uninformed, incompetent, and even personally venal. But to suggest that the administration has actually committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, and to assemble the facts to prove those charges, is beyond the pale, and is actively being suppressed by Bush administration.
Charter, full indictments, standards for judgment, and audio and video coverage of the first session: http://www.bushcommission.org