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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:37 PM
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Iraq Veterans Against the War Calls for Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials for War Crimes
NEW YORK - August 10 - At its seventh annual national convention in Austin, Texas, IVAW called for the prosecution of senior Bush administration officials for allegedly conspiring to manipulate intelligence in order to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

IVAW alleges that Bush administration officials conspired to create the perception that Saddam Hussein presented an imminent threat to the United States in order to bypass an uncooperative U.N. Security Council and secure a congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq. The growing body of evidence, including testimony from British officials in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry, indicates that Bush officials could be charged with criminal offenses against the United States and violations of international law for making false claims to national self-defense.

Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution vests the power to authorize use of military force in the Legislative Branch, not the Executive. In order to do so responsibly the Congress must be provided with accurate and objective intelligence. Bush officials' alleged distortion of the intelligence picture created a climate of fear and uncertainty in which the constitutional power of Congress was subverted.

IVAW further alleges that the Bush administration's alterations to Iraqi laws were made for the intended benefit of U.S. multinational corporations and are illegal under international law. Efforts to pressure Iraqi officials to open up the country's oil industry to foreign investment exacerbated the insurgency and undermined the U.S. military's ostensible mission there.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/08/10-7

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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:39 PM
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1. Piss test the lot of them!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:45 PM
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2. I think that's an excellent idea.
They have my full support. They need to get Obama's, too. If they don't, asking "Why?" would be a question someone in the White House press pool should ask.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:55 PM
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5. The only person who might have asked that question
was Helen Thomas. But she's been silenced so, I doubt it will ever be asked. No one wants to have their access suddenly terminated. For what it's worth.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:51 PM
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3. I'll K&R #4 this, why not n/t
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:53 PM
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4. Does anyone remember the Veterans group that
met several times with Conyers? I don't know if this is the same group. But I think Conyers had promised them that there would be acountability, but then, suddenly once Dems got a majority in 2006, nothing happened.

Where is Conyers and Leahy who were working on these issues these days? Seems like as soon as we won, everything was dropped ...
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