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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 07:26 AM

Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War

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Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War
By davidswanson - Posted on 20 August 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (Aug. 20, 2013) — In court papers filed today (PDF), the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in a case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law.

Plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a complaint in March 2013 in San Francisco federal court alleging that the planning and waging of the war constituted a “crime of aggression” against Iraq, a legal theory that was used by the Nuremberg Tribunal to convict Nazi war criminals after World War II.

"The DOJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit,” chief counsel Inder Comar of Comar Law said.

The “Westfall Act certification,” submitted pursuant to the Westfall Act of 1988, permits the Attorney General, at his or her discretion, to substitute the United States as the defendant and essentially grant absolute immunity to government employees for actions taken within the scope of their employment.

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Reply Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War (Original post)
unhappycamper Aug 2013 OP
democrank Aug 2013 #1
peacebird Aug 2013 #2
Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #3
OnyxCollie Aug 2013 #4
roguevalley Aug 2013 #5
The Blue Flower Aug 2013 #6
Ocelot Aug 2013 #7
thesquanderer Aug 2013 #8
Ocelot Aug 2013 #9

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 07:35 AM

1. "Iraqi single mother and refugee" vs. war criminals.

DOJ`s choice....war criminals! Absolute immunity, that`s what they deserve.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 08:02 AM

2. Abuse of the Westfall Act, imho

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:02 AM

3. "legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit" as defined by.....

 

Corporate Amerika. The plutocrats rule, remember the golden rule "Who ever has the gold, makes the rules".

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:05 AM

4. K&R. nt

 

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:16 AM

5. i am done with obama. he is setting up fascism for thecfuture.

No one with money and power will be accountable again. A good man might let some things go but not this. Thisvhas no defense and reveals his character. Not in a good way.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:17 AM

6. If you need to ask for immunity...

Asking for immunity is a tacit admission of guilt, imho. I've said it before and will keep saying it: the fact that Don Seigelman is still in prison tells me that Obama's DOJ has no real interest in upholding justice.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:22 AM

7. We're no longer a two-party system when shit like this goes on

 

Obama and Cheney take the same side on NSA spying, and now this.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:34 AM

8. Obama MUST support immunity for Bush because...

if no immunity is available for these things, then after Obama leaves office, he could likewise be held accountable for the civilians killed in drone strikes.

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 11:10 AM

9. I didn't think of it that way, but

 

You are exactly right.

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