Our nation and the world is now officially pregnant!
It is just about nine months until Jan. 20, 2009 when we give birth to a new, post Bush, America!!! Ceegars all around, by gum and by golly!
Though the next nine months will be in some ways an insufferable waiting period, it is also an opportunity. As I wrote yesterday, the Dems are stymied by Bushco control of the DOJ. Even if they wanted to impeach him, (which they don’t, for risk averse political reasons) their subpoenas would not be enforced by the DOJ. They would get NO witnesses to testify from the administration. When they chose not to impeach AG Gonzales for blatantly lying to Congress, they ceded their opportunity to purge and take back the politicized and corrupted DOJ…..and thus to impeach or even remotely hold accountable any member of the administration. That, in hindsight, is where we lost the battle for any sort of justice for Bushco’s crimes by the hand of American law.
At this point, all we can effectively do (besides reminding Congress of how they have failed in their duty to the U.S. and their oaths to the Constitution and to the concept of justice) is prepare for when Bush leaves office and is no longer protected from civil and international law. We have nine months. Here are some options, some initial ideas to consider, none of them, of course easy or quick. Note, I am not a lawyer, it would be great to have one weigh in, though!
Civil suits, to punish Buschco co-conspirators financially, but more importantly, to have evidence formally discovered and presented in an actual court of law! There would have to be a plaintiff that has been damaged, say Omar Khadr, the child who was seized six years ago and has grown up in Guantanamo…or one of the may other torture victims…or the family of one of the torture victims who was murdered while being tortured. Unfortunately there are many to choose from. And a top team of lawyers, probably working pro bono, since this will be a long, long process. Some sort of foundation to pay for the expenses of the case would need to be established to raise the millions of dollars needed to fight through Bushco’s undoubtedly slimy defense tactics …over the years and years it would take.
Pressuring the candidates. Two goals, to get them to commit to investigating once they are in office, as Obama has at least half-heartedly done, in politico-speak…
“I can’t prejudge that because we don’t have access to all the material right now,” Obama continued. “I think that you are right, if crimes have been committed, they should be investigated.”
However, the Illinois senator left himself an out, suggesting he would weigh evidence of Bush’s guilt against the potential political fallout from prosecuting a former President.
“I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt because I think we’ve got too many problems we’ve got to solve,” Obama said. “So this is an area where I would want to exercise judgment – I would want to find out directly from my Attorney General – having pursued, having looked at what’s out there right now – are there possibilities of genuine crimes as opposed to really bad policies.”
I was unable to find any Clinton statements on the same subject, does anyone know of one?
Pinning them down and getting them FIRMLY on the record is imperative. As is getting them to promise to rejoin the International Criminal Court.
Unless the US is a signatory to the treaty, Bush is NOT accountable to the ICC.
And finally, the most intriguing from my viewpoint, since we here in the blogosphere would be essential….
Building an international coalition. From the grass roots up, in every country of the world, to demand Bushco be tried for War Crimes. Start a organization and work hard to spread it around the blogosphere and around the world. Align with other orgs. Create a presence, create a consensus, create noise. In essence…do PR and pressure the worlds governments to pass resolutions etc, in support of trying Bushco when they leave office. But most importantly….to not let what they have done be forgotten
Ad that is the main thing we need to think about, both making sure that we keep the illegal invasion, torture, War Profiteering, the Plame Treason…Politicizing the DOJ to provide them immunity…and all of the other too numerous to mention Bushco crimes in the publice eye.
So that when they leave office, this incredible, heinous list of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and plain old theft and corruption are NOT forgotten, are prosecuted….and most importantly…..that they NEVER AGAIN are allowed to happen.
These are just preliminary thoughts, please share yours. And let’s keep talking about what can be done to create justice, and how we can help do it.