The Arrest of George W.

H/T: Politico (here)

Amnesty International seeks George W. Bush’s arrest

BY TIM MAK | 10/12/11

The human rights group Amnesty International called on Canadian authorities Wednesday to arrest former President George W. Bush when he attends an economic summit in the province of British Columbia next week.

The group accused Bush of “responsibility for crimes under international law including torture.”

Amnesty International asked that Canada either prosecute or extradite Bush for violations that they allege took place during the CIA’s secret detention program between 2002 and 2009. The organization wrote a 1,000 page memorandum addressed to Canadian authorities to make the case for human rights violations by the 43rd president.

“Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former President Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture,” Susan Lee, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

The Canadian government responded to the request with critical words for Amnesty International.

“I cannot comment on individual cases… that said, Amnesty International cherry picks cases to publicize based on ideology. This kind of stunt helps explain why so many respected human rights advocates have abandoned Amnesty International,” Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told POLITICO, noting that Amnesty International had never sought a court order to bar Cuban dictator Fidel Castro or Tongolese dicator Gnassingbé Eyadema from Canada.

“Perhaps this helps to explain why Salman Rushie has said that ‘it looks very much as if Amnesty’s leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy,’ and why Christopher Hitchens has written about the organization’s ‘degeneration and politicization,’” Kenney added.

Bush cancelled a visit to Switzerland in February after facing similar public calls for his arrest by the other human rights groups.

Amnesty International said that Canada was obligated to arrest Bush under its commitments to the UN Convention Against Torture. The human rights organization objected to the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” and violations they characterized as “cruel, inhuman and degrating treatment and enforced disappearances.”

“A failure by Canada to take action during his visit would violate the UN Convention against Torture and demonstrate contempt for fundamental human rights,” said Lee.


2 thoughts on “The Arrest of George W.

  1. Here’s the world’s smallest violin playing Amnesty International a chorus. I saw a bumper sticker on the truck of an old farmer this weekend that read, “Are we a moral nation? We pamper terrorists but kill our unborn babies.” While I object to pouring water up people’s noses as much as the next guy, I find it laughable that Amnesty International has the nerve to condemn Bush over “enhanced interrogation techniques” yet has turned a blind eye to the fact that over 50 million babies has been slaughtered in this country since 1973. The detainees at Gitmo got a Qu’ran, prayer beads and 3 square. Our babies get Ru486 and a pair of scissors to the base of the skull. If any arrest warrants should be issued let’s start with the abortionists all the way up to those who allocate funds for abortion and defend that funding by saying that nobody should be “punished with a baby”.

  2. Actually, as a democracy I do not think it is our business to use organized violence to achieve policy objectives. Use of nonviolent means to achieve policy objectives has to be the overriding standard that governs the decision making processes of our leaders.

    Violence is the tool of the totalitarian ideologues and fear is their weapon of choice to control the will of those people whom they govern. Because the totalitarians have been successful in making people they govern act in a manner they deem appropriate our policy wonks thought they were doing something “right”.

    Alas, our policy wonks decided their method of social control could be adapted to democratic societies thus incorporated many of their ideas into our laws, policy initiatives, etc. And the use of violence is one of these practices.

    President Bush is simply one of a long line of leaders who have chosen violence as their first option. There is much work to be undone before violent means becomes a “no option”. And Amnesty is barking up the wrong tree if they think their grandstanding practices will change the way our policy wonks respond to worldly situations.

    Paul wrote, ‘It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.'”
    -Galatians 2:20

    22:34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,
    22:35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
    22:36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
    22:37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
    22:38 This is the greatest and first commandment.
    22:39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
    22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
    Matthew 22:34-40

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