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Monday, July 04, 2005

The Case For Impeachment

Veterans for Peace is circulating an online petition for the Impeachment of the President and Vice President. Excerpt from the statement of support are presented below, but is much more readable on their pdf document found here.

II) War Crimes Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. § 2441) makes committing a war crime, defined as: “…a grave breach in any of the international conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party…,” punishable by being “...fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.”
III) Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV) Art. 55. The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct.
• On September 19, 2003, Coalition Provisional Authority head, Paul Bremer, enacted Order 39. It announced that 200 Iraqi state companies would be privatised; decreed that foreign firms can retain 100 percent ownership of Iraqi banks, mines and factories; and allowed these firms to move 100 percent of their profits out of Iraq. • Bouvier’s Law Dictionary defines "usufruct" as an arrangement that grants one party the right to use and derive benefit from another’s property "without altering the substance of the thing." Put more simply, if you are a housesitter, you can eat the food in the fridge, but you can't sell the house and turn it into condos…What could more substantially alter "the substance" of a public asset than to turn it into a private one? • In case the CPA was still unclear on this detail, the US Army’s Law of Land Warfare states that "the occupant does not have the right of sale or unqualified use of [nonmilitary] property." This is pretty straightforward: Bombing something does not give you the right to sell it…In a leaked memo written on March 26, British Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that "the imposition of major structural economic reforms would not be authorised by international law."
The Nation 11/24/03 “Bring Halliburton Home” By Naomi Klein

V) Nuremberg Tribunal Charter Principle VI: “The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law: (a) Crimes against peace: Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties; • See: IV) U.N. Gen. Assembly Res. 3314 (above) (b) War crimes: …murder, ill-treatment…of civilian population of or in occupied territory; murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war…plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages…
• Two Afghan prisoners who died in American custody in Afghanistan in December 2002 were chained to
the ceiling, kicked and beaten by American soldiers in sustained assaults that caused their deaths, according to Army criminal investigative reports. NY Times March 12, 2005 “Army Details Scale of Abuse of Prisoners in an Afghan Jail” By Douglas Jehl