Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bush Crimes Commission Report

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes against Humanity by the Bush Administration is set to issue its report on Feb. 2 at the National Press Club in Washington DC. mp3s of the testimony and speeches are already available on line.

Among those giving testimony are former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, who helped expose vicious human rights abuses by the US funded regime of Islam Karimov, Janis Karpinski, the former head of Abu Ghraib prison, and former UN Weapons inspector Scott Ritter. The eloquent opening speech by Harry Belafonte and some remarks by Howard Zinn are also worth a listen.

In related news, last month Mother Jones published an interview with Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, and Brendan Smith, the authors of In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond. The book
collects damning official documents, leaked e-mails, testimonies, commentaries, and investigative articles. Together, these items make a strong case that Bush administration actions overseas violate international norms and treaties, and that those responsible are subject to legal repercussions.
znet has an excerpt from the book and the authors maintain a website War Crimes Watch, which continues to document ongoing war crimes.


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