There is abundant evidence that war crimes were committed by the Bush Administration. Indeed more evidence appears on an almost daily basis.
The question is very simple: Will any officials of the Bush administration who are responsible for the “war on terror” be indicted and held accountable for those crimes?
People of conscience must insist on accountability for the actions of U.S. officials. The status of the United States as a major world power does not make its officials less accountable for their crimes than the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia or any other country. It is the obligation of citizens who recognize that no country or government is above the law of human decency, as currently embedded in international law, to demand public accountability in a court of law. Only then will it be clear that this country repudiates the course set by the Bush administration on the issues of “preemptive war” and treatment of prisoners.
At the beginning of the 20th century Elihu Root said that “international law relies for its effectiveness on the approval of international public opinion.” At the beginning of the 21st century, when international law against war crimes and crimes against humanity are clearly established, indictment of US officials for their crimes rests on the arousal of national public opinion.
What War Criminals Watch is Doing
Our work is dedicated to generating the public momentum and pressure to achieve indictments of these accused war criminals. To that end, we will:
Track Bush administration officials who were responsible for war crimes to their new posts in universities, think tanks, foundations, corporations, law firms, the Obama administration, etc.
Organize protests to those appointments, particularly in universities.
Provide organizing materials for people wishing to actively protest.
Provide links among groups across the country who protest those appointments.
Provide a forum for discussion for people who are engaged in action.
What Are War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity?
Why Do We Need to Act?
For a PowerPoint overview explaining International Law, written by Jeanne Mirer, President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, click here.
For Facts on International Law, compiled by Brooklyn for Peace, click here.
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