Monday, June 16, 2008


OP ED NEWS A conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes will be held September 13-14 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

"This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred," said convener Lawrence Velvel, dean and cofounder of the school. "It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth."

"We must try to hold Bush administration leaders accountable in courts of justice," Velvel said. "And we must insist on appropriate punishments, including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940s."

Velvel said past practice has been to allow U.S. officials responsible for war crimes in Viet Nam and elsewhere to enjoy immunity from prosecution upon leaving office. "President Johnson retired to his Texas ranch and his Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was named to head the World Bank; Richard Nixon retired to San Clemente and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was allowed to grow richer and richer," Velvel said.

He noted in the years since the prosecution and punishment of German and Japanese leaders after World War Two those nation's leaders changed their countries' aggressor cultures. One cannot discount contributory cause and effect here, he said.

"For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders," Velvel said.

The conference will take up such issues as the nature of domestic and international crimes committed; which high-level Bush officials, including Federal judges and Members of Congress, are chargeable with war crimes; which foreign and domestic tribunals can be used to prosecute them; and the setting up of an umbrella coordinating committee with representatives of legal groups concerned about the war crimes such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, among others.

The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover was established in 1988 to provide an affordable, quality legal education to minorities, immigrants and students from low-income households that might otherwise be denied the opportunity to obtain a legal education and practice law. Its founder, Dean Velvel, has been honored by the National Law Journal and cited in various publications for his contributions to the reform of legal education.


At June 17, 2008 10:46 AM, Anonymous Unclebuck said...

An interesting exercise and I would also like to see something like this for:
Lincoln who started the War of Northern Agression for many reasons other than freeing slaves, if freeing salves had been the original and primary reason rather than mercantileism that would have been great, freedom gained in even a small measure is great , Wilson for getting into WW1 after it was about over and imposing terms that lead to Hitler.
Nancy the speaker for her trip to the middle east.
There was a newsman (now deceased)who suggested that we citizens should approach our elected representatives and express our displeasure with their actions by pulling their beards or punching them in the nose, enough punching and pulling while alive and in office might change some actions. This newsman is held in some disrepute now due to his major opposition to the New Deal. Can't remember his name now, which is one of the goals of his detractors.

At June 17, 2008 10:45 PM, Anonymous Atheist said...

Now this is an effort worth praying for.


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