Tuesday, January 10, 2006

War Crimes Over Alito

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It was the second day of the Alito hearings and the activist action on the streets were at a pathetic low.

Yes, as the news has been reporting, nobody seems to care about our Supreme Court or who is being placed on it to vote on issues that will probably effect the rest of our lives.

Yet, at 1600 Penn Ave there was a bit of noise.

No, not by the guy who only sometimes resides there when he isn't digging in the Texas dirt, but a group of activists and lawyers who have a bit of an issue with him.

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To get an idea of what the action is based in, I think it is best to check out this web address.

http://www.bushcommission.org/Bush_Crime_Jan10.doc

This is a very passionate and organized group made up of a number of groups who showed great determination in getting both their message across and to deliver:

"An unprecedented series of indictments alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity, in five separate areas, on moral, political, and legal grounds, will be delivered by a citizens’ tribunal to President Bush at the front gate of the White House"
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The key note speaker of todays event was former CIA analyst Mr. Ray McGovern

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Mr.McGovern delivered a very moving and inspiring speech on the compassion for humanity. How McGovern and others who are supporting him and this action would like to see legal action taken against President Bush and others who have been working along side him.

After the speeches, there was a small march of a few steps from the center of Penn Ave to the gates of the White House.

There McGovern and friends very politely asked the White House guards to deliver the "indictments" to President Bush.

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And, yes, the guard refused to accept the documents, but I think we all kne they would.

But, it was still a very moving bit of grassroots activism, esp for a Tuesday afternoon. And it was a much bigger show than those who didn't turn out to support or oppose Alito.

The indictments were delivered to the White House by:
Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern, authors William Blum and Larry Everest, Code Pink, Mike Hersh (Progressive Democrats of America/After Downing Street), Kevin Zeese (Director, Democracy Rising; candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland), Travis Morales (World Can’t Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime) and others.

And:

The commission was organized by the Not in Our Name Statement of Conscience and is endorsed by: Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, After Downing Street.org and others, including Former Sen. James Abourezk, former British MP Tony Benn, authors Gore Vidal and Howard Zinn, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and actor Edward Asner.

Charter, full indictments, standards for judgment, and audio and video coverage of the first session: http://www.bushcommission.org