Monday, April 13, 2009

Indictment of Bush Officials May Come in Days

A Little Rebellion Against Tyranny

Dorsett Bennett

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Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, former U.S. President George W. Bush
Like former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, former U.S. President George W. Bush and his team could end up in serious trouble stemming from an imminent indictment in Spanish courts for kidnapping, secret prisons and torture.

The imminent indictment in Spanish courts of former officials of the Bush Administration is being applauded by civil and human rights organizations and legal scholars. The popular wave of support for indictment of Bush officials may lead to Bush himself.

Newsweek Magazine recently blew open more shocking news about Bush' system of kidnapping, secret prisons and torture. A secret Red Cross report indicates that many kidnapped and tortured people were turned into "disappeared persons" by the CIA under instructions from Bush and Cheney. A former Bush administration official told Newsweek's Michael Isikoff that the information had been hidden from the Red Cross.

"The majority of the people in the CIA program are unaccounted for. We don't know what happened to them," a human rights investigator told Isikoff.

Like Bush, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, thought his power would shield him from criminal prosecution when his regime kidnapped and tortured and assassinated individuals who became known as the "disappeared." It was when Spanish courts brought indictments against Pinochet that everything changed.

Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights said, "The importance of this investigation [in Spain ] can not be understated. Contrary to statements by some, the Spanish investigations are not 'symbolic.' Just ask Augusto Pinochet, who was stranded under house arrest in England and who ultimately faced criminal charges in Chile because of the pressure of the Spanish courts. If and when arrest warrants are issued, 24 countries in Europe are obligated to enforce them. The world is getting smaller for the torture conspirators.”

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General has called for the prosecution of Bush and other high officials in the United States.

"The greatest danger arising from impunity for President Bush and his cohorts would be that all subsequent officials will feel secure in committing the same crimes and the people, having failed to compel impeachment for such open, notorious and egregious crimes, will feel even more helpless to prevent them. Ultimately the power and the responsibility to prevent criminal acts by government is with the people."

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."--V. I recently watched the 2006 movie V for Vendetta. The movie is set in Great Britain in the near future. Under the guise of several terrorist acts, a totalitarian government is elected to Parliament under the Chancellor to save the country from these terrorists. The only problem is the people must give up a lot of their freedoms for being safe. The government eventually becomes cruel, corrupt, and oppressive to the people.

Abraham Lincoln once warned us, "Corporations have been enthroned... and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign... until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." Does this sound a bit familiar?

For those of you on the far right who were wrongfully believe the government should be able to do anything to 'protect us,' I would quote Benjamin Franklin, "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in Central and Western Massachusetts, (mainly Springfield) from 1786 to 1787. The rebels were led by Daniel Shays and known as Shaysites (Regulators), were mostly poor farmers angered by crushing debt and taxes. Failure to repay such debts often resulted in imprisonment in debtor's prisons or the claiming of property by the County or wealthy lenders.

The rebellion started on August 29, 1786. A militia that had been raised as a private army defeated an attack on the federal Springfield ArmoryArticles of Confederation and gave strong impetus to the Constitutional Convention which began in May 17, 1787. by the main Shaysite force on February 3, 1787. There was a lack of an institutional response to the uprising, which energized calls to reevaluate the

Thomas Jefferson wrote a friend about Shays' rebellion "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them.... It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."

The American people have been violated both by the Government and by the Financial Elites (comprised of both Republicans and Democrats). Now the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress appear to want to 'pass over' the violations, AND to extend the power of the government to violate our rights. I Am Not suggesting an armed rebellion, but rather a political one to end these abuses. A political pundit once stated that the only difference between the Democrats and Republicans, was the velocity of which their knees hit the floor when the wealthy and lobbyists enter the room. Can You Take an Honest Look at Yourself, And Say That You like the Situation We Are Now in?

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