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Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge[1]

Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge[1]

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Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge
By BART GARZONPublished: July 4th, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP)  George W. Bush, the 43rd President of theUnited States, was indicted Monday on charges of high treason. Thecharges, filed by Attorney General Russ Feingold late in the evening,allege that Mr. Bush, knowing full well that Iraq possessed noweapons of mass destruction, falsified information in order to pursuethe disastrous Iraq War. (See “U.S. Knew No W.M.D.s in Iraq,” onPage A1, and the petition atwww.democrats.com/pardon.)
The former President appeared perturbed by his own charges against him. (GAVINBELLOWS/BOSTON GLOBE)
Source: New York Times/CBS News poll
Federal District Judge Michael Ratner denied Mr. Bush’s request torepresent himself. Ratner is the former president of the Center forConstitutional Rights.High treason is usually defined as participation in a war against one’sown country; attempting to overthrow its government; spying on itsmilitary, its diplomats, or its secret services for a hostile and foreignpower; or attempting to kill its head of state.“In this case, high treason has been interpreted to include pursuingan illegal and devastating war that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars and the lives of over 4,000 Americans and perhaps a millionIraqis, for essentially insane ends,” said Vincent Bugliosi, a formerfederal prosecutor whom Feingold named lead special prosecutor inthe case. “In effect, the Iraq War amounted to a war against America,”added Bugliosi, who is also the author of the book, The Prosecution of George Bush for Murder.Although the treason indictment came as no surprise to mostobservers, what was completely unexpected was the party whobrought it.“The case is highly unusual in a number of ways,” said Bugliosi, “notthe least of which is that the defendant is actually accusing himself.”In a press conference held close to midnight yesterday at hisCrawford, Texas ranch, former President Bush cited his renewedChristian faith as the catalyst for this unprecedented action. “Lastmonth, I had a conversation with Jesus Christ. A new conversation.And I’ve been very blessed to have been born again, again. This time,for real,” Mr. Bush read in a prepared statement to half a dozenstunned reporters.“It’s taken a lot of soul searching, or more like deep-soul diving, Ithink is the term. But now I see that it was wrong to lead our nation to
war under false pretenses. Millions have suffered for my sins, and Isee now that it is only fitting that I should suffer as well.”Mr. Bush’s self-accusation seems largely to have been plagiarizedfrom years of accusations made against him in the press. It refers tohis “political propaganda campaign to sell the war to the Americanpeople,” and describes how he and his team attempted to make the“W.M.D. threat and the Iraqi connection to terrorism appear certain,whereas in fact we knew there wasn’t one at all.”“The death and economic collapse that resulted has been completely devastating to our nation and, most of all, to me,” read Mr. Bush’sindictment. “I want to make amends, and it is for this reason that Iam requesting that I be indicted for high treason. I thank the court forallowing me to right my grave wrongs. Bring it on!”Some analysts suggest that Mr. Bush’s self-indictment is part of astrategy to avoid the death penalty. Although treason carries apotential death sentence, Mr. Bush and his team of attorneys areseeking a triple life sentence without possibility of parole.“We don’t want to be too cynical about Mr. Bush’s motives,” said aspokesperson for AfterDowningStreet.org, one of the main groupsthat had been pursuing Mr. Bush’s indictment. “But even if it doesn’tget moved to the I.C.C., requesting his own conviction is so unusual itcould move some jurors, or even help with an insanity plea.”A friend of Mr. Bush, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealedthat Mr. Bush would attempt to move the case to the InternationalCriminal Court, which does not have a death penalty, and was quietly pressing Secretary of State Naomi Klein to bring the U.S. under thecourt’s jurisdiction. In 2002, then-Secretary of Defense DonaldRumsfeld rejected the I.C.C.’s jurisdiction, saying it was“unaccountable to the American people.”Mr. Bush maintained his characteristically jovial manner throughoutthe proceedings. “I could be executed, but what good would that do

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