Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rumsfeld going to jail in France?

Former Attorney General Donald Rumsfeld has been charged in a legal complaint stating that as Attorney General he "authorized and ordered crimes of torture to be carried out ... as well as other war crimes."

According to the Associated Press:
The complaint was filed with the Paris prosecutor's office as Rumsfeld arrived in France for a visit, according to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and two Paris-based groups, the International Federation of Human Rights and the League of Human Rights.
The rights groups say their complaint could go forward because people suspected of torture can be prosecuted in France if they are on French soil.
French prosecutors will now determine if the charges have any merit, and if Rumsfeld is still protected by any sort of diplomatic immunity, before actually hauling him in.

So, if you happen to be at a French airport over the next few days, and you see Rumsfeld trying to sneak out, do what you can to stall him.

Read more about Rumsfeld's charges.

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    Crimes against peace have been committed,
    And would that they were tried,
    Condemned, so be it, or acquitted
    Defendants as would hide:
    If there were justice in the world,
    The men behind the deed
    Ought have complacency imperiled,
    Justice delivered, as would herald
    Ghosts of the past be freed.

    It was aggression unprovoked
    And crime against world peace--
    Though much of subterfuge was smoked
    So to conceal, appease
    The consciences of those involved;
    But, I declare again,
    With criminal intent resolved
    They, wolves not easily out-wolved,
    To cheat their fellow men.

    Lord, even to the highest reach
    Of power´s apparatus,
    Let a just judgement, so to teach
    Diminishment of status
    Be retribution´s recompense
    For what they have enacted,
    Crimes contrary to common sense,
    Crimes against peace, which this day hence
    Shall never be redacted.

    This people led by charlatans
    Yet knew how to discern
    The wrong from right, as any man´s
    A boy who does not learn;
    While this aggressive rape against
    The peace be not excused
    So easily--be recompensed
    With justice, not of wrath incensed
    But principle abused.

    The quantity of victims need
    Not an explicit counting,
    Yet let the weight of separate deed
    In aggregate amounting
    Reveal the clear and present guilt
    Of them--cloaked in "preemption"--
    That did transgress; no pardon wilt
    Though bond were paid by Vanderbilt--
    How can there be redemption?

    Lord, even criminals as do
    Commit crimes against peace
    May in repentance come to you--
    Nor let such acts as these
    By any man prevented be:
    However let be made
    Explicit verdict, that we see
    From heinous trespass none is free
    Though he may hide in shade.

    The public good will not allow
    The crimes to go unnoticed or
    Unpunished--cries for justice now
    Are heard from victims of this war.


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