George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes

George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes

George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes

George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes

Synopsis

George W. Bush, War Criminal? identifies and documents 269 specific war crimes under US and international law for which President Bush, senior officials and staff in his administration, and military officers under his command are liable to be prosecuted.

Excerpt

While I was writing the chapter on war crimes for my International Human Rights: A Comprehensive Introduction (2008), I reviewed the texts of the Hague and Geneva Conventions and many other international agreements. What astonished me most were the war crimes that were then being committed by the United States around the world in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11. Although news reports focused mostly on mistreatment of prisoners, I became curious about how many provisions in the various international legal documents were also being violated with impunity. The result of my research is the present volume.

As a political scientist, not a lawyer, I interpret the legal agreements as a delineation of specific war crimes. I have sought to identify each offense from a careful reading of the texts, while wording each war crime in a manner that would be intelligible for the ordinary reader. I have done little investigative research but instead have mined existing writing on the subject by eyewitnesses, government officials, journalists, lawyers, and other observers. I have engaged in what is literally known as “research”—that is, I have looked back at what has been recorded in order to sort firsthand and secondhand statements into a comprehensive listing of war crimes.

When I first drafted the title for chapter 1, I knew that almost the entire top rank of lawyers in the Department of Justice, including onetime Attorney General Ashcroft, had at one time threatened to resign . . .

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