The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration of the United States documents the evidence on wars of aggression, detention and torture, destruction of the global environment, sabotage of global health programs, and the abandonment of New Orleans. Dennis Brutus will screen testimony from the Commission, discuss the potential for a new round of war crimes in the event the Bush regime attacks Iran, and consider civil society resistance strategy and tactics.
FINDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNITED STATES
The Commission’s panel of jurists has reached a unanimous decision that George W. Bush and his administration have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.
We find the Bush Administration guilty of all five indictments presented for which we have received evidence: wars of aggression, torture and indefinite detention, global warming policies and actions, attacks on public health HIV/AIDS programs and reproductive rights, and preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina.
Each of these constitutes a shocking crime in itself, and taken together the full horrors are all the more unconscionable. It is also clear that this is an administration that demonstrates an utter disregard for truth and flagrantly lies about the reasons for its actions.
In arriving at this decision the jurists were particularly alarmed by the degree to which the Bush Administration’s actions in all five indictments were informed by the extreme right. It was the politics and perspective of the extreme, often religious, right that appeared in most cases to provide the ideological framework for the Bush Administration within which the lives of the poor, people of color and frequently non-Christians, were devalued to the extent that their human rights were flagrantly violated. Thus, although the specific conduct differs among the indictments, the result is the same: human life was debased and devalued by gratuitous acts of violence, torture, narrow self interest, indifference, and disregard.