George W. Bush cannot go anywhere without being confronted with the specter of arrest and indictment for torture and other crimes.
The people of Canada went into the streets and into court demanding the arrest of Bush when he showed up for a $599 plate lunch on Oct. 20 in Vancouver.
Bush’s torture victims and their attorneys filed a four-count legal complaint with the courts in British Columbia that included a 69-page draft indictment of Bush.
A spokesperson for Canadian Centre for International Justice, which filed the legal complaint with the support of Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, said the court action included “4,000 pages of evidence [that] … detail the multi-faceted torture program, which included holding detainees in secret CIA sites around the globe, extraordinary rendition, and the torture of detainees at Guantánamo Bay.”
Bush was forced to cancel his scheduled appearance at a swanky fundraiser in Geneva, Switzerland, in February when he was confronted with a similar legal complaint charging him with torture.
Thousands were tortured
Thousands of innocent people were arrested, sent to secret detention and torture facilities where they endured years of gruesome abuse, isolation and humiliation without ever having been charged with a crime.
“George Bush should pay for what he did wrong,” Murat Kurnaz, a 29-year old father of two who was repeatedly tortured during his half-decade of false imprisonment, told the Vancouver Observer. “I hope it will happen and he’s arrested.”
The message of the IndictBushNow movement is also being raised throughout the United States.
U.S. war veterans, who, along with the Iraqi people, have suffered so greatly because of Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq, brought the IndictBushNow message on banners and placards to the Occupy actions in Washington, D.C., this month.
“Bush and Cheney are war criminals and they are not above the law,” stated Mike Prysner, an Iraq war veteran. “The Occupy movement is spreading throughout the country today because people want justice and change. We are working with the IndictBushNow movement so that this message resonates throughout the country. This is a global movement for accountability and we will not rest until these officials are held accountable for these most terrible crimes.”
-- From all of us at IndictBushNow