Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's Chief of Staff when he was Secretary of State, told ABC News yesterday that Dick Cheney's aggressive defense of his policies in his book and on his current tour is an effort driven by "fear that somebody will Pinochet him." Augusto Pinochet was the Chilean dictator who was arrested in 1998 in London on a warrant from Spain for multiple crimes committed during his brutal, bloody reign.
"I think he's just trying to, one, assert himself so he's not in some subsequent time period tried for war crimes," Wilkerson said. "He's developed an angst and almost a protective cover, and now he fears being tried as a war criminal so he uses such terminology as 'exploding heads all over Washington' because that's the way someone who's decided he's not going to be prosecuted acts: boldly, let's get out in front of everybody, let's act like we are not concerned and so forth when in fact they are covering up their own fear that somebody will Pinochet him."
Cheney should be worried. Millions of Americans are demanding prosecution and will be staging protests wherever Cheney shows up to sell books. Wilkerson believes that the prosecution of criminal acts by Bush-era officials is justified and important.
Pinochet’s arrest is a chilling precedent for a criminal like Cheney. It is a historical marker for our movement to demand justice and accountability.
Pinochet was arrested years after leaving office because of the determined and dogged effort of Chilean activists—and a network of international activists—who demanded accountability through prosecution. They never gave up, and neither will the IndictBushNow movement that was initiated by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
The high-profile talk of Cheney’s potential prosecution for war crimes underscores the critical nature of our work, along with our success. The movement to indict Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other top administration officials is gaining momentum. We are truly breaking through. Mass media outlets are hearing our voices and the word is getting out.
This latest headline comes directly on the heels of last week’s New York Times editorial supporting a federal court of appeals decision allowing two U.S. citizens tortured by U.S. military forces in Iraq to sue former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and others.
The threat of indictment and prosecution for Cheney, Rumsfeld and even George W. Bush is becoming a reality thanks to the the work of dedicated people throughout the country.
We will pursue Cheney with protests wherever he goes
It is widely known that former Vice President Cheney was a key architect of the Bush administration’s torture policies. Cheney himself bragged about this starting in 2008. These admissions are also in his new disgusting memoir, “In My Time.”
We in the IndictBushNow movement are committed to ensuring that Cheney and all administration officials will be pursued for their war crimes, torture policies, and attacks on civil rights and civil liberties. As Cheney embarks on his book tour, our movement will join with others to guarantee that he is met with protests wherever he goes. We demand justice and we will not rest until we get it.
Please help us as we continue to expose the Bush administration’s crimes.
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