Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ghosts of War on Trial

Peace activists Eve Tetaz (DC), Maria Alwine (Maryland), Ellen Barfield (Marlyand), Tim Chadwick (Pennsylvania), Joy First (Wisconsin), Judith Kelly (Virginia), Art Landis (Pennsylvania), Linda LeTendre (New York), Max Obuszewski (Maryland), and Manijeh Saba (New Jersey) went on trial yesterday selecting a jury of their peers. All 10 of them face a maximum sentence of six months in prison for speaking out in the U.S. Senate Gallery on March 12, 2008. All 10 citizens of conscience were calling on their elected representatives to cease funding an illegal war and occupation to the tune of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

Nine of the 10 defendants are pro-se defendants in this trial brought by the U.S. Government. The trial continues today, and likely Wednesday in courtroom 312 of DC Superior Court, Carl Moultrie Building, 500 Indiana Avenue NW. All defendants are affiliated with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (www.iraqpledge.org).

For more info: Joy First, 608-239-4327/Ann Wilcox (attorney advisor), 202-441-3265

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

17 Uighurs in Guantanamo Released, Appear in Washington Friday!

Today in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, 17 uighur men detained and imprisoned for seven years, first in Afghanistan and then in Guantanamo Bay were ordered to be freed and released to the U.S. Judge Ricardo Urbina rejected the government's argument that the men, all of whom were declared non-enemy combatants four years ago should remain detained against their wills in a state of legal limbo.

Judge Urbina ordered the immediate release of all the men, and scheduled a hearing for Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss the details of the men's acclimation to living inside the U.S.

Uighurs are an Islamic ethnic group residing in western China. Many want to separate from the Chinese regime and form their own homeland. For this reason, China does not want their return, nor do many of them wish to return due to the likelihood that they would be imprisoned and tortured for their beliefs. A small uighur community will house the men for a temporary period in the Washington Metro area. Attorneys presented a representative from Lutheran Refugee Services and others who will assist with a more permanent placement of most of the men in Tallahassee, Florida where a large and vibrant uighur community resides.

In his oral opinion, Urbina said the government failed to provide any logical argument for the men's continued imprisonment in Guantanamo. He also said that continuing to hold men no longer deemed enemy combatants and without charge was unlawful.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Washington Peace Center co-sponsors an evening with Vincent Bugliosi

Bugliosi: “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder”
Friday, October 17, 2008 at 6 p.m.
University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
Building 38, 2nd Floor, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Mr. Bugliosi, a highly successful prosecutor in Los Angeles and author of “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder” will appear at a Washington, DC law school to present a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts President George W. Bush on trial in a courtroom for the murder of more than 4,100 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq.

Bugliosi’s argument is simple. Bush wanted a war with Iraq. He had to show that preemptive invasion of Iraq was justified. To do this Iraq had to be an imminent threat to the United States. There were two major problems. Bush couldn’t prove any connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11. More importantly, his own 2002 classified intelligence estimate findings of the National Intelligence Estimate (NEI) of 2002, classified the original document, and provided Congress with a doctored version to support his claims. By doing this, Bush pushed through an illegal invasion which he had to have known would cost U.S. lives.
That, Bugliosi argues, is an act of murder committed against each and every U.S. soldier killed in this war.

While he has not been on hand for any combat, should Bush appear before a judge and jury charged with the murder of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Bugliosi is confident that he's provided the arguments and evidence required for a first degree murder conviction.

“No man, even the president of the United States, is above the law,” said Bugliosi.

As a Los Angeles prosecutor, Bugliosi represented the state in 106 major cases and won 105, including each of his 21 murder cases. Since his first book, Helter Skelter, he's been one of the top true crime writers with three number one best sellers and numerous awards.

Moderators include Joe Libertelli, Director of Alumni Affairs, UDC Arthur D. Clarke School of Law, and Wilmer J. Leon, III, Ph.D., host of "On With Leon", a contributor to truthout.org, politicsincolor.com, and the Black Star News, and frequent guest on CNN's “Lou Dobbs Tonight”.

Along with the Washington Peace Center, the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, and Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice helped organize and co-sponsor this special event.
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