Bush Crimes Commission to Release Preliminary Findings

COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO  BUSH WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY TO RELEASE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS

WHERE: National Press Club, Washington,  DC
WHEN:  Feb. 2, 9:30am

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity by the Bush Administration concluded its second and final round of hearings on January 22 in New York City in furtherance of its mandate: "When the possibility of far-reaching war crimes and crimes against humanity exists, people of conscience have a solemn responsibility to inquire into the nature and scope of these acts, and to determine if they do in fact rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity."

A prestigious panel of jurists heard testimony documenting criminal acts and policies allegedly perpetrated by President Bush and his administration from prominent experts, former US and UK officials, and eye-witnesses, in the areas of war, torture, global environment and health, and Katrina. Hundreds attended, and the session was covered by CNN, Newsday, all-news channel New York 1, and other media.

Musician, actor and human rights activist Harry Belafonte opened the session: "It is important when all the instruments of government collapse, we go in the final hour, to the most important line of battle: the people themselves."

Attorney Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, stated: "We are putting the Bush administration on trial. We investigate in order to expose. We document in order to indict. We arouse consciousness in order to create mass resistance."

* Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector, testified: "What passes for intelligence is nothing more than politically motivated propaganda...There was no intelligence failure because the policy wasn't disarmament; it was regime change."

* Craig Murray, ex-UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan: "There was no form of torture so extreme that the CIA would refuse the results of that  torture....You can't build security on evil.  I don't believe torture works, but even it if did work, I'd rather die than have anyone tortured to save my life."

* Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski (Ret.):  "When [General Geoffrey] Miller arrived at Abu Ghraib, he said, ‘It's my opinion that you're treating the prisoners too well....You have to treat the prisoners like dogs.'... Rumsfeld...authorized sleep deprivation, stress positions, meal disruptions, serving meals late, not serving a meal, leaving the lights on, playing loud music, issuing criticism of their religions."

* Dr. Alan Berkman, Prof. of Public Health, Columbia University:  "[Bush's] ideologically driven prevention agenda has in fact accounted for millions of deaths in the five years since he took power."

The panel of jurists is currently deliberating and receiving further evidence.  Preliminary findings will be made public at a news conference scheduled for February 2nd at the National Press Club in Washington, DC,  9:30am.

The Commission will later issue detailed findings, accompanied by full documentation. Video and audio transcripts will be posted as available.  Contact Commission for interviews with participants.

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