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    Bush arrested in Canada for war crimes

    Monday, November 29, 2004 Posted: 8:19 PM EST (0119 GMT)

    Bush Arrested

    OTTAWA, CANADA (AP) -- On the first of his two-day planned visit to Canada, George W. Bush was taken into custody by Canadian authorities citing war crime charges. Under Canadian law, even a non-citizen can be charged for crimes committed outside of Canada once that individual enters the country.

    The arrest claims that President Bush has been "party to the crime of torturing prisoners held in Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib."

    Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin released a written statement indicating that "proceedings have commenced against President George W. Bush under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (s. 9(3))."

    Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, had began an investigation into the alleged crimes of the Bush administration on the basis of reports prepared by human rights organizations, journalists and scholars as well as recent decisions by U.S. courts.

    "Let this serve as a warning to any current or former official of the Bush administration, like Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld," said Cotler, "that they enter Canada at their own risk."

    Bush's trip to Canada was originally planned to negotiate security and trade issues with Martin, including the on-going ban on Canadian beef and the 27 percent tariff on softwood lumber imports imposed by the U.S. in 2001.

    Bush received a minor injury to his face during the arrest when Canadian authorities confronted members of the Secret Service trying to protect the president during the welcome ceremony.

    The charges were initially drafted by a group called Lawyers Against the War (LAW) and then adopted by Canadian prosecutors. Michael Mandel, Professor of Law and co-chair of LAW, issued the following statement:

    "The actions of George W. Bush and his administration are nothing short of mass murder. They have killed Iraqi civilians without any lawful justification or excuse. That's a crime in the United States and in Canada and under international law. No one is above the law, not even presidents. If they do terrible things, we are going to see to it that they are personally brought to justice. We are going to prosecute them for each and every crime they commit."
    U.S. condemns arrest as ‘illegal and dangerous'

    In a press conference this morning, White House spokesman Jim Morrell said, "Under international law, active foreign officials and diplomats are immune from state prosecution. Given this fact – and the sheer absurdity of these illegal and dangerous allegations – we demand the immediate release of President Bush and a formal apology from Canada to all Americans."

    While international law forbids issuing process against a head of state, Canadian prosecutors claim that there is nothing in the decided cases on immunity from local process that prevents the opening of an investigation into international crimes committed by any foreign government official.

    Both parties in the U.S. Congress also condemned the arrest. Democrats in the House stated that "the case against President Bush is without merit and flies in the face of international guidelines and basic common sense."

    Using the same expletive from a heated exchange earlier this year, Vice President Dick Cheney was overheard on the Senate floor with an even stronger response. "These charges are f****** outrageous."

    "The incarceration of a sitting U.S. president is unthinkable," stated Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay. "Prime Minister Martin must release President Bush without delay, or face the full glory, might and wrath of the United States of America."

    Martha Johnson, a Republican voter in Ohio, expressed similar outrage. "How dare these pretentious, liberal Canadians arrest our president? Who do they think they are? I can't believe their chutzpah. Forget North Korea and Iran … we must invade Canada next."
    Canadians are solidly Anti-Bush

    According to polls, Canadians are strongly opposed to the Iraq war and disagree with many of the president's domestic and foreign policies. An Ekos Research survey last month showed support at 84 percent for Canada's decision not to send troops to Iraq and 59 percent of respondents indicating an overall dislike of President Bush.

    The No to Bush Committee organized a large protest march in anticipation of the president's visit to Canada. Speakers include Naomi Klein, a writer known for her work against globalization, and Brandon Hughey, a U.S. war resister who escaped to Canada from Texas. The protest committee is composed of the New Democratic Party, the Canadian Peace Alliance, and the Canadian Arab Federation.

    Protesters were unanimous in their praise of the arrest this morning. "Yes, I believe that George W. Bush should be held accountable for his crimes in Iraq," stated Harold Smith from Toronto. "His actions in the U.S. and around the world have been reprehensible."

    Another protester justified Bush's arrest with a hypothetical analogy. "Let's say I heard that my ex-convict neighbor is stockpiling weapons in his apartment. I call the police but they don't act swiftly enough. So, in order to protect my family from this threat, I take matters into my own hand and break into my neighbor's home while torturing and killing members of his family. Of course, I do not find any weapons."

    "If justice is to be served, regardless if my claims had proven true, I would be thrown in jail forever for acting like an insane, murdering, vigilante cowboy. All we ask is that George W. Bush – who did the same exact thing in Iraqi on a larger, more horrifying scale – be likewise held accountable."

    A third protester was more literal. "Whatever his reasons, Bush invaded a sovereign country. He tortured and killed thousands of innocent people. He should feel very lucky that we Canadians, unlike the Texans, do not believe in the death penalty."

    Maybe this should be in the humor section --- check the source if you are reading this..
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    Awrite, sheesh, we'll drop the tariff on softwood lumber. We didn't realize
    how important this was to you. Will you let him go now?
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    Not until you drop the ban on Canadian beef also. Sheesh, are you _that_ intent on keeping your newfound mad cow disease in your borders?
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    Damn, why does this have to be a joke? lol
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    Originally posted here by rcgreen
    Awrite, sheesh, we'll drop the tariff on softwood lumber. We didn't realize
    how important this was to you. Will you let him go now?
    Canadian lumbers final destination is in US mailboxes, in the form of junk mail. The way they've been running their mouths! I could careless about thousands of lumber-related jobs in Canada.

    Canada depends heavily on the US for its economic health.
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    dam..not cool. Started to freak out and tell my parents... bah not cool. lol. I Thought I was going to have to cap' some maple eaters. lol bad joke. jk

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    I have sent a note to CNN as I do suspect this would be close to misrepresentation (possible slander/libel?). Granted the 1st Amendment is important but some may not realize it's not legit, particularly if someone is able to hide the true URL.
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    Would this be an inappropriate moment for me to file an extradition order?................

    We need a new Prime Minister..........and George does look kinda cute and cuddly?

    Also we have a problem with our Secretary of State for Home Affairs (David "badass" Blunkett).............so can you bundle Condoleeza in the package?

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    Ok, let's talk deal. Just how much are we bid for Condoleeza? We can throw in a few ex-cabinet members from the Clinton administration for free just to sweeten the package as well...

    Oh, we can also add a slightly damaged H. Ross Perot if you wish, although he's a complete nutter these days...
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    He was nutter when he ran for President. Clinton's best running mate.
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