WHAT: Digging Deeper LIV: The prosecution of George W. Bush for murder
WHO: Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN: Monday, August 18, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405
United for Peace
of Pierce County
August 18, 2008
DIGGING DEEPER LIV: THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER
Many, perhaps most, Americans believe that President George W. Bush lied to the American people in what is called by cynical journalists the "run-up" to the Iraq war. In his new bestselling book, Vincent Bugliosi marvels at journalists who make this point "and then go on to the next paragraph of their columns. Only very infrequently does a columnist add that because of it Bush should be impeached. If the charges are true, of course Bush should have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office. That's almost too self-evident to state. But he deserves much more than impeachment. I mean, in America, we apparently impeach presidents for having consensual sex outside of marriage and trying to cover it up. If we impeach presidents for that, then if the president takes the country to war on a lie where thousands of American soldiers die horrible, violent deaths and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children, even babies are killed, the punishment obviously has to be much, much more severe. That's just common sense" (The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, p. 82).
What to do? Vincent Bugliosi has a suggestion: "Although a federal prosecution (by the U.S. attorney general in Washington, D.C., or any of the ninety-three U.S. attorneys in the ninety-three federal districts throughout the land) against Bush would be the easiest procedure, I also believe that any state attorney general in the fifty states (or any district attorney -- called the state's attorney in cities like Chicago and Miami -- in any county of any state) could bring a murder charge against Bush for any soldiers from that state or country who lost their lives fighting Bush's war" (p. 155).
On Mon., Aug. 18, at 7:00 p.m., UFPPC's Digging Deeper will explore this and Bugliosi's other proposals for restoring "the greatness we once knew and lived by, and the qualities of leadership, fairness, and moral authority that made us the great nation we were" (p. 249).
—Vincent Bugliosi, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Cambridge, MA: Vanguard Books/Perseus Group: May 2008). — "Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and three-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi has written the most powerful, explosive, and thought-provoking book of his storied career. In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses -- a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world. As a prosecutor who is dedicated to seeking justice, Bugliosi, in his inimitable style, delivers a non-partisan argument, free from party lines and instead based upon hard facts and pure objectivity. A searing indictment of the President and his administration, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder also outlines a legally credible pathway to holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions, thereby creating a framework for future occupants of the oval office. Vincent Bugliosi calls for the United States of America to return to the great nation it once was and can be again. He believes the first step to achieving this goal is to bring those responsible for the war in Iraq to justice." — Book description.
Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County has been conducting “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, often in the form of a study circle. Topics have included peak oil, climate change, the corporation, torture, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the writings of Robert Baer, Islam, American immigration policy, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, war and human nature, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, the sustainability revolution, the debt crisis, 9/11, and energy geopolitics, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, politics, and social change. Occasionally, the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation.
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.