Anti-War Group Touts 'Indictments' Against Bush

By Monisha Bansal | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - A liberal coalition of anti-war groups -- long-time critics of the Bush administration -- claims to have indictments in hand charging President Bush and his administration with war crimes. But while the mock indictments might have been generated at first by the coalition's opposition to the war in Iraq, they have evolved into an all-inclusive complaint about Bush's assorted policies and actions.

Calling itself The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, the group plans to try to deliver the pseudo-indictments to the White House on Tuesday.

Five crimes are alleged: wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq; the torture of prisoners; global warming policies; an "abstinence only" policy of reproductive education to determine international aid (commonly referenced as the global gag rule); and the "fatal response to Hurricane Katrina."

The coalition includes Code Pink, the group that sparked a controversy last summer by conducting anti-war picketing outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where military members who had served in Iraq were recovering from their wounds. Among the signs that members of Code Pink held within the view of the wounded servicemen was the one reading, "Maimed for a Lie."

Following Cybercast News Service's exclusive coverage of the picketing, Code Pink eventually toned down the protests.

In its latest rhetorical assault, the anti-war coalition Monday charged that "the Bush government seeks to impose a narrow, intolerant and political form of Christian fundamentalism as government policy.

"No longer on the margins of power, this extremist movement aims to strip women of their reproductive rights, to stoke hatred of gays and lesbians, and to drive a wedge between spiritual experience and scientific truth," the group stated in a release.

Larry Everest, one of coalition's organizers, told Cybercast News Service that the Bush administration continues to "avoid these issues and refuse to come clean about them.

"We feel that the actions of the Bush administration do rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity. People of conscience have the obligation to investigate this and bring it to light," Everest said.

He also defended the group's decision to expand the reach of its "indictments."

"All of these are towering crimes, and all may -- we need to investigate this to determine whether it is true -- may rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity," said Everest.

The group plans to conduct what it calls "hearings" relative to the "indictments" in New York City from Jan. 20 to 22.

A spokesman in the Bush White House Tuesday indicated that there would be "no comment" on the latest criticism from the anti-war coalition.

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