War Crimes Conference to Stream Live On The Net

 

It’s fairly certain that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t be at the Justice Jackson War Crimes Conference, which kicks off tomorrow morning in Andover, MA. You, however, can take part in what should be an enlightening opportunity for those interested in bringing high-level US war criminals to justice.

The sold-out two-day conference will feature respected educators, legal scholars, journalists, and activists  who will speakabout the legal grounds for seeking prosecution of top administration officialswho appear to be guilty of war crimes — starting with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. 

You can follow the proceedings at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/warcrimesconference; if you can’t make it this weekend, use the same URL to hear the archived recordings after the gathering is over.    

The conference streams from 9 am – 5:15 pm tomorrow (Saturday), and from 9 am – 2:30 pm Sunday. The release says the times are Eastern Standard, not Daylight Time.

More from the release:

In the tradition of Justice Robert H. Jackson, America’s Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials after World War II, the Conference’s purpose is “to promote efforts to hold culpable officials accountable in courts of law,” said Velvel.

“Otherwise, the future could be threatened by additional examples of Executive lawlessness by leaders who need fear no personal consequences” for their actions, leading to “the possibility of more Viet Nams, and more Iraqs,” he added.

Attendees will hear from prominent authorities on international law, criminal prosecutions, and constitutional law who are determined to give meaning to Justice Jackson’s words: “The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”

 

This looks like a fascinating way to spend a weekend. If you want to know more about impeachment and the issues behind charging the Bushies with war crimes, you should hear what these distinguished speakers have to say. Take a look at the conference agenda that follows and check it out. I certainly will. 

War Crimes Conference Agenda

Saturday – – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Brief introductory remarks stressing that crimes and misconduct have now
occurred twice in forty years – – in Viet Nam and then again in Iraq – –
and the high level perpetrators need to be punished (as occurred at
Nuremberg and Tokyo in 1945 and 1946) in order to insure that people
will not do these things again (as the Germans and Japanese have not
committed their crimes again).
Speaker:
Lawrence R. Velvel, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law

9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On: The
Crimes Of Torture And Degrading And Abusive Conduct, And Perpetrators
and Punishments.”
Speakers:
Joshua Dratel, Esq.
Christopher Pyle, Mount Holyoke College
Philippe Sands, University College London

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On:
“Crimes Against the Peace – – Preemptive War And Aggressive War.”
Speakers:
Amy Bartholomew, Carleton College
Francis Boyle, University of Illinois
Jordan Paust, University of Houston
Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army and author of “Dissent”

12:15 noon Luncheon

1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On:
“Murder, Conspiracy To Defraud the United States, and Various Other
Domestic Crimes Under State and Federal Laws.”
Speakers:
Vincent Bugliosi, former prosecutor and author of “Prosecuting George W.
Bush For Murder”
Elizabeth de la Vega, author of “U.S. v. Bush”

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On:
“The Torture Team: The Actions of Bush Administration Lawyers, Their
Criminal Liabilities, And Potential Disbarment.”
Speakers:
Ben Davis, University of Toledo
Joshua Dratel, Esq.
Barbara Olshansky, Stanford Law School
Philippe Sands, University College London

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion And Subsequent Audience Participation On:
“Existing And Potential Domestic, Foreign and International Court Cases
On Torture, Rendition, and War.”
Speakers:
Barbara Olshansky, Stanford University
Laura Rotolo, ACLU
Jordan Paust, University of Houston
Peter Weiss, Center for Constitutional Rights

Sunday — 9:00 a.m. Sunday Forum I
Topic for Panel and Audience:
What must be done to make the question of prosecutions an issue in the
fall political campaign and to have the question become a significant
subject in the media and on the internet.
Speakers:
Vincent Bugliosi, author of “Prosecuting George W. Bush For Murder”
Colleen Costello, Human Rights USA
Nat Hentoff, Journalist
David Lindorff, Journalist
David Swanson, Activist

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
Open microphone for group representatives present to discuss their
organizations, plans and potential activities.

11:30 a.m. Lunch Break

12:15 p.m. Sunday Forum II
Topics for Panel and Audience:
A. Creating an umbrella coordinating committee with representatives from
various organizations, including those that are already involved in cases.
B. Creating a Center to keep track of and organize relevant briefs,
articles, books, opinions, facts, etc.
C. The possibility of having a Chief Prosecutor’s office a la Nuremberg.
Vincent Bugliosi, author of “Prosecuting George W. Bush For Murder”
Harold Burbank, Esq.
Colleen Costello, Human Rights USA
Laura Rotolo, ACLU
David Swanson, Activist
Peter Weiss, Center for Constitutional Rights

1:30 p.m. Final Review and Event Summary

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