Protesters 'willing to risk jail' to urge Bush, Cheney indictment
Anti-war protesters plan to gather outside the Department of Justice next week to urge Attorney General Michael Mukasey to indict President Bush and Vice President Cheney on war crimes charges.
The protesters, being organized by The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance say they are willing to risk going to jail to urge Bush and Cheney's indictment. The campaign is gathering signatures for a petition to urge Mukasey to meet with them.
The group has worked closely with Code Pink, Iraq Veterans Against the War and others to protest US involvement in Iraq and urge President Bush's impeachment at myriad demonstrations over the last several years.
The protest at the Justice Department is scheduled for Monday at noon at the department's headquarters in downtown Washington.
A copy of the group's petition is reprinted below.
I am writing on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR), concerned citizens who tried to prevent the illegal invasion of Iraq. NCNR members would like to meet with you to discuss the indictment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney for crimes including the fraudulent case for war, warrantless spying, torture, and denial of due process to prisoners.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, appointed by President Truman to be the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunals following World War II, stated, "let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment."
There is a well-established law in our jurisprudence which places an affirmative duty on all of us to expose any treasonous or criminal act which comes to our attention. Failure to do so is defined as "misprision." As good citizens, we are writing to you out of duty, knowing that if felonies have been committed we are to inform a magistrate. Silently to observe the commission of a felony, without endeavoring to apprehend the offender, is a misprision.
Please schedule a meeting with NCNR at your earliest convenience.