Aug. 17, 2007 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet


Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law  Excerpts from "Reviewing Marjorie Cohn's new book entitled 'Cowboy Republic'" by Stephen Lendman, Global Research


1) A War of Aggression: International law bans premeditated aggressive war under any conditions.  Clear evidence exists that the Bush administration intended to attack Afghanistan and Iraq prior to 9/11.

2) The Torture of Prisoners
:  War crimes are grave breaches under Geneva, and the 1996 War Crimes Act provides up to life imprisonment or the death penalty for persons convicted of committing war crimes within or outside the US… 


3) Summary Execution and Willful Killing:  Summary executions, or extra-judicial murders, have long been practiced by past US governments with rogue agencies like CIA masters of the black art and skilled at covering its tracks... In occupied countries, Bush has allowed the military to operate in so-called "free-fire zones" with orders to shoot anything that moves.   All Iraq is a "free-fire zone"...


4) The Guantanamo Gulag  ...indescribable torture...  The National Lawyers Guild, Association of American Jurists, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations all agree that Guantanamo (and all "black site" and other torture-prison hellholes) are a blight on the soul of America...


5) Spying on Americans:  Bush had been secretly spying on Americans without warrants since late 2001.  He also ignores the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizure to protect against police state practices. ...targets everyone including US citizens...

This is how things work in a police state where laws render privacy issues (and all other freedoms) null and void and everyone is under constant surveillance and stripped of their rights.


6) Refusing to Execute the Law:  Cohen stated: George Bush "has....asserted unparalleled executive power by putting his stamp of supremacy on more than one thousand provisions of law (more than all past Presidents combined) enacted by Congress."


A way must be found "to demand truth, justice, and accountability ....insisting the Bush gang be held to account for its high crimes and misdemeanors.  "People must demand an end to war and occupation and act to prevent another one.


Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and President of the National Lawyers Guild. Her new book, Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law, has just been published by PoliPointPress. Her articles are archived at




1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world. Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB `Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i   96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email

Hilo Peace Vigil (August 17, 2007 – 309th week) –Friday 3:30 - 5PM downtown Post Office


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