Sunday, March 04, 2007


Watada attorney has guts to demand Bush pay for war crimes

In a debate held at the University of Hawaii law school last week, Lt. Ehren Watada's attorney called for President Bush to pay for his acts, including, as the law requires, the ultimate penalty.

Will Eric Seitz's courage inspire others to openly discuss what has been simmering in the background for so long?

Today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports:
A longtime Honolulu litigator and defense lawyer, Seitz can be counted on for zeal as well as insight. And so the audience was not disappointed Tuesday as Seitz leveled a blistering broadside against President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and former Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld.

"Treaties, when they are properly adopted by this country, become part and parcel of American law," Seitz argued. "The president cannot select which treaties he is going to implement and ignore others. And his selective enforcement of the provisions of the law ... frankly, in my view, should subject him to a war crimes trial -- and, in fact, to the ultimate punishment which the statute requires, which is death.
Perhaps Seitz's high-profile statement will inspire others to debate the issue. Kudos to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for carrying this story.

Of course, much will depend on whether Secret Service agents come busting his door down to carry him away. If a simple t-shirt gets them riled up, imagine how mad they could get about this.

Update: I sometimes cross-post to DailyKOS. I was impressed by a comment on this article by Private Keepout. Click over there and have a peek.


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