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Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War

Looks like tag team, I'll immunize you and Jeb immunizes me for Syria in 2016. Executive Branch completely out of control. Legislative Branch compromised, NSA blackmailed, and hopeless. Judicial Branch last small, remaining hope. Are there still any true American judges who cannot be intimidated?


Cliff Notes:

- Obama says Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz were "acting within the legitimate scope of their employment" under the Westfall Act of 1988, which immunized low-level government employees in a toxic waste case from personal liability.

- Class action lawsuit by Iraqis says UN opposed Iraq invasion, making the war illegal under international law.

- Iraqi plaintiffs say planning for Iraq invasion began at least as early as 1998 by defendants, as members of Project for a New American Century (PNAC), a private, neoconservative think tank which is therefore not under the scope of "government employment." PNAC also wrote that the process of invading Iraq and overthrowing Saddam as quickly as possible would require a "new Pearl Harbor."

- On August 20, Eric Holder and Obama DOJ took the unusual step of filing court papers requesting that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in the case.

Bottom line, the court will have to decide whether planning illegal wars and war crimes is part of a president's job. The Iraqis are being helped by a high-tech lawyer who is donating his services.


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (Aug. 20, 2013) — In court papers filed today (PDF), the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in a case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law.

Plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a complaint in March 2013 in San Francisco federal court alleging that the planning and waging of the war constituted a “crime of aggression” against Iraq, a legal theory that was used by the Nuremberg Tribunal to convict Nazi war criminals after World War II.

"The DOJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit,” chief counsel Inder Comar of Comar Law said.


In her lawsuit, Saleh alleges that:

-- Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz began planning the Iraq War in 1998 through their involvement with the “Project for the New American Century,” a Washington DC non-profit that advocated for the military overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

-- Once they came to power, Saleh alleges that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz convinced other Bush officials to invade Iraq by using 9/11 as an excuse to mislead and scare the American public into supporting a war.

-- Finally, she claims that the United States failed to obtain United Nations approval prior to the invasion, rendering the invasion illegal and an act of impermissible aggression.


Prior to the arrival of U.S. forces, Saleh said, Iraq was safe. People slept with their doors open at night. There were no militias, no checkpoints, no threats. All of that came to a halt following the U.S.-led invasion. Airstrikes damaged or destroyed vital infrastructure including highways, bridges, and wastewater treatment facilities. Diseases like typhus became commonplace. The swift collapse of a functioning government created an environment ripe for internecine warfare. Saleh’s twin brothers were both shot by militia members, and she no longer felt safe in her own home....


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