“Absolute Immunity” for the “Supreme Crime”

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One week before whistleblower Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for exposing war crimes, the Obama administration filed a petition with a federal court in San Francisco arguing that George W. Bush and his top advisers enjoy “absolute immunity” against any potential criminal charges or civil liability arising from the Iraq war.

The motion was submitted in response to a lawsuit filed by Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi refugee and single mother, who was driven into exile in Jordan. On behalf of the Obama Regime, Rupa Bhattacharyya, director of the Justice Department’s torts branch, claimed that Bush and his advisers are immune because “each was acting within the scope of their federal office or employment” when they carried out the conspiracy to wage aggressive war against Iraq.

At the Nuremberg Tribunal following World War II, aggressive war was designated the “supreme crime,” and it was recognized that faithful execution of unlawful orders does not immunize soldiers for their actions in waging aggressive war. High-ranking officials of the National Socialist Party were sent to the gallows for the crime committed by Bush and his cohorts. The successors to the Bush cabal — who have likewise waged aggressive war — tortured and then prosecuted Bradley Manning, a man of conscience who refused to take refuge in what has been called the “Nuremberg Defense.”

 

12:36 pm on August 22, 2013
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