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Canadian Faces Two Years Prison for Lawful Attempt to Arrest U.S. War Criminal G.W. Bush


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Kat
- 1563 days ago - ppjg.wordpress.com
John Boncore needs all the support that can be mustered in order that his trial is known far and wide. You can help by forwarding this article to everyone you can think of. It's the least that each of us can offer on behalf of all that John has risked...



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kat yazzie (400)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:07 pm
Canadian faces two years prison for lawful attempt to arrest U.S. war criminal G.W. Bush

News from Canada:

Live Link: Radical Press.com

RP’s Editor’s Note: This particular trial, absurd as it is considering that it should never have occurred, is likely to set the tone for Canada’s dissidents and their future responses to acts by the Canadian government that fly in the face of issues of justice and peace.

Had our federal government followed its own rulings John Boncore, better known to the Internet world as Splitting the Sky, would not be facing the prospect of possible incarceration for having attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of the psychopathic war criminal George W. Bush back in the fall of 2009 in Calgary, Alberta.

In doing so Splitting the Sky not only risked being shot on the street or murdered while in custody but he also created a judicial conundrum for Canada’s justice system. Following the guidelines laid out in federal legislation for the apprehension of lying, murdering, mentally ill megalomaniacs like George W. Bush, Splitting the Sky set the only real example for a patriotic citizen when he chose to do what the Canadian authorities didn’t have the courage, integrity or moral fortitude to do themselves.

John Boncore needs all the support that can be mustered in order that his trial is known far and wide. You can help by forwarding this article to everyone you can think of. It’s the least that each of us can offer on behalf of all that John has risked.

Arthur Topham

RadicalPress.com

http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=1222

Former US Attorney-General Ramsey Clark to Speak at the University of Calgary’s Peace Consortium in Defence of Splitting the Sky, The Man Who Attempted a Citizens’ Arrest on George ,W. Bush

Joshua Blakeney
Media Coordinator of Globalization Studies
University of Lethbridge

“George Bush hasn’t suffered at all over the monumental suffering, death, and horror he has caused…no matter how many American soldiers have died on a given day in Iraq (averaging well over two every day), he is always seen with a big smile on his face that same or next day”
Vincent Bugliosi, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, 2008

Ramsey Clark will arrive in the Canadian oil-patch city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, this coming June 6th and 7th, mounting pressure on attempted a citizen’s arrest on George W. Bush on March 17, 2009 when the former US president was addressing an audience of business people at the TELUS Convention Centre in the downtown of Calgary.2

In his March 2010 trial STS invoked the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes legislation, which was enacted by the Canadian parliament in 2000, to submit to the court that he was implementing the law by seeking to apprehend Bush, and was unjustly arrested by police who were in effect “aiding and abetting a credibly accused war criminal.”

Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney came to Calgary to attempt to testify in the March trial but was prevented from doing so as the judge shut down the trial earlier than anticipated. Instead McKinney spoke at the University of Calgary in support of Splitting the Sky.3

It is hoped by supporters of justice that the arrival of Ramsey Clark in Calgary will help to publicize this unprecedented case in Canadian legal history, the knowledge of which the state and their media accomplices have made a concerted effort to suppress and censor from the public domain.

Ramsey Clark has a long history of being a thorn in the side of those political elites who would seek to apply the law expediently rather than unanimously. Born in Dallas, Texas, the son of prominent jurist Tom C. Clark, Ramsey Clark witnessed as a young man the Nuremberg trials following World War II. Clark would go on to graduate from the University of Chicago law school and become Attorney General of the United States under the administration of Lyndon Johnson.

Clark has worked tirelessly throughout his career as an outspoken civil rights attorney advocating for many prominent activists and political dissidents. After the 1971 Attica Prison debacle Clark replaced William Kunstler as Splitting the Sky’s legal advocate. STS’s charges were acquitted as a result of Clark’s relentless advocacy.

On April 3, 2010 Clark was elected at a meeting of over 150 lawyers, legal scholars and human rights campaigners, to be the chairperson of a new international campaign to investigate the alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Bush regime.

Global Research reported: “Ramsey Clark emphasized that it is the imperative responsibility of the American people to relentlessly pursue this investigation, and to seek prosecution and indictment inside of the United States…Ramsey Clark made the point that all the war crimes and crimes against humanity flow from the commission of the most supreme crimes which he identified as the Crimes against Peace. This was the finding at the Nuremberg trial, and it is enshrined in the Nuremberg Principles.”6

Clark’s reference to precedents set at Nuremberg, a German city, encourages those of us who would like to see Calgary’s image in the world evolve from one of Harperite cowboys and vulture-capitalists into a city where law enforcement agencies set precedents in human rights jurisprudence and international law with the support of the polity’s residents.

Perhaps such a paradigm shift would ignite a necessary atonement for the state-endorsed despoliation of the Indigenous Peoples of the region’s ancestral resources, lands and waters which has been unpardonably gifted to mainly Texas-based oil and gas conglomerates.

How Judge Manfred Delong will be influenced by Clark’s arrival in Calgary is yet to be seen. Will Judge Delong compound the Culture of Impunity afforded to credibly accused war criminals emanating from Anglo-America – which the Harper-minority government and their equivalents around the world have supported – by “setting an example” and sentencing STS to spend two-more years of his life behind bars and burdening him with a fine of up to $5000? Or will he realize the broader implications of this trial and dismiss the case before the court that STS “obstructed a police officer”?

The more citizens who mobilize in solidarity with STS the less able the state and their media accomplices will be to sweep the profound juridical questions being raised by STS, Clark and others, under the carpet.

The proceedings are as follows:

Ramsey Clark arrives in Calgary, June 6, 2010. He will speak at the University of Calgary, Murray Fraser Hall Room 164, 4pm – 6.30pm.

The judge’s decision in the Splitting the Sky case: June 7, 2010 at the Calgary Courts Centre.

 

(0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:14 pm
I am proud to be Canadian and fully support John Bencore's civil arrest attempt on George W. Bush, who has most likely caused the world more ills than any of the remaining Republican presidents. Knowing George, he probably would think it is an honour rather than hanging his head in shame.
 

sherrie e. (147)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:27 pm
Noted and will forward! Ty, Kat
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:27 pm
Once again, an innocent man faces jail, while the real criminal goes free. Thanks John Boncore.
 

Deborah O. (98)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:31 pm
I hope that John Bencore will soon be able to attempt a citizens arrest of some even bigger criminals--and if enough people support him we should see a better outcome. Think he's up for a trip to the gulf?
 

MRS M. (1423)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:37 pm
Noted.
 

Pamylle G. (460)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:47 pm
Two years ? And he didn't even throw a shoe !

Right on, Splitting the Sky - I hope you don't serve time for having the courage to attempt this Citizen's Arrest....
 

(0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:57 pm
Pamylle G. - I am lmfaootfc, if you need the key to the legend just let me know and I will translate.

Deborah O. - he can't go to the gulf, because he has some business to take care of here. If he contacts me, I have a huge big shopping list Maybe after his trial he can get a job at the CIA. He would probably be more successful arresting "Where in the world is Osama bin Lade" the the CIA.
 

Debbie Johnson (116)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 4:14 pm
Brave,wise man for even attempting what should have been done a long, long time ago....
 

Pat B. (354)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 4:20 pm
I too, wish the very, very best for this brave man's actions. We know WHO should serve prison time...and it's NOT John Boncore!!! TY, Kat for this info.
 

jay way (43)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 4:46 pm
RIDICULOUS, this man John Boncore did something millions of us have only dreamed of- good luck to him and his followers - -
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:01 pm
Thanks Kat
 

Henry P. (171)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:42 pm
Noted and will forward. Thanks Kat
 

Mandi T. (426)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:18 pm
What a brave man, he should never spend a day in jail.
Tks Kat
 

sue M. (184)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:21 pm
ROFLMAO while being ashamed. This brave man shames the American people who cannot find the guts to do it ourselves.
It's like watching the NBA one team wants it and the other wants it more. The winner is always the one who wants it more. Except here, in this case it is about freedom and a Canadian wants it more than America.
 

Bette M. (91)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:35 pm
Great comment sue.........This government is gutless & paid off behind
closed doors on the meek(Bush) & powerful!

Plant & protect trees for life.........
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:53 pm
It took a Candian to do what we ourselves should do, and not only to Bush, but his co-conspirtators too. They are getting away with treason. I hope that while I'm still alive, I get to see Bush, Channey and gang go to prison.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:09 pm
What a Hero
 

Ronna S. (22)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:16 pm
We are with you in spirit, John.
 

robert p. (19)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:34 pm
somebody give this guy a medal, this was outstanding action on his part, just another country that wont follow its own rules, wish you the best dude.
 

Georgia L. (210)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:41 pm
Good luck to him. Took some real stones to actually do it.
 

Betsy Bee (1057)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:47 pm
He is a very heroic person. I am more than happy to say that my state, Vermont, has passed a law to arrest George W. Bush and Dick Cheney if they ever enter the state of Vermont and to turn them over for trial as war criminals at the Hague.
 

Alison Baker (25)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 9:07 pm
I think the man should be rewarded for heroism!!!
 

(0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 9:26 pm
Bee Hive Lady:

There was a reason why I loved the State of Vermont!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 10:15 pm
noted
 

Debbie G. (314)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 10:58 pm
Thank you Canadians. I am all behind John.
 

Sally D. (88)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 11:01 pm
If a citizen was tried & found guilty of unprovoked, calculated 1st degree murder, this person would face life imprisonment or life in a mental institution, if a psychiatrist deemed them to be criminally insane. If there were mitigating circumstances, such as severe provocation, self defence or other ambiguities this person would be likely to face a charge of manslaughter, which can still carry a hefty prison sentence.

However, if a person in a position of POWER, whether that person be a Head of State; a King, Queen, Emperor, Prince or President or whether that person be a Head of Government; a Premier or Prime Minister & they acted in such a way that caused the death & intolerable suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, they would be protected by impunity. With respect to the International Law of Human Rights, this impunity fails to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice & as such constitutes a denial of the victims' right to justice & redress.

How dare they arrest John Boncore who is a patriotic, courageous & innocent man & threaten him with a two year prison sentence. The real criminals are G W Bush & his henchmen who are being investigated by a new International Campaign regarding their alleged crimes against humanity, that have caused the death & intolerable suffering of countless innocent people.

I believe in Truth and Justice & all we get are Cover Ups, Lies & Deceit. We see & hear it on the news everyday, all around the world. I am afraid I have no confidence whatsoever in ANY of the Leaders or Governments of our world.



 

chris b. (2474)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 11:05 pm
Justice that used and abused word is made a mockery of every day when the engines of war spin merrily away in their unstoppable killing spree! Any that would dissent from the lunacy of war and it's proponents is some regarded as odd or deranged ! Indeed we inhabit a topsy turvy world of vested interest and disproportionate influence of extremists and big business selfish greed! What chance for the ordinary citizen against governments who would serve us up seal clubbing, polluted whale and dolphin meat, oil spills and sacrifice military personnel and peace activists alike, in their pursuit of narrow agenda of selfish nastiness and Naziness!
 

Alicya L. (228)
Monday June 7, 2010, 12:40 am
Bush made sure that the law in Belgium was changed for foreign leaders,who commit war crimes could stand trail against the crimes they commit in foreign countries.
This was before he went to war in Iraq.Belgium was the only country in the world who had that law agianst foreign leaders who commit warcrimes in another country.He threatened to take the Nato Office out of Belgium and Belgium changed the law.
 

Alicya L. (228)
Monday June 7, 2010, 12:58 am
I di look it up when it was changed
in Dutch
Belgische genocidewet aangepast na druk VS
- door Vincent (Ali Salami) op 22-06-2003 @ 13:59
bumberklevers had ons via de newssubmit het volgende te melden:

Onder zware Amerikaanse druk wordt de omstreden Belgische genocidewet grondig aangepast. Daardoor zijn aanklachten voor misdaden die niet door of tegen een Belgisch staatsburger zijn gepleegd, niet langer mogelijk. Hierover hebben de partijen die werken aan een nieuw Belgisch kabinet dit weekeinde een akkoord bereikt.

Door de genocidewet kon een Belgische rechter misdaden berechten die niet in België zijn gepleegd. Diverse mensen maakten daar al gebruik van door een aanklacht in te dienen tegen de Amerikaanse generaal Franks, de Amerikaanse president Bush en de Britse premier Blair wegens oorlogsmisdaden in Irak. De Amerikaanse minister van Defensie, Donald Rumsfeld, dreigde daarop met het weghalen van het Navo-hoofdkwartier uit Brussel.

Met de aangepaste wet kan straks alleen een aanklacht worden ingediend als de dader of het slachtoffer een Belg is. Bovendien is het de bedoeling dat de voorzitter van het hof van beroep moet instemmen met het starten van een procedure, om te voorkomen dat een dossier op de tafel van de regering belandt.
I do not know if this is the same but gives some insight about bush
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide_under_municipal_laws
 

Marty H. (119)
Monday June 7, 2010, 3:18 am
Pamylle, how funny, I was going to say the exact same thing, lol! Bravo John Boncore! Here we would be sent to an internment camp in some country where they are allowed to torture! Compliments of Bush and Cheney! Thanks Kat and noted!
 

Linda L. (511)
Monday June 7, 2010, 4:20 am
Noted and Read, Thanks
 

Mike M. (53)
Monday June 7, 2010, 4:46 am
Noted
 

patricia lasek (317)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:30 am
nikolas' comment under the article: "remember what you think is what you create so please don’t think Bush will escape instead think constantly of him being on trial and being executed for his crimes and it will happen. but the true way is to forgive him as he is just part of our dreams and we personally need to learn lessons from what is happening remember he was elected by people voting even if it was rigged people gave him energy by turning up at the polls, watching him on tv instead of turning it off and so on."
Words to the wise. Maybe we can THINK him to prison!
God bless you Splitting the Sky! I stand behind you all the way. Even Ramsey Clark went to speak in his defense.
 

. (0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:36 am
If we are to allow individuals to make citizen's arrests of heads of state, former heads of state, and other politicians for their actions in office, then most politicians are going to spend their lives under citizen's arrest, over and over and over. The 'birthers' and rabid anti-war activists are going to arrest Obama. Abortion foes are going to be arresting pro-choice politicians and candidates for murder. Conspiracy theorists are going to be arresting EVERY politician for every crackpot reason they believe to be perfectly valid. Women's rights advocates would be arresting visiting heads of state and diplomats from fundamentalist Islamic nations where women are so brutally repressed. Those who believe that the income tax is illegal are going to be arresting every member of Congress, of course. Extremist animal rights activists are going to be arresting any official who supports factory farms or medical research/product testing on animals. And so on, ad infinitum.

Over and over.

Can't chat any more 'cause I'm now headed out to track down and place under arrest the elected members of every school board who have ever voted to violate our Constitutional guarantees by slipping Intelligent Design into our public school classrooms......

 

. (0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:53 am
Put another way, when any individual has a reasonable belief that the police, if called, would arrest a 'perpetrator' for a particular crime then a citizen's arrest for the crime is reasonable.

This individual had no such belief. He knew in advance that no arrest could be sustained and that no prosecution could possibly result from his attempt to arrest Bush (despite the fact that Bush is undoubtedly guilty of crimes.) He was not making a legitimate citizen's arrest - he was making a political statement.
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Monday June 7, 2010, 6:07 am
I can't say it any better, Sue.
 

Lynn Christy (125)
Monday June 7, 2010, 6:43 am
Pamylle... that was a very cute reply... hehehe... I'm with ya sister... Betsy your state definitely has the right idea... glad to hear that... thanks Kat for the article... way to go John... =)
 

pam w. (191)
Monday June 7, 2010, 7:26 am
I know it FEELS good on so many levels....but I'm going to say Lindsey's right here. If this man "gets" to arrest Bush, anyone can "arrest" anyone else they don't like and we have anarchy!

What he's done is make a GRAND GESTURE...but it's not (and cannot be) legal or binding.

Sorry. Lindsey's right...I'm right.

Now...do I wish it weren't so? Would I love to see Bushie in the slammer, sitting next to Cheney as they protect their asses from BUBBA AND HIS BOYS?

Ohhhhhhh, you betcha!
 

pam w. (191)
Monday June 7, 2010, 7:28 am
Oh...I forgot to say....it's silly to make judgments based on photos...but, doesn't John Boncore have a lovely smile?
 

Laura P. (24)
Monday June 7, 2010, 11:05 am
noted with thanks.
 

Michael Carney (209)
Monday June 7, 2010, 12:38 pm
I wish John the best...I just wish our Government, had the Balls, to arrest, the War Criminals, Like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the lying bastards in their Administration, who actually caused the problems our Country are facing today...These were truly evil Men, who caused the death of untold millions of people, in Iraq, and Afghanistan, ruined the economy of our Country, caused the Deaths, of almost 6 thousand of our troops, and the injury's to 30 thousand more...If there ever is War Criminals who should be arrested, and put in jail, or even to death, it should be these guys...
 

Spectre Kelevra (1)
Monday June 7, 2010, 12:57 pm
Done what millions wished they could.
Best patriot ever.
 

Mary Alexander (23)
Monday June 7, 2010, 1:02 pm
Thanks John for trying to do the right thing. Thanks for the article and I will send it on.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Monday June 7, 2010, 1:19 pm
Great story. Thanks Kat.
 

(0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 4:43 pm
When I first read this, I thought only in Canada. Lindsay is right on this one.
 

Richelle R. (60)
Monday June 7, 2010, 4:54 pm
George W deserves it!
 

(0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:15 pm
George W certainly does deserve this and more, but after reading Lindsay's post, we would just have everyone running around trying to arrest everyone. I say this video with Code Pink trying to arrange the same thing with Karl Rove (I think it was with him) and it really was kind of ridiculous.
 

. (0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:18 pm
Yeah, Margaret. And it really is such a shame. I was truly looking forward to arresting those fundie school board members!
 

(0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:33 pm
Lindsey, from your original descriptive comment, it made me visualize everyone arresting running around arresting heads of State, city council, the Catholic School Board (publicly funded), Roman Catholic Church (all of them) and had to laugh. It invoked quite a hilarious picture in my mind. I looked like quite the lunatic laughing at my computer.
 

. (0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 6:14 pm
Kind of like a Three Stooges episode, Margaret.....
 

pam w. (191)
Monday June 7, 2010, 7:01 pm
MAY I ARREST THE POPE? PLEASE?
 

(0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 7:08 pm
Pam W. You don't need my permission for that. I encourage you.

Lindsey, The Three Stooges is exactly what I envisioned.
 

Ng J. (4)
Monday June 7, 2010, 7:09 pm
Noted!! Thanks!
 

pam w. (191)
Monday June 7, 2010, 7:21 pm
OK! Anyone want to "go with?" Think of the fun...leading him out of the Vatican in chains! Maybe we can FLAGELLATE him! (Love that word.)
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Monday June 7, 2010, 8:05 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Monday June 7, 2010, 9:05 pm
I would only accept an arrest of a citizen if there is sufficient evidence to sustain an arrest, otherwise, like Lindsey says, everyone would be arresting everyone else without any credible evidence. Example: I don't like you, therefore I arrest you! Many can believe that G.W. Bush is a criminal, but is there credible evidence to support it?

 

Ricardo C. (66)
Monday June 7, 2010, 9:07 pm
Where anarchy rules...your head could be next!
 

Sir Walk F. (124)
Monday June 7, 2010, 10:00 pm
I think Lindsay makes the most cogent point so far.

A noble attempt, sure, but also nonsensical for anyone who actually understands international law.
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 1:06 am
noted thanks
 

Edward M. (8)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 2:41 am
The hypocrisy of our Governments, when it comes to high-ranking war criminals, is aptly shown here when the messenger is shot.
It reminds me of the Charlie Chaplin film, Monsieur Verdoux, in which the character, played by Chaplin, murders women, after marrying them, to support his family.
When he is caught and brought before the Magistrates, he states, before sentence, that as far a being a serial murderer, he is only an amateur compared to the mass murders carried out by Countries, including France, through war and conquest.
Monsieur Verdoux went to the Guillotine; George Bush, Tony Blair, et al, go on to live in extreme comfort, whilst making a fortune, with complete impunity.
It's about time we all woke up to this discrimination over who goes to the Hague War Crimes Tribunal and who doesn't; lets make a start with a demand for accountability from our elected representatives and, when they fail us, let them face the same justice that they so readily demand of others.
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 3:43 am
A good point, Ricardo. "Where anarchy rules, your head could be next."

I'm sure everyone is aware that there certainly exist those in society who would consider the statements made by some here on this thread to constitute treason and giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Serious crimes - perhaps worthy of a citizen's arrest?
 

(0)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 4:35 am
I would surely love to perform a citizen's arrest for my crazy neighbour.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 5:12 am
I support civil liberties, such as freedom of reproductive choice, same-sex marriage and I'm an atheist. No doubt there are multitudes who believe this to be "crimes" against their god. How many would be trying to arrest me?
 

Pam Burton (24)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 6:17 am
This man is a hero!!He is just saying what a lot of us are thinking!!!....And "ole bullsh*t" should be tried legally for allowing BP to "pollute the oceans"....After all-It is the "repukes" that continue to promote the "drill baby drill" mentality...Because "they" all sit on the BOARDs of BIGCORPS!!!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 7:53 am
I had to think a bit about Lindsey's comment as there is something called a "citizen's arrest". so initially, I had no problem with it.

According to wikipedia (and including proper, credible references for the information), a citizen in many countries may arrest someone IF committing a crime or under warrant. This is true in Canada and in every state in the US except North Carolina.

However, the key words are "if the commission of a felony is witnessed by the arresting citizen" (in the definition for the Us).

Thus, while it is fine to arrest the mugger who is running down the street with the old ladies purse, it is not fine to run out willy nilly and arrest anyone. Margaret, you may arrest your crazy neighbor if he/she committs a crime.

Lindsey, once again you have proven a voice of reason. Though I do hope that Bush and Cheney visit Vermont soon.
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 10:13 am
True, Nancy. Even the police (at least here in the U.S.) have to have probable cause to arrest someone.

Of course, any one of you who would like to see Bush arrested are quite free to file a complaint with the police, the D.A., a federal prosecutor's office, etc. about it. They aren't going to do anything about your complaint, of course (even assuming that they have jurisdiction, which in many cases they might not) - but you can certainly file it.
 

Lynn M. (192)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 10:56 am
Maybe we should keep Guantannamo Bay open just a little longer and ready the 'executive suite' there and throw in complimentary waterboarding!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 10:57 am
Good one Lynn!
 

Jessie H. (75)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 11:20 am
Thanks, noted!
 

Sharon Balloch (132)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 11:46 am
Thanks for the info..I will be putting this on fb...
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 12:16 pm
Why would Boncore be facing jail time? What would he be charged with, let alone be convicted of? I thought you get put in prison for doing something illegal, not for making trouble.

I doubt he will ever stand trial for anything. In fact it sounds more like he and Clark are trying to take GW to trial. At the most the judge will probably just dismiss the case.

 

. (0)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 12:52 pm
A potential two-year sentence does sound excessive, Kenneth. Maybe if the case isn't dismissed he'll just get probation if convicted (or whatever the equivalent is in Canada.)
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 2:52 pm
Thank you. I'am behind him all the way.
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 6:23 pm
I also believe he is a HERO. Thank everyone for the wonderful posts.
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 7:48 pm
I thought it was legal to make a citizens arrest. It is my understanding George W. Bush admitted on TV he committed war crimes. I have heard Cheney saying some similar things. I have noticed in the past no borders have stopped other people from being arrested and tried for war crimes. I do not see what crime John Boncore has committed. Isn't it the same as what the nazis hunters have done for the last 65 years and people are glad they have?
 

Grant Coleman (6)
Thursday June 10, 2010, 7:41 am
Lindsey, while you and those who agree with you make very good points, I think you may be missing the point of this brave mans actions. I am sure that he knew that he wasn't going to simply walk Mr. Bush down to the local police station and have him convicted of international war crimes, however, I don't see why not. We the citizens of the world have witnessed Bush and his posy commit very serious war crimes. The US remains in an illegal war, which by the way is now the longest running war in American history, and there is piles of evidence which prove Bush's guilt. This man, I assume, did not believe that he would accomplish a conviction, but he must have believed that his efforts would bring attention to the issue and inspire others to call for the arrest of Bush. His bravery is displayed in his ability to do what he believed to be right regardless of the consequences. I commend him and I envy his bravery. With that being said, if I were Mr. Bush and I felt that I was being wrongly accused, I would call for my own trial so that I could publicly clear my name of all wrong-doings and end the accusations once and for all. Just as if I were Mr. Obama I would provide my birth certificate to those who question my national origin. Why do these men, and many other political and public figures, not want to clear their names? Maybe they don't care what ordinary citizens think about what they have done. Maybe they feel that they are above responding to the scrutiny of the peasants.... Even in that case I would still want to do so simply to maintain a level of self respect.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Thursday June 10, 2010, 12:34 pm
Way to go Splitting the Sky....someone who puts his actions behind his words. Courages man. Thank you. Wado!
Way to go Vermont! More States should follow your lead!
 

Debbie Johnson (116)
Thursday June 10, 2010, 8:11 pm
Right you are,Grant.....It's the principle of the thing....
 

Merise Frederiksen (16)
Friday June 11, 2010, 12:32 pm
Funny how the people are here for the sake of the state instead of the other way around. Splitting the Sky is being punished by the state for doing the right thing for the people - how twisted is that?? The state must see him as a threat, stupid as states usually are. I really hope that he gets off, and that he will do more good. He is quite an inspiration! :-)
 

Merise Frederiksen (16)
Friday June 11, 2010, 12:33 pm
By the way, I never liked George W. Bush.
 

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Friday June 11, 2010, 1:36 pm
I don't like Bush either, Lone Merise (but then, I don't like a LOT of politicians terribly well, either!)
 

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Friday June 11, 2010, 2:46 pm
"The state must see him as a threat". I am a Canadian and believe me it probably is our government being stupid rather than seeing him as a threat.
 

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Friday June 11, 2010, 2:53 pm
This is the same government that cancels parliament for three months because they want to avoid an election which they know they will lose.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday June 11, 2010, 11:27 pm
I think it safe to say that we all witnessed the illegal assault on Iraq. He has my support.
 

Randy L Benson (65)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 1:29 am
COMMENT LEFT AT ORIGINAL SITE:

while Bush shares a large amount of guilt, one could say Cheney was far more guilty.

for approximately six years, Bush was Cheney’s mouthpiece. Cheney explored the possibility of running for President after leaving the Reagan Administration. no one would back him, so he went to Halliburton.

then little Bush came along.

i refer to the first six years of their tenure as the ‘Cheney Administration’, since virtually everything Bush approved of came from Cheney’s textbook, or those of his allies. Bush, although far from guiltless, was more of a puppet and mouthpiece.

he was in fact continuing in the only job he’d ever succeeded at. . .college cheerleading.

which was a major reason that attempts to impeach Cheney were made first. a LEGAL, FORMALIZED Cheney Presidency would have made Bush look like John F Kennedy.

there is still the hope that one or both may end up in the hands of justice, possibly one day while visiting overseas. it remains to be seen. Cheney, for instance, does spend quite a lot of time in Saudi Arabia these days. . .

at any rate, it appears that someone had the balls to attempt what the government refused to do. . .and i hope all goes well with him.
 

Gloria L. (58)
Wednesday June 16, 2010, 3:40 am
Thanks Kat for such an interesting post. Cheney is the mastermind and Bush the puppet. So obvious. Thanks for your comments, Randy.
I'm glad this man had the courage of his convictions and took action. I think it will be dismissed.
 
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