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


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

By davidswanson – Posted on 20 August 2013
By Inder Comar
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.
The “Westfall Act certification,” submitted pursuant to the Westfall Act of 1988, permits the Attorney General, at his or her discretion, to substitute the United States as the defendant and essentially grant absolute immunity to government employees for actions taken within the scope of their employment.

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.
“The good news is that while we were disappointed with the certification, we were prepared for it,” Comar stated. “We do not see how a Westfall Act certification is appropriate given that Ms. Saleh alleges that the conduct at issue began prior to these defendants even entering into office. I think the Nuremberg prosecutors, particularly American Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson, would be surprised to learn that planning a war of aggression at a private non-profit, misleading a fearful public, and foregoing proper legal authorization somehow constitute lawful employment duties for the American president and his or her cabinet.”
The case is Saleh v. Bush (N.D. Cal. Mar. 13, 2013, No. C 13 1124 JST).
See the attached certification, publicly filed on ECF / PACER system.
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54 thoughts on “Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War

  1. Would you please start looking and thinking instead of believing that nonsense, Anonymous 11:34?The only "use" of that dogma, is to justify continued evil,strengthen and make use of the sadistic impulses of people.It did not, does not and will not do any good!It is simply the contagion of sadism!Those practices need to be stopped! Not perpetuated!

  2. No-one appointed anyone room nanny. There's no vacancy so no need for you to apply for the position either FRJ.Has anyone noticed that the most vitriolic posts seem to come from the anons who leave their initials as a signature? frj, TYE, DS, HO ?Is that what they're taught at shill school?

  3. Its so obvious! "Let the Truth be known, we were all going to be shipped right down into the rabbit whole" and turned into slaves. Its sad to think some have no value in another person soul, nor care about another persons life story, but the evil that man does, is something that we need to overcome.

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