- Ex-US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld is dead at 88.
- Serving under President George W Bush, he was a leading proponent of the administration’s “war on terror”.
- The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld. All were convicted as war criminals in absentia in 2012.
BBC News writes:
“Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one of the main architects of the Iraq war, has died at the age of 88, his family has announced.
Serving under President George W Bush, he was a leading proponent of the administration’s “war on terror”.
US forces launched a campaign in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. In 2003 the US invaded Iraq.
Mr Rumsfeld resigned in 2006 amid the turmoil in post-war Iraq, but has defended his record…”
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Yvonne Ridley from Foreign Policy Journal writes:
“Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia.
Kuala Lumpur — It’s official; George W Bush is a war criminal.
In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Fri) found guilty of war crimes.
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.
The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.
At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.
Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material will now be sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is also asking that the names of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Yoo, Bybee, Addington and Haynes be entered and included in the Commission’s Register of War Criminals for public record…”
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