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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] (Daniel Ellsberg is the American hero who disclosed the infamous "Pentagon Papers" which exposed some of the illegalities of the US role in the Vietnam War.) http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7461 Interview with Ellsberg on impeachment grounds for Bush & company (We were just following orders) ..."Meanwhile, the law not having changed, we are violating it. And when we violate the U.N. Charter, when the president violates the U.N. Charter, he's violating a law -- international law, a treaty that we've ratified, which ranks with the highest law of the land, along with the Constitution -- a ratified treaty, above statute law. And he's directly violating his oath of office, which is to uphold the law and the Constitution. I think it's not going to happen, but he certainly earned impeachment as a result of this. But, more seriously, in a way, he is clearly indictable -- and all of his subordinates who are cooperating with him, including, whatever his private opinions, Secretary of State Powell, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. They have engaged and they are in a conspiracy to wage aggressive war for which people were convicted at [the Nazi war crime tribunals at] Nuremberg. I could say people were hanged at Nuremberg. But my concern is not to see anybody hanged or even tried. My concern is to get off, get out of this situation, and for them, it's a little too late now. It's not that they are going to be tried. But I now see in a new perspective why this administration backed off ratifying the International Criminal Court [treaty]. I have little doubt now that when they did that, which was odd at the time, they had this invasion of Iraq in mind - knowing, by the way, that they might well not have U.N. authorization for it. It's not that they feared being tried. That's inconceivable, as a practical matter. But they didn't want to be indicted. They didn't want people to point out in the world that they should be tried. And the fact is American troops now have been put in a tragic dilemma, whether to obey orders, which they undoubtedly will do, at whatever cost. Or, to refuse to obey a blatantly illegal order, which is what they are receiving right now. The order to participate in this war is, I think to anybody who has looked at the context critically, must be extremely excruciating. They must know that in the absence of U.N. authorization and the refusal of that by most nations in the world, that the orders they are getting to participate in this war are blatantly illegal. Many of them don't know that, undoubtedly. But the ones who do are confronted with a challenge that American troops -- and I identify with those as a former marine officer. They have never had to face that before. pg _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk