George W. Bush, War Criminal?: The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes

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Overview

Eminent jurists, professional legal organizations, and human rights monitors in this country and around the world have declared that President George W. Bush may be prosecuted as a war criminal when he leaves office for his overt and systematic violations of such international law as the Geneva and Hague Conventions and such US law as the War Crimes Act, the Anti-Torture Act, and federal assault laws. George W. Bush, War Criminal? identifies and documents 269 specific war crimes under US and international law for which President Bush, senior officials and staff in his administration, and military officers under his command are liable to be prosecuted. Haas divides the 269 war crimes of the Bush administration into four classes: 6 war crimes committed in launching a war of aggression; 36 war crimes committed in the conduct of war; 175 war crimes committed in the treatment of prisoners; and 52 war crimes committed in postwar occupations.

For each of the 269 war crimes of the Bush administration, Professor Haas gives chapter and verse in precise but non-technical language, including the specific acts deemed to be war crimes, the names of the officials deemed to be war criminals, and the exact language of the international or domestic laws violated by those officials. The author proceeds to consider the various US, international, and foreign tribunals in which the war crimes of Bush administration defendants may be tried under applicable bodies of law. He evaluates the real-world practicability of bringing cases against Bush and Bush officials in each of the possible venues. Finally, he weighs the legal, political, and humanitarian pros and cons of actually bringing Bush and Bush officials to trial for war crimes.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I highly recommend, both for reading and for sending to Eric Holder, George W. Bush: War Criminal? The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimesby Michael Haas. This is a phenomenal work…"

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"In a straightforward and relatively non-legalistic manner, Haas (emeritus, political science, U. of Hawaii) presents the evidence that the administration of George W. Bush committed 269 war crimes in the prosecution of its wars and occupations. His approach is to systematically go through the Geneva Conventions and all the other relevant instruments of the laws of war, quoting the relevant passages of the various treaties and then immediately following up with a brief description of how the Bush administration violated that particular provision. He also offers a brief concluding discussion of how and why the Bush administration should be prosecuted for having committed war crimes."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Haas (political science, emeritus, Univ. of Hawaii) is the first author to compile a comprehensive list of alleged war crimes committed by the Bush administration during its global war against international terrorism. Haas's benchmark is the set of Geneva Conventions adopted after World War II, of which the United States was a critical state sponsor. At the least, this work should be read with close scrutiny, given Haas's insistence on the centrality of the rule of law even (or especially) in time of international conflict—an insistence recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), in which the Court overturned the Bush administration's system of military commissions. Perhaps most likely to be acknowledged (and even then it's a long shot) is Haas's call for a truth commission to investigate the past deeds of various Bush officials, including the President himself. This work's greatest achievement, however, may be its detailed treatment of the Geneva Conventions and their role in establishing an international regime based on the rule of law, a regime applicable to American law and politics. Highly recommended, especially for serious students of the topics covered.'

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Library Journal

Haas (political science, emeritus, Univ. of Hawaii) is the first author to compile a comprehensive list of alleged war crimes committed by the Bush administration during its global war against international terrorism. Haas's benchmark is the set of Geneva Conventions adopted after World War II, of which the United States was a critical state sponsor. At the least, this work should be read with close scrutiny, given Haas's insistence on the centrality of the rule of law even (or especially) in time of international conflict-an insistence recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld(2006), in which the Court overturned the Bush administration's system of military commissions. Perhaps most likely to be acknowledged (and even then it's a long shot) is Haas's call for a truth commission to investigate the past deeds of various Bush officials, including the President himself. This work's greatest achievement, however, may be its detailed treatment of the Geneva Conventions and their role in establishing an international regime based on the rule of law, a regime applicable to American law and politics. Highly recommended, especially for serious students of the topics covered.
—Stephen K. Shaw

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313364990
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL HAAS is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawaii and the Chairman of the International Academic Advisory Board of the University of Cambodia. He played a role in stopping the secret funding of the Khmer Rouge by the administration of President George H. W. Bush. He has taught political science at the University of London, Northwestern University, Purdue University, and the University of California, Riverside. He is the author or editor of 33 books on human rights, including International Human Rights (2008), International Human Rights in Jeopardy (2004), The Politics of Human Rights (2000), Improving Human Rights (Praeger, 1994), and Genocide by Proxy (Praeger, 1991).

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Table of Contents

Tables and Appendices

Foreword

Benjamin B. Ferencz

I Introduction 1

1 A President without a Good Lawyer 3

II Identification of War Crimes 15

2 Crimes of Aggression 17

3 Crimes Committed in the Conduct of War 31

4 Crimes Committed in the Treatment of Prisoners 57

5 Crimes Committed in the Postwar Occupations 171

III Prosecution of War Crimes 219

6 Tribunals for War Crimes Prosecution 221

7 The Bush Administration's War Crimes Liability 239

Appendices 255

Abbreviations 293

Sources 297

References 325

Index 371

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