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Will Canada Arrest Dick Cheney for War Crimes?

Straight.com | September 2011

Dick Cheney is coming to Vancouver on September 26 to promote his book In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. But Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson has other plans for one of the most controversial figures of the modern era, a powerful man who publicly admitted having allowed torture.

The cofounder of the international group Lawyers Against the War wants the government of Canada either to bar the former U.S. vice president from entering the country or, if he’s allowed in, to arrest and prosecute him for torture, war offences, and crimes against humanity. And if Canada isn’t keen on punishing the ex–vice president to former president George W. Bush, Davidson argues, then it should extradite Cheney to a country that is willing and able to prosecute him.

One of the most vocal defenders of U.S. foreign policy, specifically the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Cheney is the first featured speaker in the 2011–12 series of Vancouver’s Bon Mot Book Club.

“It’s a bit chilling that they would invite a mass murderer as their guest to Canada,” Davidson told the Georgia Straight by phone, “when any one of them would know full well that because of the founded accusations made against Mr. Cheney, that he’s persona non grata in Canada, being accused of international crimes, torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.”

Organizer Leah Costello explained that the Bon Mot Book Club is an “intimate and exclusive high-end dinner series”, wherein her company Curious Mind Productions Inc. brings in world leaders and other high-profile speakers. Cheney will speak at a dinner event at the Vancouver Club.

“I haven’t heard anything yet,” Costello told the Straight by phone, when asked if she expects protests to greet Cheney. “But I have heard that he’s a controversial figure. That’s for sure.”

Dick Cheney is coming to Vancouver on September 26 to promote his book In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. But Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson has other plans for one of the most controversial figures of the modern era, a powerful man who publicly admitted having allowed torture.

The cofounder of the international group Lawyers Against the War wants the government of Canada either to bar the former U.S. vice president from entering the country or, if he’s allowed in, to arrest and prosecute him for torture, war offences, and crimes against humanity. And if Canada isn’t keen on punishing the ex–vice president to former president George W. Bush, Davidson argues, then it should extradite Cheney to a country that is willing and able to prosecute him.

John McCain: Waterboarding is Torture

In a recent NBC interview, Cheney declared that he had “no regrets” that the American government used torture against terrorism suspects.

Asked if the U.S. should still use widely condemned techniques like waterboarding, Cheney responded: “I would strongly support using it again if circumstances arose where we had a high-value detainee and that was the only way we could get him to talk.”

According to Davidson, the government is obliged under local and international laws—such as the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment—to deny safe haven and prosecute persons accused of crimes like torture. Davidson is writing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and key cabinet ministers to outline evidence against the Bush administration and its senior officials.

“The role of Mr. Cheney is that he authorized, directed, ordered, supervised, and failed to prevent the commission of a wide range of crimes against humanity and war crimes,” Davidson said.

She has previously written to the government, suggesting steps similar to those regarding Cheney be taken when Bush visits Surrey on October 20. The ex-president has been invited by Mayor Diane Watts to the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.

In her letter dated August 25 regarding Bush’s visit, Davidson cited a transcript of a U.S. interview with Cheney in May 2009, in which Cheney stated that Bush authorized torture. He said: “I mean it was a presidential-level decision. And the decision went to the president. He signed off on it.”

Speaking to the Straight, Davidson said that the evidence against the Bush administration is well known and part of the public record. The documentation contained in Davidson’s August 25 letter includes a statement from now retired U.S. army Maj.-Gen. Antonio Taguba, who looked into abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Taguba stated that “the Commander-in-Chief [Bush] and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture”.

The Vancouver lawyer also cited a 2004 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross that the American military used interrogation techniques amounting to torture on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. naval base in Cuba. She likewise mentioned a 2007 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly report that spoke about a “whole series of illegal acts in Europe” by the CIA through “extraordinary rendition”, a practice in which individuals are abducted from one country and sent to another, to be detained and tortured for information in secret locations.

Davidson stressed that when Canada ratified the international convention against torture, it accepted a duty not just to Canadians but to everyone. And that is to “take effective measures to prevent and punish torture wherever it occurs, whatever the nationality of the victims are, and whatever the nationality of the perpetrators”.

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Your Comments

  • theglynja

    I guess it didn’t happen.  So ashamed to be living in Canada right now, even though I couldn’t afford the flight from Toronto to Vancouver to arrest him myself.  D:

  • theglynja

    24 hours left…

    GO GAIL!!!  DO US PROUD!  :D

  • Mfitzwater

    I agree. I am embarrassed by the things my government does. It’s not going to matter who you vote for. The president is not the real “leader” any way. There is a secret society running all these countries. They will not rest until they have one world currency, one world government and 90% of the population is eliminated. That’s why every president has said the words, “new world order” publicly and some point during there term. It’s not a coincidence that they all have said it. Google it, YouTube it. Also look into the builderberg group. They are behind the scenes operating the puppets we call government. The longer we wait, the harder it will be.

  • Peter Riden

    What repeats itself here is that some close their eyes on the deeds of some and are quick at zeroing on one to make a case.
    With what has been done against Libya, these days, who will come forth and demand that those who authorized the current invasion of Libya in the name of alleged liberation be also charged with crime against humanity. Of course Dick Cheney might be one of the culprit for some of the events 10 years ago, but to be consistent, those current perpetrators need to be as vehemently asked to come forth and be prosecuted than what is demanded against Dick Cheney.
    Then you would have 3 head of States who would have to be facing that same World Tribunal. USA, UK and France presidents would be the starter.

  • Sissy

    Have at’em my Canadian brothers and sisters for truth! As an American citizen, I would be very grateful if Canada brought both Cheney and Bush to justice. I hope that when we get our country back that we too can obtain justice for the millions of people who have been tortured, maimed, and murdered by these two tyrants and others who served under the Bush regime who no longer deserve to be called Americans. Regrettably, when I was asleep, I voted for Bush. I am awake now. As long as I live I will hope and pray that these evil tyrants are brought to justice and pay for their war crimes and high treason against their own country and people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenny-Horton/1650499084 Kenny Horton

    Can we please interrogate Cheney with this enhanced interrogation technique,about 911?  I think we might get to the truth.  I believe him to be a mass murder and I would support Canada putting him on trial.  
    We have a lot of citizens that do not believe the 911 story. It is incomprehensible to me that people around the world do not riot over this, yet one mother is accused of killing her daughter and the media coverage is daily. The official story of 911 just does not add up.  You don’t need to have a degree to smell the stink all over the government story.  The highly educated people are not being listened to much either.  Really what is the point of aspiring to a Masters or PhD if you don’t get the respect which that degree should bring to a discussion about these facts of 911.  Something is really wrong with this country.  Something is really wrong with this world when we do not listen to the people who have the greatest knowledge. It is undeniable there is a military complex (government within the government) destroying the Constitution and liberties of American citizens.  The military complex needs to be ripped out by the roots before the United States can function as it was intended.  We as the people of the world need to seek out the true axis of evil in this world.  Who is behind the puppet leaders? I say we find the evil people doing this and give them their due, so the world can be a better place.

  • Someone

    You know…sometimes I really respect McCain (like here) and other times I feel like he flip-flops on fundamental issues (like this one). WHO IS THIS GUY?!

  • Richlarmour

    Unforunately Canada is also controlled by the nameless faceless bankers who control the rest of the world’s politics and I presume they will buckle over and bow down to the bankers. It is well known that the US, Canada and Mexico is soon to have one currency and before long they’ll have no borders between them. I wish this lawyer all the best though.

  • theglynja

    It is not Canada’s option to arrest Dick Cheney, it is Canada’s responsibility to do so on behalf of the rest of the planet…not to mention the family survivors of those 1,000,000 Iraqis killed by US and other Western armed forces.

  • Crfiii
  • http://profiles.google.com/pankisivalley Ibrahim Mo

    They should dump his body into the sea for fish food.

  • josh

    The world will breathe a sigh of relief after this man is dead and buried.

  • Usewhenrequired

    Water Board the NWO scum

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