Wednesday, December 29, 2004

When can we call it treason?

Not satisfied with making a fool of himself on only two continents, Ramsey Clark - Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson and lefty lawyer who campaigned in vain to defend the war crimes of Slobodan Milosevic - will head Saddam Hussein's defense.
Clark said in the Jordanian capital Amman that his principle concern was protecting the former president's rights, who only saw a lawyer for the first time this month - a year after his capture.

"In international law, anyone accused of crime has the right to be tried by a confident, independent and impartial court, and there can be no fair trail without those qualities," he said.

"The special court in Iraq was created by the Iraqi governing council, which is nothing more than a creation of the US military occupation and has no authority in law as a criminal court," he said.

Clark also said the US itself must be tried for the November assault on Falluja, destruction of houses, torture in prisons and its role in the deaths of thousands of Iraqis in the war.
How much material "aid and comfort to the enemy" does a US citizen need to give before we call it treason?

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