Dr. Anthony Hall writes at Veterans Today:
Earlier this week former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, the dominant, hands-on operative in the two-term presidency of George W. Bush, cancelled a speaking engagement in Toronto on April 24. Through a spokesperson Cheney indicated he was frightened to return to Canada after his experience last September 26 at the Vancouver Club. After promoting his book to a small local audience Cheney spent several hours hiding out in the posh venue trying to outwait several hundred citizen jurists, some of whom were planning to attempt a citizens’ arrest of the credibly-accused war criminal right on the spot.
I am proud to have played an active role in the fascinating teach-in last September of those of us who deputized ourselves at the Vancouver Club.
Our goal in assembling outside one of British Columbia’s oldest and most notorious sites of political cronyism was to attempt to defend Canadian sovereignty and the rule of law in Canada against the criminal contempt of government officials for the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (2000). This sneering contempt for a law passed in the name of preventing Canada from becoming a haven for war criminals finds its most ardent embodiment in Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the thoroughly politicized Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP’s leadership backed the Conservative Party in a previous successful election campaign.
The criminal behaviour of Canada’s top politicians inside and outside the police has been much in our country’s news reporting of late. The Harper government is currently in the midst of an unfolding scandal with new revelations emerging periodically that that the prime minister’s Conservative Party broke many laws many times during the last federal election. Much of the fraud entailed elaborate schemes of targeted vote suppression requiring expertise and software passed to Conservative Party operatives by their top handlers in and around the Republic Party of the United States. The Washington-based party of the elephant is the real headquarters of the branch plant operations that made Harper and his cabal the chief Canadian holders of the Bush-Cheney franchise.
There is much that is significant in the former V-P’s decision to remain imprisoned in his own country, increasingly a military dictatorship disguised as a republic after several decades during which Cheney together with Donald Rumsfeld planned and subsequently implemented after 9/11 an emergency measures regime known as Continuity of Government. Cheney’s retreat from international travel follows George Bush’s decision a year ago not to make the journey to Switzerland where he might have been arrested for his now self-confessed ordering of torture in the penal colonies under the control of the US government and its mercenary contractors…
[continues at Veterans Today]