39 W. 14th St. - #206
New York, NY
Phone :(212) 633-6646
Far-left group affiliated with the International Action Center
Praises Communist China and Cuba and claims “socialism sounds like the road to follow”
Created in the spring of 2004, People Judge Bush (PJB) is an organization whose declared mission is to “address the growing evidence of crimes against peace, war crimes, and other human rights violations committed by the U.S. leadership in Iraq and elsewhere.”
According to PJB, “[t]here is no question that the U.S. is responsible for war crimes…” Far more forgiving is PJB’s assessment of the tactics used by Iraq’s terrorist insurgency, which the organization designates as the “resistance.” PJB believes that “by raising a public hue and cry,” it can convince the American people that “right wing zealots in the U.S. government have conspired to wage an illegal war of aggression against Iraq, kidnap and torture civilians around the world, attack civilians and medical facilities in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.”
PJB further demands that “[President George W.] Bush, [British Prime Minister Tony] Blair, and all complicit World Leaders be held accountable for,” among other alleged “crimes”: “War Profiteering and privatizing of national resources”; “Cultural genocide”; “Stealing trillions from social services”; “Policy of Endless War targetting [sic]: Haiti, Palestine, Philippines, Korea, Cuba”; and “Inciting bigotry, racism and a climate of fear.”
PJB's specific charges against the Bush administration include the following:
a) Use of Illegal Weapons: "Weapons that cannot be directed at an enemy without killing non-combatants are prohibited in situations where non-combatants may be present."
b) Attacks on Culture: "The US military took great care to protect the offices of the oil ministry, but ignored or encouraged the destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage."
c) Kidnapping and Torture: "The Bush administration has illegaly kidnapped people around the world and flown them to other countries to be tortured."
d) Crimes Against Humanity: "Crimes against Humanity include the bombing of civilian targets, indiscriminate killing of civilians, destruction hospitals and medical facilities, and the destruction of facilities necessary for the survival of the civilian population."
e) Attacks on Civil Liberties: "While Bush spends billions on war abroad, he is gutting domestic programs that help the people of the United States. Programs for health care, education, housing, even veterans benefits are under assault."
f) Global War Crimes: "No corner of the world is safe from US intervention."
g) Trashing the Constitution: "[President Bush] has usurped the war powers delegated in the constitution to the Congress to pursue wars of aggression and other unlawful military actions; and [he] is attempting to pack the federal courts with judges committed to ideologies in conflict with the Constitution of the United States."
h) War of Aggression: "The [Bush] administration implied a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam; there was no evidence and such a connection was highly implausible. The administration claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; ... Iraq had no such weapons when the invasion began. ... The unprovoked attack on another sovereign nation is a war of aggression, it is the crime for which the leaders of Nazi Germany were put to death. No wonder Bush would not present his real reason for attacking Iraq."
Beyond its opposition to the Bush administration, PJB is also fundamentally opposed to free-market capitalism. Thus, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005, PJB released a statement praising Communist China and Cuba. As PJB saw it, America’s “wealthy capitalist economy” had failed to “protect its citizens from a hurricane while “much less wealthy socialist countries do so with unparalleled efficiency” and “socialism sounds like the road to follow.”
In August 2004, the organization convened a special “War Crimes Tribunal” in New York City to coincide with the city’s hosting of the Republican National Convention. Ramsey Clark prepared a nineteen-point indictment of George W. Bush and others, calling for their impeachment and conviction. In his 19-count indictment, Clark charged President Bush with, among other crimes: “targeting defenseless civilians and civilians facilities, and indiscriminate bombing and assaults”; “[a]uthorizing, ordering, concealing and condoning assassinations, summary executions, murders, disappearances, kidnappings and torture”; using “paid paramilitary civilian forces” to “kill, coerce, control and contain the Iraqi population;” “controlling, directing, manipulating, misinforming and restricting press and media coverage”; and “supporting Israel’s illegal occupation, brutalization and expanding settlement of Palestine.” Also participating in the tribunal was radical attorney Lynne Stewart, whose cause PJB has enthusiastically championed. PJB calls Stewart, convicted in February 2005 on charges of aiding and abetting terrorism, a victim of “persecution,” whose only crime was to “serve the aims of fair and equal justice.”
In August 2006, PJB participated in a demonstration outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. “This protest,” said PJB, was designed to "mark the beginning of an international effort to expose U.S./Israeli war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. It is a historic opportunity to document the U.S./Israeli planning and preparation for all out war against all forms of popular resistance. ... The state of Israel and the United States have conspired to shape through massive destruction a ‘New Middle East.’ They have criminalized and demonized the heroic and desperate resistance of the Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqi people to occupation."
Although it affects to be an independent entity, PJB is in fact an organizational appendage of the International Action Center (IAC), which has close ties to the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party. Apart from sharing its politics, PJB operates from the same New York City location as the IAC and uses the same phone number. Press releases for PJB events include contact information for both the PJB and the IAC, while prospective PJB supporters are encouraged to attend the IAC’s weekly meeting.
The group folded when President Bush stepped down from office.
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