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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Code Pink protester attempts to arrest Karl Rove for Treason
From CODEPINK, an anti-war organization: When Karl Rove took the stage at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco [yesterday], CODEPINK women in the audience staged a citizen's arrest of the former Bush Administration chief of staff, under California Code 837. This action follows on the heels of yesterday's appearance on stage of Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, who disrupted the convention to ask for a moratorium on foreclosures.
Janine Boneparth, 58, of
Ross, CA, walked on the stage with handcuffs and placed a cuff on
Rove's wrist before he yanked it away, while stating, "I have to make a
citizens arrest. You are under arrest for treason."
Here's video of the attempted arrest:
In spite of her disruption of the meeting, and attempting to slap handcuffs on Karl Rove, Boneparth was not charged with any crime. I had a chance to speak with Rae Abileah, CODEPINK local groups coordinator in San Francisco. Here's the exchange:
PJ: Did Janine Boneparth act independently, or was there some sort of plan to do this?
RA: Janine is part of the local San Francisco Bay Area chapter of CODEPINK Women for Peace, and was acting yesterday as part of a group of five activists who were inside the Moscone Center ballroom and all spoke out for a citizens arrest of Rove during the event.
PJ: Should Karl Rove be arrested for treason? If so, why?
RA: Yes, we believe Karl Rove should be tried for treason under several sections of US Code, Chapter 115, for TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES including, but not limited to submitting and fomenting false information leading to the War in Iraq, illegal detainment and torture of prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere, and other fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel as well as approximately 300,000 Iraqi civilians.
PJ: Are you surprised that Boneparth did not get charged?
RA: We are surprised that in an alleged democracy Karl Rove has not been charged for his crimes. We presented our citizens arrest [see Arrest Complaint below the fold] to the SFPD who claimed they were unable to make the arrest. In a democracy, it should be our right to speak out when we see grave injustices committed, so no, we were not surprised. Had Janine clasped the cuff around Rove's wrist, perhaps the charges would have turned out differently, but Rove elbowed her and yanked his wrist away.
( In the matter of concerning:
( United States of America, plaintiff
( Karl Christian Rove, defendant
Under the authority provided private citizens by California Code: 837, you, Karl Christian Rove, are being placed under arrest for high crimes against the people of the United States committed during your role as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush as well as while serving as a campaign consultant during the U.S. presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.
You are charged with willful violation of the following federal codes between the dates of January 1, 2000 until the present.
US Code: Title 42, the Voting Rights Act, for ELECTION FRAUD in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections
US Code, Chapter 19.371, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT OFFENSE OR TO DEFRAUD UNITED STATES, for false information leading to the War in Iraq
Several sections of US Code, Chapter 115, TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES including, but not limited to submitting and fomenting false information leading to the War in Iraq, illegal detainment and torture of prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere, and other fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel as well as approximately 300,000 Iraqi civilians.
US Code, Title 18, Chapter 51, FELONY MURDER
Further, you may also be indicted for other violations of federal code not listed in this complaint.
Any United States Marshall or any authorized U.S. Law Enforcement Officer present is obligated under the provisions of California Code 837 to take you into custody and bring you forthwith before the nearest magistrate to answer these charges and to advise you of your rights with include:
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.
Respectfully submitted by and for citizens of the state of California
On this 21st day of October, 2008.
Nancy Mancias, Rae Abileah, Keiko Schnelle, Blaine Clarke, and Janine Bonaparth
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-575-5543 or 415-575-5555
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People seem to misunderstand what democracy means, arrest and indictment in a democracy is highly subject to public will, perhaps they're thinking "republic" better known for it's rule of law in stead.
Posted by: Pete | 2008-10-22 5:32:20 PM
You can bet everything you own that the day these bozos gain power, suddenly, we'll become a republic again.
Stalin would be proud.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-22 5:44:07 PM
This reminds me of the time some international lawyers from Ontario - naturally - wanted Bush arrested when he visited Canada because it was against Canadian law for convicted war criminals to enter the country. I wonder if anyone told them that the law only applied to convicted war criminals, not accused ones.
Good luck trying to make those charges stick! Haven't they heard of burden of proof, successful prosecution, etc? Any court would throw this case out, and Rove would be well within his rights to sue them for damages.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-10-22 6:06:56 PM
He should have turned the tables on her and arrested her for false arrest. Acts of war are not murder. As for the deaths of 4,000 servicemen and 300,000 Iraqi civilians, news flash--THEY WERE KILLED BY OTHER IRAQIS, NOT BY AMERICANS.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-10-22 6:57:28 PM
Truth turned upside down. If anyone is guilty of treason, it is these moonbats. Has anyone else noticed how all these "peace organisations" are run by people possessed with virulent hatred and total intolerance - the complete opposite of the meaning of peace. They remain silent when those they admire commit aggression and the most heinous crimes but yell bloody murder when the one attacked dares to defend himself.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-10-22 7:36:34 PM
Acts of War? Lying about weapons of mass destruction as a basis for invading a another country is an illegal "act of war."
The responsibility for the deaths of EVERYONE since the invasion of Iraq (which-- try to remember this fact-- had NOTHING to do with 9/11) falls on the shoulders of the liars who lied us into invading Iraq-- and THAT would include the whole lying Republican administration. Never mind they first stole the election before invading the wrong freaking country. Get a clue.
Posted by: Rose | 2008-10-22 7:43:33 PM
Rose please seek medical attention as quickly as possible. "They stole the election...." says it all.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-10-22 8:01:11 PM
Facts are facts. The American people judged the Bush administration in the 2004 election. They re-elected him with a larger margin than in 2000.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-10-22 10:07:42 PM
Rose wrote: “Acts of War? Lying about weapons of mass destruction as a basis for invading a another country is an illegal ‘act of war.’”
Excuse me, the Iraqis were not able to provide proof that all weapons earlier documented had been destroyed. The consensus is now that Iraq did destroy (or export) most of its WMD stockpile, but in such a haphazard manner that accurate records were never kept. There is also the question of why Saddam endured twelve years of punishing UN sanctions rather than simply let weapons inspectors do their jobs if he had nothing to hide. The fact that no WMDs were found raises the spectre of faulty intelligence, but you’ve hardly made a case for outright fabrication.
Rose wrote: “The responsibility for the deaths of EVERYONE since the invasion of Iraq (which-- try to remember this fact-- had NOTHING to do with 9/11) falls on the shoulders of the liars who lied us into invading Iraq-- and THAT would include the whole lying Republican administration.”
No. If an Iraqi kills his neighbour because of simmering religious hate that’s been festering for centuries and held in check only by Saddam’s murderous regime, that is no one’s fault but that Iraqi’s. You just want it to all be Bush’s fault so you can hate him more. News flash, Rose—it’s not all about you. Your feelings could not be less important than they already are.
Rose wrote: “Never mind they first stole the election before invading the wrong freaking country. Get a clue.”
Either prove it or give it a rest. Of course, you don’t have any proof for any of your conspiracy theories, nor are you keen to find it. Because it’s the intrigue and the mystery you thrive on. Again, the winds of Fate do not turn upon your whim. The world is not but a vast stage putting on a play for your amusement. Things don’t happen because you want them to; facts don’t materialize because you wish them to be true; the fact that you dislike someone does not make him a criminal. Get over yourself. You are not as special as you believe.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-10-22 10:55:20 PM
"and THAT would include the whole lying Republican administration. "
And the majority of Democrats in Congress who voted for it.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-22 11:48:17 PM
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