Amnesty International: Hey, you know who you should arrest?

posted at 8:05 am on December 2, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

George W. Bush is hitting the road, traveling overseas to Africa in an effort to promote health initiatives com batting cancer and AIDS. But while he’s there, human rights group Amnesty International has a suggestion for several government representatives. “Say… this might be a good time to lock that guy up.”

The Bush team isn’t pleased.

Former members of the George W. Bush administration assailed Amnesty International Thursday for demanding the former president’s arrest while he and his family are in Africa, calling Amnesty’s campaign at best a form of “harassment” and at worst a threat.

The world’s largest human rights group said Thursday “there is enough evidence in the public domain” to justify Ethiopia, Tanzania or Zambia arresting the former president during his visit to the region on charges of committing “crimes under international law.” The president is traveling in the three nations between Thursday and Monday to promote AIDS and cancer awareness.

“They’ve been trying to get any country where President Bush and Vice President Cheney visit to harass them wherever they go,” former Justice Department attorney John Yoo said of Amnesty’s actions.

The group continues to pursue claims that Bush’s administration engaged in torture while prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve found no opportunity to address the situation at home, where new administrations – even those of the opposite party – are loathe to go after past presidents, and GWB’s popularity has actually been making something of a comeback. So apparently they saw their only chance in getting the governments of one of the African nations Bush visits to do the deed for them.

Needless to say, their calls appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

It’s probably a rough time to attempt it anyway, if only in terms of public relations messaging. The younger Bush isn’t over there to invade any countries or lock anyone up. It’s probably tough to stir up resentment against someone working to fight cancer, after all.

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AI is a post these days.

AH_C on December 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

What a bunch of maroons

cmsinaz on December 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Post = pos

AH_C on December 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM

So I guess they will be calling for Obamas arrest any second now…

sandee on December 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Oh but for these perpetual libtard dimwits, it is perfectly fine for Barry Hussein to put BULLETS IN THE BRAIN of alleged terrorists, even US Citizens without any trial, formal charges or anything…..

Hey dipshiit, it’s called an EXECUTION and if you want to arrest someone, go after our dear leader……

SDarchitect on December 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM

AI is a post these days.

AH_C on December 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

no qualifier needed, they are a socialist/communist backed group designed to take down the west.

darwin-t on December 2, 2011 at 8:18 AM

AI suggested Canada do it too – as if. Can they not imagine the consequences? If an African country which previously invited President Bush to visit suddenly broke that agreement and arrested him, they’d face a storm. The US and its allies, and countries friendly to the one in question, would demand his immediate release. Military intervention would be threatened. Economic sanctions – if not outright blockades – too. It is in no one’s best interest to do this. Just don’t do it.

KillerKane on December 2, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Pathetic. Truly pathetic. Keep stringing out this “war crime” meme. We freed two nations – meanwhile, AI turns a blind eye to real war crimes elsewhere.

Red Cloud on December 2, 2011 at 8:22 AM

The irony here is that Bush did more for Africa than anyone else in his eight years in office. Even lefty Bob Geldof was impressed with what Bush did there.

flipflop on December 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

OT: jazz and Tina both got shout outs on the NR morning jolt….kudos!

cmsinaz on December 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Screw Amnesty International and the horse they rode in on.

rplat on December 2, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Actually this President is the one that’s fallen behind in Africa.

Obama Criticized Over AIDS Funding

The head of the Global AIDS Alliance has sharply criticized President Obama, saying Mr. Obama has failed to meet his funding promises for HIV/AIDS.
Paul Zeitz says President Obama is not nearly as involved in the issue as his predecessors George Bush or Bill Clinton. The State Department’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator strongly rejects the charges, calling them inaccurate.
Zeitz says, “Unfortunately, the Obama administration has not kept its word in terms of the AIDS response, globally, and particularly in Africa. President Obama made commitments during the [presidential] campaign to increase spending on global AIDS that he has not matched with his action.”
Zeitz says he and others have been “dialoguing with the administration and encouraging them to review their policies. And we’re hopeful they may do that. But at this point they seem to be very much off track.”

Speakup on December 2, 2011 at 8:26 AM

OT/ Any guesses on the jobs numbers today? They sure have been building up the economy is improving meme all week.

sandee on December 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Have they ever called for the arrest of Islamic terrorists under international law?

zmdavid on December 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

OT/ 8.6% unemployment rate.

sandee on December 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Really? Because no other leader or former leader of any other country in the world has ever done anything like that!

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM

sandee on December 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Just saw on Twitter, unemployment down to 8.6%.

flipflop on December 2, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Let the spin begin

cmsinaz on December 2, 2011 at 8:34 AM

OT/ 8.6% unemployment rate.

sandee on December 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM

But how? A few days ago there was an early report saying around 200,000 jobs were added in November. Today it was reported to be 125,000. Either figure could never lower the rate nearly half a point. You’d have to have a few million no longer counted as unemployed to get down to that number.

Doughboy on December 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM

President Obama believes that Republican leadership of the country would ruin the United States as a land of opportunity, but he’s (justifiably) confident that his daughters will have plenty of opportunities, no matter what.

“Our kids are going to be fine,” Obama told supporters at a campaign event last night. “And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don’t worry about you . . . they’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that’s not our vision of America. I don’t want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates, and can’t feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot.”

Guess the girls are safe from any fears Daddy Obama would be arrested by Amnesty shills.

Wonder if the Bush girls are worried about 43? Kind a doubt it.

PappyD61 on December 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Liberals, by randomly and carelessly overusing strong words, end up purposefully diluting them after the damage has been done. Is ‘war crimes’ the new ‘racist’ meme?

Fallon on December 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Remember when Vince Flynn used to write fiction?

MNHawk on December 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM

But how? A few days ago there was an early report saying around 200,000 jobs were added in November. Today it was reported to be 125,000. Either figure could never lower the rate nearly half a point. You’d have to have a few million no longer counted as unemployed to get down to that number.

Doughboy on December 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Well I’m not an expert but from what I read “participation” of the unemployed was down which translates into people stopped looking for jobs.

sandee on December 2, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Have they ever called for the arrest of Islamic terrorists under international law?

zmdavid on December 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

How dare you criticize people of a different culture! They are merely acting in accordance with their beliefs, and any criticism is tantamount to cultural imperialism. I expect AI to request your arrest any minute now.

/sarc

rbj on December 2, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Serious question has Amnesty called for the arrest of Obama? Obama has continued Gitmo, Iraq, and a heavy does of drone strikes. Are these drone strikes not worse than torture? How many innocents have been maimed or killed ?

CW on December 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Arresting an Ex-President…. That is one sure-fire way to start a war with the US. The US should do everything in its power to protect ex-presidents. If one of these African countries arrested Bush, then we should send a large military force in to retrieve him and treat every person holding him as a combatant.

If it were Obama, I would feel the same way.

jeffn21 on December 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

If it were Obama, I would feel the same way.

jeffn21 on December 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

See my last post.

CW on December 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

If it were Obama, I would feel the same way.

jeffn21 on December 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Obama would love for Bush to be arrested, he could leverage that until the election.
And no, the US would not go to war with Obama as president.

right2bright on December 2, 2011 at 9:21 AM

AI would start a war with current and former members of the US Military, the likes of which they’ve never seen.

Would defend George Bush’s freedom to my very death.

hawkdriver on December 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM

OT/ 8.6% unemployment rate.

But how?

Doughboy on December 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Barak Hussein Obama has taken progressive liberal math to the genius level. So many people have simply quit looking for jobs they are no longer considered part of the work force..so we simply don’t factor them into the equation…then **poof** the size of the “actual” workforce has grown in relation to those unemployed.

See? Math is easy and so is Presidentin!

Alden Pyle on December 2, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Obama has adopted 99% of Bush anti-terror policies and doubled down on the nastier ones, like Predator assassinations. Amnesty International ought to explain why it isn’t going after Obama.

kd6rxl on December 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Now this would be something to go to war for. I hate Amnesty International. I follow the US DP cases they whine about and everything out of their mouths are lies. Too many of these so called human rights organisations are nothing but commie fronts.

Blake on December 2, 2011 at 10:03 AM

So when are the brave honchos of AI going to go after Bush on their own? You know, make a ‘citizen’s arrest’? I’m sure the Secret Service will allow them their moment of glory.

GarandFan on December 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM

I forgot: Which one, AI or ACLU, was started by a Stalinist?

Blake on December 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

How dare you criticize people of a different culture! They are merely acting in accordance with their beliefs, and any criticism is tantamount to cultural imperialism.

Exactly… that’s why you never hear of any muslims or leftists trying to impose their beliefs on others through the use of discrimination, intimidation, or deadly force! Glad we cleared that up.

drunyan8315 on December 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM

The irony here is that Bush did more for Africa than anyone else in his eight years in office. Even lefty Bob Geldof was impressed with what Bush did there.

Not to mention U2′s Bono.

Democrats talk about and taken credit for success in AIDS, CO2 reduction, civil rights, education, etc., but but don’t do much in reality except spend money. Republicans have accomplished more on all those issues, they just don’t talk about it.

Socratease on December 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

This is such a moral inversion. I can’t find the words to express my disgust and rage.

juliesa on December 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

That is so 2004.

ZK on December 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

This is hilarious……
We have an Obama administration that still practices …Indefinite detention…
……….Rendition…….. enhanced interrogation…….secret CIA prisons………Gitmo still open…………Bagram (Gitmo II) where torture has been documented…..blowing whole villages away in Afghanistan……..assassination teams blowing the heads off of unarmed terrorist…..going to war in Libya without Congressional approval…….NSA wiretapping…….and instead of waterboarding,just blowing terrorist away with drones…….

……..and who is Amnesty International whining about…….Bush pouring water over the faces of brutal murderers.

Pathetic.

Yes sir…..no political agenda here at all.

Baxter Greene on December 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

There’s a lot bad stuff to hold W. Bush responsible for but his decision to allow water boarding on key terrorists that saved many lives is certainly one shining example of something he got right. In the face of certain condemnation from the insane never-torture group of Peter Pans who refuse to grow up this took courage and a true sense of responsibility for which I think he deserves a medal.

Chessplayer on December 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM

For proof of just how horrible Bush was, just look at how much better the world is now that he’s out of office…

Scrappy on December 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Amnesty International: Hey, you know who you should arrest?

Over Bono’s dead body.

smellthecoffee on December 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

But Obama slaughtering people with drones gets a pass?

John the Libertarian on December 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Amnesty International: Hey, you know who you should arrest?

Let me guess; a Western nation’s conservative whose crimes are nowhere near as severe as many others they could target; but who won’t have people kill them for targeting him.

Basically the liberal coward’s choice of targets when you care more about politics than actual human rights…

How’d I do?

gekkobear on December 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Bush, Cheney, and Obama should all be locked up as well as the senators who voted to take away Americans’ rights by declaring the U.S. a battlefield in the new defense appropriations bill.

RightXBrigade on December 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Bush, Cheney, and Obama should all be locked up as well as the senators who voted to take away Americans’ rights by declaring the U.S. a battlefield in the new defense appropriations bill.

RightXBrigade on December 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

LOL.

Del Dolemonte on December 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Yep…by all means the @ss-D*uches (thank you Mr. Carolla) from this group of lib-tard-jagoffs should immediately have Bush arrested for:

1. The Targeting and summary execution of 3 Somali Teenage Pirates.

2. Continued Drone Attacks in the middle east including the current one that killed 24 soldiaers, injured 15 and is getting us kicked out of Pakistan.

3. Somewhere between 200 and 300 killed (including a U.S. Border Patrol Agent) by his purposeful program that gave Automatic Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels.

Damn that Bush…….oh wait…

Tim_CA on December 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

So when are the brave honchos of AI going to go after Bush on their own? You know, make a ‘citizen’s arrest’? I’m sure the Secret Service will allow them their moment of glory.

GarandFan on December 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM

They need to go to Hawai’i and find Jim Nabors.

Del Dolemonte on December 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

“Say… this might be a good time to lock that guy up.”

Uh huh, yeah . . . we’ll get right on it.

One-world chumps.

listens2glenn on December 2, 2011 at 1:14 PM

The irony here is that Bush did more for Africa than anyone else in his eight years in office. Even lefty Bob Geldof was impressed with what Bush did there.

flipflop on December 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

That would be irony if an African nation went along. They wouldn’t, for that reason among many. Bush is no enemy of people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

There is no irony in Amnesty International acting irrationally. It’s what they do. It’s all they do.

Immolate on December 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I wonder what would happen if Canada tried to detain Bush.

1) the US Ambassador would run to the prime minister’s residence, bang on the door, and say “Let him go, and I’ll do what to help you.”

2) The Canadian ambassador in Washington would call up and say “What, are you crazy!”

3) Once the news leaked, Rush, O’Reilly, Beck, and almost every other radio show host would encourage people to stop buying or selling Canadian goods. Their economy starts tanking immediately.

4) Congress and the many state legislatures seek, successfully or not, to pass resolutions and laws encouraging citizens to boycott Canadian goods. Some jurisdictions will succeed more than others.

5) Individual acts of spite towards Canadians living, working or visiting the US. They in turn send the message home “This isn’t worth it.”

6) The military prepares plans to rescue the imprisoned president.

Long story short, it would take years – decades even – for Canada to repair its reputation with the US. Relations with the US Government will take less time than with the American people. Just don’t do it.

KillerKane on December 2, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Amnesty international

commie groups always have names opposite for which they stand

AI would start a war with current and former members of the US Military, the likes of which they’ve never seen.
Would defend George Bush’s freedom to my very death.
hawkdriver on December 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I’m with ya

should find out where their offices are and

Write letters

Sonosam on December 2, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Amnesty International’s leaders should be arrested for impersonating a human rights organization and taking money from the public under fraudulent premises.

They write “reports” condemning real abusers, but they only take *action* against the West.

They’re really a pathetic sham.

Merovign on December 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

And yet Robert Mugabe gets a free pass

notalemon on December 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Yep
GWB actually frees 50 mil people to their own device and it’s missed

love the media/

Sonosam on December 3, 2011 at 1:12 PM