Lawsuits Launched Against DNC and Bush Administration

lawsuits-dnc-bushBy James Corbett, The International Forecaster

On June 28, 2016, the Miami-based law firm Beck & Lee served then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman and the DNC itself with a class action lawsuit for rigging the 2016 Democratic primary race in favor of Hillary Clinton.

The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, alleges that the DNC broke its own legally binding neutrality agreements by plotting to make Hillary Clinton the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee even before the primaries had begun. It points to evidence from leaked DNC emails that expose how DNC officials treated Clinton as the only Democratic candidate even after Bernie Sanders officially declared his candidacy in April 2015.

But the lawsuit did not gain international notoriety until August 2nd, when Shawn Lucas, the process server who served the suit to the DNC, was found dead in his home.

Although Lucas’ unusual (and still unexplained) death has dominated media coverage of the story, missing from this narrative is that the death of this process server has not changed, derailed or stopped the case from proceeding. Jared Beck, the managing partner of the law firm that brought the suit, stopped to discuss the case after an evidentiary hearing late last month.

We got involved because we got hired by hundreds and hundreds and now even thousands of people that after the primaries happened, and after all of these documents came out that we have from Wikileaks and other sources, they came to us and said: ‘You know, we don’t believe this is a fair process and we want to bring claims as representative plainants against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.’

And so we’ve been retained by so many people from around the country. It’s been an amazing outpouring of support. At one point I was getting literally ten emails a minute. My email box actually broke down for a little while cause you’re getting that much support from all around the country. Some people had donated thousands of dollars and really put a lot of resources into Bernie Sanders. Others had donated $27 or less and we’re talking about unemployed folks, homeless folks. They really scraped up what they could to contribute to this campaign and they felt robbed by the process.

And so we’re lawyers, we bring cases against companies of all sorts when they engage in deceptive conduct. And I don’t think the DNC is any different from any other corporation that engages in fraud, and so that’s why we were happy to bring this case and we’re happy to litigate it because we think it’s just so important to the political system.

Although only a civil lawsuit, the case stands as a very public rebuke to the DNC that so carefully stage-managed the primary process and defrauded their own members who believed the process was taking place in good faith. Should the case proceed and prevail, it would furthermore serve as a very public rebuke to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign that could even bring Clinton’s mandate into question should she win the presidency, thereby hampering her and further weakening public support for her aggressive, militaristic agenda.

Given the high profile neocons that are now lining up to throw their support behind a Clinton presidency, the DNC lawsuit is in effect a legal challenge to the neocon faction that is preparing to jump ship from the GOP to the Democrats in the current election cycle.

At the same time, another less talked about but no less important lawsuit is taking aim squarely at the heart of the neocon cabal. Saleh v. Bush is a class action lawsuit being forwarded by Inder Comar of Comar Law that was filed in 2013 on behalf of an Iraqi refugee who was displaced from her home by the Bush administration’s illegal invasion of the country. The lawsuit alleges that Bush and other members of his administration committed the crime of aggression against the Iraqi people, the supreme crime under the Nuremberg principles.

As Comar explained in a 2014 interview:

I practice here in San Francisco. I have my own private firm and I represent a client who’s seeking accountability for the Iraq war. She’s suing former high-ranking members of the Bush administration alleging that their conduct amounted to what’s called “aggression” under international law. That’s a principle that comes to us from the Nuremberg trials.

So she’s asking this federal court here in San Francisco to apply Nuremberg-era precedents on these six high-ranking members of the Bush administration. That includes George W. Bush, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz. She’s asking this court to look at their conduct leading up to the war and seeing if there’s any wrong-doing that might have been committed.

This is not the first time that Bush and the neocons have been pursued through the legal system.

In early 2011 former President George W. Bush was forced to cancel a trip to Switzerland to speak at a fundraiser for the United Israel Appeal after it was revealed that a number of human rights groups were planning to prosecute him for war crimes, including contravention of the Convention Against Torture to which the United States is a signatory.

Another round of lobbying preceded Bush’s appearance at a speaking engagement in Surrey, B.C. later that year, citing the evidence in a 2006 UN report, a 2007 Council of Europe report, a 2008 US Senate Armed Services Committee report, the testimony of UN Special Rapporteurs Nowak and Scheinin, a 2009 admission by Cheney and Bush’s own 2010 memoirs, but in this case Canadian authorities refused to enforce the law by bringing charges against him.

Perhaps most notably, Bush and seven key members of his administration, including Cheney, Rumsfeld and their legal advisers were tried and convicted in absentia by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission for the war crimes of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. Although the commission has no method of enforcing the decision, the conviction still stands and could potentially be used by a prosecutor if and when Bush or his colleagues step foot in a jurisdiction that is willing to uphold the law.

Whether it be the class action lawsuit against the DNC, Saleh v. Bush, or the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission conviction, there remains brave lawyers and prosecutors that are willing to stand up to the neocons, even if such a stand puts them in harm’s way. If the public is truly interested in justice for the war crimes and aggression of this dangerous faction, it is incumbent on them to stand with those who are attempting to prosecute them.

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16 Comments on "Lawsuits Launched Against DNC and Bush Administration"

  1. I like it!!!

  2. Bush had a choice – proceed with an unwarranted war and promote it or say no to the corrupt globalist cartel. He chose to promote the war and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dead people and more wounded for life. He is a despicable war criminal. Bush lied – search youtube for “a_cciUzoLwo” or for “leading to war”

  3. Guilty of War Crimes – Bush and Blair in Malaysia – then 2 planes disappear/blow up – tell me I’m not a conspiracy nut – but it makes sense

  4. SallyMtheDEPLORABLE | October 17, 2016 at 7:45 am | Reply

    I am a conspiracy nut. These goat worshipers are all about anointing the hildabeast. She will finish off the Usurped Ztates.

  5. Here it comes, lawsuits against the USA for war crimes.

  6. If Trump is elected, he should also nationalize the Uranium 1 lands sold to Putin by HRC for 145 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation and let the Clintons settle up with the Russian oligarchs.

    That should be fun…

  7. It is truly unfortunate and deeply offensive that the American people and the World must look to and rely on third parties to enforce the law against war crimes. The US itself, by refusing to enforce justice, has made itself complicit in such evil criminality. I wonder if the American people will ever insist that their nation be ruled by law, not by individual mini tyrants.

  8. theBushClinton crime syndicate, again and again.
    The above the law goat/owl worshipers.

  9. What a surprise! I had no idea that there is corruption at such high levels of government.

  10. Debbie does Clinton

  11. More evidence that the 2016 DNC campaign was intended to be a coronation, not an election. Bernie Sanders was only supposed to give the illusion that Hillary had faced a challenger in the primary. He was never supposed to be a strong candidate.

  12. You are to be commended for your sincerity. However, I believe you have made two important errors in your arguement. First, the pleading you read to us from the DNC doesn’t amount to an admission that they were biased. The pleading basically pointed out that people who believed (based on their FB posts) that the DNC was biased still donated. So whether or not the DNC was biased (which they don’t admit), people donated believing that was in fact the case, so they can’t now come and ask for their money back.
    The second point is that the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal is in Malaysia, a country with a poor human rights record who have been mentioned regularlyby organisations such as Human Rights Watch for using human rights abuse to silence dissent, including persecuting human rights defenders, activists and journalists. Charges have been brought for corruption against the former opposition leader. Many people believe these charges are merely an excuse to remove him from the political scene. In any case, a finding of guilt for War Crimes by this tribunal is more likely to be an opportunity to thumb their noses at the US than a reliable statement that the Bush administration was guilty of anything.

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