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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

George W. Bush gets his day in court! STS vs. Bush trial goes forward

(We are hoping for a call-in update on the trial during my radio show today. And you can listen to Saturday's interview with Splitting-the-Sky, Anthony Hall, and Joshua Blakeney here.)

Judge Manfred Delong Meets Splitting the Sky
Joshua Blakeney
Media Coordinator of Globalization Studies
University of Lethbridge

Today the trial of Splitting the Sky commenced. Splitting the Sky attempted a citizens' arrest on credibly accused war criminal George W. Bush on March 17, 2009, and was arrested and jailed for doing so by police. Try as its representatives might to disguise their motivations with the kind PR spin doctoring we witnessed in the court today, the Calgary Police, the RCMP and its contractors were under the Harper government's strict political orders to protect the Alberta home turf of the current minority government that came to power as the holder of the Bushite franchise in Canada. Some have termed this historic proceeding as "The Trial of Splitting the Sky versus George W. Bush." From what I witnessed firsthand on day one, the government attempt to manage this highly volatile convergence of law and politics was an exciting affair.

The morning's proceedings were mostly filled with the testaments of the policemen involved in protecting Bush and arresting STS. Amazingly, when one of the policeman was asked why he had arrested the Mohawk activist, the official contended that he “was protecting STS” from Bush's henchmen. He went on to say that Bush's protectors carry “lethal weapons” and that they would in all have used them to kill the accused man. Rather than seek further information on Bush's private-Blackwater-style militia, the lawyers on both sides of the case passed over this startling revelation.

The presiding magistrate, Judge Manfred Delong, initially appeared, in my view, to be siding with the Crown prosecutor against STS's lawyer, Charles Davison. Davison's initial submission asked the court to allow for a distinction between “Obstructing a Police Officer” and “Preventing a Police Officer from Performing his Duty.” Davison's argument was disallowed by Judge Delong. From that point on, Mr. Davison appeared to be improvising in a defence on which the hopes of many in the anti-war activists are riding.

Certainly the turning point of the day came when STS took the stand to testify in his usual flamboyant, surprising and erudite manner. STS reminded the court that it was the same laws which the minority government eschewed vis-a-vis Bush which were invoked to keep British peace activist George Galloway MP out of Canada last March. STS opined: “All Galloway had been doing was bringing medical aide to Palestinians in Gaza, 2000 of whom Israel had massacred, but they barred Galloway from Canada using the same laws which they should have used to ban George W. Bush.”

My perception was that until STS testified, Judge Delong was more inclined to the Crown's side of the argument, namely that the police were “keeping the peace” in a law-abiding manner by arresting STS. Once STS had outlined his justifications for seeking the arrest of Bush, the judge perked up markedly. Charles Davison's main contentions revolved around the characterization of STS's understanding at the moment he attempted the citizen's arrest. STS informed the court that three documents most influenced his decision to arrest Bush. The first was a statement disseminated prior to Bush's lecture date by Lawyers Against the War. It was directed to a number of law enforcement officials right up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In a concise yet rich and detailed intervention, LAW detailed why George W. Bush was inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (see: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12668).

The second document submitted to the court was a letter of solidarity written by former US Attorney-General Ramsay Clark. Over three decades Clark and STS have developed a deep and fruitful collaboration going back to the days when the latter was charged with killing a jail guard in the Attica prison debacle of 1971. The third document to be placed before the Court is entitled “Bush League Justice: Should George W. Bush be Arrested in Calgary, AB, and Tried for International Crimes.” It was authored by STS's friend and colleague, Anthony J. Hall. I noticed that Judge DeLong, who had been particularly statue-like and expressionless prior to reading Hall's essay, suddenly metamorphosed into an engaged human being apparently interested in this highly significant case in Canada's history.

Not long after the period when Judge Delong had listened to STS's impassioned oratory and viewed Professor Hall's essay, the court was adjourned. The judge concluded by stating he was willing to stay until Thursday (i.e. for the full four days allotted for the trial) plus an extra day if necessary. The Judge's looking ahead to a week-long trial can be deemed a victory for STS and his supporters as a five day event should allow for more evidence to be brought to light in a legal proceeding which is certainly one of the most significant trials ever to take place in Calgary. Judge Delong has been presented with a chance to create a beacon of a hope in a world afflicted with the prospect of never ending military strife as set in motion by the Cheney-Bush regime's fraudulent Global War on Terror.
Tomorrow is the second day of the trial and STS's lawyer may be calling Professor Anthony J. Hall to the stand to testify. Cynthia McKinney will arrive in Calgary on Tuesday evening. It is hoped the the court will give this indefatigable freedom fighter the green light to testify on Wednesday.


  1. Wow, this is incredible news. --thanks for reporting.

  2. Thanks for the update Kevin :) Keep up the great work.

    Love "Light" and Energy


  3. Fantastic! I've been following STS for years and he is a courageous man among tyrants.

    Thank you for the kind update.

    Best Wishes.

  4. Excellent citizen journalism - power to the people.

    My regards to STS and keep up the good work.


    Sir Paul Grice HKtB/KtTA

    Adjutant - Knights Templar Of Australia



  5. Nice try, bravo!
    Here's another one:
    To Interpol: Criminal Complaint Against Global Elite For Crimes Against Humanity

    Remember: All our problems today are directly related to monetary system designed so that those who generate money can subtract the production capacities from other people and enjoy the fruits of their labor. The monetary system is the one that affects our daily lives more than the executive, judicial and legislative decisions together. So if you want to change something, change the money first: Alternative Economic Approach To Sustainable Development

  6. Indeed, monetary system is one of the roots of modern failure called modern society. A money spent into existence by the people, or by (a) committee(s) by the people as well as private parties through coinage of gold and silver (observing regulations on monopoly), is something more fair and just than a central banking system where money is borrowed in existence on gunpoint by a government composed of and adviced by a cadre of elitists.

  7. Awesome reporting.
    BTW, bushes body guards as for an ex president, would have the legal right to shoot anyone they deemed a threat to the president, this is not a valid law aimed at protecting the president against coercion during his presidency and afterwards.
    this supposedly protects the country from "voting by bullet", unfortunately apparently doesn't' reach as far as dissolving the central bank, or work against lobbyists or bribes. but it does give the president, and ex-presidents a measure of protection.
    the down side of course is never being able to go to the corner store, or taking a dump alone ever again.
    but such is the price for being in such an office.
    he needs to show up with the proper paperwork.
    then probably still get his ass shot up

  8. Although many should know few want to realize that Canada has been setup to be a facist police state. Martial law how close is it in Canada well did you know that the R.C.M.P are not even civil servants they are a division of the Candian Armed Forces they are not merly corrupt as much as organized crime. When did Canadians ever elect their public defender they didn't because that is all taken care of for us by the Crown, how much more quant can you get than that? Then comes along a true statesman and countryman like Splitting the Sky who was acting in accordance to the provisions set out in Canadian law oops did you know thats only for seemingly good reading and looks proper for the books now what the Crown has is a problem because Splitting the Sky has caused attention to the fasaud the law really is and what it is really intended to protect. The common-sense of it is and most all know the acts of the likes of Silly George Bush are a devastation to all humanity yet too many think we have some kind of refuge in the demonology of a democratic process. When more people like Splitting the Sky are willing to standup and be counted and endure the penance that he has mentaly, physically and imotionally for what he knows is right there is a hope for not just justice but even greater peace and love for us all.

    Bob Poulin