Did Bush break the law when he invaded Pakistan?
President George W. Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow U.S. special forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the approval of the Pakistani government, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
One law among many that the Bush regime has broken.
Bush Misled America about the Threat from Iraq.
If Saddam Hussein was an immediate and serious threat to America, as the White House claimed, then Bush might have been justified in invading Iraq. But it appears that Bush misled the public, the Congress and the UN by consistently overstating the threat from Iraq. By lying to Congress, Bush violated US Laws related to Fraud and False Statements, Title 18, Chapter 47, Section 1001 and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Title 18, Chapter 19, Section 371.
Lie #1 - Uranium from Niger - Bush said "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." in his State of the Union Address.
Lie #2 - Iraq and 9/11 - Bush led people to believe that Iraq was involved with 9/11 by repeatedly linking them in his speeches. This was so effective that at one point 70% of Americans actually believed Saddam was behind 9/11. Bush has since admitted that this was not true.
Lie #3 - Congress Knew - Bush has stated that Congress had access to all the same information that the White House had. Thus he should not be blamed for making the mistake of going to war. But Bush was briefed many times about the falsehood of various stories and this information never reached Congress.
Lie #4 - Aluminum Tubes - Bush, Cheney, Rice and Powell said that aluminum tubes Iraq attempted to buy were intended for use in a uranium centrifuge to create nuclear weapons. These were the only physical evidence he had against Iraq. But it turns out this evidence had been rejected by the Department of Energy and other intelligence agencies long before Bush used them in his speeches.
Lie #5 - Iraq and Al Qaeda - Bush still insists that there was a "relationship" between Iraq and Al Qaeda. But the 9/11 Commission released a report saying, among other things, that there was no "collaborative relationship" between Al Qaeda and Iraq. The nature of the relationship seems to be that Al Qaeda asked for help and Iraq refused. Al Qaeda was opposed to Saddam Hussein because Saddam led a secular government instead of an Islamic government.
Lie #6 - Weapons of Mass Destruction - Bush insisted that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction but his "evidence" consisted mostly of forged documents, plagiarized student papers, and vague satellite photos. The United Nations was on the ground in Iraq and could find nothing. After extensive searches Bush was finally forced to admit that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.
Lie #7 - Mobile Weapons Labs - Bush and his team repeatedly claimed that Iraq possessed mobile weapons labs capable of producing anthrax. Colin Powell showed diagrams of them at his speech before the UN to justify invading Iraq. These claims originated from Curveball, a discredited Iraqi informer who fed Bush many of the stories related to WMD. On May 29, 2003, two small trailers matching the description were found in Iraq. A team of bio-weapons experts examined the trailers and concluded they were simply designed to produce hydrogen for weather balloons. But, for over a year, Bush claimed these were part of Iraq's bio-weapons program. The expert's report was suppressed and only recently made public. Read the Iraq survey report.
Lie #8 -The Bush wiretaps violated US law because he was required to get approval from FISA. He can start a wiretap of a suspected terrorist at any time but must then seek approval to continue within 72 hours.
Lie #9- Attorney General Gonzales claims HJR114 gave Bush authority to conduct the wiretaps. But HJR114 only grants use of the "Armed Forces". HJR114 does not explicitly suspend the Constitution. Also HJR114 requires "The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3". Congress was not notified of these wiretaps.Source(s): http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article... http://www.nogw.com/warcrimes.html http://www.motherearth.org/bushwanted/laws.php http://www.onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/articl... http://www.thefourreasons.org/crimes.htm http://www.hermes-press.com/profiteering.htm http://deoxy.org/wc/warcrim2.htm
- sizemoreLv 44 years ago
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
There are a number of international treaties that are broken by this approval. But again, war breaks a lot of treaties.
This will help destablize the newly elected govt of pakistan, so that the terrorists can take over and USA can have a new mess to deal with.
- psalmsmuseLv 51 decade ago
I'm more worried about the leak of the report. The New York Times is no friend to the United States. But Obama has said if he gets elected, he'll get Osama bin Laden, which is the same as saying he'll go into Pakistan also.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes. Of course this is kinda like going after Manson for a parking ticket.
- 1 decade ago
The better question to ask is when didn't Bush break the law!!!!
- bratty bratLv 41 decade ago
Yes, he did. He is a major war criminal, but no one will do anything to stop him.
- MS SLv 51 decade ago
All's fair in love and war. And btw that's where Osama bin Laden is.
- 1 decade ago
No because they attacked Israel our ally.
Therefore he has a legal reason to attack.
- 1 decade ago
Yikes! I'm pretty sure that's illegal and stupid.