An activist group in Brattleboro, VT will seek the arrest and indictment of President Bush and V.P. Cheney for war crimes if they dare to set foot inside the town. 54 year old Kurt Daims, who is leading the drive states, "This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do." In another written statement he argues, "Don’t worry that it’s not a legal document. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t a legal document, either."
Vermont has an ongoing history of anti-Bush administration sentiment, having voted 16-9 in the state senate last April in a non-binding resolution for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
The measure from the annual town meeting specifically asks: "Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictment for consideration by other municipalities?"
The measure has far from unanimous support, and even Vermont Attorney General William Sorrel whose office has repeatedly sued the administration over environmental issues. He states, "The move was of very dubious legality," and, "if this passed, they’d have really uphill sledding trying to have it be legal and enforceable."
As it stands, Bush has visited 49 states in his presidency, the one exception being Vermont.
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