Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Citizen's Arrest! Citizen's Arrest!

The Telegraph is reporting that one outraged British Journalist plans on making a citizens arrest of former US Ambassador to the United Nations Josh Bolton, for his prior role at the US State Department in disseminating patently false information in the led to the 2003 Iraq Invasion.

George Monbiot, the journalist and activist, is planning the action because he believes Mr Bolton is a "war criminal".

He claimed Mr Bolton was "instrumental in preparing and initiating the Iraq war by disseminating false claims through the State Department" while he was under-secretary of state for arms control.

The claim to making a citizen's arrest on Bolton reminded me oddly of the episode of Andy Griffith above, about the 5:40 second point Gomer Pyle begins crying Citizen's Arrest over and over like a parrot. This of course isn't meant to deminish Mr. Monboit's claims about Mr. Bolton but is meant as a casual connection to a notion that is so rarely applied.

I'm sure Mr. Monboit probably takes solace that his pronouncements and intentions coincidentally follow and are most likely supported by Scott McClellan's publishing of his scathing critique of the Bush Administration "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception."

Admittedly Bolton's arrest will be nothing more than symbolic, but with the release of McClellan's book (which many conservatives are calling a betrayal and smear of the worst kind - really?), perhaps there will be a more serious cry for impeachment or a punishment more severe. In the meantime Mr. Monboit can take stock in his symbolic act, or desire to perform the act, as London Police have said they won't allow it to happen, he'll get the justice he demands on this tyranical administration soon enough (Jan. 20, 2009).

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