Citizen’s Arrest of War Criminal George W. Bush: Court Case in Canada
Anti-Bush Protester Handed Fine, One-Year Probation
by Daryl Slade
Global Research, June 10, 2010
CALGARY Ã¢â‚¬â€ A Chase, B.C., man will not go to jail after being convicted of obstructing a peace officer while protesting former U.S. president George W. Bush’s visit to Calgary last year.
Provincial court Judge Manfred Delong handed a conditional discharge Monday to John Pasquale Boncore, 58, and placed him on probation for a year.
Boncore Ã¢â‚¬â€ who also goes by the name of Splitting the Sky Ã¢â‚¬â€ must make a $1,000 donation to a charity of his choice and pay a $50 victim fine surcharge as conditions of his probation.
Court heard Boncore, who wanted to have Bush arrested as a war criminal, tried to cross a line of city police officers providing security as the former president spoke at the Telus Convention Centre on March 17, 2009.
Boncore told the judge before sentencing that if being fined $1,000 “for trying to apprehend a war criminal of the Bush administration, and possibly stop torture and murder,” then “bring it on.”
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who has worked for many years in aboriginal rights with Boncore, a former resident of Buffalo, N.Y., gave a strong character reference on the man’s behalf during Monday’s hearing.
Outside court, Clark condemned the Bush administration for “the most unspeakable aggression” since the Second World War in starting conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He insisted there shouldn’t be a problem with protesting something you believe in.
“It’s important people see that side of (Bush’s regime),” said Clark. “If (the U.S.) continued this war aggression, it’s going to be a short and difficult future for everybody.”
A defiant Boncore told the judge before sentencing he wasn’t there to incite violence but that he “(believes) in my heart that George W. Bush is a war criminal.”
Crown prosecutor Tracy Davis, who did not seek any jail time, nevertheless called Boncore’s actions that day a well-planned and deliberate action.
Defence lawyer Charles Davison had sought a discharge for his client, who had no prior criminal record and has a good standing in his community.
Delong said the issue did not have anything to do with Boncore’s beliefs but rather what he had done that day.
He called the obstruction a relatively minor offence compared to similar cases.
STS Versus the War Criminals Ã‚Â© Edna Spennato 2010.
Photomontage made on 17 March 2010
Mundo dos Sonhos
World of Dreams
Just to let you know that a new photomontage has been posted at Mundo dos Sonhos, in support of the trial last week in Calgary, BC, of the veteran Mohawk activist, Splitting the Sky, who attempted to arrest the war criminal, GW Bush, when he came to Calgary a year ago.
Some interesting links and audio and video footage are included in the blog post.
March 18, 2010
Splitting the Sky Versus the War Criminals
On 17 March 2009 in Calgary, Canada, Splitting the Sky (aka John Boncore) was arrested and charged with obstruction (as he fully expected) when he tried to serve George W. Bush with a citizenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s warrant, and to arrest him to stand trial for war crimes and torture. In doing so, he sacrificed himself for ALL of us who are concerned with Truth, Peace and Justice. His trial took place on 8 and 9 March, and judgment will be passed on 7 June 2010.Ã‚Â The trial was closed down by the state after 2 days, though he was originally given 5 days to present evidence of war crimes and torture, as well as the involvement of the Bush regime in the events of 9/11, to justify his actions under the legal principle of Ã¢â‚¬Å“civil resistanceÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Listen to STS Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Anthem for Dissent
CitizenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Arrest of George W. Bush for War Crimes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Trial of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Splitting the SkyÃ¢â‚¬Â
by Prof. Anthony J. Hall
Who and What is on Trial?
When Splitting the Sky broke through police lines in his attempt to conduct a citizenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arrest of former US president George W. Bush, the Mohawk freedom fighter pierced a thick wall of tyranny. He broke through a tight phalanx of state protection for the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace.
With his courageous act, Splitting the Sky announced the unwillingness of millions of global citizens to tolerate any longer the culture of impunity that places a small, interlinked global plutocracy above the law….
Read in full here.
9/11 Truth is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Splitting the SkyÃ¢â‚¬Â
by Peter Zaza
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦John Boncore was born in Buffalo, New York on January 7, 1952. His Mohawk name, Dacajeweiah, translated into English means Ã¢â‚¬Å“Splitting the SkyÃ¢â‚¬Â. From the age of seven he endured many years in New York foster homes and youth detention centres where he was ill-treated. Eventually he would become the only man convicted as a ringleader of the infamous 1971 Attica State Prison rebellion in upstate New York, in the course of which 43 inmates were killed. This event has inspired several movies Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Against the WallÃ¢â‚¬Â (1994) starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Ã¢â‚¬Å“AtticaÃ¢â‚¬Â (1980) starring Morgan Freeman Ã¢â‚¬â€ and documentaries including Ã¢â‚¬Å“AtticaÃ¢â‚¬Â (1974), and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Ghosts of AtticaÃ¢â‚¬Â (2001). He was listed by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young of the Carter administration as the number one political prisoner in the USA in 1975.
Splitting the Sky founded an organization to unite all Indigenous Peoples into a great confederation called the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the Western Hemisphere (LISN). In 1995 he was the Sun Dance Chief at Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia, during the Gustafsen Lake Standoff, which was precipitated by a rancher who attempted to evict the Sun Dancers from what he claimed was his property. The incident turned into a major protest against the occupation of unceded native land. Splitting the Sky was an outspoken critic of the governmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handling of the incident and was among those who raised the question of so-called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Aboriginal TitleÃ¢â‚¬Â under international law. Specifically, aboriginal title is enshrined under the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which is validated as an aboriginal right in section (35) of the Canadian Constitution.
On September 10th, 2001, Splitting the Sky and his family were checking out of the Marriott Hotel one block from the World Trade Center in New York. Had he stayed an extra day or two, as was originally planned, he and his family might have suffered the fate of 400 others at that location who lost their lives during the 9/11 tragedy. As if by some intuition, he and his wife decided to cut short their stay and get out of New York City. While many researchers for 9/11 Truth deal with the never ending incongruities and falsehoods of the governmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story regarding 9/11, or the various examples of forensic evidence proving controlled demolition, Splitting the Sky has studied the complex web of people and organizations he believes to be the authors of this crime. Through careful deconstruction of the financial entities involved, as well shining the light on those specific figures who occupy the principle seats of power within those structures, he follows the age old maxims of criminology which compel us to Ã¢â‚¬Å“follow the moneyÃ¢â‚¬Â, as well as determine Ã¢â‚¬Å“who benefitsÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
Read in full here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Earth Heal Geoharmonic Research Project
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