Boston Tea Party National Committee Passes Resolution Supporting War Crimes Trials

On March 1, 2011 the Boston Tea Party National Committee passed a resolution (4-0 with 3 not-voting) supporting War Crimes trials for “for every person that has violated the ‘law of war’.”

The resolution states:

Whereas Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum states, Crimes Against Humanity “are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. Murder, extermination, torture, rape, political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of falling into the category of crimes under discussion.” and

Whereas Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention defines war crimes as: “willful killing, torture, inhuman treatment, biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering, serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer, unlawful confinement compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, willfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention and/or taking of hostages.” and
Whereas the U.S. Army’s Law of Land Warfare (Field Manual 27-10) states “Any person, whether a member of the armed forces or a civilian, who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment. Such offenses in connection with war comprise:

a. Crimes against peace.
b. Crimes against humanity.
c. War crimes.

The term ‘war crime’ is the technical expression for a violation of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. Every violation of the law of war is a war crime.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Boston Tea Party National Committee calls for War Crimes trials for every person that has violated the “law of war”, and
Be it resolved that the Boston Tea Party National Committee calls for War Crimes trials for every President & Vice President that has authorized military action without a Congressional Declaration of war and authorized the use of “torture” and/or indefinite detention without charges, and

Be it resolved that the Boston Tea Party National Committee calls for Crimes Against Humanity trials for every President & Vice President that has authorized military action without a Congressional Declaration of war and authorized the use of “torture” and/or indefinite detention without charges, and
Be it resolved that the Boston Tea Party National Committee calls for Crimes Against Peace trials for every President & Vice President that has authorized military action without a Congressional Declaration of war and authorized the use of “torture” and/or indefinite detention without charges.

Any potential War Crimes trials should be privately funded, instead of being paid for with taxpayer money. Technically, all war crimes trials are handled by the International Criminal Court which was established in 2002 via treaty and receives both taxpayer funding and charitable donations; though the ICC jurisdiction “is based on ‘complementarity,’ which allows national courts the first opportunity to investigate or prosecute.”

It is obvious that the government of the United States of America will be unwilling to investigate any violations of the laws of war by former members of the federal government. Therefore, we must take the initiative to contact the ICC requesting an investigation into the crimes by this and previous Presidential administrations.

The BTP National Committee also passed a resolution (3-0 with 1 abstention and 3 not voting) condemning government censorship and any press organization and/or members of the media that intentionally distort and/or misrepresent facts. While failing to achieve quorum on a resolution specifically condemning Fox News for misrepresenting the reaction to the results of the 2011 CPAC presidential strawpoll. The resolution that passed reads

Whereas the First Amendment recognizes five rights, among them the freedom of the press, and
Whereas a free press is the watchdog of a free society, and
Whereas journalists have a responsibility of upholding the truth, and
Whereas the “mainstream media” has a history of distorting and misrepresenting facts. Be it therefore resolved, the Boston Tea Party National Committee supports free and responsible press, and
Be it resolved, the Boston Tea Party National Committee condemns any attempts of government censorship, and
Be it resolved, the Boston Tea Party National Committee condemns any press organization and/or members of the media that intentionally distort and/or misrepresent facts.

The Boston Tea Party was founded in 2006 with a one sentence platform, “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.” In October 2008, the party’s National Convention adopted the four point program of the Campaign for Liberty. Their program calls for an end to overseas occupation, a restoration of privacy and other liberties, no increase in the national debt, and a thorough review of the Federal Reserve. During the 2010 convention the Party adopted a new program to End the Wars of Aggression, End the Fed, End the War on Drugs, End the Abuses of Liberty, End the Immigration Fiasco.

30 thoughts on “Boston Tea Party National Committee Passes Resolution Supporting War Crimes Trials

  1. paulie Post author

    Yes!

    Hope to see LP candidates and LPs at various levels get on this soon as well.

    As I wrote in the comments at https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/02/lee-wrights-opposing-war-doesn%E2%80%99t-make-you-a-pacifist/


    I hope that in his next article, or as soon as possible, Mr. Wrights will call for war crimes trials for US and other war criminals. I believe that right now, with long standing dictatorships falling like dominoes in the Arab world, is a great time to issue such a call.

    I really can?t emphasize that enough. Recently, Darryl Perry made this point at https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/02/darryl-perry-you-cant-spell-hosni-mubarak-without-u-s-a/

    (revised edit) And now a resolution to this effect has been passed by the BTP.

    I hope similar calls will be issued not only by Mr. Wrights, but by other possible candidates for the nomination and by Libertarian Parties at various levels. I don?t really expect such an article from Mr. Root, although he has surprised me before, so who knows? I would hope to see one from Mr. Duensing and Mr. Burns, in addition to Mr. Wrights.

    State and local LPs can justifiably have something to say about this, because Americans from their local areas are dying in the wars perpetuated by these war criminals, being ordered to commit war crimes, and because other Americans in theirs states, counties, etc., are being coerced into paying through it with taxes.

    Generally, I do agree that state and local LPs should focus more on concerns closer to home. I would make this the exception rather than the rule, because I think the reality of US war crimes is a massive one that has to be swept out from under the rug. Much more on this in the comments at

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/01/lee-wrights-the-state-of-the-union-is-still-a-state-of-war/

  2. Porn Again Christian

    Yes, stop living in De-Nile…put US and foreign war criminals on trial!

  3. Steve

    I don’t know if I like the idea of bringing in the ICC and international statutes, tacitly recognizing their sovereignty over Americans. I can see why 3 members of the committee might have abstained – I probably would as well though I agree with war crimes trials for high-level Bush/Obama administration officials. Heck, at this point, I’d just like to see the threat of such a trial used to extract apologies from these people. Justice wouldn’t exactly be served, but at least we would get an admission of wrongdoing.

  4. Porn Again Christian

    The biggest issue here is calling attention to the fact that we have war criminals on the loose, the mechanics of the trial process are a long way off.

  5. Jill Pyeatt

    This really is excellent! I’d like to see our Libertarian National Committee issue a press release like this.

  6. paulie Post author

    Our facebook exchange….hope you don’t mind me posting it here, my apologies if you do:


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    Jill Pyeatt I’d post it on WAR’s page if I hadn’t been unfriended. I wonder if Mark Hinkle would be willing to address this?
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    Darryl W. Perry You should ask
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    Jill Pyeatt I will later tonight (I can’t use the message feature here at work).

    Good job, Darryl!
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    Darryl W. Perry Thanks Jill!
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    Darryl W. Perry PS
    Even though I’m a Life Member of the LP – some people don’t trust me because of my connection with the BTP
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    Jill Pyeatt I like what I’ve seen of the BTP. Those who distrust you might be presenting a reason to be mistrusted themselfves.
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    Darryl W. Perry I’ve thought of that… it’s normally the “right leaning” L’s OR the ones that think the LP has a monopoly on the “libertarian movement”
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    Darryl W. Perry I always thought “competition” was good
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    Jill Pyeatt Well, I do think the BTP is a bit of a watchdog. People know you’ll speak out, good or bad. I personally think that’s a good thing.
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    Darryl W. Perry Wish I could “like” that comment multiple times!!!
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    Paulie Cannoli Jill, I think with the LP the pressure would need to start from local groups passing this, before national could conceivably budge. Get Lee Wrights, Jim Duensing and James Libertarian Burns to endorse this, your LA region, other CA regions, then maybe state parties, etc.
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    Jill Pyeatt I did think I’d ask my husband Alan, who’s a better writer than me, to propose something to present to the CA Ex Com. The current officers, however, wish to concentrate more on state issues, in my experience.
    19 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personDarryl W. Perry likes this.
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    Paulie Cannoli You could actually copy this one, unless you come up with some better language. Also you could start by having your region pass it and perhaps other regions before the state would feel the pressure from below. I agree with concentrating on state issues at the state level, but I would make this the exception.
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    Jill Pyeatt Thanks, Paulie, I think I’ll pursue it.
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  7. Robert Capozzi

    Question: Is there any reason to NOT name those who should be “prosecuted”? I am curious why VPs are mentioned, but not cabinet secretaries, esp. DoD, perhaps State? I assume continuations of undeclared wars would be covered here, so I assume that Obama and Biden would be “prosecuted,” yes?

    My lean is for the LP to not follow suit. This would be a declaration on a kind of “civil war,” and I’m not liking the odds in this confrontation. Such a move could easily provoke all sorts of Draconian counters, and I’m not at all sure the LP could survive such an onslaught. BTP can of course do what they want, but even they couldn’t get a cleanly unanimous vote on this. Regardless, they seem more likely to fly under the radar on this one.

    2 cents offered…

  8. paulie Post author

    Is there any reason to NOT name those who should be “prosecuted”?

    Too long a list.

    I am curious why VPs are mentioned, but not cabinet secretaries, esp. DoD, perhaps State?

    The entire chain of command responsible for carrying out war crimes should be included. I’ll refrain from nitpicking the language, since I was asked to help write it and don’t have a talent for writing resolutions.

    I assume continuations of undeclared wars would be covered here, so I assume that Obama and Biden would be “prosecuted,” yes?

    They would certainly be eligible for prosecution once they leave office, whether that is by being termed out, voted out, or impeached.

    My lean is for the LP to not follow suit. This would be a declaration on a kind of “civil war,” and I’m not liking the odds in this confrontation. Such a move could easily provoke all sorts of Draconian counters, and I’m not at all sure the LP could survive such an onslaught.

    That sounds a bit paranoid. Plenty of people are calling for war crimes trials already. Not sure about political parties, but there are book about it, etc. We still have the right to say it; let’s use our rights while we have them.

    BTP can of course do what they want, but even they couldn’t get a cleanly unanimous vote on this.

    They have a participation issue. People get elected to the national committee and then don’t answer emails. I wouldn’t read too much into that.

    Regardless, they seem more likely to fly under the radar on this one.

    The idea is not to fly under the radar, it’s to help facilitate public debate.

    My lean is for the LP to not follow suit.

    I think it’s pretty obvious what my lean is. 🙂

  9. Darryl W. Perry

    @RC

    The first part after the “whereas” reads be it resolved that the Boston Tea Party National Committee calls for War Crimes trials for EVERY PERSON THAT HAS VIOLATED THE “LAW OF WAR”

    Additionally, as Paulie mentioned, it would be a LONG list to name everyone in the chain of command from President all the way down to the enlistedmen (and women) that were “just following orders”.

  10. Fun K. Chicken

    It’s time to confront the truth about American war criminals so the nation and the world can begin to heal.

  11. paulie Post author

    Unfortunately, haven’t seen any news yet about LP candidates and locals calling for this. Hope to see some soon.

  12. paulie Post author

    So…what about non-libertarian parties?

    Anyone know if Greens or Socialists have adopted anything like this?

  13. paulie Post author

    I don’t think I have anything besides what’s on their websites. If you look to the left or right column of IPR there’s a list of party websites.

    There are some additional ones listed at politics1.com

    Also, when you see press releases posted on IPR there are oftentimes contacts listed. For example if you look under Green Party category at IPR, many of their press releases list contacts, etc.

  14. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorcement

    Will that include Bill and ……….. (– 25 mins ago)

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she does not want to stay in her job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012.

    The nation’s top diplomat also firmly said she neither has plans to mount another White House bid nor interest in other posts, such as vice president or defense secretary.

  15. paulie Post author

    Yep, they’re war criminals too

    I would say the order of operations is to work backwards: prosecute the Bush gang of war criminals first, then the Clintons, etc. fair trials for everyone, of course.

  16. paulie Post author

    Written by Thomas Costanzo
    Date: 03-18-2011
    Subject: Bush Administration

    To Celebrate the murdering tyrants entrance to town where he will be speaking at the convention center on to a christian collage. Activists staged a demonstration to make sure that as many attendees were aware that george w. bush is a murdering warmonger. One activist created souvenir piss cards that are dropped in urinals inviting people to piss on george w. bush

  17. Darryl W. Perry

    http://www.freepatriot-press.com/2011/11/former-president-george-w-bush-former.html
    In early 2011 the Boston Tea Party National Committee passed a resolution supporting War Crimes trials “for every person that has violated the ‘law of war’.” The BTP added that any potential War Crimes trials should be privately funded, instead of being paid for with taxpayer money. It seems that someone listened and on November 23, 2011 former U.S. president George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were found guilty of war crimes by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal after a four day hearing in Malaysia. The tribunal was initiated by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is also President of the Perdana Global Peace Foundation, and was modeled after the 1967 tribunal in Sweden and Denmark that found the U.S. guilty of a war of aggression in Vietnam.

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