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Karl Rove To Be "Arrested" November 9 in Phoenix: Couldn't Happen To a Nicer Guy

A couple of weeks back, I blogged on the obscenity of Arizona's business elite feting "Bush's brain" and "war criminal" Karl Rove on November 9 at the Sheraton as part of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's "Phoenix Forum" speaker series.

Rove was part of the Bush administration scheme to sell the American public on the invasion of Iraq with the fantasy of Saddam Hussein's possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

As we all know, there were no WMDs, yet the invasion took place, and as a result more than 4,000 U.S. service personnel died, an estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilians lost their lives, and it's cost the American taxpayer close to one billion trillion dollars so far. (See below)

So why are people paying $75 a head to hear Rove's thoughts on the midterm elections? Why are SRP, APS, FreeportMcMoRan Copper and Gold, and the Arizona Republic sponsoring this shameful event?

I suggested in my previous post that someone should be protesting Rove's appearance, nonviolently of course.

Now, Arizona's End the War Coalition has announced that it will be staging a "citizens arrest" of Rove on November 9 in front of the Sheraton from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Bring your handcuffs, crime tape and we'll have some too," reads the e-mail blast EWC just sent out.

The coalition cites a number of crimes they believe Rove to be guilty of, including murder, treason, election fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. You can read the announcement below.

Since the EWC is made up of such peacenik groups as the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice, Arizona Institute for Peace Education and Research, Code Pink Phoenix, Grandmothers for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America Phoenix, Veterans for Peace-Phoenix, and Women in Black Phoenix, I suspect the protest will be vocal and non-violent, as it should be.

If justice reigned, Karl Rove would be wearing a red jumpsuit and scrubbing toilets in Gitmo alongside Dick Cheney. As it does not, at least some Phoenicians can make Rove feel unwelcome when he burns through town to pick up a check.

***Note: Thanks to Steve for the correction in his comment. You are right, the cost of the war has been estimated at close to one trillion dollars so far. This, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service published in September.

Here's the EWC's e-mail blast:

Wanted for War Crimes
Arrest Karl Rove!
 He will address the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce  
Title - "Where Do We Go from Here?
End the War Coalition has a suggestion!
Let us make a Citizens' Arrest of this War Criminal while he is here in Phoenix!
When - Tuesday, November 9th - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where - Sheraton Hotel - Downtown Phoenix 
Sidewalk in front of the hotel
 340 N. 3rd Street (3rd Street & Adams) 
The Petition
United States of America, plaintiff v. Karl Christian Rove, defendant
Under the authority provided private citizens by Arizona Code: 13-3884, you, Karl Christian Rove, are being placed under arrest for high crimes against the people of the United States committed during your role as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush as well as while serving as a campaign consultant during the U.S. presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.
You are charged with willful violation of the following federal codes between the dates of January 1, 2000 until the present.
US Code: Title 42, the Voting Rights Act, for ELECTION FRAUD in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections
US Code, Chapter 19.371, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT OFFENSE OR TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES, for false information leading to the War in Iraq
Several sections of US Code, Chapter 115, TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES including, but not limited to submitting and fomenting false information leading to the War in Iraq, illegal detainment and torture of prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere, and other fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel as well as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
US Code, Title 18, Chapter 51, FELONY MURDER
Further, you may also be indicted for other violations of federal code not listed in this complaint.
Bring your handcuffs, crime tape and we'll have some too. 
 We'll have a large petition listing the crimes charged against Karl Rove.  Come and join us!
Sponsored by End the War Coalition - Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice, Arizona Institute for Peace Education and Research, Code Pink Phoenix, Grandmothers for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America  Phoenix, Veterans for Peace-Phoenix, Women in Black Phoenix 
Information: 480.894.2024, [email protected] or www.azpeace.org

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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