BUSH ARRIVES IN EUROPE
Trial Expected to Begin in January
18 Oct , 2010, The Hague, Netherlands:
Disgraced former US President, George W. Bush today was handed over to the International Criminal Court today in advance of his ICC trials on charges of "Crimes against Humanity."
An overflowing crowd delighted at the sight of Mr. Bush in leg irons as he was led into an ICC courtroom for formal arraignment and pretrial proceedings.
The former President's disgrace and fall occurred in a whirlwind fashion beginning with the mid-term elections of 2006 when the Democratic Party was returned to power in the US Congress. Democrats moved quickly on impeachment proceedings against Bush. The election of a Democratic President in 2008 combined with Democratic control of the US House and Senate finally allowed the US to join the International Criminal Court.
The impeachment set in motion an acrimonious whirlwind of events including subsequent Congressional investigations and Justice Department prosecutions of Republican party Officials , members of Congress and ordinary citizens. When partisan bitterness threatened to erupt into all-out civil war, Democrats fashioned and passed the "Patriot Act II" which permitted stronger domestic law-enforcement and surveillance measures and enabled the US President to declare Martial Law. With the new legislation, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were able to move aggressively in detaining and prosecuting dozens of domestic rightwing terrorists.
Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's trials have been on-going in the Hague since last summer. Both men face life sentences if convicted.