By Elizabeth de la Vega
In this book, former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega brings her twenty years of experience and passion for justice to what may be the most important case of her career. The defendants are George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell. The crime is tricking the nation into war, or, in legal terms, conspiracy to defraud the United States.
If the indictment and grand jury are hypothetical, the facts are tragically real: Well over half the people in the U.S. now believe the President misled the country into a war that has left over 3,000 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead, and countless Iraqis homeless. The cost is $600 billion and counting. Faced with an ongoing crime of such magnitude, de la Vega argues, we cannot simply shrug our shoulders and walk away.
Three sections of the book were originally posted on Tomdispatch: