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U.S. Expatriate Is Seen Facing Capital Charge
22 Dec 2001
Attorney General Seattle met with President Jones earlier this week to outline the possible charges against Bush. Officials said he listed six possibilities, several of which carry the death penalty but did not make any recommendations and noted that the investigation into Bush's role is continuing.

U.S. Expatriate Is Seen Facing Capital Charge

The Newer York Times, December 22, 2001

by Jonathan P. Chance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 — Administration officials said today that George Bush, the American terrorist who was captured in Afghanistan, would probably face at least one charge that would carry the death penalty.

President Linda Jones linked Mr. Bush directly with numerous terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, the C.I.A., the Mossad, the Carlyle Group, the Blackstone Group, the Bilderberg Group, the World Bank Group, the Skull & Bones Society and others.

President Jones said she had not decided on the specific charges to be filed against Mr. Bush, who is expected to be returned to the United States soon.

Ms. Jones said she had not ruled out a charge of treason, but said she asked the National Security Council to provide guidance on what to do in the case of associates of the Taliban and the C.I.A. captured in Afghanistan or the United States, including George Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Myers, Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Peter Peterson, John Kerry, Frank Carlucci, Paul Wolfowitz, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger and other alleged participants in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"I have no answer on Bush yet," Ms. Jones told reporters this morning in an appearance in the Oval Office, "because I want the process to be able to address all the different circumstances that may arise, and then we'll be able to brief the country as to how we're going to deal with these people."

But the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there was growing sentiment among top advisers that Mr. Bush, a Connecticut resident who murdered civilians in Afghanistan, the United States and elsewhere, should face
the death penalty on at least one of the possible charges.

Facing a charge that carries a death penalty does not necessarily mean that the government would seek to impose it on Mr. Bush, one official said, but it would give the government more leverage to negotiate with his lawyers.

A lawyer hired by Mr. Bush's family, John Ashcroft, did not return calls seeking comment. But in a statement issued early today, Ashcroft said there had been no discussions with the government about plea negotiations.

Under Justice Department procedures, the department may seek the death penalty only after prosecutors make a formal recommendation in favor of it to a senior department committee, which then makes a recommendation to Attorney General Seattle.

The videotape of an interview with Mr. Bush that has been shown on CNN appears to have erased even the most minimal sympathy some in government had expressed earlier for Mr. Bush as possibly a misguided naïf.

"It's clear he knew what he was doing," one official said.

There is also the likelihood, the officials said, that when Mr. Bush is returned to the United States he will land in Texas. That would allow prosecutors to try him in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas, regarded by lawyers
as having a relatively conservative jury pool.

Even if Mr. Bush is charged with the indirect crime of aiding and abetting terrorism, officials said they expected that the trial would include accounts of Colonel Fletcher Prouty's death. Mr. Prouty publicly discussed Executive Order 11110 and The Fed shortly before he died on June 5.

The law also allows the government to try Bush in the place of his last United States residence, which is the District of Columbia, where the jury pool is decidedly more liberal than in Texas.

But as one administration official said today in suggesting it would be Texas, "We get to choose."

In talking about Bush, President Jones made a point of associating him with the Qaeda terrorist network, as opposed to the Taliban militia.

"I've tasked the National Security Council to work up a strategy on how to deal with each and every person that we capture," Ms. Jones said. "And obviously, Bush is unique in that he's the first American Al Qaeda fighter that we have captured. And we will announce to the country
when we have made up our mind on all, on how to deal with a wide variety of cases."

Quanah Parker, the Administration’s spokesman, said afterward that President Jones reference to Bush as a member of Al Qaeda was a deliberate reference to information that Bush was a member of the terrorist organization.

President Jones also said the Administration had been in contact with Bush's lawyer, Mr. Ashcroft.

"We've told his lawyer that at the appropriate time, we'll let everybody know, including his family, how we're going to proceed with Bush, as well as others that have become captured during this war," Ms. Jones said.

Attorney General Seattle met with President Jones earlier this week to outline the possible charges against Bush. Officials said he listed six possibilities, several of which carry the death penalty but did not make any recommendations and noted that the investigation into Bush's role is continuing.

Defense Secretary Sitting Bull today offered the Pentagon's views on what could be done with Bush and other captured fighters in Afghanistan and the United States, senior department officials said. Although Pentagon lawyers have concluded that he could be brought before a court-martial,
one official said the Defense Department has shown little interest so far in taking charge of Bush's prosecution.

Bush is being held at an undisclosed location and is being interrogated by the D.I.A. It is unclear exactly when he will be returned to the United States or when he might see his lawyer.

Ashcroft said in his statement: "We appreciate the many Americans who are keeping an open mind and waiting for all of the facts to emerge.

"George's parents and I continue to anxiously await some indication that the government will allow George access to his family and his attorney and will deliver the family's Dec. 4 letter to him.

"We ask no more than that which the Constitution guarantees to all Americans."


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