John Howard – War Criminal

I’ve just received this email from my friend Peter McGregor in Australia. He’s attempting to get several Australian government ministers tried as war criminals and has taken out a Citizen’s Arrest Warrant against them.
Good luck Peter, you crazy diamond.

Citizens Arrest of John Howard, Alexander Downer,Philip Ruddock, & Brendan Nelson as War Criminals.

“Point of order Mister Speaker: I have a Warrant for
the arrest of John Howard, Alexander Downer, Philip
Ruddock, & Brendan Nelson as War Criminals.”

Yesterday in Federal Parliament at Question Time, an
anti-war activist confronted the Government with a
formal Citizens Arrest Warrant, charging them with
various breaches of international law. (see Warrant
Peter McGregor, a retired academic from Newcastle, was
himself then arrested, & charged with ‘unlawful entry
on inclosed lands’ & taken into custody. McGregor was
calling for the Speaker of the House of
Representatives to have the police arrest the 4
“Just the Howard Government’s abandoning of
Habeas Corpus should make it a social pariah,
especially with those who believe in the rule of law &
human rights. Instead of people like me, the Pine Gap
4, the Talisman Sabre Peace Convergence, Rising Tide,
Greenpeace, etc. resorting to acts of civil
disobedience, it would be preferable if groups like
Amnesty, councils for civil liberties, university law
faculties, etc. practiced what they preached, and
brought formal legal charges against the Howard
Government for its War Crimes.”
“In order for evil to triumph, it is enough for good
people to do nothing.”

You will recall from a previous post that Peter was arrested earlier this year at an anti-war forum for challenging Philip Ruddocks’ presence on the platform. No date has been set for the trial, but McGregor will be pleading not guilty.

Here’s the text of Peter’s warrant.
Warrant for the Citizens Arrest of John Howard, Alexander Downer, Philip Ruddock, &
Brendan Nelson:

John Howard, Prime Minister; Alexander Downer,
Minister for Foreign Affairs; Philip Ruddock,
Attorney-General; & Brendan Nelson, Minister for
are hereby charged, to be trial by the International
Criminal Court, with:

(1) Planning, preparing, initiation or waging a war of
aggression or a war in violation of international
treaties, agreements or assurances – VI (i) Nuremburg

(2) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for
accomplishment of the above – V (ii) Nuremburg

(3) Participating in the use of cluster bombs in

(4) Participating in the use of weapons of mass
destruction in breach of the GENEVA Convention
including Fuel Air Explosives which cause death by

(5) Conspiring to pervert the course of justice by
(i) abandoning habeas corpus both in the domestic
‘anti-terror’ laws & in international policy; & (ii)
covering up or defending the use of torture & over
breaches of the GENEVA Convention, the International
Covenant for Civil & Political Rights, & the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, against Australian – and
other – citizens, at Guantanamo Bay

(6) Failing in its duty to protect Australian citizens
overseas, & conspiring to continue the illegal
detention of Australian citizens without trial or
changes for over 5 years

(7) Demonizing and incarcerating asylum seekers under
the policies of mandatory detention and fortress
Australia. Such policies contravene the legal
principle of habeus corpus and have induced undue
suffering and mental illness for detainees.

Dated this Wednesday 19th September, 2007.
Signature(s): Peter McGregor:
Issued & authorized by Citizens against War Crimes


2 Responses to John Howard – War Criminal

  1. dan says:

    Hey Martin. I submitted this link to, so if you get a flood of traffic, that’s why.

    If not, then the moderators at obviously didn’t think the story was interesting enough :p

  2. Kropotkin says:

    John Howard et al guilty of complicity in massacre and disappearance of civillians during pre elections in Timor Este.
    Howard had intelligence warning of Indonesian intention to murder voters but this information was not diisseminated to the population for fear of indicating to Indonesian military it had phone taps.

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