12 Reasons to Try Elliott Abrams in the International Criminal Court

In January 2019, Donald Trump appointed Elliot Abrams as “Special Envoy to Venezuela” to help facilitate a regime change in that country by the United States. This appointment marks the 3rd U.S. Republican administration in which Mr. Abrams has worked. The following is a brief background of Mr. Abrams’ career in U.S. government. It is summarized from the article by Jon Schwarz “Elliot Abrams, Trump’s pick to bring ‘democracy’ to Venezuela, has spent his life crushing democracy" (Jan 30 2019, The Intercept) Adapted by Rachel Bruhnke, Witness for Peace Southwest, CODEPINK

1. Elliot Abrams, as assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs (1981-1995) in the Reagan administration:

-Supported “Mafia-like oligarchies” in El Salvador and elsewhere and was directly complicit in “the methods of Heinrich Himmler’s extermination squads”, as stated in the Los Angeles Times.       

-Covered up the massacre of 800 Salvadorans in the village of El Mozote. The Salvadoran military unit was created and trained by the U.S. Army.              

-Elliot Abrams called what he and the others in the Reagan administration had done as “a fabulous achievement”.  

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

2. Elliot Abrams was assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs (1985-89) in the Reagan Administration:

-Provided State Department cover-up of illegal funding of the U.S.-created Contra war against the Sandanistas in Nicaragua.                                                        

-Lied voluminously to Congress during the Iran-Contra hearings on U.S. illegal involvement and funding of the Contra War against Nicaragua.                            

-Later pled guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress. He was unrepentant about his acts and about lying to Congress, and instead wrote that his prosecutors were “miserable, filthy bastards” and “bloodsuckers.”                                            

-Was pardoned by W.H. Bush of lying to Congress about U.S. involvement in war crimes in Central America.                

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

4. Elliot Abrams worked in the George W. Bush administration as senior director for democracy, human rights, and international operations for the National Security Council (2001-05), again providing cover for the U.S. war against Iraq.

-Abrams played a key role in squelching a peace proposal from Iran in 2003, just after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

5. Elliot Abrams worked for George W. Bush administration as deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy (2005-09):

-Shored up the illegal U.S. pillaging of Iraqi wealth during the U.S. war against that country.

-Attempted to thwart the outcome of the Palestinian elections in 2006. He hatched a plan to form a Fatah militia to take over the Gaza Strip in order to crush Hamas, who had won the elections. This involved a great deal of torture and executions. The Palestinian civil war split the West Bank and Gaza, weakening the Palestinian’s ability to negotiate peace and to advocate as a united people for their sovereignty and their rights under international law.                   

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

7. Elliot Abrams called for the lifting of an embargo on U.S. arms shipments to Guatemala,defending Efraín Ríos Montt as having “brought considerable progress” to the war. Ríos Montt, who served as Guatemala’s president in the early 1980s, was found guilty in 2013, by Guatemala’s own justice system, of committing genocide against the country’s indigenous Mayans.                  

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

8. Elliot Abrams was unrepentant about his lies and support of violent acts, and instead, referred to his prosecutors as “miserable, filthy bastards” and “bloodsuckers.” He was sentence of 100 hours of community service and later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush, himself a War Criminal.                                    

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

9. Elliot Abrams argued against hearings and covered up crimes of torture and mutilation by the Noriega Government in Panama, as Noriega was “being really helpful to us” with the Contra War, and was “really not that big a problem.”            

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

10. Elliot Abrams has in 1986 purposely endangered the life of Colombian journalist Patricia Lara by stating, with no evidence, on “60 Minutes” that Lara was a member of the “ruling committees” of M-19, a Colombian guerrilla movement. This painted a target on Lara’s back as right-wing paramilitary violence against Colombian reporters, was rampant and well-known.              

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

11. Elliot Abrams’s never-ending, shameless deceptions to the American public wore down American reporters, and as such, has weakened the U.S. Press Corps. Many journalists quit the profession in disgust because of the Reagan Administration’s lies under Elliot Abrams, leaving the Public vulnerable to the continued lies of subsequent administrations.                           

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

12. Elliot Abrams was a co-conspirator of U.S. involvement in the 2002 coup against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. As reported by the London Observer, “the crucial figure around the coup was Abrams” and he “gave a nod” to the plotters.   

Elliot Abrams is a clear and present danger to Peace, Truth and Democracy.

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  • shannon taylor
    commented 2019-05-15 03:39:16 -0400
    It didn’t take long for Trump to get in bed with the same old American Enterprise Institute warmongers and war criminals. Bolton and Abrams are two of the most disgusting humans on the planet. Which makes Trump a puppet of the most disgusting humans in history. Hitler had nothing on these two (or three). If the curtain hasn’t been pulled back far enough for the Trumpites, they are hopelessly blind. It’s up to the rest of us to make sure Trump is a one termer.