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IL's George Ryan Renominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Human Events Online ^ | 01-29-04 | Not given

Posted on 01/31/2004 8:45:07 PM PST by Theodore R.

GRyan re-nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Thursday, January 29, 2004

By The Leader-Champaign/Urbana Bureau

CHAMPAIGN -- Last week, former Governor George Ryan was re-nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Illinois.

"During the past year George Ryan has attempted to generate a wave of opposition to the death penalty all over the world. George Ryan has done more effective work against the death penalty than all of us American Abolitionists put together," Boyle said this week. "For these reasons I believe that George Ryan has, in the words of Alfred Nobel, 'conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.'

DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett had a different view on Governor Ryan's nomination.

"What George Ryan did in the way he handled the victims and their families was an injustice," Birkett said. "He was not interested in the issue of abolishing the death penalty until he was faced with Operation Safe Road."

Birkett said that Ryan's record as governor indicates that his interest began around the same time he faced a federal investigation concerning offering drivers' licenses for bribes while he was Secretary of State. In December, Ryan became the 60th person to be indicted in Operation Safe Road on racketeering and mail fraud charges.

But while the Governor has been indicted on several counts, Birkett said there were other reasons not to support Ryan's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"George Ryan's abuse of power regarding the death penalty moratorium speaks for itself," Birkett said. "Why should he be recognized for that?"

Boyle acknowledges that although Ryan has been indicted on fraud and racketeering charges, he is innocent until proven guilty.

"It is the opinion of the Committee to Support Ryan's nomination that his work against the horror of the death penalty stands alone and apart from and transcends any alleged wrongdoing," Boyle said. "History will remember him for his solitary, brave and unparalleled contribution to the sacred cause of Abolition."

On the same day that Ryan was re-nominated, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld Ryan's constitutional right as Governor to commute these sentences.

"We believe that the grant of authority given the governor.. is sufficiently broad to allow former Governor Ryan to do what he did," Justice Bob Thomas wrote in the court's unanimous opinion.

Ryan and his family attended the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend to view the film, "Deadline," which lauds Ryan's moratorium on the death penalty and his decision to bestow clemency on 167 Death Row inmates.

"The death penalty system and the laws of this country need to be fixed," Ryan told a crowd gathered after the showing. "When we're talking about execution, if we can't have a perfect system -- which I don't believe we can -- then we shouldn't have a system like that in place."


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: brusellstribunal; brussellstribunal; deathpenalty; decauter; filmfestival; francisboyle; georgeryan; governor; haditha; il; liberalism; lievendecauter; nobelnominees; nobelpeaceprize; nobelprize; pnac; republican; sff; sundance
George Ryan - Now here is a man who among many other liberal actions singlehandedly destroyed the IL Republican Party!!!!
1 posted on 01/31/2004 8:45:08 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.
So what is he being nominated for? For being indicted of fraud, bribery and malfeasance? Besides being suspected of doing the same for more than 15 years while in various public offices?

No? Gee.....
2 posted on 01/31/2004 8:50:14 PM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Theodore R.
Yes but he is kinds to kids and dogs.
3 posted on 01/31/2004 8:53:03 PM PST by dts32041 (I am Voting for gridlock.)
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To: Theodore R.
The Nobel Prize for the liberation of murderers... wonderful
4 posted on 01/31/2004 8:53:12 PM PST by GeronL ( ............... Support a FReeper for Congress)
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To: dts32041
5 posted on 01/31/2004 8:53:29 PM PST by dts32041 (I am Voting for gridlock.)
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To: txzman
George Ryan is proof that the people of IL will vote Republican if they can be assured that the "Republican" they are voting for is not a "real Republican."
6 posted on 01/31/2004 8:54:16 PM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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To: Theodore R.
Is that why I voted for Pat O'malley cause he wasn't a real pubbie, BTW 7 of 9's husband is running for senator.

No I am not voting in the primary after 31 years as a registered pubbie, became and independent.

7 posted on 01/31/2004 8:58:37 PM PST by dts32041 (I am Voting for gridlock.)
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To: dts32041
Has any conservative ever won a statewide nomination in an IL Republican primary? It was that Senate candidate that you had a few years ago named "Salvi" or "Salvo," who lost to Dick Durbin. Now he was a real conservative and was creamed by the liberal electorate up there in Chicago and Springfield.
8 posted on 01/31/2004 9:03:14 PM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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To: Theodore R.
Professor Boyle is a hard-left terrorist apologist. I have spoken to him personally a number of times, and seen his work. If he nominates someone for something, I can guarantee it would drive any sensible conservative up a wall.
9 posted on 01/31/2004 9:27:45 PM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: Theodore R.; cherry_bomb88; unspun
What a revoltin' development this is!
10 posted on 01/31/2004 9:30:33 PM PST by sultan88 ("I went down Virginia, seeking shelter from the storm...")
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To: Theodore R.
So "peace" now means "the lives of a group of several hundred men, 99% or more of whom are guilty of killing innocents."
11 posted on 01/31/2004 9:38:05 PM PST by pogo101
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To: Theodore R.
Can't be any worse than yasser arafart and jimmah cauta.
12 posted on 01/31/2004 9:40:17 PM PST by dc-zoo
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To: thoughtomator
I, too, have had the misfortune of meeting him.
If someone for whatever reason wants to know more of Professor Boyle see;

" For the good of all humanity America must be restrained. Time is of the essence!"

Excuse me while I throw up...
13 posted on 01/31/2004 10:46:10 PM PST by FormerlyAnotherLurker (Barrett M82A1)
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To: Theodore R.
With all due respect -- WRONG.
In the republican primary I voted for Pat O'Malley, a conservative and supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Then after he lost I voted for Glen Poshard - a DEMOCRAT in the general election. Yes a dem, because Poshard was more of a republican in thought and actions that Ryan ever would or could be (fiscal conservative & supporter of the 2nd Amendment). And the kicker was that the Daley Machine was 'not-so-covertly' backing Ryan OVER Poshard the democrat. That alone should have been the red flag for the sheeple.

Now I realize you're in Texas so you don't know Ryan's 'history', but he's ALWAYS been a scum-bag power hungry crook. He hails from down state, Kankakee, and if the dems were the party in power he would have been a dem when he got into politics.

I'm PROUD that I've never, ever, voted for Ryan for state wide office, starting with his run for Lt. Gov. (a do-nothing job in IL). His abuse of that office and public money should have put him in jail then. Unfortunately corruption in IL is a bi-partisan affair so nothing was done.

It will take years to repair the destruction he and his cronies have done to the republican party here. A total and complete house cleaning is in order.

Kindly excuse that rant, but the mere mention of George Ryan gets me boiling. And for the record -- I HATE HIS GUTS!!

14 posted on 02/01/2004 9:24:16 AM PST by Condor51 ("Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites." -- Standing Wolf)
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To: Theodore R.
Why not, Arafat got one. Let's give one to all criminals.
15 posted on 02/01/2004 9:25:47 AM PST by petercooper (We did not have to prove Saddam had WMD, he had to prove he didn't.)
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To: Condor51
the mere mention of George Ryan gets me boiling.

Did any of your IL Republican friends try to talk you into voting for Ryan at any time "for the sake of the party" on grounds that he was the "lesser of two evils"? Apparently, your last statewide conservative in a major office was the hugely popular Sen. Everett Dirksen, and very often he strayed from the GOP field to support LBJ initiatives.
16 posted on 02/01/2004 11:30:35 AM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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To: txzman
One gleeful little detail that the nominators of Ryan missed is that his "commercial licenses for $$" scam in the Secretary of State's office cost a family of six their lives in a collision with one of the drivers who had a bought license. Remarkable, how he identifies with murderers, having come indirectly close to being one himself. Indeed, the scandal arising from this is what produced the current investigation in which Ryan's been indicted.
17 posted on 02/01/2004 12:36:04 PM PST by libstripper
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To: thoughtomator; FormerlyAnotherLurker; finnman69; Cindy; Howlin
Some other things Francis Boyle has been up to:

Meeting Assembled By Conyers Mulls Seeking Bush's Impeachment Over Iraq
Drudge Report ^ | 3/13/03 | Drudge
Posted on 03/13/2003 7:46:22 AM PST by finnman69

Meeting Assembled By [John] Conyers Mulls Seeking Bush's Impeachment Over Iraq Thu Mar 13 2003 10:30:03 ET

House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.) assembled more than two-dozen prominent liberal attorneys and legal scholars on Tuesday to mull over articles of impeachment drafted against President Bush by activists seeking to block military action against Saddam Hussein.

ROLL CALL is reporting on Thursday.

The two-hour session, which featured former attorney general-turned-activist Ramsey Clark, took place in the downtown office of a prominent Washington tort lawyer. Participants said Conyers, who hosted the meeting, was the only Member of Congress to attend. 'We had a pretty frank discussion about putting in a bill of impeachment against President Bush,' said Francis Boyle, an Illinois law professor who has been working on the impeachment language with Clark.



Given the company he keeps and the timing of that meeting hosted by Conyers, francis Boyle is probably involved with this group:

MARCH 21, 2003 : (PUBLICATION OF SILLY-ARSE PETITION AGAINST PNAC-- See ICTI, BERTRAND RUSSELL PEACE FOUNDATION, BRUSSELS TRIBUNAL {see RAMSEY CLARK, DENIS HALLIDAY, HANS VON SPONECK}, 'WAR ON CHENEY, RUMSFELD & WOLFOWITZ') "Let me [Belgian Lieven De Cauter] briefly evoke the history of our initiative. Just before the start of the war in Iraq a petition was launched. It was signed by some 500 artists, writers, intellectuals and academics. It called for moral and, if possible, legal action against the 'Project for the New American Century' [PNAC] and the authorities responsible for the war against Iraq. It was published on March 21st [2003] in two Belgian newspapers, De Standaard and De Morgen. It soon appeared that legal action was unlikely to succeed as the United States have consistently acted against any legal authority that would be liable to threaten them and still continue to do so.
Hence the idea to set up a 'Moral Court' or 'People's Court' to condemn the new American policy as well as the think tanks behind it (the latter always remain beyond the grasp of legal action). A broad platform composed of several Belgian cultural organizations was created to carry out the petition's first proposal: to set up a Brussels Tribunal, after the historical example of the Russell Tribunal." -----"THE PEOPLE VERSUS TOTAL WAR INCORPORATED" LOOKING BACK TO THE BRUSSELLS TRIBUNAL (Yokohama-testimony, 5th ICTI hearing June 6th 2004)

This Brussel Tribunal's target is anyone associated with PNAC and so far they seem to have a pretty good record at taking out their targets :

1997 : (PNAC IS FOUNDED ; LEFTWINGNUTS ABROAD 'HAVE A COW') In the spring of 1997 the neo-conservatives Robert Kagan and William Kristol of The Weekly Standard founded 'The Project for the New American Century' (PNAC). The most distinguished signatories of the mission statement are Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Jeb Bush (George W. Bush's brother), Francis Fukuyama, and 'last but not least' Paul Wolfowitz, a former Professor of International Politics and former Dean of the Department of International Politics at Johns Hopkins University. Its current director is Gary Schmitt-----"THE PEOPLE VERSUS TOTAL WAR INCORPORATED" LOOKING BACK TO THE BRUSSELLS TRIBUNAL (Yokohama-testimony, 5th ICTI hearing June 6th 2004)

These BRussell Tribunal nutjobs were inspired by the vietnam era CCI:

NOVEMBER 1969 : (CITIZENS COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY (CCI) ARE FORMED IN RESPONSE TO THE CALL OF THE BERTRAND RUSSELL FOUNDATION IN NY --- SEE WPC {SEE IPS}) In response to a public call from the Bertrand Russell foundation in New York, Jeremy Rifkin and Tod Ensign launch a new organization called Citizens Commissions of Inquiry (CCI) to publicize American war crimes in Indochina. ------ From WinterSoldier Timeline ,

18 posted on 07/06/2007 10:10:00 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Thanks you piasa for the ping.

19 posted on 07/06/2007 10:47:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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