Human Rights Research FundThursday 10 October 2013 at 5:23 pm.
Via Leah, Ward Churchill is taking his case to a higher authority, and won't the US be sorry now! (link is to the churchill solidarity network's copy of the petition; here's a copy of it that we made today, in case, well, you know, disappearances).
We're talking nothing less than the Inter-American Commission On Human Rights of the Organization of American States. The petition (73-pages of blah-blah we've all read before) boils down to this: The USA picked on Churchill because (wait... for... it...) he is an Indian! (some would call this "arguing facts not in evidence" but we're inclined to ignore that, if for no other reason but the laffs).
The gang behind all of this includes the Human Rights Research Fund (some no-doubt august international body of crime-fighting ethics scholars, and which has an Atlanta, Georgia PO Box for an address but a Denver, Colorado cell number for a business phone); future ex-wife Natsu "Truthforce" Saito; sorta-stepdaughter Akilah Jenga Kinnison; Churchill legal sock-puppet David Lane; and some guy named Robert Bruce (who apparently imagines his reputation will be enhanced via assocation with this crowd).
Update (31January14), wherein Klaymore comments:
[A]fter a brief (but still too long) review of the IACHR’s website and informational materials:
1) The IACHR is pretty vague on what it really does in the, like, you know, boots-on-the-ground sense that fascist reactionaries like us PB readers usually mean when we say “do.” It’s clear that the IACHR likes using the terms “human rights” and “international law” as often as possible, and often more than once in the same sentence.
2) The IACHR doesn’t seem to actually have any jurisdiction to actually make anybody do anything, but of course we already all knew that and it doesn’t matter since this case is now being resolved in the Republic of Pure Fantasy, where pretty much anything goes as long as you believe.
3) The IACHR’s Petition and Case System Informational Brochure (http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/docs/pdf/HowTo.pdf) provides that a party may file a petition within 6 months of having exhausted domestic judicial remedies. I mention this because, although Churchill has certainly exhausted his domestic remedies, Atty. Saito et al. may have blown their 6-month filing window. The petition purports to have been filed on September 30, which would place it narrowly (yet firmly) within the 6-month window (if memory serves—and according to the petition—SCOTUS dumped Churchill for the last time on April 1, 2013), but the proffered copy is not time-stamped, so there’s no telling whether it was filed on time. It would be mightily amusing if Churchill got bounced out of Pretend Court for missing his filing deadline.
4) The Cases in the Court page of the IACHR’s website (http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/decisions/cases.asp) does not include Churchill’s petition. This fact, of course, means merely what it means in the High Court of the People’s Republic of How Can They be Laughing at Us when We’re so Fucking Serious, neither more nor less.
Finally, on a merely personal and wholly speculative note: The petition states at p. 9 (including footnote 3 thereon) that Petitioner’s Representative Akilah Jenga Kinnison—currently awaiting the results of her bar examination—holds an LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy. One suspects that this petition was written by her (or her ghostwriter) as a graduation requirement.