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Watch: Code Pink Tries to Make Citizen's Arrest of Karl Rove


A Karl Rove book event in Beverly Hills last night was interrupted when activists from Code Pink tried to make a citizen's arrest of Rove for war crimes.

Shouted Code Pink founder Jodie Evans: "Look what you did. You outed a CIA officer. You lied to take us to war. You ruined a country. Totally ruined a country."

Another Code Pink member yelled: "The only comfort I take is that you're going to rot in Hell."

Rove was forced from the podium and the book-signing event was finished.


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  1. Okay, 1) there is no federal citizens arrest and 2) under CA law you need to be a direct witness to the crime. Making a false arrest is grounds for various charges.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 30, 2010 9:53:06 PM

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    Posted by: ggg | Mar 30, 2010 9:57:35 PM

  3. I normally on first amendment grounds don't support shouting people down. However, the evidence of war crimes is quite public and conclusive to anyone who has paid attention.

    I think you can easily make the case that we all witnessed the authorization of the commitment of war crimes - i.e. torture.

    the only thing is - it's not clear Rove himself is officially responsible. Cheney on the other hand, has outright admitted it and been on TV to brag about it.

    Posted by: Andrew K | Mar 30, 2010 10:36:45 PM

  4. I met Karl Rove once. I went up to him and he denied who he was. Such a douche bag.

    Posted by: Landis | Mar 30, 2010 10:40:24 PM

  5. brilliant!!

    Posted by: alan brickman | Mar 30, 2010 10:45:43 PM

  6. I Love it, its about time these criminals were brought to justice

    Posted by: Bob Kenner | Mar 30, 2010 10:55:12 PM

  7. Finally a return to balanced nuttery!

    Posted by: Diogenes | Mar 31, 2010 12:59:01 AM

  8. Good for CODE PINK-there is no need to respect a monster war criminal.

    Posted by: nikko | Mar 31, 2010 1:30:02 AM

  9. The one reason Karl Rove is not a war criminal is because America will "win" the war.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 31, 2010 1:46:46 AM

  10. Code Pink (like most anti-war protestors) do have an important place in society, but their anti-Israel pro-Palestinian stance has always irked me.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 31, 2010 3:07:35 AM

  11. Yikes! I utterly despise Rove and quite enjoy seeing him taken to task, but the downside to this event is that it was put together by one of my very good friends (the redhead who puts himself between the CodePink protestor and Rove). He just started a new company to promote book events, and this was his first event. Not an auspicious start, the poor guy. And for anyone wondering, one of his most recent events before striking out on his own was with Al Gore for his last book, so at least he's balanced.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Mar 31, 2010 3:53:04 AM

  12. America needs a little more good, old-fashioned civil disobedience. When we're all too nicety-nice, we get stomped on. They weren't violent (quite unlike the Bush administration, which is responsible for killing at least tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands), but they had a point and made it. Good on them.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 31, 2010 5:26:37 AM

  13. As Nelson from the Simpsons would say, "AH HAH!"

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 31, 2010 5:26:55 AM

  14. Did the reporter seem to be empathizing with Rove to anyone else?

    Posted by: Rodney | Mar 31, 2010 6:00:34 AM

  15. Is Rove still employed by Pepperdine University in Malibu? He needs to be run out of town.

    Posted by: lgwolf | Mar 31, 2010 6:07:18 AM

  16. Do these lame citizen's arrests ever work?

    Posted by: Jordan | Mar 31, 2010 6:42:18 AM

  17. I despise Karl Rove but I actually think I despise organization of Code Pink a bit more. These delusional idiots who think the Bush administration was competent enough to plan the collapse of the World Trade Center do not do a single thing to bring respect for themselves or their cause.

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 31, 2010 10:03:36 AM

  18. If it acts like a pig, talks like a pig and looks like a pig! Karl Rove.

    Posted by: Roseanne | Mar 31, 2010 10:58:17 AM

  19. These folks have more courageous than ANY Democrats will ever have. Obama is a piece of dog shit for refusing to go after Bush for his war crimes. Why does Obama refuse? Because he's continuing those same crimes himself. Democrats/Republicans: the only difference is the shit the sell their loyal followers.

    Posted by: Norm D PLume | Mar 31, 2010 4:07:34 PM

  20. you do realize code pink goes to dead soldiers funerals and protest against them and harass government members and the families of soldiers. these women are loons. they called for george bush and laura to be kidnapped, posted on muslim brotherhood website inviting people to "cleanse" our country.

    these women are disgusting left wing nuts. you dont do this kind of shit unless you are completely out of your mind. i dont care how you view the war but dont go fucking after soldiers and their families.

    Posted by: shawna | Mar 31, 2010 4:49:59 PM

  21. Can't we make a reality TV show with Code Pink vs. the Tea Baggers? You know, who can make it through the riot police and national guard to touch the Pentagon, while wearing giant papier-mache heads of Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi? I bet I know which team would win the grammar and spelling portion of the show.

    Posted by: Mark Burn-It | Mar 31, 2010 4:57:34 PM

  22. Speaking of pigs...Code Pink is a bunch of squealing pink pigs. They are a joke and their actions make me laugh! Ha ha ha! What a bunch of losers!

    Posted by: Missi | Mar 31, 2010 6:15:43 PM

  23. These people want to sit here and lie and whine about how unfair the left is and yet cheer on those tea bag terrorists as they smash windows, curse out congressmen, spit in faces, and cut gas lines. The right is ridiculous.

    Posted by: KFLO | Mar 31, 2010 7:20:53 PM

  24. No, KFLO, I think most are saying the Left has loons and the Right has loons. It's equal.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 31, 2010 8:05:55 PM

  25. shame on these nasty old hippie-leftover biddies ! i heard them tell a mother who lost her son in iraq that her son deserved to die for the shameful act of joining the military !! how is this any different from the vile westboro phelps clan ? i have no use for people who espouse such heartless, thoughtless hatred.

    Posted by: el polacko | Mar 31, 2010 9:01:04 PM

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