Crimes Are Crimes – No Matter Who Does Them
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Whistleblowers in the military leaked a video showing U.S. troops firing on an unarmed party of Iraqis in 2007, including two journalists, and then firing on those who attempted to rescue them, including two children. As ugly as this video of the killing of 12 Iraqis was, the chatter recorded from the helicopter cockpit was even more monstrous. The Pentagon says that there would be no charges against these soldiers; and the media absolves of blame. “They were under stress,” the story goes; “Our brave men and women must be supported.” Meanwhile, those who leaked and publicized the video came under government surveillance and are targeted as “national security” threats.
The Pentagon acknowledged, after denials, a massacre near the city of Gardez, Afghanistan, on February 12, 2010. 5 people were killed, including two pregnant women, leaving 16 children motherless. The U.S. military first said the two men killed were insurgents, and the women, victims of a family “honor killing,” but the Afghan government accepts the eyewitness reports that U.S. Special Forces killed the men, (a police officer and lawyer) and the women, and then dug their own bullets out of the women’s bodies to destroy evidence. Top U.S. military officials have now admitted that U.S. soldiers killed the family in their house.
Just weeks earlier, a story broken in Harper’s by Scott Horton carried news that three supposed suicides of detainees in Guantánamo in 2006 were not suicides, but possible homicides carried out by American personnel. This passed almost without comment.**
In some respects, this is worse than Bush. First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of “terrorism,” merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly. Second, Obama says that the government can detain you indefinitely, even if you have been exonerated in a trial, and he has publicly floated the idea of “preventive detention." Third, the Obama administration, in expanding the use of unmanned drone attacks, argues that the U.S. has the authority under international law to use such lethal force and extrajudicial killing in sovereign countries with which it is not at war.
Such measures by Bush were widely considered by liberals and progressives to be outrages and were roundly, and correctly, protested. But those acts which may have been construed (wishfully or not) as anomalies under the Bush regime, have now been consecrated into “standard operating procedure” by Obama, who claims, as did Bush, executive privilege and state secrecy in defending the crime of aggressive war.
Unsurprisingly, the Obama administration has refused to prosecute any members of the Bush regime who are responsible for war crimes, including some who admitted to waterboarding and other forms of torture, thereby making their actions acceptable for him or any future president, Democrat or Republican.
End the complicity of silence.
* On 9/24/10 the Justice Department asserted that “state secrets” bar any examination of Obama’s order.
** On 9/29/10 a U.S. federal court dismissed a suit by the victims’ families on grounds of “national security.”
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|2930||Fri Aug 09 08:35:10 EDT 2013||Duarte Guimaraes|
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|2928||Sun Jul 07 16:10:35 EDT 2013||Christina Marlowe|
|2927||Mon Jun 24 12:19:28 EDT 2013||Catherine Watters||Been saying this for decades,,Glad it's finally coming out!|
|2926||Mon Apr 29 12:38:09 EDT 2013||jeff olivares|
|2925||Fri Mar 15 18:04:45 EDT 2013||Curt Ries|
|2924||Wed Sep 19 10:58:46 EDT 2012||Parker Chehak|
|2923||Tue Sep 18 20:51:22 EDT 2012||Robert Peebles|
|2922||Thu Sep 13 04:29:39 EDT 2012||Kelsie Kachel|
|2921||Mon Aug 27 11:38:41 EDT 2012||Alan Haggard|
|2920||Sat Aug 25 21:01:02 EDT 2012||Stephanie Jenkin||because i hate NDAA-1021, it's unconstitutional and medieval|
|2919||Sun Jul 15 14:29:17 EDT 2012||Aaron Church||im signing because im sick of the arrogance of our government.|
|2918||Tue Jul 10 02:19:28 EDT 2012||Michael E. Badgett|
|2917||Mon Jul 09 08:16:38 EDT 2012||Gary Brumback||The only way to end the corpocracy's crimes is to end the corpocracy (i.e., the Devil's marriage between powerful corporate and political interests)by organizing and launching two-fisted democracy More....|
|2916||Tue Jun 26 08:30:25 EDT 2012||Antonio Ooka||If you have done nothing wrong,
what have you to hide? Out with
the truth. Protect those who speak
|2915||Mon Jun 18 12:04:49 EDT 2012||Anonymous|
|2914||Thu May 31 13:42:44 EDT 2012||Rich Murray||How can Americans be OK with these horrors done in our name? I'm convinced that Greed Kills and that we are being (mis)led by soul-less beings.|
|2913||Wed May 30 12:50:01 EDT 2012||Win Southworth||Our founding brothers are rolling over in their graves. Our government must honor our beloved Constitution and stop dishonoring truth and justice.|
|2912||Wed May 30 10:27:56 EDT 2012||Marcy Beckman|
|2911||Wed May 30 08:07:08 EDT 2012||John Daviso|
|2910||Wed May 30 07:07:17 EDT 2012||Eugene Sigaloff||Eugene Sigaloff|
|2909||Wed May 30 06:40:45 EDT 2012||Robert McLaughlin|
|2908||Wed May 30 06:25:46 EDT 2012||John Cooper||John Cooper
America is still the most aggressively invasive nation on the planet. We've got to stop the rule by our military-industrial-corporatocracy and get back to the job of being a leader for More....
|2907||Wed May 30 00:34:14 EDT 2012||C E Krause||We are the 99%, not intimidated by wealth or arrogance. We reject US exceptionalism and double standards, and we will hold leaders past and present accountable for crimes committed against humanity.|
|2906||Tue May 29 19:28:40 EDT 2012||Chris Kaihatsu|