State Department Responds to Israel’s Bombing of Children Playing on Gaza Beach by Blaming Hamas

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:41 pm

(update below) Four Palestinian boys, who were from the same family, were targeted and bombed by Israeli military forces while they were playing football (or soccer) on the beach. The boys were killed nearby the Al Deira hotel, where international journalists have been staying. They appeared to be targeted yet to the United States State [...]

The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 12:00 pm

FORT MEADE, Md.—The military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. The Army private first class is not permitted to argue that he had a moral and legal obligation under international law to make public the war crimes he uncovered. The documents that detail the crimes, [...]

Pakistan Court Decision Finds US Drone Strikes Are ‘War Crimes,’ Which Are ‘Absolutely Illegal’

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 6:09 pm

A high court in Pakistan has found that United States drone strikes carried out in Pakistan by the CIA are war crimes, which are “absolutely illegal” and a “blatant violation” of Pakistan’s state sovereignty. The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by the Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR), a legal charity in Islamabad, which sued [...]

Rescuers Reportedly Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 5:22 pm

At least fifteen people were killed in two drone strikes in Pakistan on January 2. While one strike killed a powerful Pakistan Taliban leader along with other known fighters, the other strike killed four people, whose names were not immediately known, and reportedly involved the targeting of rescuers—a war crime. In the Associated Press‘ initial [...]

Obama’s Pathetic Answer to Jon Stewart’s Question on Continuation of Bush National Security Policies

By: Friday October 19, 2012 5:59 pm

In his effort to appear on as many morning and late night shows before Election Day, President Barack Obama appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart last night. Stewart talked to him about his record, his first debate performance, whether his candidacy’s strength is that he is not as bad as GOP presidential candidate [...]

UK’s Role in US Drone Strikes Challenged by Former Law Chief

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 8:31 pm

A former Director of Public Prosecutions in the United Kingdom was recently interviewed by The Times (UK) where he called upon the British government to reveal its involvement in supporting the US drone war in Pakistan. Former law chief Ken MacDonald QC, now a director of the human rights organization Reprieve, told the news organization, [...]

Ecuador Foreign Minister Alleges UK Has Threatened to Storm Embassy to Arrest Julian Assange

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 6:17 pm

(update below) The Ecuador foreign minister made a “severe allegation” today during a press conference against the United Kingdom and claimed they had received a “threat” to storm the Ecuador embassy in the UK to force the country to hand over WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has applied for political asylum in Ecuador. [...]

US Drone Warfare Is ‘Vigilantism Conducted by Robots’

By: Friday June 29, 2012 9:55 am

A survey reported yesterday indicates opposition to the United States has risen among Pakistanis in the last couple of years. More Pakistanis now view the US as “the enemy” than in past years. This is largely a result of the presence of US personnel in the country and how opposed Pakistanis are to drone strikes. [...]

Supreme Court Makes It Even More Impossible for Torture Victims to Win Lawsuits

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 6:40 pm

The US Supreme Court unanimously decided that foreign political organizations and multinational corporations cannot be sued for the torture or extrajudicial killing of persons abroad under an anti-torture law passed in 1992. The law only gives people the right to sue “an individual,” “who acted under the authority of a foreign nation,” according to the [...]

Holder’s Regressive Defense of Targeted Killings

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 2:32 am

(update below) Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a major policy speech at Northwestern University in Chicago that laid out what he and the Obama Administration consider to be the legal justification for counterterrorism policies. Of particular significance were arguments justifying the use of lethal force to kill US citizens suspected of terrorism without charge or trial. [...]

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