Tag Archives: war crimes

On accountability for war crimes

Former president George W. Bush in 2003: “War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defense to say, ‘I was just following orders.’” Versus Obama this month: “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal […]

Excusing war crimes

Obama complied with the ACLU’s request to release the Office of Legal Counsel memos that authorized the Bush administration’s “enhanced” interrogation torture techniques. Here are the damning documents which I suggest you read: 18-page memo, dated August 1, 2002, from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA. [PDF] 46-page memo, dated […]

Our rogue nation

A new book by Jane Mayer makes it abundantly clear the US government has been engaged in torture. The book, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals,” cites International Red Cross reports on the America’s treatment of prisoners. Here are some excerpts from […]

Can we start the war crimes tribunal yet?

Back when the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke, most intelligent human beings realized that the blame didn’t rest solely with Private Lynndie England. The news of “extraordinary rendition” and CIA black sites cemented the fact that torture wasn’t an aberration of U.S. policy, but it was U.S. policy. Last week, thanks to ABC, we learned […]