Thursday, May 5, 2016

WAR CRIMES NEWSLETTER #6

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WAR CRIMES NEWSLETTER #6, May 5, 2016.
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
(#1 Oct. 8, 2011; #2 Nov. 25, 2011; #3 March 7, 2012; #4 Oct. 4, 2012; #5 June 8, 2013).

What’s at stake:  Whether world populations are disposable, a good word for US bipartisan foreign policy.  http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/25920-disposable-life
"From 1945 to the end of the century, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes.  In the process, the US caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair."  William Blum, Rogue State,  p.2.  Blum gives additional details in Killing Hope.

"To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."  - Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Prosecutor, Nuremberg Military Tribunal


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Contents War Crimes Newsletter #6, May 5, 2016

United States

Gordon, American Nuremberg

   Commentary from TomDispatch via Tikkun

Chomsky, Invasion of Iraq Textbook Example of War Crimes

Cohen, From Hiroshima to Vietnam

Davies, “From Ohlendorf to Obama”

Ashtari on Clarke: Bush Committed War Crimes

Benjamin Ferencz Nuremberg Prosecutor, Google Search

Pierce: Cheney: Zombie War Criminal

Kissinger Won the Truman Award? and Some Commentary

Goodman, War Profiteers

World

See newsletters on wars—Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Drones, more.

South Sudan War Crimes

See Sam Totten (recent recipient of a Giraffe Award)

 

US WAR CRIMES AND CRIMINALS

American Nuremberg:  The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes  by Rebecca Gordon.  Hot Books/Skyhorse Publishing, 2016.
From the book cover:   No subject is more hotly debated than the extreme measures that our government has taken after 9/11 in the name of national security. Torture, extraordinary rendition, drone assassinations, secret detention centers (or “black sites”), massive surveillance of citizens. But while the press occasionally exposes the dark side of the war on terror and congressional investigators sometimes raise alarms about the abuses committed by U.S. intelligence agencies and armed forces, no high U.S. official has been prosecuted for these violations – which many legal observers around the world consider war crimes.

The United States helped establish the international principles guiding the prosecution of war crimes – starting with the Nuremberg tribunal following World War II, when Nazi officials were held accountable for their crimes against humanity. But the American government and legal system have consistently refused to apply these same principles to our own officials. Now Rebecca Gordon takes on the explosive task of “indicting” the officials who – in a just society – should be put on trial for war crimes. Some might dismiss this as a symbolic exercise. But what is at stake here is the very soul of the nation.

American Nuremberg by Rebecca Gordon.
From the Introduction:   No subject is more hotly debated than the extreme measures that our government has taken after 9/11 in the name of national security. Torture, extraordinary rendition, drone assassinations, secret detention centers (or “black sites”), massive surveillance of citizens. But while the press occasionally exposes the dark side of the war on terror and congressional investigators sometimes raise alarms about the abuses committed by U.S. intelligence agencies and armed forces, no high U.S. official has been prosecuted for these violations – which many legal observers around the world consider war crimes.

The United States helped establish the international principles guiding the prosecution of war crimes – starting with the Nuremberg tribunal following World War II, when Nazi officials were held accountable for their crimes against humanity. But the American government and legal system have consistently refused to apply these same principles to our own officials. Now Rebecca Gordon takes on the explosive task of “indicting” the officials who – in a just society – should be put on trial for war crimes. Some might dismiss this as a symbolic exercise. But what is at stake here is the very soul of the nation.

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American War Crimes That Still Ought to Be Prosecuted
Let’s take a moment to think about the ultimate strangeness of our American world.  In recent months, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have offered a range of hair-raising suggestions: as president, one or the other of them might order the U.S. military and the CIA to commit acts that would include the waterboarding of terror suspects (or “a hell of a lot worse”), the killing of the relatives of terrorists, and the carpet bombing of parts of Syria.  All of these would, legally speaking, be war crimes.  This has caused shock among many Americans in quite established quarters who have decried the possibility of such a president, suggesting that the two of them are calling for outright illegal acts, actual “war crimes,” and that the U.S. military and others would be justified in rejecting such orders.  In this context, for instance, CIA Director John Brennan recently made it clear that no Agency operative under his command would ever waterboard a suspect in response to orders of such a nature from a future president.  ("I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure.")
These acts, in other words, are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here’s the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.  Among other things, under the euphemistic term “enhanced interrogation techniques,” they ordered the CIA to use classic torture practices including waterboarding (which, in blunter times, had been known as “the water torture”).  They also let the U.S. military loose to torture and abuse prisoners in their custody.  They green-lighted the CIA to kidnap terror suspects (who sometimes turned out to be perfectly innocent people) off the streets of cities around the world, as well as from the backlands of the planet, and transported them to the prisons of some of the worst torture regimes or to secret detention centers (“black sites”) the CIA was allowed to set up in compliant countries.  In other words, a perfectly real administration ordered and oversaw perfectly real crimes.  (Its top officials even reportedly had torture techniques demonstrated to them in the White House.)
At the time, the CIA fulfilled its orders to a T and without complaint. A lone CIA officer spoke out publicly in opposition to such a program and was jailed for disclosing classified information to a journalist.  (He would be the only CIA official to go to jail for the Agency’s acts of torture.)  At places like Abu Ghraib, the military similarly carried out its orders without significant complaint or resistance.  The mainstream media generally adopted the euphemism “enhanced interrogation techniques” or “harsh techniques” in its reporting -- no “torture” or “war crimes” for them then.  And back in the post-2001 years, John Brennan, then deputy executive director of the CIA, didn’t offer a peep of protest about what he surely knew was going on in his own agency. In 2014, in fact, as its director he actually defended such torture practices for producing “intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.”  In addition, none of those who ordered or oversaw torture and other criminal behavior (a number of whom would sell their memoirs for millions of dollars) suffered in the slightest for the acts that were performed on their watch and at their behest.
To sum up: when Donald Trump says such things it’s a future nightmare to be called by its rightful name and denounced, as well as rejected and resisted by military and intelligence officials.  When an American president and his top officials actually did such things, however, it was another story entirely. Today, TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon catches the nightmarish quality of those years, now largely buried, in the grim case of a single mistreated human being. It should make Americans shudder. She has also just published a new book, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes, that couldn’t be more relevant.  It’s a must-read for a country conveniently without a memory. -- editorial introduction by Tom Engelhardt, editor of Tikkun's media ally :TomDispatch.com   [Gordon’s essay will appear in the next War Crimes Newsletter]


 Noam Chomsky. America Is the World Leader at Committing 'Supreme International Crimes' 

Noam Chomsky, AlterNet, Reader Supported News, July 11, 2014 
Chomsky writes: "The U.S.-U.K. invasion of Iraq was a textbook example of aggression. Apologists invoke noble intentions, which would be irrelevant even if the pleas were sustainable." 
READ MORE


 

VFP E-News, Friday, August 21, 2015

From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S. by Marjorie Cohn, VFP  Advisory Board Member 

15-03-04MarjorieWe have just marked anniversaries of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the US government against the people of Japan and Vietnam. Seventy years ago, on August 6, 1945, the U.S. military unleashed an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing at least 140,000 people. Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb, on Nagasaki, which killed 70,000. And 54 years ago, on August 10, 1961, the US military began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam. It contained the deadly chemical dioxin, which has poisoned an estimated 3 million people throughout that country.  <More>

 

 

 NICOLAS J. S. DAVIES, “FROM OHLENDORF TO OBAMA.”  Z MAGAZINE (September 2013).   The US political and economic system of legalized bribery and inverted totalitarianism promotes leaders who can win the votes of the public while serving the interests of the wealthy (e.g., a militarized budget) and while violating the rule of law, including war crimes (e.g., thousands of assassinations by drones and JSOC death squads in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere).  --Dick

 

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney Committed War Crimes

  | By Shadee Ashtari
Posted: 05/29/2014 11:21 am EDT Updated: 4 hours ago
Richard Clarke, the nation’s top counterterrorism official under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, accused Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney of committing war crimes in their 2003 invasion of Iraq during an interview Tuesday with Democracy Now! that will air next week.
"I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have,” said Clarke, who resigned in 2003 after the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. “But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried.”
In the first-ever judgment of its kind, Bush and seven other top members of his administration were convicted in absentia of war crimes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 for the unlawful invasion of Iraq.
“So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration,” Clarke continued. “It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did -- in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes."
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, alsoaccused Cheney of war crimes in 2011, citing the former vice president's affinity for enhanced interrogation techniques.
"Waterboarding is a war crime, unwarranted surveillance ... all of which are crimes," Wilkerson said in 2011. "I don't care whether the president authorized him to do it or not, they are crimes."

 

GOOGLE SEARCH, BENJAMIN FERENCZ, AUGUST 27, 2013

1.    Benjamin B. Ferencz: Benjamin Ferencz

www.benferencz.org/
Benjamin B. Ferencz. Beginning in 1945 with his prosecution of war criminals during the Nuremberg Tribunal, the work of Benjamin Ferencz has long focused ...

2.    Benjamin Ferencz - Books

www.benferencz.org/index.php?id=6
Books by Benjamin B. Ferencz. ... depth interviews by Heikelina Verrijn Stuart and Marlise Simons about their work and ideas, about the war crimes trials, human ...

3.    Benjamin B. Ferencz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_B._Ferencz
Benjamin Berell Ferencz (born March 11, 1920) is a Hungarian-born American lawyer. He was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the ...

4.    Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition - WULS: Whitney ...

law.wustl.edu › Centers and Institutes
As a war crimes investigator during the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, ...This competition, held in honor of Benjamin B. Ferencz, addresses the very ...

5.    Crimes Against Humanity -- Benjamin Ferencz Interview, 9/19/01

www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/Ferencz.html
Sep 19, 2001 - Ben Ferencz has spent most of his 82 years doing just that. He was a prosecutor for the United States during the Nuremberg war crimes trials of ...

6.    Chief prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz at the ... - Photo Archives

digitalassets.ushmm.org/photoarchives/detail.aspx?id...FERENCZ..
Chief prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz at the Einsatzgruppen Trial. ... for Glueck, who was writing a book on war crimes, Ferencz developed considerable expertise in the field. ... His unit was assigned the task of setting up a war crimes branch.

7.    Lecture Series - Prof. Benjamin Ferencz

untreaty.un.org/cod/avl/ls/Ferencz_CLP.html
In a series of lectures entitled "The Evolution of International Law - A Personal Account",Benjamin B. Ferencz describes his personal experiences and ...

8.    The Prosecutor and the Judge: Benjamin Ferencz and Antonio ...

press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/P/bo8929094.html
Benjamin Ferencz and Antonio Cassese - Interviews and Writings ... author, and lecturer, was present at the American war crimes trials in Dachau and was the ...

9.    Benjamin Ferencz and Antonio Cassese - Interviews and Writings

www.amazon.com › Books  Education & Reference
The Prosecutor and the Judge: Benjamin Ferencz and Antonio Cassese ... author, and lecturer, was present at the American war crimes trials in Dachau and ...

10. Browse Titles by Telford Taylor, Benjamin Ferencz new introduction ...

www.lawbookexchange.com/author.php?author...Benjamin+Ferencz...
Chicago: Quadrangle Books, [1970]. 224 pp. ... by Benjamin Ferencz, Chief Prosecutor for the United States at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, author of.


The Well-Known Zombie War Criminal Dick Cheney

By Charles Pierce, Esquire, Reader Supported News, 10 March 14
 [See essay on Condoleezza Rice in #4  --Dick]
elcome back to our weekly survey of the state of Our National Dialogue which, as you know, is what Charles Mingus would have come up with, had he composed "Goodbye Beanie With The Propeller On Top."
We shake up the usual order today and begin over at CBS. Onetime Louis Napoleon national security correspondent Bob Schieffer had the week off, and Charlie Rose, deprived of his Big Table of Sycophancy, sat in for him. The producers decided that who the country really needed to hear from concerning the situation in the Ukraine was well-known zombie war criminal Dick Cheney. He was joined on the show by James (To Hell With The Jews) Baker, and Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from Wisconsin and most recent First Runner-Up in our vice-presidential pageant. Hilarity, naturally, ensued.
CHENEY: I think he is but I also think he hasn't got any credibility with our allies. I just happen to speak to a couple of members of European parliament within the last couple of days who indicated that, you know, the-- their quest for the Europeans to cooperate on sanctions is more difficult than it would have been because of what happened with respect to Syria that, in fact, they got ready to go. And at the last minute the U.S.-- President Obama backed off. So he's-- he's got a much higher mountain to climb in order to try to-- to mobilize European governments to come on board for something other than military action.
And...
CHENEY: Well, in my judgment, we have to recognize the fact that this is a-- this is an egregious violation, if you will, of treaty commitments, of solemn obligation on the part of the Russian government to recognize the boundaries of the newly independent states of the old Soviet Union and-- and the Warsaw Pact. And that was one of the most significant developments in the twentieth century. And Putin is-- is simply ignoring all of those commitments. I don't think he should be able to do that without paying a price.
Also, too...
CHENEY: And my answer is reinstate the ballistic missile defense program in Poland. He cares a lot about that; conduct the joint military exercises with our NATO friends close to the Russian border; offer up equipment and training to the Ukrainian military. Take steps that will guarantee and convey the notion, especially to our friends in-- in Europe that we keep our commitments. So far that's in doubt. And I think it's a matter-- much a matter of sending a strong signal that the U.S. will keep its commitments to our-- our friends and allies, that's been in doubt for some time now because of the policies of the Obama administration and this becomes a crucial moment.
Bear in mind that this is the architect of the most catastrophic American war of aggression in recent memory, the one that demolished American credibility abroad -- You may recall that Great Britain bailed on the Syria adventure quite visibly -- and is almost wholly responsible for the entirely justifiable war-wearinesshere at home. That Dick Cheney blames the president for staying out of what 56 percent of the American people said they wanted no part of is no surprise because Dick Cheney is essentially a toddler playing Army Men with other people's children. But, of course, the truly remarkable thing is that Charlie Rose sat there like a dog waiting for a treat -- Roll over, Charlie. Good boy. -- and did not do so much as comment on the pure bloodstained irony of Dick Fking Cheney talking tough about how countries shouldn't invade other countries, and the danger to American credibility if we are insufficiently bellicose in response. . . .


KISSINGER

The former National Security Adviser to Pres. Nixon, U.S. Secretary of State, and unindicted war criminal “was honored with the 2016 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award at a dinner organized by the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.”  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (April 9, 2016).  

Kissinger War Criminal, Google Search May 5, 2016

www.globalresearch.ca/crimes-against-humanity...kissinger.../5358322
Oct 21, 2015 - Henry Kissinger was national security advisor and one of the principle .... That holds especially for our two most recent War-Criminals-in-Chief, ...
https://theintercept.com/.../henry-kissingers-war-crimes-are-central-to-the...
Feb 12, 2016 - The late essayist Christopher Hitchins examined Kissinger's war crimes in his 2001 book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger. He listed the key elements of his case: 1. The deliberate mass killing of civilian populations in Indochina.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial_of_Henry_Kissinger
Wikipedia
The Trial of Henry Kissinger. The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001) is Christopher Hitchens' examination of alleged war crimes of Henry Kissinger, the National Security Advisor and later United States Secretary of State for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Apr 17, 2015 - The Ivy League's favorite war criminal: Why the atrocities of Henry Kissinger should be mandatory reading. In an appearance at Yale
www.zpub.com/un/wanted-hkiss.html
The February and March 2001 issues of Harper's Magazine feature a series by Christopher Hitchens on the case for charging Kissinger with War Crimes.
Feb 13, 2016 - "If Clinton has ever disagreed with Kissinger because of his past war crimes or support for horrendous policies," writes Gosztola, "she has not ...


“Christmas Comes Early for War Profiteers:  It's a good time to be an arms dealer.”  BY LEONARD C. GOODMANIn These Times.  Newsletter 20 Sept 2014.

WORLD

SUDAN

From: Mubarak Ardol Anawa

Date:08/04/2015 12:51 PM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: Sudan: Attacks in South Kordofan ‘constitute war crimes’- Amnesty International, see the report 
Important source:  Google Sam Totten

 




Contents of #2 Nov. 25, 2011
Bush and Blair at 2011 Malaysian Tribunal
Bush Should Have Been Impeached
No Statute of Limitations
Nader:   President Obama
Iraq War: Blood on Our Hands
“Kill Anything”:  Vietnam War
Hunt for Nazi War Criminals
ICC Warrant for Ntaganda

Contents of #3
USA
Agent Orange
Hedges and Al Arian, Collateral Damage
Tirman, The Deaths of Others
Haditha Massacre Unpunished
National, Official, Individual Memory of Atrocities
Film:  Al Doura Atrocities
Greenwald: Why High US Officials Are Not Prosecuted
Dixson: US  History of Military Atrocities
Global
Samuel Totten and Rafiki Ubaldo, eds.   We Cannot Forget: Interviews with Survivors of the 1994 Genocide in RwandaRutgers UP, 2011.

Contents of #4
Why do people attack US soldiers, embassies, and civilians?  How might we stop it?
Afghan Wedding Airstrike Murders to 2010
Afghan Wedding Airstrikes 2012
New Film on Indicting Cheney for Torture
Yoder:   Bush and Obama
Vets for Peace vs. Condoleeza Rice
Hedges: Murder and Sgt. Bales
Poem by Kolki
About War Crimes Times
Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Trial
Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal

Contents of War Crimes and Criminals  #5

Film: Indict Cheney for War Crimes

US War Crimes Google Search

Reporting Child Victims of War

Prosecute US War Crimes

McNamara:  Afghanistan War Crimes, Sgt. Bales, and US Leaders

Chemical War, Vietnam War, Agent Orange, US Troops and Their Children

No to Naming Freeway After Bush II

Shanley:  Madeleine Albright, “we think the price is worth it”

Sudan Burns Villages in Southern Provinces

See: International Justice Day/ICC Newsletter, War on Terror, Victims, individual wars, UN Torture Awareness Month, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, and other newsletters.
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