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By Grant Lawrence

Nuremberg Principle III states

"The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law."

Nuremberg Principle IV states

The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.


President Obama declares the obvious, that the use of Waterboarding was torture. After all we put Japanese officials to death for its use during WW2.

However, the deeper issue now is what should we do with those that authorized torture?


At the highest levels of government we have Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and other members of the Bush Administration that should face justice for their acts in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

According to the Nuremberg Principles, a set of guidelines on what constitutes a war crime, acts of torture authorized by government officials demands international justice. The Bush Administration, any previous Administration, or any government official should have to face justice for their actions when they commit crimes against peace, war crimes, or crimes against humanity.

According to the Nuremberg Principles, torture would be considered a war crime and possibly a crime against humanity. Bush Administration officials should also be tried for crimes against humanity for their deliberate lies, misinformation, and acts leading to the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

Humanity demands justice and Bush Administration officials need to face a war crimes tribunal. It is imperative that those that authorized such atrocities face justice so that the world will see less use of these inhumane decisions, acts, and procedures in the future.

 

I work as a school counselor and mental health counselor in Gallup New Mexico.

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The US government is complicit in war crimes if it... by Archie on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 1:01:51 PM
Hopefully the Spanish or some international court ... by Grant Lawrence on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 1:57:58 PM
Okay, he said waterboarding was torture and that i... by sandy valencour on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 2:51:29 PM
I think he can't say they are guilty but he could ... by Grant Lawrence on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 4:26:02 PM
"thrown out of court on a technicality such a... by William Whitten on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 4:42:21 PM
Also this "technicality" is mostly applicable to t... by William Whitten on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 4:44:24 PM
Obama said that waterboarding is torture yes. He a... by William Whitten on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 4:37:00 PM
Maybe when Obama said "mistake" he meant it was a ... by Ron R. on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 5:49:26 PM
Ron R. Obama is trying to play both sides and th... by Grant Lawrence on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 10:13:01 PM
I was presenting a different point-of-view on Obam... by Ron R. on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 12:09:11 AM
Change my second "legal" to "illegal". Thanks.... by Ron R. on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 12:10:32 AM
William thanks for clarifying. This is an extremel... by Grant Lawrence on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 10:07:42 PM
That's all I have to say about it.... by Han on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 2:53:18 AM