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Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and a member of the National Advisory Board of Veterans for Peace.Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. See http://marjoriecohn.com/ . .
(1 comments) Friday, April 12, 2019 Assange's Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime
A few days before Assange's removal from the embassy and arrest, Nils Metzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, warned that extradition to the U.S. "could expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
(3 comments) Sunday, April 7, 2019 US Takes Illegal, Dangerous Actions Toward Regime Change in Venezuela
In early April, Russia announced plans to install a training facility for military helicopters in Venezuela. The Trump administration is rattling its sabers at Russia. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned that the United States considers the presence of military forces from outside the Western Hemisphere a "direct threat to international peace and security in the region."
(1 comments) Friday, March 29, 2019 Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes
On Saturday, March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians are planning to walk toward the Gaza border to commemorate the March 30, 2018, launch of the Great March of Return. For the past year, during the weekly protests, tens of thousands of Palestinians have demanded an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the right to return to their homeland.
(3 comments) Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Daniel Ellsberg Calls Chelsea Manning "an American Hero"
"Manning knowingly risked her freedom then for truth-telling and actually suffered seven-and-a-half years in prison. I regard her as an American hero, and I admire her for what she is doing, risking and enduring right now," Ellsberg said. No one understands better than he does.
(2 comments) Friday, March 15, 2019 Tribunal Declares Trump and Duterte Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a recent ruling from the International Peoples' Tribunal on the Philippines. The tribunal, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 18 and 19, 2018, rendered its 84-page decision on these crimes on March 8.
(3 comments) Friday, March 1, 2019 Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of. His Testimony Should Terrify Us.
"Trump is a cheat," Cohen testified. He described Trump inflating and deflating his assets as it suited his financial interests. Trump would direct Cohen to call small business owners to whom Trump owed money and tell them they would receive no payment or a reduced payment.
(3 comments) Monday, February 25, 2019 Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba
For 59 years, the United States has maintained a cruel embargo against Cuba. "The embargo on Cuba is the most comprehensive set of U.S. sanctions on any country, including the other countries designated by the U.S. government to be state sponsors of terrorism Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria," according to the U.S. government.
(4 comments) Friday, January 11, 2019 If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law
Congress refuses to enact legislation containing the nearly $6 billion that Donald Trump is demanding for an unnecessary wall on the southern US border. In response, Trump is considering whether to declare a national emergency, take money Congress has appropriated for other purposes, and divert it to build his wall.
(2 comments) Sunday, January 6, 2019 As Trump Orders US Out of Afghanistan, Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain
As the US military kills civilians in Syria and CIA-led Afghan forces continue to commit war crimes, it appears Trump is doing the right thing in pulling out military troops. But the CIA will remain and grow stronger after the US troops leave. All US troops should be removed from Syria and all bombing must end.
Sunday, December 30, 2018 School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract
Even though it is a nonviolent movement, Israel sees BDS as a threat to its hegemony over the Palestinians. Israel illegally occupies Palestinian territories, maintaining effective control over Gaza's land, airspace, seaport, electricity, water, telecommunications and population registry. Israel deprives Gazans of food, medicine, fuel and basic services.
(2 comments) Monday, December 17, 2018 Trump Can and Should Be Indicted
As evidence of law breaking by Donald Trump continues to emerge, commentators are speculating about whether a sitting president can be indicted. The Department of Justice has twice opined in the negative -- during both the Nixon and Clinton administrations. But nothing in the Constitution would prevent Trump from being criminally indicted while he occupies the Oval Office.
(12 comments) Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War
Notwithstanding deeply entrenched US support for Saudi Arabia, outrage over the Saudis' torturous murder of Khashoggi, as well as campaigns by several progressive groups, have galvanized congressional opposition to US assistance for Saudi killing in Yemen.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Matthew Whitaker Was Illegally Appointed and Should Be Removed
Infuriated after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel, Trump had been champing at the bit to replace Sessions with an attorney general who would have his back. As acting attorney general, Whitaker will assume authority over the Mueller probe.
(4 comments) Monday, November 19, 2018 Trump's Military Deployment to the US-Mexico Border Is Illegal
The Posse Comitatus Act forbids the use of the military to enforce domestic US laws, including immigration laws. For this reason, Trump's decision to deploy the military to the border to enforce US immigration law against thousands of desperate migrants from Central America -- who have undertaken the perilous journey over 1,000 miles through Mexico to the US border in order to apply for asylum -- is an unlawful order.
(8 comments) Saturday, November 10, 2018 Fierce Critic of Mueller Probe Now Has Power to Sabotage the Investigation
The day after the midterm elections, Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker, who has criticized the Mueller probe in the past, could fire Robert Mueller or defang his investigation.
(2 comments) Sunday, November 4, 2018 Trump's Judges Imperil Our Rights for Decades
In less than two years as president, Donald Trump has already put two radical right-wing justices on the Supreme Court, cementing a conservative majority on the Court for decades. He has also placed 29 right-wing judges on the federal circuit courts of appeals with more in the works by the end of the year. These judicial appointments threaten to endanger our rights for years to come.
(1 comments) Sunday, October 21, 2018 Khashoggi's Murder and Saudi War Crimes in Yemen Were Facilitated by US
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, had written critically about the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Post reported that Mohammed had recently attempted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia in an operation resembling an extrajudicial "rendition," where a person is forcibly removed from one country and taken to another for interrogation.
(6 comments) Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Will Trump Be Charged With Conspiracy to Violate Federal Election Law?
If Mueller does not ask a grand jury to indict Trump, he could request that they name the president as an unindicted co-conspirator if the special counsel files an indictment against others, such as Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort. Ultimately, if Trump can't be indicted, he may not be able to refuse a subpoena to testify before a grand jury by claiming the privilege against self-incrimination.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Did Trump Break the Law by Ordering Sessions to End the Mueller Probe?
Trump's tweet ordering Sessions to terminate the Russia investigation is strong evidence that the president corruptly intends to halt the investigation. That would amount to obstruction of justice. The president would be ordering Sessions to do something the latter is powerless to do as Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.