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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/ . .

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(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Stanford Antiwar Alums Call for War Crimes Investigation of Condoleezza Rice During the Vietnam War, Stanford students succeeded in banning secret military research from campus. Last weekend, 150 activist alumni and present Stanford students targeted Condoleezza Rice for authorizing torture and misleading Americans into the illegal Iraq War.
Mueller is investigating the Trump money trail, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 10, 2017
Robert Mueller Is Moving Toward Donald Trump NBC News reports that Trump Jr. is "under scrutiny by Mueller." It's quite possible that Mueller is investigating both Trump and Trump Jr. for conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act. In this case, the president could potentially be named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2014
"Big Brother is Watching You" -- Beyond Orwell's Worst Nightmare On NSA reforms, President Obama cited as precedent Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty, who patrolled the streets at night, "reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America's early Patriots." This was a weak effort to find historical support for the NSA spying program. After all, Paul Revere and his associates were patrolling the streets, not sorting through people's private communications.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2011
Bradley Manning Treatment Reveals Continued Government Complicity in Torture A former CIA agent observed, "If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear -- never to see them again -- you send them to Egypt."
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 20, 2009
Obama's Af-Pak War is Illegal The UN Charter provides that all member states must settle their international disputes by peaceful means, and no nation can use military force except in self-defense or when authorized by the Security Council. After the 9/11 attacks, the council passed two resolutions, neither of which authorized the use of military force in Afghanistan.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 9, 2008
Obama Spells New Hope for Human Rights In the cathedral of human rights, the U.S. is more like a flying buttress than a pillar – choosing to stand outside the international structure supporting the international human rights system but without being willing to subject its own conduct to the scrutiny of the system. Bring on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
White House Counsel Don McGahn Almost Resigned Over Trump insisting he fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Sometimes, White House Staff Have a Legal Duty to Disobey the President Trump, who demands loyalty from everyone around him, is probably increasingly nervous these days, as Mueller has secured the cooperation of Flynn and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, both of whom face sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.
Trump's threats to Kim Jong Un, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 26, 2017
The Duty to Disobey a Nuclear Launch Order There is cause for concern that Donald Trump may order a nuclear strike on North Korea. Trump has indicated his willingness to use nuclear weapons. In early 2016, he asked a senior foreign policy adviser about nuclear weapons three times during a briefing and then queried, "If we have them why can't we use them?"
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 3, 2013
Bradley Manning's Legal Duty to Expose War Crimes The Obama administration, which has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all prior presidencies combined, seeks to send a strong message to would-be whistleblowers to keep their mouths shut. Manning fulfilled his legal duty to report war crimes. He complied with his legal duty to obey lawful orders but also his legal duty to disobey unlawful orders.
Stand on Every Corner protest against Donald Trump - Day 100, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 6, 2018
Five Reasons Why the GOP Is Rushing to Confirm Kavanaugh Republicans are hoping to ensure the outcome of several hot-button cases currently before the Supreme Court.
Rex Tillerson and James Mattis, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Mattis, Tillerson Want Blank Check To Wage Illegal War Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on October 30 that the Trump administration has all the legal authority it needs to kill people anywhere in the world. Congress must retain the power to authorize war, which is what the framers intended. They should refrain from relinquishing it to an unpredictable and volatile president.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 1, 2019
The UN Could Save the Amazon With One Simple Move Fires ravaging the Amazon pose imminent peril to the 34 million people and 3 million species of animals and plants that live in the world's largest rain-forest, which covers 2 million square miles. Damage from the raging fires will change the face of the planet.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 24, 2011
Bradley Manning: Hero, or Traitor? The U.S. government considers Manning one of America's most dangerous traitors. If Manning did what he is accused of doing, he should not be tried as a criminal. He should be hailed as a national hero, much like Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to expose the government's lies and end the Vietnam War.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 29, 2010
Arizona Law Recalls Past US Racism Republican lawmakers are joining together to oppose federal immigration reform, opting instead for a "states rights" approach where each state is free to enact its own racist law.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The Torture Tape Cover-up: How High Does It Go? Bush tried to create the image of the noble war on terrorism. Abu Ghraib images created a public relations disaster for Bush. After the Abu Ghraib revelations, the Bush administration could not tolerate more bad publicity. So in 2005, the CIA destroyed several hundred hours of videotapes depicting torturous interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, probably including water boarding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 21, 2019
No, McConnell -- Biased Jurors and No Witnesses Do Not Make for a "Fair Trial" After a brief meeting, McConnell and Schumer were unable to agree on a process for the trial. The Senate will recess for the holiday break and return January 3 but won't make decisions about the trial rules until January 6.
Trump stalls impeachment inquiry, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 5, 2019
Trump's Stonewalling of Impeachment Inquiry Is an Impeachable Offense Impeachment is mentioned six times in Articles I, II and III of the Constitution. The "sole Power of Impeachment" resides in the House of Representatives. Impeachment is like an indictment. It requires a simple majority of voting House members. The case then moves to the Senate for trial. It takes two-thirds of the senators to convict the president and remove him from office.
Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Speak About Israel, and Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 25, 2019
Human Rights and Global Wrongs Donald Trump reportedly told several of his advisers that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should bar Tlaib and Omar because they supported BDS. Hours after Israel cancelled the trip, Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people."
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, From Images
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Is Bolivia's Evo Morales the victim of a coup?, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 27, 2019
US Is Again Complicit in an Illegal Coup, This Time in Bolivia The situation in Bolivia is volatile and there is danger it could devolve into civil war. This is the time to urge senators and Congress members to end all U.S. support for the illegitimate regime, demand free and fair elections with all political parties represented, and insist that fundamental human rights of all Bolivians are protected.
Time magazine believes Trump is pure evil, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 8, 2019
Trump's Order to Defy Subpoenas Is Itself Grounds for Impeachment Trump has ordered all of his current and former senior advisers to defy congressional subpoenas to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Trump is claiming the subpoenaed witnesses have "absolute immunity" against civil or criminal liability for refusal to provide testimony. However, "absolute immunity" is a creation of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel. No court, statute or constitution has ever recognized it.
From flickr.com: Will #Trump kiss off his #AmericaFirst and go to war?, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 21, 2018
Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? The Constitution places the power to declare war exclusively in the hands of the Congress. However, for the past 75 years, Congress has allowed that power to drift toward the executive branch. The new bill, should it pass, would effectively make the transfer of the war power from Congress to the president complete. It is hard to imagine a worse time in American history for this to happen.
An Israeli soldier prepares for a night attack inside Gaza as part of Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,000 Gazans in 2014., From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 5, 2015
Netanyahu's False Narrative As members of the U.S. Congress bobbed up and down with applause, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spun a tale of brave little Israel fretting about its survival, but he left out the fact that Israel has a large arsenal of nuclear weapons and has often been the one to invade its neighbors, as Marjorie Cohn recalls.
Julian Assange, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2020
Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison. On February 24, a court in the U.K. will hold a hearing to determine whether to grant Trump's request.
Nuclear bomb, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 9, 2018
Pentagon to Allow Nuclear Responses to Non-Nuclear Attacks The new NPR states that the United States could use nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks, including cyberattacks, in "extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States, its allies and partners." This new strategy opens the door to first-use of nuclear weapons, which is prohibited under international law.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 14, 2012
Mitt Romney, the Bully As a privileged preppy, Mitt Romney enjoyed humiliating suspected gays and other vulnerable people. But his bullying didn't stop when he grew older. Instead, he applied similar tactics to make a fortune as a corporate raider.
President Trump tapped Judge Neil Gorsuch of Denver as his Supreme Court nominee, picking a conservative in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SCOTUS and The Voting Rights Act, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 15, 2019
Supreme Court Ruling on Census Could Deal Grave Blow to Democracy During oral arguments in the Supreme Court in April, the conservative justices seemed inclined to uphold the citizenship question. But the Court was presented with evidence of a cover-up of the illegal racist motive for adding the citizenship question. The census citizenship question and concomitant partisan gerrymandering by the GOP pose additional threats to the right to vote, and indeed, to democracy itself.
The many faces of Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
President George W. Bush pauses for applause during his State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, 2003, when he made a frau, From Images
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Giving the Torturers a Pass During Watergate, senior U.S. officials went to jail for lying and obstructing justice. Many politicians have gone to prison for taking bribes and for corruption. But it's somehow unthinkable to prosecute Bush administration officials implicated in torture and murder, an attitude that Marjorie Cohn rejects.
Troops at the US Border are Stringing Wire and Building Barracks, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From youtube.com: Donald TRUMP VS Kim JONG-UN, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 30, 2017
Trump Threatens Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea By threatening to attack North Korea, Trump is endangering the lives of countless people. In the past, he has indicated his willingness to use nuclear weapons and Kim Jong-un has threatened to retaliate. The rapidly escalating rhetoric and provocative maneuvers on both sides has taken us to the brink of war. By stating the intention to totally destroy North Korea, Trump has threatened genocide.
Trump escalates attacks on Robert Mueller, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 27, 2019
Mueller Should Have Subpoenaed Trump The Mueller team found "substantial evidence" of the elements required to convict Trump of obstruction of justice. But, constrained by a Justice Department rule forbidding the indictment of a sitting president, Mueller's report did not conclude whether Trump actually committed the crime.
Rep. Keith Ellison, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 5, 2018
In Unanimous Vote, House Says No Legal Right to Attack Iran The Constitution only grants Congress the power to declare war. And the War Powers Resolution allows the president to introduce US Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities only after Congress has declared war, or in "a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces," or when there is "specific statutory authorization."
Netanyahu: No greater supporter to Jewish people than Trump, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2019
Trump's New Policy on Israeli Settlements Is Illegal and Self-Serving Thumbing his nose at the Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute, the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and the International Court of Justice, Donald Trump decided that Israel's unlawful construction of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory is lawful.
Activists rally at Supreme Court on LGBTQ rights and job discrimination, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 13, 2019
Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term As the Court moves increasingly to the right with the recent additions of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, we can expect the continued evisceration of civil rights and civil liberties. The Court has failed to protect the right to vote by declining to strike down partisan gerrymandering. The importance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's continued vitality cannot be underestimated.
Guantanamo bay prisoners, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 17, 2017
US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes If a full investigation of US officials proceeds as requested, it "would send a clear signal to the Trump administration and other countries around the world that torture is categorically prohibited, even in times of war, and there will be consequences for authorizing and committing acts of torture," according to Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program.
Leaking Agent Orange Drums in Vietnam, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 10, 2013
The Struggle Continues: Seeking Compensation for Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims, 52 years on Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam, a long time with NO sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the American War against Vietnam, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring.
From youtube.com: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 13, 2017
A Preemptive Strike on North Korea Would Be Catastrophic and Illegal As we stand on the precipice of a disastrous war, these are the right circumstances for Trump to meet with Kim Jong-un. If Trump were to successfully negotiate a peace treaty with North Korea, he would receive plaudits for being a real diplomat. The unthinkable alternative is military action that would cause the deaths of untold numbers of Koreans, Japanese people and Americans.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump - Caricature, From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Trump Is Killing Record Numbers of Civilians We can expect to see increasing numbers of civilian deaths as Trump continues the "war on terror" he inherited from his predecessors. Since Bush launched this war after 9/11, we have become more vulnerable to terrorism. Civilian killings heighten anger toward the United States and lead to stepped-up recruitment of those who would do us harm.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/8566723003/: Donald Trump, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Content of Donald Trump's Character Though some anti-war Americans see hope that Donald Trump would pull back from foreign wars, they also must face his undeniable record of racial and sexist bigotry, writes Marjorie Cohn.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2020
COVID-19: DOJ Seeks to Exploit Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely Trump's Department of Justice is asking Congress to allow the attorney general to indefinitely detain people without trial in violation of the constitutional right of habeas corpus, writes Marjorie Cohn.
U.S. President Obama, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Challenging American Exceptionalism Obama maintains a double standard for apologies to the families of drone victims. If you are western and hit by accident we'll say we are sorry. Americans don't see the images of the drone victims or hear the stories of their survivors. If we did, we might be more sympathetic to the damage our drone bombs are wreaking in our name.
Mueller investigation, From GoogleImages
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Trump attacks Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter as she testifies during impeachment hearings, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Trump Engaged in Witness Tampering During Ambassador's Testimony As former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the House impeachment inquiry to evidence of abuse of power by Donald Trump, he tweeted insulting allegations against her in real time.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 16, 2017
Trump Jr. Emails and Meeting With Russian Lawyer Are Probable Cause of Federal Crime On June 9, Trump Jr., then campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior advisor, met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. arranged the meeting with the expectation of receiving negative information the Russian government supposedly had about Hillary Clinton.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 28, 2018
Protests Force Starbucks to Ditch ADL From Leading Anti-Racism Training After an outcry over the inclusion of the Anti-Defamation League as a lead member of Starbuck's anti-racism training, the ubiquitous coffee shop backed down, as Marjorie Cohn reports for Consortium News.
War on Terror, From GoogleImages
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 19, 2016
Fifteen Years After 9/11, Perpetual "War on Terror" Continues Unabated It is up to all of us to speak out, write and protest against endless war. That means pressuring Congress and the White House, holding demonstrations and inserting our opposition into the media and public debate. Our very survival depends on it.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 12, 2011
Lost in the Debt Ceiling Debate: The Legal Duty to Create Jobs The debate about the debt ceiling should have been a conversation about how to create jobs. It is time for progressives to remind the government that it has a legal duty to create jobs, and must act immediately -- if not through Congress, then through the Federal Reserve.
New Calls For Trump To Be Impeached, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 6, 2020
Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran. Congress Must Stop Him. Trump has already committed the crime of aggression against Iran, and he is now threatening to commit a war crime if he carries through on his January 4 promise to target Iran's cultural sites.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 9, 2011
The Targeted Assassination of Osama Bin Laden Osama bin Laden and the "suspected militants" targeted in drone attacks should have been arrested and tried in U.S. courts or an international tribunal. Obama cannot serve as judge, jury and executioner. These assassinations are not only illegal; they create a dangerous precedent, which could be used to justify the targeted killings of U.S. leaders.
War criminals, From GoogleImages
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit against George W. Bush Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi woman, first filed her lawsuit against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz in September 2013. Alleging that the Iraq War constituted an illegal crime of aggression, Saleh filed the suit on behalf of herself and other Iraqis in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
American Soldiers In Sand Storm during war in Afghanistan, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2019
Candidates Must Commit to Immediate US Withdrawal From Afghanistan On July 30, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported that the Afghan government and international military forces, primarily the United States, caused most of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2019. That's more killings than those perpetrated in the same time period by the Taliban and ISIS combined.
President Barack Obama stands with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the President Obama's official arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2013., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Tangle of US-Israeli Double Standards For decades, U.S. administrations have engaged in linguistic gymnastics to avoid applying international law to Israel. Now, with the fig leaf of the two-state solution gone, President Obama must confront this tangle of double standards and double talk, says Marjorie Cohn.
FERGUSON, Mo. Unarmed Teen Michael Brown Shot Multiple Times, Killed By Cop., From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Strange Ferguson Grand Jury There is an old saying that prosecutors can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich -- and statistics bear that out. But the police slaying of a young African-American man in Missouri received startlingly different treatment with the grand jury almost invited to exonerate the officer, says Marjorie Cohn.
Alan Dershowitz, From WikimediaPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2020
Dershowitz Is Wrong -- Abuse of Power Is Grounds for Impeachment Contrary to the overwhelming weight of scholarly legal thought, Dershowitz has claimed that "high crimes and misdemeanors" is limited to offenses prohibited by statute. He told senators that abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, for which Trump was impeached, are not grounds for impeachment.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks to journalists at the State Department., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Team Trump Tried to Bully the ICC Into Dropping War Crimes Probe But Failed in light of the Appeals Chamber's landmark decision holding that U.S. officials will be investigated for war crimes, we can expect escalating threats and retaliation against the ICC by the Trump administration.
Donald Trump Hugs American Flag, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 30, 2017
Trump's "America First" Security Strategy Imperils the US Documentation of poverty in the United States is conspicuously absent from Trump's National Security Strategy (NSS). In fact, Pillar II of the NSS cites "unnecessary regulations" as problematic. Deregulation serves the interest of the wealthy. Since he took office, Trump has eliminated hundreds of regulations that protect health, safety and workers.
Julian Assange, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 29, 2017
The Meaning of Assange's Persecution The long legal ordeal of Julian Assange -- and the continuing threats against the WikiLeaks founder -- make a mockery of the West's supposed commitment to press freedom and the public's right to know
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 28, 2019
Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: "Pentagon Has Brainwashed People" The seven Catholic peace activists who were convicted on October 24 for their symbolic protest against nuclear weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base are now facing a two-to-three-month wait to hear their prison sentences. They could face more than 20 years in prison.
Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 14, 2019
Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice Harris favored criminalizing truancy, raising cash bail fees and keeping prisoners locked up for cheap labor. "Harris's prosecutorial record, however, is far from progressive."
Planes spraying Agent Orange, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 9, 2017
The Vietnam War Is Not History For Victims Of Agent Orange Agent Orange/dioxin was an herbicidal chemical weapon manufactured by U.S. chemical companies like Dow and Monsanto and sprayed by the U.S. military from 1961 to 1971. Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind. Approximately 3 million Vietnamese and thousands of U.S. and allied soldiers were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 14, 2017
Courts Must Hold Executive Branch Accountable for Drone Strikes No one from the Bush, Obama or Trump administrations has been held legally accountable for their unlawful killing of thousands of civilians. Although Bush used armed drones, the targeted killing program reached its zenith during the Obama administration. It took three years for Barack Obama to make good on his pledge to be transparent about the United States' lethal drone program.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Palestinians Decry ICC Prosecutor's Delay of Israeli War Crimes Investigation In a significant development for Israeli accountability, Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), seeks to launch an investigation into war crimes committed in Palestine. Accountability for Israeli war crimes is long overdue.
President Obama speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside the White House on May 20, 2011, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 8, 2014
Tallying Israeli War Crimes For decades, Israel has slaughtered Palestinians with impunity, always protected by the U.S. government and its veto at the UN Security Council. But the latest bloody assault on Gaza has prompted more open talk about Israeli war crimes -- and U.S. complicity, says Marjorie Cohn.
Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 4, 2017
Donald Trump vs. The Rule of Law Rather than acting to fulfill his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws, Trump is violating or advocating violation of many of them. His law-breaking renders him vulnerable to criminal indictment and perhaps eventually to impeachment.
American troops in Afghanistan., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Observe 9/11 Anniversary by Calling for an End to the Afghan War Since 9/11, under the guise of George W. Bush's "war on terror," the United States has illegally attacked, invaded and bombed several countries and tortured untold numbers of people, with no legal accountability. The United States must withdraw all of its troops, CIA agents and mercenaries and close its military bases in Afghanistan.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announcement on the DACA Dreamers Program, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 7, 2017
Sessions Is Wrong: There Is No Legal Justification for Ending DACA More than 400 chief executives, many from the nation's largest corporations, signed an open letter urging Trump and Congress to protect the Dreamers. They predicted, "Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions" if DACA is ended.
Donald Trump is not happy with his attorney general Jeff Sessions., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Israeli settlements, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 3, 2017
Israel and US Hide Names of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements Israel seeks to suppress the identities of the companies that support the settlements because it is feeling the pinch of the BDS movement. The United States thinks publication of the list would be "counterproductive" because it would fuel BDS, thereby negatively impacting Israel, the leading US client state and biggest recipient of US foreign aid.
Afghanistan rubble, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 31, 2016
A Year Of U.S. Militarism Trump favors expanding U.S. nuclear capability until the "world comes to its senses." He pledged to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out immigrants he has called "criminals" and rapists." And he continues to reiterate his pledge to ban Muslims from the United States and build a Muslim "registry." Anybody for war?
Censored Voices, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense
Omar Barghouti, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 30, 2017
Israel Hits Back Against Boycott Israeli officials are attacking on several fronts against people who support the BDS movement as a nonviolent way to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian human rights, writes Marjorie Cohn.
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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.
The rising BDS movement, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Robert Mueller, From YouTubeVideos
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Is Trump Trying to Fire Mueller or Preemptively Discredit His Findings? Trump has been champing at the bit to end Mueller's investigation, apparently restrained by his lawyers' promises that the probe is coming to an end. In addition, GOP heavyweights like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) warned that firing Mueller would spell "the beginning of the end of [Trump's] presidency."
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UPRISING: Is This the Broadest Popular Movement in US History? This transformational moment is becoming a transformational movement, writes Marjorie Cohn.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 21, 2017
Time to Impeach Trump The president's reprehensible behavior in this moment creates a new sense of urgency. We cannot postpone consideration of impeachment until Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishes his criminal investigation. It is time to pressure the House of Representatives to bring articles of impeachment against Trump for his abuse of power. We must stop this president before he launches a new civil war and/or nuclear war.
Fight Indefinite Detention, From YouTubeVideos
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Will Congress Authorize Indefinite Detention of Americans? Under the guise of exercising supervisory power over the president's ability to use military force, Congress is considering writing Donald Trump a blank check to indefinitely detain US citizens with no criminal charges. Alarmingly, this legislation could permit the president to lock up Americans who dissent against US military policy.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
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Trump Is the Third President to Lie About Afghan War Success After 18 years, it is long past time we contact our congressional representatives and Democratic presidential candidates, cite the Afghanistan Papers, and demand total withdrawal of all U.S. forces including intelligence and Special Forces from Afghanistan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the 2014 convention of the powerful lobbying group, American Israe, From Images
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Israel's War Crimes in Gaza Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu knows he has Official Washington so deeply in his pocket that he can get away with almost anything including the stealing of Palestinian land and the slaughtering of civilians in Gaza. Whatever his war crimes, Netanyahu will be excused, as Marjorie Cohn notes.
Stop Arming Saudi Arabia, From GoogleImages
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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.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
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Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton's Your Choice Clinton has promised to escalate the wars in Syria and Iraq, including a no-fly zone in Syria. Since Islamic State doesn't have an air force, her no-fly zone would be likely to capture Russian planes flying over Syria. There is little doubt that a President Hillary Clinton would continue our "perpetual war." She would do everything in her power to ensure the robust survival of the American empire.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Stop Bombing Libya There is also hypocrisy inherent in the U.S. bombing of Libya to enforce international law. The Obama administration has thumbed its nose at its international obligations by refusing to investigate officials of the Bush administration for war crimes for its torture regime. Both the Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions compel Member States to bring people to justice who violate their commands.
Supreme Court leans toward Trump on ending DACA, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 14, 2019
DACA Arguments in Supreme Court Leave Outcome in Doubt The two issues facing the Supreme Court are: (1) whether the courts have jurisdiction to review the decision to end DACA; and (2) whether the rescission of DACA was legal.
Joe Arpaio, From FlickrPhotos
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Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon? Before he pardoned Arpaio, Trump told a crowd of supporters in Phoenix that rather than violating the law, Arpaio was "doing his job." But "no President till now has proclaimed that a public official who violated the Constitution and flouted orders was 'doing his job,'" three lawyers write.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, From Images
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Did Trump Commit High Crimes and Misdemeanors? As evidence of President Donald Trump's malfeasance emerges, the old adage that the cover-up is worse than the crime may once again prove true.
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War Criminals, Including Their Lawyers, Must Be Prosecuted Attorney General Eric Holder should appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute high Bush officials including lawyers like John Yoo who gave them "legal" cover. Obama is correct when he said that no one is above the law. Accountability is critical to ensuring that our leaders never again torture and abuse people.
Palestinians, Muslims Hold 'Day Of Rage' Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Trump Makes the Crisis Worse for Palestinian Refugees Trump appears unfazed by the disaster his actions have created. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Trump said he would suspend aid to the Palestinians "unless they sit down and negotiate peace." The plan -- which reflects the wishes of Israel, with no Palestinian approval or even input -- would allow Israel to annex 10 percent of the West Bank area.
From youtube.com: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, From Images
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Trump's Nuclear Threat Warrants Removal From Office The 25th Amendment provides for the vice president to assume the presidency when he and a majority of the president's cabinet declare in writing that the president "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." If the president challenges that determination, two-thirds of both houses of Congress are required to affirm that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.
Stop the massacre in Gaza, From FlickrPhotos
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In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying power has a legal duty to protect the occupied. Grave breaches of the convention constitute war crimes. They include willful killing; willfully causing great suffering or serious injury; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population; and intentionally launching attacks with knowledge they will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
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Is the DNC Once Again Orchestrating the Defeat of a Socialist Candidate? Aided and abetted by the corporate media, the centrists in the Democratic Party are doing their best to ensure that Sanders is not the Democratic candidate. Nearly all former candidates except Elizabeth Warren, are centrists and support Biden.
Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone, From YouTubeVideos
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Iran Had the Legal Right to Shoot Down US Spy Drone Besides being illegal, a U.S. attack on Iran would prove disastrous to the entire region, and indeed, the world. Congress should repeal the 2001 AUMF and assert its authority under the War Powers Resolution. The Security Council must convene immediately and act to fulfill its duty under the Charter to restore international peace and security to the Gulf region.
Chelsea Manning, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
Destruction and rubble in Syria., From FlickrPhotos
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Trump Sets Deadly Precedent by Hiding Rationale for Bombing Syria Besides being illegal, a preemptive strike on North Korea would be catastrophic. Nevertheless, Trump continues his provocative threats against Pyongyang. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in October that Trump's dangerous threats could put the United States "on a path to World War III."
Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry a 'Sham' and a 'Hoax', From YouTubeVideos
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House Judiciary Committee Recommends Impeachment of Donald Trump McConnell vowed to coordinate the trial with the White House. No jury ever coordinates a trial with the defendant or announces a not guilty verdict before the trial. McConnell's spineless pandering to Trump is emblematic of the conduct of the Republicans in Congress. They should be ashamed.
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No Accountability for Torturers The Obama administration has closed the books on prosecutions of those who violated our laws by authorizing and conducting the torture and abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody. By letting American officials, lawyers and interrogators get away with torture -- and indeed, murder -- the United States sacrifices any right to scold or punish other countries for their human rights violations.
Portland Mayor Tear-Gassed With Peaceful Protesters, From YouTubeVideos
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Black Lives Matter Chicago Sues to Prevent Occupation by Trump's Paramilitaries Taking a page from Hitler's Brownshirts, Donald Trump is sending his secret paramilitary forces into U.S. cities to terrorize the population.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro with his trademark cigar., From GoogleImages
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The Remarkable Story of Fidel Castro Since Fidel Castro's death, the mainstream U.S. news media has been on a flashback to the Cold War presenting one-sided denunciations of the "communist dictator," but there is another side to the story, explains Marjorie Cohn.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2012., From ImagesAttr
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Seeking Justice for Egyptian Massacres Egypt's 2013 military coup killed hundreds of unarmed protesters as it overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood of Mohamed Morsi. The coup had the support of Saudi Arabia and Israel which assured that the U.S. did little. But an appeal for justice is underway in the Netherlands, writes Marjorie Cohn.
NYPD cruisers ramming into protesters behind a barricade, sending bodies flying., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2020
Protesters Attacked by Police Are Suing to Vindicate Their Constitutional Rights Police have utilized toxic chemical and sonic weapons, dangerous projectiles, intrusive surveillance, physical violence and "kettling" to trap demonstrators after dispersal orders are given.
Death of Freddie Gray, From ImagesAttr
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The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore Like so many African American men before him in this country, Gray was guilty of nothing other than "walking while black." In his case, Baltimore's sordid history of racial and class oppression, combined with the war on drugs, made for a deadly combination. Under the guise of the war on drugs, Baltimore police have been harassing people for years.
From flickr.com: Supreme Court, From Images
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Will the Courts Save the Dreamers? The Muslim Ban case could serve as a bellwether of DACA's fate in the high court. In a temporary order, the Court left parts of the ban in place pending its decision on the merits. Three justices -- Alito, Thomas and Gorsuch -- would have allowed the ban to continue in its entirety. They would also probably defer to Trump in the DACA case.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, From YouTubeVideos
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North Korea Agreed to Denuclearize, but When Will the US? The United States has allocated $1.7 trillion to streamline our nuclear arsenal, despite having agreed in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968 to work toward nuclear disarmament. The US maintains a stockpile of 7,000 nuclear weapons, some 900 of them on "hair trigger alert," according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
From youtube.com: Robert Mueller and the Russia probe, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Trump Apologists Are Gunning for Mueller Two Florida GOP congressmen, who flew with Trump on Air Force One to a Roy Moore rally, are gunning for Mueller. Rep. Matt Gaetz said the United States is "at risk of a coup d'etat" by Mueller. Gaetz introduced a resolution calling for Mueller's firing. And Rep. Ron DeSantis is sponsoring legislation to terminate Mueller's funding.
Vladimir Putin, From GoogleImages
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The Terror of a New Cold War On March 1, 2018, in his annual state of the nation speech to the Russian Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin declared that his country has developed an "invincible" intercontinental cruise missile resistant to US missile defense systems. Putin claimed the new weapon can operate at very high speeds and has unlimited range.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
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Don't Expect to See Trump's Tax Returns Before the Election Donald Trump claims that while he is president, his pre-presidency financial records can't be subpoenaed and he can't even be investigated for criminal conduct. The Supreme Court will decide by the end of June whether Trump is indeed beyond the reach of the law.
President George W. Bush pauses for applause during his State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, 2003. Seated behind him are Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2015
Philippines' Terror-Inducing "War on Terror" A largely forgotten front in George W. Bush's "global war on terror" has been the Philippines where military campaigns to crush various rebel groups and political activists have led to charges of extrajudicial killings, torture and other war crimes, reports Marjorie Cohn.
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UPRISING: Immunity for Police Under Attack by Federal Judge A federal judge in Mississippi is challenging the long-standing qualified immunity for police officers after the harassment of a motorist in that state, reports Marjorie Cohn.
Military Against Anti-Racist Protesters, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump's Illegal Use of Military Against Anti-Racist Uprisings Portends Battles Ahead As the collective outrage at the police lynching of George Floyd filled streets nationwide, Donald Trump threatened to use the U.S. military against anti-racist protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.
Muslim Ban Resistance, From FlickrPhotos
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In Upholding Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court Ignored International Law The primary thrust of the ban is to prohibit Muslims from entering the United States and thus constitutes religious discrimination. By singling out specific countries for exclusion, the ban also makes a prohibited distinction on the basis of national origin.
Daniel Ellsberg on the cover of Time after leaking the Pentagon Papers, From Images
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Reshaping the Vietnam Narrative The Vietnam War was a turning point in U.S. history but not as many people may think. In defeat, the national security state changed the narrative into one that made American soldiers the victims and made anti-war activists into traitors who spat on returning soldiers, as Marjorie Cohn explains.
From youtube.com: Brett Kavanaugh:  Doesn't seem to know difference between international and foreign law., From Images
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In Shielding US from Legal Obligations, Kavanaugh Conflates International Law with Foreign Laws Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has nothing but contempt for international law. But he has shown uncritical deference to executive power, particularly in the so-called war on terror cases, argues Marjorie Cohn.
The Supreme Court, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2020
The Supreme Court Is About to Make Seismic Rulings on Reproductive Rights Although the Court does not have a case that contests the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade, it has the opportunity to chip away at the right to abortion as opponents continue to erect obstacles to reproductive health care. Their strategy is to bring about death of abortion by a thousand cuts.
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Numbers in Obama's Drone Deaths Report Just Don't Add Up Like his predecessor, Obama defines the whole world as his battlefield, reserving for himself the role of judge, jury and executioner. Compliance with due process (arrest and fair trial), which the U.S. Constitution guarantees all persons, not just U.S. citizens, has not been a priority in the Obama administration's "war on terror."
Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abu Zubaydah, From ArchivedPhotos
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Abu Zubaydah: Torture's "Poster Child" The ugly legacy of George W. Bush's torture program continues to haunt U.S. foreign policy as the "poster child" for waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah, makes an appeal for his release from Guantanamo, writes Marjorie Cohn.
Scene from the Vietnam War, From ImagesAttr
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Shaping the Vietnam Narrative Controlling the narrative is a key tool for propagandists who realize that how people understand a foreign conflict goes a long way toward determining their support or opposition. So, the U.S. government's sanitizing of the Vietnam War is not just about history, but the present, as Marjorie Cohn writes.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2020
COVID-19: Trump Weaponizing Virus by Intensifying Sanctions on Iran & Venezuela Economic and medical warfare during the pandemic amounts to a crime against humanity, writes Marjorie Cohn.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
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Israel's New Government Is Exploiting Pandemic to Annex 30 Percent of West Bank After three indecisive elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Gantz agreed to form a unity government in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the central pillars of this new regime is the unlawful annexation of the Jordan Valley and illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. The annexation has the full backing of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Joe Arpaio, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Trump's Arpaio Pardon Signals to White Supremacists: "I've Got Your Back" Perhaps most significant is what the pardon says about the president. It demonstrates beyond doubt that Trump and Arpaio share the same values. Both men are racist to the core. Neither has any respect for the law. And both retaliate against those who criticize their actions. Like Trump, Arpaio attacked judges who ruled against him.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Losing in Afghanistan Obama and Petraeus no longer speak of "victory" over the Taliban; they both hold open the possibility of settlement with the Taliban. Indeed, Maj. Gen. Bill Mayville, chief of operations for McChrystal, told Rolling Stone, "It's not going to look like a win, smell like a win or taste like a win."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Compensate Victims of U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring. Fifty years is long enough. It is high time to compensate the victims for this shameful chapter in our history.
Is The US Preparing For A War With Iran?, From YouTubeVideos
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An Attack on Iran Would Violate US and International Law There is no evidence that Iran poses a threat to the United States, yet the usual suspects in the Trump administration are trying to advance illegal military action. Indeed, it is Trump's actions thus far that have posed the real threat to U.S. security because Iran is calling his bluff by considering whether to restart high enrichment of uranium.
John Bolton., From YouTubeVideos
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Trump Finds Fellow Bully in Bolton President Donald Trump's appointment of John Bolton as his national security adviser is his most dangerous move yet, argues Marjorie Cohn. As Stormy Daniels and Robert Mueller close in on Trump, the president will seek to create a major distraction. With bully Bolton egging him on, that may well be a military attack on North Korea or Iran. The consequences would prove disastrous.
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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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 13, 2011
Torture Is Never Legal and Didn't Lead Us to Bin Laden Torture is not simply illegal, immoral and ineffective. It is also counter-productive. Former Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora testified before Congress that the two most effective recruiting tools for those who would do harm to our soldiers in Iraq were Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. When people see the U.S. government torturing detainees from their countries, they resent us even more.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 18, 2018
We Cannot Expect a President With Racism "in His DNA" to Save DACA Trump ended temporary protected status for 200,000 people from El Salvador, effective September 2019; many of them have been in the United States for 20 years. In November, Trump had halted temporary protected status for 59,000 Haitians, who are still reeling from the earthquake and cholera epidemic that have devastated that country.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Aug. 30, 2013, claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21, but that evidence failed to materialize or was later discredited., From ImagesAttr
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US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal Secretary of State Kerry met with dissident State Department "diplomats" to hear their call for U.S. airstrikes on Syrian government troops, but the plan is both dangerous and illegal, writes Marjorie Cohn.
President Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump Can't Get Enough of Terrorizing Immigrants President Trump gave up his fight to ask people about their citizenship on the 2020 census. He has been trying to add this to the census since 2017, which would have resulted in a significant under-count by dissuading people in households with undocumented residents from responding to the census. An estimated 6.5 million people could be uncounted if the question were included, according to the Census Bureau.
Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Trump Threatens Iran to Distract From Russia Criticism and Appease Israel Trump is now desperate to deflect criticism away from his much-criticized summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump knows that a war -- conducted with the right spin -- could help the GOP in the midterm elections. And Israel, the United States' closest ally, has been gunning for regime change in Iran, which Israel considers to be an existential threat.
Terrorism Watchlist Can be A Surprise For Most Who Are Listed on it., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 15, 2019
Post-9/11 Terrorism Watchlist of More Than 1 Million Judged Unconstitutional An assault on the Constitution is the terrorism watchlist, a federal government database of "known or suspected terrorists." In 2013, there were 680,000 people on the watchlist, called the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). By 2017, the number had swelled to 1.2 million, including 4,600 U.S. citizens.
Senator Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC on October 7, 2011 (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr), From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2017
Smooth-Talking Jeff Sessions Can't Hide Disturbing Record A long-time prosecutor before joining the Senate 20 years ago, Jeff Sessions supports draconian mandatory minimum sentences that remove discretion from judges to tailor sentences to the individual and fuel mass incarceration that disproportionately targets people of color.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton's Link to a Nasty Piece of Work in Honduras A critical difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is their position on whether children who fled violence in Central American countries, particularly Honduras, two years ago should be allowed to stay in the United States or be returned. Sanders states unequivocally that they should be able to remain in the U.S. Clinton disagrees. She would guarantee them "due process," but nothing more.
West Bank: Israel's controversial settlements program continues, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
Orange Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 12, 2019
Trump Gives Up Citizenship Question But Doubles Down on Terrorizing Immigrants The census is used to calculate how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives, the number of Electoral College votes each state will get in the presidential elections beginning in 2024, and how $900 billion in federal funds will be distributed to the states annually for hospitals, schools, health care and infrastructure for the next 10 years.
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NSA Metadata Collection: Fourth Amendment Violation This issue is headed to the Court of Appeals. From there, it will likely go the Supreme Court. It remains to be seen whether the court will refuse to cower before President Obama's claim of unfettered executive authority to conduct dragnet surveillance. If the court allows the NSA to continue its metadata collection, we will reside in what can only be characterized as a police state.
Michael Cohen Congress Testimony, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 20, 2017
Trump and Netanyahu Walk in Lockstep on Iran In spite of the fact that the IAEA has affirmed eight times -- most recently in August -- that Iran is meeting its obligations under the deal, Trump refused to certify Iran was in compliance and he decided the deal is not in the US national security interests.
Israeli Knesset Adopts Jewish Nation-State Law, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Israel Illegally Enshrines Apartheid in Its "Basic Law" On July 19, 2018, the Israeli Knesset enacted a law that illegally enshrines a system of apartheid. The legislation, which has the force of a constitutional amendment, strips away any pretense that Israel is a democracy. Moreover, it violates customary and treaty-based international law.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2012
Close the Guantánamo Gulag The very existence of the Guantánamo prison camp harms America's international reputation. A January 2005 editorial in Le Monde concluded, "The simple truth is that America's leaders have constructed at Guantánamo Bay a legal monster." Moreover, it has created more enemies of the United States.
NSA Spying on YouTube, Facebook, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Congress's Ratification of Trump's Spying Power Is a Direct Threat to Our Privacy The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Reauthorization Act of 2017, which Congress passed on January 19, poses a serious threat to the privacy of our internet communications.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
The lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie in Duluth, Minnesota, June 15. 1920., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 3, 2016
Trump's Blindness Toward Slavery, Jim Crow Donald Trump's remarkable comments about American blacks never being worse off demonstrated a stunning ignorance of or callousness toward the grotesque evils of slavery and Jim Crow, writes Marjorie Cohn.
President Trump taken to military hospital for COVID-19, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump Needs Accomplices at Every Level of Government to Pull Off a Coup Voting is absolutely critical for democracy. But, stopping a coup attempt will depend on far more than the ballot, and will require creative and courageous acts of civic and political engagement from all of us.
Obama and Israel, From WikimediaPhotos
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President Obama: "Patron" of the Israeli Occupation Obama increased the amount of money the U.S. provides Israel each year from $3.1 to $3.8 billion. Obama put his money where his heart apparently is with the unprecedented allocation of military assistance to Israel. The annual $3.8 billion, more money than the U.S. gives to any other country, will fund the continuing Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands, now in its fifth decade.
Judge Neil Gorsuch, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 29, 2017
Gorsuch Leans Far Right in Muslim Ban Case The travel-ban issue is still alive. We will see whether the Supreme Court decides the issue on its legal merits and defines the scope of executive power in national security matters, or dismisses the case as moot. Meanwhile, we would do well to note the significance of Gorsuch's affirmation of unbridled executive power.
The migrant caravan at the southern border., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 6, 2018
Trump Disregards Caravan Migrants' Legal Right to Apply for Asylum The 1951 Refugee Convention requires the United States to accept and consider asylum applications. Applicants must show they are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.
Mad GOP Hatters, From WikimediaPhotos
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First the Trial, Then the Evidence? Impeachment in Wonderland. The trial is a harbinger that all Republican senators will ultimately serve as loyal foot soldiers to the president, seriously imperiling the constitutional separation of powers.
Lethal Injection Bed, From WikimediaPhotos
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California May Abolish the Death Penalty There is no evidence that the death penalty deters crime. Capital punishment has been applied arbitrarily due to inherent bias, local political pressures on prosecutors and judges, and lack of access to quality defense attorneys by those convicted. According to Death Penalty Focus, the race of the victim and the race of the defendant are major determinants in who is sentenced to death in this country.
Trump Cheeto Voldemort, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 17, 2017
The Toxic Policies of "President Agent Orange" Since taking office, Trump has moved systematically to unravel protections for immigrants, workers, the environment, Native Americans and other people of color, as well as the right to healthcare. He has moved to deregulate Wall Street, incurring a real risk of another financial meltdown. And his Muslim ban created worldwide chaos, pain and insecurity for untold numbers of people.
A button urging freedom for Army Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning., From ImagesAttr
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The Injustices of Manning's Ordeal For exposing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pvt. Chelsea Manning suffered nearly seven years in prison, an ordeal President Obama finally is ending but without acting on the crimes she revealed, says Marjorie Cohn.
Senators challenge Matthew Whitaker appointment, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
Trump Undercuts Postal Service, From YouTubeVideos
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Congressional Candidates and Voters Sue to Stop Trump's Sabotage of USPS A lawsuit that promises to be one of many was filed yesterday to stop Donald Trump's sabotage of the mail leading up to the presidential election.
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Though Blocked for Now, Trump's Unconstitutional Muslim Ban Deserves Total Destruction None of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of the seven countries. There have been no fatal terrorist attacks on US soil by anyone from those countries. Therefore, there is no compelling state interest for treating the two classes differently. This is particularly true in light of Trump's statements that his order would prioritize "Christians" seeking asylum over "Muslims."
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Agent Orange Continues to Poison Vietnam On May 15 and 16 of this year, the International Peoples' Tribunal of Conscience in Support of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange convened in Paris and heard testimony from 27 victims, witnesses and scientific experts. Seven people from three continents served as judges of the Tribunal, which was sponsored by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL).
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Putting Torturers Above the Law In another example of how Democrats deal timidly with Republican crimes, the Obama administration has closed the book on the vast majority of George W. Bush's torture scandals, including high-level approval of waterboarding and other forms of physical coercion. Only two homicide investigations will go forward.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2003., From ImagesAttr
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Addressing the Cuban Five Injustice America's hypocrisy on terrorism included the U.S. government prosecuting and imprisoning five Cuban agents who were actually trying to thwart terrorist operations in Miami. President Obama's prisoner swap with Cuba finally addressed that upside-down justice, as Marjorie Cohn reports.
President Trump could be indicted, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
Dallas Shooting: In An Apparent First, Police Used A Bomb Robot To kill, From GoogleImages
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Killing with robots increases militarization of police the Dallas police chose to execute Johnson with their killer robot. This was an unlawful use of force and a violation of due process. Due process means arrest and fair trial. It is what separates democracies from dictatorships, in which the executive acts as judge, jury and executioner.
A gurney used for executions by lethal injection., From ImagesAttr
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Death to the Death Penalty Oklahoma's ghoulish killing of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett on April 29 has brought new attention to America's continued use of the death penalty, a politically popular issue in some states but a practice that has many reasons justifying its abolition, writes Marjorie Cohn.
From flickr.com: The Fart Of The Deal, From Images
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Dissecting Trump's Efforts to Place Himself Above the Law Trump's legal eagles argue that the president is protected by executive privilege against being compelled to talk to Mueller. Moreover, they contend the documents he has provided and witnesses he has made available for depositions cover everything Mueller would ask about, so there's no need for the president to personally converse with the special counsel.
Trumps Body Language during cabinet Meeting, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump's Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack: Illegal and Deadly Donald Trump says the United States is about to bomb Syria, and Russia has vowed to shoot down US aircraft with missile defenses in response. With John Bolton, the new national security adviser and infamous enemy of the United Nations by Trump's side, diplomacy is not in the cards.
Secret U.S. Panel Can Put Citizens On .Kill List., From YouTubeVideos
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How Do You Get Off the US "Kill List"? After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration created a secret "kill list" to step up the targeting of alleged terrorists for assassination. Regarding placement on the kill list, one surefire way to get off is to wait until they kill you. Short of that, litigation and lobbying members of Congress remain less draconian alternatives.
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War of Aggression The Nuremberg Charter defines "Crimes Against Peace" as "planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing." Bush's war on Iraq is a war of aggression, and thus constitutes a Crime Against Peace.
From commondreams.org/author/tom-hayden: Tom Hayden, anti-war activist and progressive leader., From Images
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Tom Hayden, Courageous Warrior for Peace The death of Tom Hayden at age 76 marked the passing of a major progressive leader who championed causes from civil rights to Vietnam War opposition to the environment, as Marjorie Cohn recalls.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
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Clinton Still Hides Her Speeches After serving as Secretary of State and before starting her run for President, Hillary Clinton amassed millions of dollars in speaking fees from big banks and corporate interests with business before the federal government -- and she won't say what she said, as Marjorie Cohn points out.
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
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Bernie Sanders Proposes New Economic Bill of Rights Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders, like FDR, proposed an Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to health care, affordable housing, education, a living wage and retirement. "Economic rights are human rights," Sanders declared. "That is what I mean by democratic socialism."
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch speaking at the announcement of his selection on Jan. 31, 2017., From ImagesAttr
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Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State Gorsuch is a staunch, longtime conservative judge who, in spite of his refusal to tip his hand about his ideology, has taken positions that confirm his right-wing bona fides. His right-wing ideology and Bannon's frightening agenda would dismantle important protections and endanger us all.
Supreme Court rules immigrants can be detained indefinitely, From YouTubeVideos
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Indefinite Detention of Migrants Violates International Law More than 1,000 applicants have been incarcerated for months or years with no resolution of their cases. Indefinite detention violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Refugee Convention and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2016., From ImagesAttr
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Obama Belatedly Says No to Israel If President Obama had confronted Israel over its illegal settlements earlier, he might have really achieved something, but his U.N. abstention as he heads out the door is better than nothing, observes Marjorie Cohn.
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One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You Drones are increasingly used for surveillance in the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), which patrols almost half the Mexican border with drones, has loaned its drones to local agencies and other national agencies, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Drones were used 700 times for domestic surveillance between 2010 and 2012. Weaponized drones of any sort should be outlawed.
Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, From GoogleImages
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Kavanaugh Scorns International Law and Loves Executive Power If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will almost certainly defer to the president's wartime decisions during the perpetual war on terror. He will likely extend that deference to Donald Trump's immigration policies under the guise of "national security." And Kavanaugh's frightening theory will encourage the president to disobey any law he deems unconstitutional, including international law.
Aftermath of the U.S. destruction of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan., From ImagesAttr
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The Kunduz Hospital Atrocity The U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, blipped on and off the mainstream media's radar, catalogued as just one more unfortunate mistake in the last 14 years of war. But there is probable cause to treat the atrocity as a war crime, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
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Occupy Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Speeches Why do voters need to know what Hillary told the banks? Because it was Wall Street that was responsible for the 2008 recession, making life worse for most Americans. We need to know what, if anything, she promised these behemoths. Big banks and large contributors don't give their money away for nothing. They expect that their interests will be well served by those to whom they donate.
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Obama's Criminal Drone War President Obama has relied on the lethal drone program as a "low cost" way to eliminate "terrorists," but the project has institutionalized an imprecise strategy of human slaughter that violates international law and creates more enemies, writes Marjorie Cohn at Truthdig.
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Israel Raid on Gaza Flotilla: US Failure to Condemn Despite UN Findings If Iran had attacked a humanitarian flotilla in international waters and killed 9 people, there would be certain retaliation from Washington. Until our government stands up to the powerful Israel lobby in the United States, the Palestinian people, and our own humanity, will continue to be held hostage.
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U.S. Chickens Come Home to Roost in Egypt The failure to acknowledge the humiliation and anger felt by most Arabs because of the presence of US troops on Muslim soil...has consequences. We are seeing those consequences in the streets of Egypt and the likelihood of similar developments in Jordan, Yemen, and other Middle Eastern countries. Until the US stops uncritically supporting tyrants, torturers, and oppressors, we can expect the people to rise up; overthrow them.
The activism and human rights work of Michael Ratner, who died last week at the age of 72, dated back to the 1960s., From ImagesAttr
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Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice Michael will probably be best remembered for his victory in gaining the right to habeas corpus for U.S. detainees held in Cuba at Guantanamo. Michael was lead counsel in the 2004 case of Rasul v. Bush, in which the Supreme Court upheld the right of those detained as "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo to have their petitions for habeas corpus heard by U.S. courts.
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No Justice for Haditha Massacre In 2003, President George W. Bush launched a "preemptive" war against Iraq, citing imaginary threats to the United States. The invasion inflicted massive loss of life, including massacres like the one at Haditha, but with very little accountability in the field or in Washington.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Biden's Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It. Progressives played a pivotal role in delivering the presidency to Biden and several congressional races to Democrats as well as turning Georgia and Arizona blue. Now progressives must hold Biden's feet to the fire and demand that he govern for the 99 percent and not the 1 percent
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Yes, Trump Can Be Convicted by the Senate After January 20 Now that the House of Representatives has impeached Donald Trump for Incitement of Insurrection, he will stand trial in the Senate. In light of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to hold the trial before January 20, the question arises whether Trump can be tried after he leaves office.
Amy Coney Barrett speaks after Trump announces her nomination for Supreme Court, From YouTubeVideos
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From a Justice for Gender Equality to a "Justice" for Gender Oppression Donald Trump rushed to nominate Barrett and enlisted his consigliere, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), to ram her nomination through the Senate so she can support Trump's legal challenges to any election results that favor Joe Biden.
The Israeli government has cited rocket fire from Gaza as justification for its bombardment and assault on the narrow strip of land holding some 1.8 million Palestinians., From ImagesAttr
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Seeking Accountability for Gaza Israel and the Obama administration insist that Israel's recent slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza was justified by indiscriminate rocket fire from the blockaded area, but some international law advocates think the disproportionate response justifies prosecution of Israeli and U.S. officials for war crimes, says Marjorie Cohn.
Children in Yemen are at the risk of dying, From YouTubeVideos
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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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2011
The Responsibility to Protect - The Cases of Libya and Ivory Coast The UN Charter does not permit the use of military force for humanitarian interventions. The military invasions of Libya and Ivory Coast have been justified by reference to the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
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Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Will Move the Court to the Right Obama took the cautious route and nominated Kagan, who has no record of judicial opinions and no formidable legal writings. Since Kagan was handily confirmed as solicitor general, Obama probably thinks her confirmation will go smoothly. After the health care debacle, however, he should know that the right-wingers will not be appeased by this milquetoast appointment, but will oppose whomever he nominates.
I CAN'T BREATHE!, From FlickrPhotos
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After Trump Blocked UN Inquiry of Racist Violence, NGOs Are Conducting Their Own Shortly after the public lynching of George Floyd, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the ACLU organized an international coalition of more than 600 organizations and individuals to urge the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene a commission of inquiry to investigate systemic racism and police brutality in the United States.
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Solitary Confinement Under Attack One of the cruelest aspects of American prisons is the excessive use of solitary confinement, especially in "supermax" facilities, leaving inmates without normal human contact for years and even decades, a form of cruel punishment now under challenge in the courts, as Marjorie Cohn described for teleSUR.
George Floyd Memorial, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Calling Chauvin a "Bad Apple" Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence This is not simply the story of one "rogue cop." It is a window into the anti-Black violence perpetrated routinely by police in this country, as part of a brutal and racist system.
Bernie Sanders Future To Believe In, From FlickrPhotos
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The Racial Divide Between Sanders and Trump Sanders has cited Trump's demagoguery, which, the former thinks, is a reaction to fear and anger that many people feel, leading them to embrace scapegoating. "Don't go to the dark side," Sanders implores. He advocates building a strong, progressive movement. "Real change," he told us yesterday, "has never taken place from the top on down, only from the bottom up."
Some of the original detainees jailed at the Guantanamo Bay prison, as put on display by the U.S. military., From ImagesAttr
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Gitmo's Kafkaesque Kangaroo Courts The Military Commissions for trying alleged al-Qaeda terrorists always had the risk of becoming Kafkaesque kangaroo courts with little credibility among people around the world, a danger that has become more and more acute as the process moves forward.
Len, A Lawyer in History: A Graphic Biography of Radical Attorney Leonard Weinglass, From YouTubeVideos
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Remembering People's Lawyer Len Weinglass Tobocman's unique book is required reading for all who seek to learn about the remarkable legal career of Leonard Weinglass. It also provides a valuable history lesson of people's struggles that will inspire a new generation of political activists as we face the daunting task of resisting Donald Trump's dangerous, frightening, mean-spirited, downright cruel agenda.
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Trump's Frivolous Lawsuits Are the Tip of the Iceberg in His Refusal to Concede As masses of people poured into the streets to celebrate the end of Donald Trump's fascist rule, the lame duck president's lawyers were filing frivolous lawsuits in an attempt to nullify Joe Biden's victory. But none of these suits, even if successful, would change the results of the election.
Julian ASSANGE, painted portrait -- Wikileaks, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Assange Faces Extradition for Exposing US War Crimes Three weeks of testimony in Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London underscored WikiLeaks's extraordinary revelation of U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guanta'namo Bay. But the Trump administration is seeking to extradite Assange to the United States to stand trial for charges under the Espionage Act that could cause him to spend 175 years in prison.
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Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law International law principles require courts to reject any attempt by the President to define classes based on national origin or religion. The EO makes a distinction based on religion. All six of the listed countries have majority Muslim populations. As the brief says, "the EO does not suspend immigration from any state with a non-Muslim majority."
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Trump Administration Is Paying Big Pharma Billions in Rush for Vaccine Desperate to distract the national discourse from his criminal mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump is promising that a vaccine will be available before Election Day.
Anti-drone Summit Seeks Drone Strike Transparency Bill support Acronym TV: patreon.com/AcronymTV Representatives from some of the parts of the world where US drones kill descended on Washington ..., From ImagesAttr
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Voices From The Drone Summit Baraa Shaiban, a human rights activist who works with REPRIEVE, revealed that 2012 was a year that saw "drones like never before" in Yemen. He described the death of a mother and daughter from a drone strike. "The daughter was holding the mother so tight, they could not be separated. They had to be buried together."
Julian Assange, From YouTubeVideos
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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."
Prof Amy Coney Barrett., From WikimediaPhotos
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Barrett Is Poised to Become the Most Radical Right-Wing Member of Supreme Court During her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Amy Coney Barrett refused to say that voter intimidation is illegal, that armed poll watchers are intimidating, that voter discrimination exists, whether the president could deny someone the right to vote based on race or that Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the right to vote.
Hillary Clinton Brings Down The House At AIPAC, From YouTubeVideos
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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist There is a vast difference between Sanders and Clinton on Israel. Make no mistake. A President Hillary Clinton would strengthen Israel's noose around the necks of the Palestinian people. She would not be an honest broker in any process to bring peace to that region.
Yemen has become one of the world's worst humanitarian crises following the Saudi-led intervention in 2015., From ImagesAttr
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Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians with US Bombs The U.S. government is the primary supplier of Saudi weapons. In November 2015, the U.S. sold $1.29 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. It included more than 10,000 bombs, munitions, and weapons parts manufactured by Raytheon and Boeing, as well as bunker busters, and laser-guided and "general purpose" bombs.
Gwen Carr, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Eric Garner's Mother Says We Must Push for Justice That Her Son Didn't Receive There isn't an African American in America that either hasn't had a close friend or relative brutalized or themselves been brutalized [by the police].
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Manning's Upside-Down Punishment The cruel irony of how the United States has addressed post-9/11 war crimes, including President Bush's invasion of Iraq and his use of torture, is that no major government official has been held accountable, yet whistleblowers have faced harsh reprisals, most notably Pvt. Bradley Manning
Stop Voter Suppression, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 1, 2021
Civil Rights Groups Fight Back Against Georgia's Voter Purges The importance of the January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia cannot be overestimated. They will determine which party controls the Senate, with vast ramifications for economic policy, climate change, workers' rights, immigrants' rights, judicial nominees, and much more.
Thousands take part in pro Maduro rally in Venezuela, From YouTubeVideos
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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."
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Trump's Frivolous First Amendment Defense Won't Shield Him in a Criminal Case At his impeachment trial for inciting insurrection, Donald Trump's lawyers claimed that Trump's exhortations to his followers before the attack on the Capitol were protected free speech under the First Amendment.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2014
The Case of Tariq Khdeir Even as President Obama launches a new war against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, the politics of Official Washington won't allow for pressure on Israel to end one of the principal drivers of that extremism, oppression of the Palestinians, as shown in the case of Tariq Khdeir, described by Marjorie Cohn.
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Trump's Support for Israel's Killing of Iranian Scientist Could Lead to War In the weeks remaining before Joe Biden's inauguration, Donald Trump is taking actions including aiding and abetting murder to prevent his successor from pursuing diplomacy with Iran.
OJ Simpson, From YouTubeVideos
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Lessons From the O.J. Simpson Case for the Presidential Race and the Nation's Racial Divide As we ponder whom to support in the presidential primaries, let us ask ourselves which candidate will passionately and tirelessly fight racism on the institutional level. That means creating jobs, implementing universal health care, ending the militarism of the police and advocating legislation to reduce the draconian sentences that disproportionately impact African-Americans.
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Immigration, Racism & the Courts Blocked on comprehensive immigration reform, the Obama administration has won some piecemeal victories against GOP demands for more draconian moves against "the undocumented." Deportations of "dreamers" have been stopped and much of an Arizona law was overturned, but more battles lie ahead.
Cuba's human rights record, From YouTubeVideos
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Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba The hypocrisy of the US government in lecturing Cuba about its human rights while denying many basic human rights to the American people is glaring. The United States should lift the blockade. Obama should close Guantanamo and return it to Cuba.
George Floyd Memorial, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 28, 2021
George Floyd "Narrated His Death," Says Attorney at International Inquiry Testimony elicited at the hearings exposes two systems of justice -- one for whites and one for Blacks.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 21, 2011
GOP Candidates Advocate Torture At last week's debate, Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michelle Bachman defended waterboarding. And after the debate, Mitt Romney's aides told CNN that he does not think waterboarding is torture.
Syrian Refugees, From ImagesAttr
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The U.S. Has a Duty to the "Tempest-Tost" Syrians In accordance with its legal and moral duty, the United States should step up to the plate and welcome significant numbers of refugees. More than 20 former senior Democratic and Republican officials are urging the Obama administration to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees, and to contribute up to $2 billion to finance their resettlement and help international refugee efforts.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The U.S. Is Still Manipulating the United Nations after 70 Years The United Nations has succeeded in some instances in slowing down an immediate resort to military force, although it has failed to broker a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or develop a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons. It is increasingly apparent to the countries of the world that the United States is a notorious lawbreaker.
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How Scalia's Absence Will Affect Pending Supreme Court Cases Cases in which Scalia was assigned to author the majority opinion will probably be set for re-argument next term, which starts in October, hopefully with a new justice. If Scalia was part of a five-justice majority, the court will now be divided 4-4. In cases in which there is no majority, the lower court decision will be "affirmed by an equally divided court."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 15, 2015
Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba In April 2013, Obama said, "I think it is critical for us to understand that Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe ... It hurts us in terms of our international standing ... It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed." Yet it remains open.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 13, 2010
Business as Usual in Iraq: The War Operation has been Downsized and Re-branded As Obama proclaimed the redeployment of a Stryker battalion out of Iraq, 3,000 combat troops from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment redeployed back into Iraq from Fort Hood, Texas. The United States, with its huge embassy in Baghdad and five large bases throughout Iraq, will continue to pull the strings there.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died., From YouTubeVideos
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Ginsburg's Legacy Is Vast, But a Trump Appointee Could Overturn Her Best Rulings Now, in death, Ginsburg commands the national discourse. How, when and who will fill her vacant seat promises to have a powerful, even determinative, effect on the election and the future of the Supreme Court itself.
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The Dark Side of "Zero Dark Thirty" Movie-goers across America can now see the hunt-for-bin-Laden film, "Zero Dark Thirty," and its graphic portrayal of torture as a key element in that search. But the filmmakers distort the facts and ignore the reality that torture is illegal, immoral and dangerously ineffective.
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Bush Plans War on Iran
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Who's at Fault for Guantanamo Mess? Official Washington's "tough-guy-ism" -- no one wanting to look "weak" on "terror" -- has stopped sane and humane policies toward Guantanamo. Members of Congress have blocked President Obama's efforts to close the prison and he has shied away from a political battle to do so.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 5, 2009
Memos Provide Blueprint for Police State Seven newly released memos from the Bush Justice Department reveal a concerted strategy to cloak the President with power to override the Constitution.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
Let's Rally to Restore Peace Jon Stewart spent a whole show last week interviewing Obama about everything from health care to the economy. But neither man mentioned the wars, even though the billions spent on them could go a long way toward fixing the economy and paying for health care.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2009
Obama's Guantanamo Appeasement Plan Two days after his inauguration, President Obama pledged to close Guantánamo within one year. The Republicans, led by Senators John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts, immediately launched a concerted campaign to assail the new president. And now even the Democrats are piling on the bandwagon.
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Cheney Impeachment Gains Traction in House Judiciary Committee the Clinton impeachment "must not be the model for impeachment inquiries. A Democratic Congress can show that it takes its constitutional authority seriously and hold a sober investigation, which will stand in stark contrast to the kangaroo court convened by Republicans for Clinton.
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Preemptive Strikes Against Protest at RNC In the months leading up to the Republican National Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force actively recruited people to infiltrate vegan groups and other leftist organizations and report back about their activities. On May 21, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a recruiting story called "Moles Wanted." Law enforcement sought to preempt lawful protest against the policies of the Bush administration
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A Call to End All Renditions Binyam Mohamed,an Ethiopian residing in Britain,said he was tortured after being sent to Morocco and Afghanistan in 2002 by the US govt. He was transferred to Guantnamo in 2004 and all terrorism charges against him were dismissed last year. He was a victim of extraordinary rendition,in which a person is abducted without any legal proceedings and transferred to a foreign country for detention and interrogation, often tortured.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 24, 2008
Guantanamo Justice After Seven Years The sanctioned use of torture by the Bush/Cheney regime will be judged by history as one the crueler acts of barbarism committed in their quest for world domination. The recent judicial beat down given the administration over this recent group of illegitimately held prisoners is just the beginning. How many times and how often must one say never again?
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Preventing the Impending War on Iran
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Injustice at Guantanamo: Torture Evidence and the Military Commissions Act Dick Cheney and other officials who participated in formulating the abusive interrogation policies should be investigated under the U.S. War Crimes Act. And the Democratic-controlled Congress should repeal the Military Commissions Act that Bush rammed through the Republican-controlled Congress.
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Torture Endorsed, Torture Denied It is incumbent upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to vigorously interrogate Michael Mukasey during his attorney general confirmation hearing. As AG, Mukasey would oversee the department that writes interrogation policy. Mukasey should know that the Convention Against Torture prohibits torture in all circumstances, even in times of war.
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Hillary Invokes Assassination It's astounding that a presidential candidate could verbalize such a thing when the collective American psyche still aches from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. Many of us remember where we were when these heroes were shot. The pain we felt is palpable. We still suffer from their absence.
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Scalia Cites False Information in Habeas Corpus Dissent To bolster his argument that the Guantnamo detainees should be denied the right to prove their innocence in federal courts, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush: "At least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantnamo have returned to the battlefield." It turns out that statement is false.
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Michael Mukasey: Another Loyal Bushie The Michael Mukasey Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing has demonstrated that Mukasey cannot be relied upon to function independently as U.S. Attorney General. Nevertheless, Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee seem so thrilled that Mukasey is not Alberto Gonzales that they're willing to vote for him even though he's another loyal Bushie.
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FISA Revised: A Blank Check for Domestic Spying New Congressionally-approved amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act give the Bush administration wide discretion to illegally spy on Americans
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Time for an Independent Counsel In light of material inconsistencies in Alberto Gonzales's testimony before Congress, a criminal investigation is warranted. Gonzales, who is suspected of committing perjury, has a conflict of interest. The public interest requires that the highest prosecutor in the land be brought to justice. Congress should appoint a permanent special counsel to investigate and advise Congress about misconduct...
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Turning Iraq Into Vietnam Congress has no more will to end the Iraq War than it did the Vietnam War. It was one year after our troops came home that Congress finally cut the funding for all support of the South Vietnamese government;
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Beware an Attack on Iran

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