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Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. An updated edition of her book, “Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues,” will be published soon. Visit her website: href="http://www.marjoriecohn.com">www.marjoriecohn.com.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 (22 comments)     

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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 Friday, November 10, 2017 (7 comments)     

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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.

Image created from image crediting Saturday, February 1, 2014 (1 comments)     

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"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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011 (10 comments)     

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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."

Sunday, December 20, 2009 (12 comments)     

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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.

Sunday, November 9, 2008     

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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.

Replace Insecure http://truth-out.org/images/2013_June_Images/2013_0602Original.jpg Monday, June 3, 2013 (7 comments)     

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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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 (5 comments)     

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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.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 (4 comments)     

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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.

Rex Tillerson and James Mattis Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (8 comments)     

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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.

Monday, May 14, 2012 (12 comments)     

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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.

An Israeli soldier prepares for a night attack inside Gaza as part of Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than Sunday, April 5, 2015 (14 comments)     

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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.

President George W. Bush pauses for applause during his State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, 2003, when he made a frau Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (14 comments)     

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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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 (2 comments)     

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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.

U.S. President Obama Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (6 comments)     

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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.

Monday, May 9, 2011 (7 comments)     

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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.

Friday, August 12, 2011 (2 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump Thursday, July 28, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

President Barack Obama stands with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Presi Thursday, March 26, 2015 (3 comments)     

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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.

Donald TRUMP VS Kim JONG-UN Saturday, September 30, 2017 (3 comments)     

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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.

FERGUSON, Mo. Unarmed Teen Michael Brown Shot Multiple Times, Killed By Cop. Sunday, November 30, 2014 (5 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump, Jr. Sunday, July 16, 2017 (9 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Sunday, August 13, 2017 (3 comments)     

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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.

Replace Insecure http://www.conservapedia.com/images/thumb/b/b5/Waronterror.jpg/300px-Waronterror.jpg Monday, September 19, 2016 (4 comments)     

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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.

President Obama speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside the White House on May 20, 2011 Friday, August 8, 2014 (11 comments)     

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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.

War criminals Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (4 comments)     

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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.

Censored Voices Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (1 comments)     

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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.

Predator Drone Friday, July 14, 2017 (3 comments)     

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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.

//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leaking_Agent_Orange_Drums_in_Vietnam.jpg: Leaking Agent Orange Drums in Vie Saturday, August 10, 2013 (1 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump Friday, August 4, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

Afghanistan_rubble.jpg: Afghanistan rubble Saturday, December 31, 2016 (3 comments)     

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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?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the 2014 convention of the powerful lobbying group, American Israe Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (4 comments)     

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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.

Friday, February 20, 2009 (35 comments)     

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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.

Julian Assange Monday, May 29, 2017 (8 comments)     

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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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announcement on the DACA Dreamers Program Thursday, September 7, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Monday, September 3, 2012 (8 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump Monday, August 21, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump - Caricature Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (4 comments)     

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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.

Hillary Clinton Monday, February 1, 2016 (9 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Death of Freddie Gray Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (2 comments)     

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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.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2012. Thursday, April 23, 2015 (2 comments)     

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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.

Daniel Ellsberg on the cover of Time after leaking the Pentagon Papers Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (2 comments)     

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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.

Joe Arpaio Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (3 comments)     

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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.

President George W. Bush pauses for applause during his State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, 2003. Seated behind him a Thursday, July 23, 2015     

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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.

Replace Insecure https://www.marioscubancigars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/castrocigar-300x231.jpg Sunday, December 4, 2016 (5 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump Friday, May 19, 2017 (10 comments)     

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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.

Scene from the Vietnam War Saturday, October 18, 2014 (1 comments)     

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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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010     

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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."

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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.

Replace Insecure http://www.globalresearch.ca/coverStoryPictures2/25960.jpg Wednesday, August 10, 2011 (1 comments)     

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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.

Friday, May 13, 2011 (5 comments)     

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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.

Supreme Court Saturday, September 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Guantanamo bay prisoners Friday, November 17, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

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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 Sunday, August 28, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Aug. 30, 2013, claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was responsible fo Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (5 comments)     

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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.

Joe Arpaio Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Monday, January 16, 2012 (2 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Hillary Clinton Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (7 comments)     

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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.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 (1 comments)     

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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.

Senator Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC on October 7, 2011 (Photo: Gage Skidmore / F Monday, January 16, 2017     

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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.

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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.

Thursday, June 18, 2009     

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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).

Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2003. Thursday, December 18, 2014 (1 comments)     

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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.

Judge Neil Gorsuch Thursday, June 29, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

A gurney used for executions by lethal injection. Thursday, May 15, 2014 (7 comments)     

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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.

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday, October 20, 2017     

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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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (2 comments)     

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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.

The lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie in Duluth, Minnesota, June 15. 1920. Monday, October 3, 2016     

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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.

A button urging freedom for Army Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Dallas Shooti Monday, July 25, 2016 (4 comments)     

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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.

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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.

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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."

Hillary Clinton Monday, March 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 (2 comments)     

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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.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 (3 comments)     

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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.

Aftermath of the U.S. destruction of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (3 comments)     

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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.

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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.

The Israeli government has cited rocket fire from Gaza as justification for its bombardment and assault on the narrow st Saturday, August 23, 2014 (1 comments)     

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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.

Hillary Clinton Monday, February 29, 2016 (2 comments)     

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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 (1 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Tom Hayden, anti-war activist and progressive leader. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (6 comments)     

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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.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 (2 comments)     

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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.

Monday, May 16, 2011     

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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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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.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 (2 comments)     

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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.

President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2016. Tuesday, January 10, 2017     

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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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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.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj5qLPchDRY: Anti-drone Summit Seeks Drone Strike Transparency Bill support Acronym Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (1 comments)     

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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."

Bernie Sanders Future To Believe In Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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."

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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.

Hillary Clinton Brings Down The House At AIPAC Monday, April 18, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Thursday, August 8, 2013 (3 comments)     

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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

The activism and human rights work of Michael Ratner, who died last week at the age of 72, dated back to the 1960s. Tuesday, May 17, 2016     

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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.

Yemen has become one of the world's worst humanitarian crises following the Saudi-led intervention in 2015. Monday, January 25, 2016 (8 comments)     

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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.

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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."

Monday, July 16, 2012     

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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.

Monday, November 21, 2011 (1 comments)     

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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.

OJ Simpson Friday, February 19, 2016     

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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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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.

Syrian Refugees Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (2 comments)     

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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.

Monday, September 13, 2010 (1 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Friday, January 11, 2013 (3 comments)     

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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.

Sunday, September 2, 2007 (4 comments)     

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Bush Plans War on Iran

Cuba's human rights record Friday, March 18, 2016     

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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.

Friday, May 10, 2013 (2 comments)     

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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.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 (9 comments)     

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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.

Monday, November 1, 2010 (1 comments)     

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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.

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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.

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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."

Thursday, May 28, 2009 (1 comments)     

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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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 (3 comments)     

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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

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 (5 comments)     

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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.

Monday, November 24, 2008     

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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?

Monday, January 21, 2008 (6 comments)     

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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.

Monday, November 26, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Preventing the Impending War on Iran

Friday, February 15, 2008 (2 comments)     

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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.

Monday, October 8, 2007 (2 comments)     

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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.

Saturday, May 24, 2008 (1 comments)     

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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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 (14 comments)     

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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.

Monday, October 22, 2007 (1 comments)     

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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.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 (1 comments)     

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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

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 (2 comments)     

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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...

Saturday, August 25, 2007 (1 comments)     

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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;

Monday, March 17, 2008     

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Beware an Attack on Iran

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