Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Full Deck Of War-Criminals

Antemedius, this morning, is carrying David Swanson's latest "After Downing Street" entry, in which he lists the 50 (plus 2) most egregious, most conspicuously (still) unencumbered offenders.
Compiled below, in hopes that it may be of some assistance to Eric Holder, John Conyers, Patrick Leahy, active citizens, foreign courts, the International Criminal Court, law firms preparing civil suits, and local or state prosecutors with decency and nerve is a list of 50 top living U.S. war criminals. These are men and women who helped to launch wars of aggression or who have been complicit in lesser war crimes. These are not the lowest-ranking employees or troops who managed to stray from official criminal policies. These are the makers of those policies.
(The Particulars) The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have seen the United States target civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances, use antipersonnel weapons including cluster bombs in densely settled urban areas, use white phosphorous as a weapon, use depleted uranium weapons, employ a new version of napalm found in Mark 77 firebombs, engage in collective punishment of Iraqi civilian populations -- including by blocking roads, cutting electricity and water, destroying fuel stations, planting bombs in farm fields, demolishing houses, and plowing down orchards -- detain people without charge or legal process without the rights of prisoners of war, imprison children, torture, and murder.
The list below does not include those responsible for war crimes prior to 2001. Nor does it include those currently in power who are making themselves complicit by failing to prosecute or cease commission of these crimes. The list could be greatly expanded. It could also be narrowed. I would argue, however, that it presents a more reasonable starting place than Holder's reported proposal to investigate only CIA employees who failed to comply with criminal torture policies, of whom there are no doubt more than 50.

Because each of the people on this list should be nonviolently protested everywhere they go (more on that below), I have organized them by location. Please post updates on where they are as comments at
The list begins with John Yoo (who, unbelievably, is still teaching "law" at the prestigious University of California's Boalt Hall), and includes all the usual suspects, plus a few you mightn't expect, and several who are STILL in (Obama's) government. Go to the link to find out which of these felons might be residing in your vicinity; then scroll down to that part of the piece headed "No Justice, No Peace," for advice on how you may exercise your right as a citizen to apprehend these scoff-laws.

1 comment:

One Fly said...

I saw this too Woody - if only!!!