Posts Tagged ‘ war crimes ’

Investigators say they have war crimes case on Syria’s Assad

May 13, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Investigators and lawyers said Wednesday that they have built war crimes cases against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and key institutions of his regime with documents smuggled out of the country. The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) has already built three cases against the regime for crimes against humanity and is continuing to assemble evidence against others in the regime as well as in the opposition." (05/13/15)

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Germany: SS “accountant of Auschwitz” on trial for 300k counts of accessory to murder

April 20, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Hedy Bohm had just turned 16 when the Nazis packed her and her parents onto a cattle car in May 1944 and sent them from Hungary to the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. After three days and nights in darkness, crammed into the standing-room-only car with babies wailing, the doors were flung open. ... One of the black-uniformed men on the ramp was likely SS guard Oskar Groening. Today 93, he goes on trial Tuesday in a state court in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Two of those deaths were Bohm's parents, who are believed to have been killed in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival in Auschwitz." (04/20/15)

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Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

April 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge Monday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for killing 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, an incident that fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq war. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District rejected a claim of innocence by Nicholas A. Slatten, 31, of Sparta, Tenn., who received the life sentence after being convicted of murder in October for firing what prosecutors said were the first shots in the civilian massacre. The three others -- Paul A. Slough, 35, of Keller, Tex.; Evan S. Liberty, 32, of Rochester, N.H.; and Dustin L. Heard, 33, of Maryville, Tenn. -- were sentenced to 30 years plus one day after being convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter." (04/13/15)

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Serbia: Eight arrested as suspects in Srebenica massacre

March 18, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"In a first for Serbia, police on Wednesday arrested eight men accused of taking part in killing more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, The Associated Press has learned. ... Serbian prosecutors initially arrested seven suspects in pre-dawn raids Wednesday at different locations in Serbia, then caught the eighth suspect later after an hours-long manhunt. The prosecutors also said they are trying to locate more suspects who may be hiding in Bosnia." (03/18/15)

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Jordan: Regime kills two prisoners in retaliation for pilot’s killing

February 4, 2015
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St. Augustine Record    

"A Jordanian government spokesman says Jordan has [killed] two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaida. The [killings] at dawn Wednesday came just hours after Islamic State militants released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage." (02/03/15)

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Germany: War crimes case filed against Bush regime officials

December 22, 2014
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Democracy Now!    

"A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured by CIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken identity and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan. So far, no one involved in the CIA torture program has been charged with a crime -- except the whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed it." (12/19/14)

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/19/should_bush_and_cheney_be_tried  

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Torturer slams report on torture, says torture isn’t torture

December 17, 2014
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Fox News    

"The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA's program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report. 'If it was torture, I would be in jail,' James Mitchell said on 'The Kelly File.'" (12/17/14)

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Cheney on war crimes: I’d do it again

December 15, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"Dick Cheney said he would do it all again. The blunt former veep on Sunday aggressively defended the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks, defiantly maintaining that they helped protect the homeland. 'We've avoided another mass casualty attack against the United States. And we did capture Bin Laden,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'I'd do it again in a minute.'" (12/14/14)

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The CIA’s Operation Deception

December 10, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Melvin A. Goodman  

"CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program. Former CIA directors George Tenet and Michael Hayden and deputy directors John McLaughlin and Steve Kappes, who were guilty of past deceit on sensitive issues, have threatened to make documents available to undermine the findings of the Senate committee." (12/10/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/10/the-cias-operation-deception/  

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Amnesty International reports war crimes in eastern Ukraine, seceded states

October 21, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Human rights organization Amnesty International has reported war crimes by both Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists during the conflict in Ukraine [and the seceded states]. Both sides are being urged to investigate. ... Early in September, both sides agreed a ceasefire and a demilitarized zone for eastern Ukraine [and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. Nevertheless, violence continued, especially around the airport Donetsk, with the truce being violated by both sides. According to the United Nations, in the past seven weeks alone, more than 330 people have been killed in the conflict zone." (10/20/14)

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Washington’s alliance with traffickers of human organs

August 6, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Serbs-guilty-Kosovars-innocent narrative pushed by the interventionists has stuck to this day, in spite of the ongoing victimization of the remaining Serbs -- who have been ethnically cleansed from most of the region, after witnessing their homes and churches burned to the ground while the 'allies' -- who still occupy Kosovo -- stood by and watched. As it turned out, NATO did more than merely stand by and watch -- according to Marty they actively covered up numerous war crimes committed by the KLA and the current leadership of Kosovo, including the practice of trafficking in human organs torn from the bodies of Serb prisoners of war." (08/06/14)

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Prosecute the torture ringleaders

August 5, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Benjamin G. Davis  

"As 9/11 was going on I taught a class and asked the students what would they advise Bush as to how to respond. I still remember a retired Navy guy -- older than the rest -- who said the first thing we have to do is look at our values before we determine the response. These torture ringleaders threw out our values in their fear and anger -- we do not elect or pay leaders to act with such immaturity in the face of evil. We seek people of courage with a sense if American values -- like we inculcate in our soldiers many of whom I have had the pleasure to teach and to know. Yet, in this perverse world, it is only the soldiers so far who have faced criminal liability for doing the bidding if these torture ringleaders." (08/05/14)

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Prosecutor: “Compelling” signs Kosovo leaders trafficked in organs

July 29, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A special prosecutor appointed by the European Union to investigate allegations of war crimes by Kosovo Albanian leaders said Tuesday he had found 'compelling indications' of crimes against humanity, including the killing of minorities to harvest and sell their organs. The organ trafficking incidents during the Kosovars' 1998-99 war for independence from Serbia appear to have been fewer than 10, said Clint Williamson, the U.S. prosecutor named in 2011 to investigate reports of atrocities condoned by leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army." (07/29/14)

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Gaza: Hamas, Israel trade blame for playground murders

July 29, 2014
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Global News [Canada]    

"Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians -- including nine children playing on a swing -- in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict. Israel’s military said a rocket misfired by Gaza militants was responsible, and it later released aerial photos that it said showed the weapon’s path. Gaza officials blamed Israeli airstrikes." (07/28/14)

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UN’s Pillay: “Strong possibility” of war crimes in Gaza, Israel

July 23, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Israel's airstrikes and military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, the UN's high commissioner for human rights said in Geneva on Wednesday. Navi Pillay cited cases of Israeli airstrikes or shelling hitting houses and hospitals in Gaza. ... The indiscriminate nature of Hamas rocket fire, Pillay said, also clearly went against principles of distinction and precaution when identifying military targets. (07/23/14)

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The Hague: Court finds Dutch state liable for Srebenica killings

July 16, 2014
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Newsweek    

"The Hague district court ruled Wednesday that Dutch state is liable for the deaths of 300 Bosnian Muslims after peacekeepers from the country failed to protect them during the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. A group of relatives of the victims known as the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' have been prosecuting the Dutch state for years over the deaths of 9,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys at the hands of Bosnian-Serb soldiers." (07/16/14)

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Pakistan: US drone terrorists murder six

June 18, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"At least six suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike early Wednesday in the Miramshah tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region where a comprehensive military operation launched by the Pakistani army against foreign and local terrorists is also under way. Intelligence sources said six missiles fired by a drone hit a compound and a vehicle in Dargah Mandi village in Miramshah. The identities of those killed in the strikes have not yet been ascertained, sources said." (06/18/14)

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Pakistan: Four children killed in attack on mosque

April 29, 2014
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CNN    

"Four children were killed when someone lobbed a hand grenade into a mosque in Pakistan;s most populous city on Monday. The children, all between the ages of 8 and 12, were attending religious classes at the mosque in the seaport city of Karachi, police said." (04/28/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/world/asia/pakistan-violence/  

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Appeals court orders US government to release drone strike legal opinion

April 22, 2014
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McClatchy DC    

"The Obama administration must make public central portions of a Justice Department opinion that held that the government has the legal authority to launch drone strikes overseas against Americans it determines are plotting terrorist attacks on U.S. targets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruling overturned a January 2013 lower court decision that upheld the goverment’s refusal to make public the opinion outlining the legal basis for targeted killing operations." (04/21/14)

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Yemen: Death toll from attacks by regime troops, US drone terrorists rises to 68

April 22, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"An “unprecedented” US and Yemeni aerial campaign in Yemen killed at least 68 [alleged] Al Qaeda militants in a bid to head off attacks by the network’s local affiliate, officials said on Monday. ... A top Yemeni official said the 'unprecedented' Saturday-Sunday air war came after 'information that Al Qaeda was plotting attacks on vital installations, military and security, as well as foreign interests in Yemen.'" (04/22/14)

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Yemen: US war criminals murder 46 in two days

April 21, 2014
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Antiwar.com    

"Yesterday’s deadly US drone strike against a highway in Yemen’s Bayda Province was followed up by a similar round of separate strikes in the Shabwa Province today, sending the death tolls over the past 48 hours spiraling. After yesterday’s attack, which killed 21, reports of today’s strikes are still murky, but at least 25 more were killed, sending the figure to 46, and likely to rise even further as the figures continue to come in from remote areas." (04/20/14)

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Afghanistan: Occupation troops murder child

January 9, 2014
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Khaama Press [Afghanistan]    

"According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, an Afghan child was killed in coalition security forces fire on Thursday. Provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak confirming the report, said coalition forces opened fire on an Afghan child in Greshk district on Thursday morning. ... The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) following a statement said, 'ISAF deeply regrets any civilian casualty.'" (01/09/14)

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Yemen: US drone terrorists murder 15 wedding guests

December 13, 2013
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Reuters    

"Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday. The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone." (12/12/13)

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Afghanistan: Occupiers apologize for murdering child

December 2, 2013
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Washington Post    

"The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan apologized Friday for mistakenly killing a 2-year-old boy during an airstrike, the latest crisis to confront American officials hoping to finalize a long-term security agreement between the two countries. Late Thursday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blasted the U.S. military for the death and accused coalition troops serving in Afghanistan of 'oppressions.' Within hours, U.S. and coalition military leaders were rushing to try to control the fallout of the strike, which also wounded two women." (11/29/13)

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Afghanistan: “Militants” murder Indian author

September 6, 2013
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CNN    

"An Indian author whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban became a Bollywood movie was shot dead by militants in Afghanistan, police said Thursday. Sushmita Banerjee, also known as Sushmita Bandhopadhya, was killed outside her home in Paktika province, according to Dawlat Khan Zadran, the police chief of eastern Paktika province." (09/06/13)

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