Moral Outrage
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Archive for May 2009

The Torture Issue is not that hard to grasp

May 29, 2009

1. Torture is a violation of US and international law. President George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate US and international law. 2. If the Obama administration does not hold the Bush administration accountable for […]

So this isn’t Torture?

May 28, 2009

There are those who argue that U.S. officials who authorized waterboarding and who performed waterboarding should not be held criminally accountable, notwithstanding the fact that the U.S. government prosecuted Japanese military personnel who waterboarded U.S. POWs during World War II. Their reasoning goes as follows: Since the president’s attorneys redefined torture to mean only those […]

Abu Ghraib abuse photos show rape

May 28, 2009

Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barak Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparant rape and sexual abuse, it has emerged. At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner, while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee. Further photographs are said to depict […]

Nuremberg Precedent for Iraq War-Crime Suspects

May 28, 2009

The Nuremberg Principles, a set of guidelines established after World War II to try Nazi Party members, were developed to determine what constitutes a war crime. The principles can also be applied today when considering the conditions that led to the Iraq war and, in the process, to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of […]

Blackwater, now under new name, fights to stay out of the news

May 27, 2009

Two U.S. security contractors, who worked for the security company Paravant and were involved in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian, said they were pressured to say they had been drinking in order to protect the company’s contract. One of the contractors Steven McClain expressed the same to CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf […]

While Americans revel in blissful ignorance

May 27, 2009

Cindy Sheehan writes, When I was in Amman, Jordan speaking with prominent Iraqis, a Sheikh told me that US soldiers burst into his home, severely beating him and raping his wife, all in the presence of his 14-year-old son. The Sheikh told me that it was his son’s fondest dream to kill US Soldiers. Can […]

Cheney: Support for Israel Feeds Terrorism

May 25, 2009

There are a number of reasons why al-Qaeda and other terrorist movements may wish to attack us, but this question never gets a complete – or honest – answer, certainly not from the mouths of politicians like former Vice President Dick Cheney. Oozing out of the sleazy speech that Cheney gave Thursday at the American […]

$5000 per second to remain in Afghanistan and Iraq

May 23, 2009

Every day, more and more people are losing their homes and jobs, and meanwhile the country has been spending on the Iraqi War almost $5,000 every second! Americans are losing their homes, jobs and health insurance; banks are still struggling–and this war appears to have aggravated all these domestic woes. So tell me again why […]

Keeping America Safe?

May 22, 2009

It is unbelievable that a nation that calls itself Christian could even countenance a debate on torture, and, after killing perhaps a million innocent Iraqi citizens in an illegal war, call for more of the same in Afghanistan. Or to employ white phosphorous and other war crime weapons in either location. The combination of hypocrisy […]

Torture alienates the U.S. in the world

May 22, 2009

Amir was a salesman before being arrested and taken to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003. During his time there, he says, he was forced to lay down in urine and feces, stay naked in his cell for days, and “howl like dogs do” while being pulled by a dog leash. According […]