Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Command Responsibility?

This is worth a very careful reading. Along with a growing number of people I do believe Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld & Co are guilty of abuse of power and war crimes a mile long. See: Bush Crime Commission for information on and about their growing list of crimes against humanity. -- Jack

Command Responsibility?
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

A jury verdict in Memphis late last year caused little stir among the general public, but it may have caught the attention of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and other high officials of the Bush administration. The jury found Colonel Nicolas Carranza, former Vice Minister of Defense of El Salvador and now a U.S. citizen living in Memphis, responsible for overseeing the torture and killing in that country 25 years ago. Could similar charges be brought against high U.S. officials for the actions of their subordinates in Abu Ghraib, Falluja, and Guantanamo?

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Legal scholar Brendan Smith and historian Jeremy Brecher are the editors, with Jill Cutler, of In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt, 2005) (, and the founders of They are regular contributors to Foreign Policy In Focus (


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