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Kathy Kelly (kathy@vcnv.org) co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org). Two major news stories here in
We ought not to be blinded by media theater, or by habits of dismissing the doubts, and even the deaths, of countless people just like ourselves, overseas, whenever our government offers us its unsubstantiated explanations, its sincere good will, its apologies.
The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination
Salek Khalid, a friend of Voices, shared "Creating a Hell on Earth: U.S. Drone Strikes Abroad," his own in-depth presentation
International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a "breach of international law." Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.
In the years before 9/11, the U.S. focused its global attentions on what it then called "rogue states." The U.S. now resembles a rogue superpower to an increasingly resistant and restless world.
President Obama's declaration that "America is at a crossroads" in the fight against terror, a fight that is increasingly turning inwards, setting its sights on homegrown extremists, should give every American pause.
Welcome to the banality of evil, Ben Wheatley-style: In his horror comedy Sightseers, a couple (Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who also scripted) decides to take a caravan trip across the British Isles.
2013-03-27-home_layton.jpgWhat would drone strikes look like if we were the targets rather than unknown people in a place too distant to imagine?
It may be that the time has come to create a "non-political" and "independent" attorney general, one who would serve the interests of the public by upholding the rule of law rather than justifying the whims of the president.
America's moral leadership is gone; we have subverted our own liberties -- we have panicked in an unmanly manner. Taken together, these failures and transgressions are a heavy load on the collective national psyche. We are now a people whose timidity in acknowledging their failings is fear by another name.
The constant that underlines discussion of extraordinary -- and unconstitutional -- methods to secure the United States against terrorist attack is the premise that a grave menace lurks out there. Yet there is no evidence that such is the case.
How convenient! Anyone the president has executed is considered guilty unless proven innocent after they are dead. There is no messy due process, no court, only secret evidence; the president personally judges the merits and orders the executions.
Expediency is never a justification for unconstitutional and immoral actions. It has proved incredibly easy to assassinate someone (and his family) half a world away. And that is what makes this new style of warfare so attractive... and so dangerous.
Under international law, in an armed conflict the United States can kill members of the armed forces of the enemy, or civilians while they directly participate in hostilities. In Afghanistan, the United States is still clearly in an armed conflict. But where else does the law of armed conflict apply?
So what does the future hold? Unless President Obama changes course -- and drastically so -- freedom as we have known it will become extinct.
Another problem for the second term frequently cited by many critics of the program, including those who support the limited