16 people in the U.S. military will not be prosecuted for repeated bombings of the Médecins Sans Frontières(Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October 3. After a six-month investigation, the Pentagon says the 16 will face administrative sanctions because they "failed to comply with the law of armed conflict and rules of engagement."
Larry Wilmore, who hosted the White House Correspondent's dinner last weekend, didn't go soft on Obama for not closing Guantanamo. Other than Trump and Cruz, he's almost the only one to remind people the prison is still open, as it's not a subject for discussion among Democrats.
The War Parties Convene July 2016
These unjust, immoral, illegitimate wars need to be opposed, especially when the eyes of the world are concentrated on these conventions.
If you want to be involved in protests at the Republican Convention in Cleveland July 15-18, or the Democrats' Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, contact us.
The New York Times ran a feature, "How Hillary Became a Hawk," in its magazine May 1, 5 years after Obama & Clinton cheered on the killing of Osama bin Laden and his family members. "Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats," they say.
What does that tell us about what's coming?
Revcom.us fills out examples that the Times article does not.
USA Today reported on April 19 that U.S. air forces bombing Syria and Iraq have been operating under new, looser rules of engagement since last fall. The war commander, Lt Gen Sean McFarland, now orders air strikes that are expected to kill up to 10 civilians without prior approval from U.S. Central Command, and U.S. officials made it clear to USA Today that U.S. air strikes are killing more civilians as a result of the new rules.
Brian Terrell of Voices for Creative Non Violence writes, "Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III authorized RPA aircrews to log combat time when flying an aircraft within designated hostile airspace, regardless of the aircrew's physical location."
The Justice Department recently released another of the now-notorious Office of Legal Counsel memos written by John Yoo -- memos that authorized torture, warrantless wiretapping, and indefinite detention," reports Patrick Toomey for justsecurity.org. "The new memo, written as a 'letter' to then-presiding FISC Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in May 2002, addresses the legal basis for the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of Americans' communications under the 'Stellar Wind' program.
The best known of the prisoners is Tariq Ba Odah, on hunger strike since 2007. Even when he went to federal court last year with a demand to be released, the Obama administration fought it. Andy Worthington reports:
After more than eight years on a permanent hunger strike, he weighed just 74 pounds, and, according to medical experts and his lawyers, was at risk of death. Disgracefully, the Justice Department challenged his habeas petition, and, at the end of the year, Reuters revealed that the Pentagon had prevented representatives from an undisclosed foreign country that was prepared to offer him a new home from having access to his medical records, so that the country in question dropped its resettlement offer.
Reprieve | April 21, 2016
A video project launched today by the Guardian and Reprieve details the civilian impact of the US covert drone programme, through the voices of those who have lost family members to the strikes.
In the video interviews, six clients of the human rights organization Reprieve – all of whom lost innocent family members to covert US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen – talk about the aftermath of those strikes, and the difficulties of ‘life after drones’ without accountability for the killings.
Thanks to the financial contributions by many of you who are reading this, the “Inside Drone Warfare” symposium was held at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas School of Law on March 30, 2016 - in the shadow of Creech AFB, the largest drone control and training center in the U.S.
Thank you to all those who have signed up to sustain or have spread the Change We Need in 2016 campaign! We are so close to our goal but not there yet. Because it really matters whether or not there is resistance in the streets to the crimes of this government, we are extending our drive through the end of day Friday.