So Much for Sovereignty

U.S. returns sovereignty to Iraq

Monday, June 28, 2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq’s interim government was sworn in Monday after the United States returned sovereignty to the nation two days ahead of schedule.

That was then, this is now:

US resumes Blackwater convoys in Iraq

Fri Sep 21, 3:23 PM ET

BAGHDAD – American convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA resumed on Friday, four days after the U.S. Embassy suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to the alleged killing of civilians by the security firm. …

A top aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had earlier conceded it may prove difficult for the Iraqi government to follow through on threats to expel Blackwater and other Western security contractors.

So, a sovereign government cannot remove foreign mercenaries from its soil. I’m sure this will go over well with the rest of the Muslim world…NOT.

Remember, these mercenaries cannot be prosecuted under Iraqi law. Nor can they be prosecuted under US law, thanks to the Military Commissions Act of 2006. They are beyond the law, both criminal and civil, until and unless the International Community moves forward with War Crimes Tribunals. It will likely take a decade or more for the International Community to progress to that point, if past history is any measure.

In one of the greatest ironies of world history, it turns out that Bush v. Gore has become Bush = Gore.

Harold Pinter´s Nobel Lecture

Very few times I have the opportunity to read such beautiful, powerful statements about the quest for justice and dignity worldwide.

I have posted this a couple of times in TP. A commenter named stonehinge used to discuss this with me. I think he was from the UK.

The first part of the lecture is about his art and his relationship with it. Very interesting for writers out there.

The second part is an anthem against the daily lies, the unreported crimes and atrocities against civilians all over the world with specific examples. I am delighted to introduce you to this man, if you hadnt known him.

Here is the link.

Habeus according to Hartmann


(photo of the Magna Carta)

via: Commondreams.org

Repeal the Military Commissions Act and Restore the Most American Human Right

by Thom Hartmann
Published on Monday, February 12, 2007 by CommonDreams.org

“The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”
– Winston Churchill

The oldest human right defined in the history of English-speaking civilization is the right to challenge governmental power of arrest and detention through the use of habeas corpus laws. Habeas corpus is roughly Latin for “hold the body,” and is used in law to mean that a government must either charge a person with a crime and allow them due process, or let them go free.
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