Posts Tagged ‘murder’

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1947:  The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the headquarters of the Department of Defence.  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

1947: The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the headquarters of the Department of Defence. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

Pentagon Admits that War is Illegal

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Brave New Films

Police rampage.

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Amnesty International: Whitewashing Another Massacre

To determine the reasons behind Israeli actions, one only has to read what their Dr. Strangeloves say – it is no secret. The aim is to create miserable conditions to drive the Palestinians off their land, warehouse the population in an open air prison called Gaza, and to disproportionately repress any Palestinian resistance. Israelis have to “kill and kill and kill, all day”. Such pathological reasoning put Israeli actions into perspective; they are major crimes, possibly genocidal. Recognition of such crimes has some consequences.

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Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah.

This process, known as “moral disengagement”, is extremely common in militaristic societies. But what is fascinating about American Sniper is how these omissions survive in the face of overwhelming evidence of the crimes that Chris Kyle participated in. The fact that a man who participated in the 2nd siege of Fallujah — an operation that killed between 4,000 to 6,000 civiliansdisplaced 200,000, and may have created an epidemic of birth defects and cancers — can come home, be embraced as a hero, be celebrated for the number of people he has killed, write a bestselling book based on that experience, and have it made into a Hollywood film is something that we need to reflect on as a society.

More on the atrocities in Fallujah.

All hail the glorious mass murderers.

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ACLU:

Today, Baltimore’s state attorney ruled Freddie Gray’s death a homicide and charged six officers with the crime. This announcement isn’t a victory but it’s certainly an important step towards accountability.

ACLU Petitition:

The Department of Justice (DOJ):

The first step towards accountability is transparency.

  • Mandate that all police departments collect and report data on a quarterly basis on police shootings, and other deaths in custody, as well as stops, frisks, searches, citations, arrests, and uses of force.

  • Create a national public database of this data, including a breakdown by race, gender, age, outcome, and the officer’s basis for the encounter and action.

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NY Times Goes to Baltimore, Finds Only Police Worth Talking To

Whose tale was it, though? Here’s the first six citations from the Times story:

  • “police said”

  • “police said”

  • “police also reported”

  • “police said”

  • “state and city officials said”

  • “police acknowledged”