Serial War Crimes in Response to Terrorism Can Pose Threats to National Security
22 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 9, 2009
This essay documents potential short and long-term consequences with respect to Bush Administration violations of the laws of war and human rights law. These can involve placing perpetrators and complicitors in harm’s way; mission failure; aid to the enemy; and deflation of U.S. authority, law, and power. Unlawful responses to terrorism and a lawless executive branch do not serve U.S. national security interests.
Keywords: aid to enemy, Bush, CIA, civil liability, complicity, Convention Against Torture, criminal liability, extradition, human rights, intelligence, interrogation, law of war, national security, terrorism, torture, war crime, mental harm
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