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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 02:47 PM

63. War Crimes Act of 1996: definition to include a "grave breach of the Geneva Conventions"

 

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from juancole.com

The United Nations will Investigate Civilian Deaths in US Drone Strikes

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism writes

>>>snip

The London-based lawyer became the second senior UN official in recent months to label the tactic of deliberately targeting rescuers and funeral-goers with drones ‘a war crime’. That practice was first exposed by the Bureau for the Sunday Times in February 2012.

‘ alleged that since President Obama took office at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims and more than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners. Christof Heyns … has described such attacks, if they prove to have happened, as war crimes. I would endorse that view,’ said Emmerson.


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Also, under 18 USC 2441 - War crimes, this can be a capital offense if people are killed.

The follow-up drone strikes are, in all probability, prosecutable as offenses under the Geneva Conventions treaty, particularly the Fourth Convention, Part 1, Article 3, to wit:

...the parties must as a minimum adhere to minimal protections described as: noncombatants, members of armed forces who have laid down their arms, and combatants who are hors de combat (out of the fight) due to wounds, detention, or any other cause shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, with the following prohibitions:
(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds,


So a bomb aimed at those retrieving wounded from a previous strike would fall under this category, as well as provisions pertaining to "the protection of civilians providing aid to the wounded" under the first Convention. - barracuda



We know the CIA is running the drone program.

Another bona fide war criminal in our midsts?

Did General Petraeus give the order?

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