Friday, September 06, 2013

In a surprise to many people, Obama decided to go to Congress to try and get approval under our U.S. Constitution (which the Constitution requires) to attack Syria. But such an attack also requires approval by the UN Security Council (a Charter the U.S. has agreed to and signed). And under the UN Charter, there's only two ways to use force against another country. One is in self-defense. The other is go to the UN Security Council and get a majority of nine to agree to the use of force. If you don't get it, it's an illegal war. It's a war crime. It would be considered a crime of aggression. It's the kind of crime that the Germans were tried for at Nuremberg. Obama knows that, but he is still intent on striking Syria even without UN permission. This would make him and other members of his cabinet War Criminals!

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US Attack On Syria Violates International Law

Michael Ratner: Without UN approval US attack on Syria violates international law - September 6, 13

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Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal adviser to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He and CCR brought the first case challenging the Guantanamo detentions and continue in their efforts to close Guantanamo. He taught at Yale Law School, and Columbia Law School, and was President of the National Lawyers Guild. His current books include "Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in the Twenty-First Century America," and “ Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away With Murder.” NOTE: Mr. Ratner speaks on his own behalf and not for any organization with which he is affiliated.

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