Friday, October 7, 2011

Extra judicial killings and procedural due process for the rule of law

Two stares, the United States of America and Israel, have decided that they are above the law and decided to ignore due process killing their own citizens as well as those of other sovereign states.

In the words of Justice Robert Jackson, the Chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials; "If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes,

they are crimes whether the United States does then or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us".

Last week USA Today carried an article by Jonathan Turley that began 'Last week, Americans saw a curious sight for a free nation: Their president ordered the killing of two U.S. citizens without a trial or even a formal charge … and the public applauded.' this referring to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, both American citizens. While few people, except their family mourn the death of figures such as al-Awlaki, the international community should be demanding that all states uphold the rule of law.

The hundreds of innocent civilians that have been killed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan are another example of murder by America.
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote" As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."

Perhaps even more disturbing is an article that stated 'The U.S. military may be a decade or so away from deploying an army of pilotless drones capable of collaborating and killing without any human guidance'. Read

Let us all then beware the twilight and reverse this trend of being above the rule of law.

Location: Cayman Islands