By Jay Janson
Resident Historian, Contributing Editor at Large
Main photo: Chief US Judge Prosecutor at Nazi Nuremberg trials Robert Jackson. Most postwar White House occupants and their numerous accomplices in the political class and media amply qualify today as defendants before such a tribunal.
‘What? our ‘crazy’ president’s National Security Advisor was making nice with a Russian ambassador even before he was appointed? We got ‘em! It’s against the law! ‘
In the late 1790s, a French trade embargo and jailing of U.S. seamen created animosity and unstable conditions between the United States and France. Logan sailed to France in the hope of presenting options to its government to improve relations with the United States and quell the growing anti-French sentiment in the United States. France responded by lifting the embargo and releasing the captives. Logan’s return to the United States was marked by Republican praise and Federalist scorn. To prevent U.S. citizens from interfering with negotiations between the United States and foreign governments in the future, the Adams administration quickly introduced the bill that would become the Logan Act.
In 1945, many Nazi German military officers, government officials, and media personalities were convicted under these laws during trials in Nuremberg, Germany, and quite a few of those convicted were hanged. Judge Robert Jackson, the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazis , had cautioned that “these laws are not only meant for Germans, but for all nations,” and ended the Preface to his Final Report with, “at long last the law is now unequivocal in classifying armed aggression as an international crime instead of a national right.” (The Germans under the Nazis had invaded less than half the number of nations the US has invaded since then )
Tightly monopolized Fake News Media has over the years managed to establish in the minds of most of its captive viewers and readers that all military personnel who have participated in US invasions, bombings and military occupations are automatically heroes to one degree or another, regardless of the inescapably clear Nuremberg Principles of International Law that state unequivocally to the contrary:
I. “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.”
II. “The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law.”
IV. “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him”. This principle could be paraphrased as follows: “It is not an acceptable excuse to say ‘I was just following my superior’s orders'”.
- “The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law: Crimes against peace: Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances; Crimes against humanity: Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial, or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace.
- “Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace … or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.”
Your author lists the above six parts of the laws born at Nuremberg in the order of importance to a GI participating in breaking these international laws, which are not only part of the UN Charter, but are, according to no less an authority as former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, “by Article Six of the US Constitution, an integral part of the law of the land”
Unfortunately, despite criminal US media even reaching into schools to block awareness of international law, ignorance of the law, is no excuse in any court of law. Also, arguing, ‘well, everyone else was doing it’ is not accepted as defense. For the GI contemplating obeying criminal orders, the US Army Manual states that though “soldiers are told not to assess the legal consequences of their orders, if the orders require manifest criminality, the soldier must disobey them, however disadvantageous this may prove from the tactical-military point of view. Obeying such an [unlawful] order can result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys it.
The CIA, an arm of the power elite investors in WMD, invasions and bombings and the source of fake news and fake patriotism has, for the first time, a problem with a US president.
The Chief Counsel for the Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials was General Telford Taylor. During the US invasion and bombing of Vietnam, General Taylor told CBS in an interview that “he would have been proud to have prosecuted flyers shot down while bombing Vietnam.” That interview was suppressed by CBS!
“I know how to win wars!” said John McCain during the 2012 campaign. Which war did McCain know how to win? America LOST THE WAR. Surely Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper REMEMBER that America LOST THE VIETNAM WAR to prevent a communist government and gave up, but Blitzer and Cooper are paid to forget that America lost. They are bombing and invasion facilitators. By their clever phrasing of what they choose to highlight and what they choose to black out from telecast memory they make bombing and invasions of small countries attractive. These anchors of conglomerate-owned media have kept repeating and repeating that McCain has excellent military experience for leading America in winning its present ‘wars’ never mentioning that his experience was gained during a losing and now so called ‘mistaken’ ‘war.’ Years before Airman McCain began his 23 bombing runs, President Eisenhower had admitted Ho Chi Minh was a hero to his countrymen and would have won an all-Vietnam election with 80%+ had he (Ike) not blocked it. Well before McCain’s 1st bombing mission, Rev. Martin Luther King had angrily condemned U.S. genocide, and Muhammad Ali had ‘refused to go.’ Because Fake Media never reported the truth about the McCain killing and maiming innocent Vietnamese, McCain remains the most ‘newsworthy’ spokesperson for the Financial Industrial Military Complex and presently has been the most ferocious attacker of President Trump. And nonstop pusher of war with Russia and full on intervention in Syria.
At Ramsey Clark’s urging the following essay was written and published:
The CIA, an arm of the power elite investors in WMD, invasions and bombings and the source of fake news and fake patriotism has, for the first time, a problem with a US president. A ‘crazy,’ ‘mentally unstable’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ President Trump has been saying that “US regime change death and destruction in the Middle East was wrong and the five trillion dollars they cost should have been spent at home on America’s infrastructure,” that “NATO is obsolete;” that “the US should seek friendship with China and Russia;” that he likes Xi Jinping and Putin, (America’s perennial and sacrosanct mortal enemies!) and that he would get along fine with them. Trump has called two term fellow Republican President, George Bush, a liar for having lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and has voiced suspicion about the 9/11 attack that happened so easily on Bush’s watch. Trump has disputed hailing former presidential candidate Senator John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential candidate, a hero for having been shot down while bombing Vietnam. Trump has asked, “why must the United States lead the world everywhere on the globe and play the role of the world’s policeman, now for example in Ukraine? “Trump asks, “Why does the United States always pursue regime changes — Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and now it wants a regime change in Syria, Damascus, when the result is disaster.” Most importantly, Trump has condemned and ridiculed eighty percent of media’s reporters and commentators as pathetic liars, which comes close to the what is in reality that one hundred percent who are willing to preposterously describe America’s running crimes against humanity as heroic deeds in defense of American freedom.
Remember! Trump in his running battle with lying Fake News mainstream media has the words of Albert Einstein, the greatest mind of the 20th century, on his side.
There is a more sane and harmonious world coming as the USA loses it power to misinform and disinform through it present powerful CIA managed cartel of giant entertainment and news corporations telecasting via satellites. An initial change will come in the form of an influx of truthful news and saner entertainment breaking the West’s vice-like grip on sources of information/disinformation promoting egoistic self-indulgence and the West’s ability to promote, disseminate and inculcate lies enabling profitable investments in genocide.
“According to conservative estimates, by 2017, China will overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy, and by 2050, its economy will be twice as large as that of the United States. Chinese influence will extend well beyond the economic sphere. The full social, cultural and political repercussions of China’s ascendancy will be felt sooner. In the coming decades, the West will be confronted with the fact that its systems, institutions and values are no longer the only ones on offer.” [When China Rules the World -The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques] 
“According to conservative estimates, by 2017, China will overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy, and by 2050, its economy will be twice as large as that of the United States. Chinese influence will extend well beyond the economic sphere. The full social, cultural and political repercussions of China’s ascendancy will be felt sooner. In the coming decades, the West will be confronted with the fact that its systems, institutions and values are no longer the only ones on offer.” [When China Rules the World -The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques] [see also China Rising – Capitalist Roads Socialist Destinations by Jeff Brown]
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