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Why Obama MUST Prosecute U.S. Torture

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The Few. The Proud. The US Marines! Whowa Oorah!

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“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.”

The Nuremberg Defense is a legal defense that essentially states that the defendant was “only following orders” (“Befehl ist Befehl”, literally “order is order”) and is therefore not responsible for his crimes. The defense was most famously employed during the Nuremberg Trials, after which it is named.

Before the end of World War II, the Allies suspected such a defense might be employed, and issued the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal (IMT), which specifically stated that this was not a valid defense against charges of war crimes.

Thus, under Nuremberg Principle IV, “defense of superior orders” is not a defense for war crimes, although it might influence a sentencing authority to lessen the penalty. Nuremberg Principle IV states:

“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.”

bspcomment If President Obama does not prosecute the entire chain of command for the use of torture. The he and his government have ABSOLUTELY NO MORALE STANDING in hte world anyone and should just STFU. I mean seriously, does this President have any promises left unbroken? HOPE? CHANGE? Definitely NOT!

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Written by mattliving

April 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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  1. see if you gonna post a story at least try to get it right. I support your message this should not have happened and the people responsible should burn for it but the woman pictured is a US ARMY Private. Not a Marine. Dont make assumptions on the bullshit popular view that Marines are nothing but Babykillers. secondly its Oorah not Whowa.

    LCpl Nolan

    May 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    • Thanks for the correction.

      mattliving

      May 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm


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