Saturday, October 02, 2010

The U.S. searches for war criminals.

This made me laugh out loud.

Apparently, the U.S. Government are aggressively trying to track down war criminals.

"I don't think there's any question that we're going to have a greater number of these cases and that these cases are going to reach (suspects from) more parts of the world," says Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, a child of Holocaust survivors who has pushed the more aggressive efforts to hold war criminals accountable. "It's something we have to do. We owe it to our citizens and we owe it to the world."

Congress passed the laws amid a broader international push after the Cold War to hold war criminals and human rights abusers accountable, says Eli Rosenbaum, who ran the Office of Special Investigations and now is director of strategy and policy in the new Human Rights and Special Prosecutions unit.

"Interest burgeoned all over the world in bringing these people to justice," Rosenbaum says. Among U.S. policymakers, "there was bipartisan support for doing this, and Congress gave us a lot of new tools."

Now, it's going full steam.

"We want to send a message to would-be human rights violators of the future," Rosenbaum says. "Their odds of getting away with it are shrinking rapidly."

As Greenwald points out, if the US wants to prove it's serious about this, it might want to start it's search here.


nunya said...

Funny how they are awarding contracts to "Xe" (Blackwater) instead of looking there for "human rights violators" aint it?

Kel said...

Exactly. They are searching for all war criminals, except American ones.