Friday, July 10, 2009

Obama: No Grounds to Probe Afghan War Crimes

The best defense for a war crime is to subcontract the job offshore. The AP reported:

Obama administration officials said Friday they had no grounds to investigate the 2001 deaths of Taliban prisoners of war who human rights groups allege were killed by U.S.-backed forces.

The mass deaths were brought up anew Friday in a report by The New York Times on its Web site. It quoted government and human rights officials accusing the Bush administration of failing to investigate the executions of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of prisoners.

U.S. officials said Friday they did not have legal grounds to investigate the deaths because only foreigners were involved and the alleged killings occurred in a foreign country.

This would be a case for the United Nations or the International Criminal Court, but the U.S. disdains such interventions.