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Saturday, November 5, 2011

“Audacity of Murder” — Liaquat Ali Khan, Cageprisoners

Cageprisoners is a human rights organization existing solely “to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror.’” It was launched during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan October 2003 by individual Muslim volunteers concerned with seeing “a return to the respect of fundamental norms which transcend religion, societies and political theories.” The vision of ‘Cageprisoners’ is “that abuse of individuals and the demonization of societies be eradicated completely and that respect for human rights is unequivocally promoted globally.”

Though it is not an advocacy organization nor does it seek to make representations on behalf of individuals in courts of law, Cageprisoners’ mission  is “to improve the circumstances and situation of political detainees worldwide, specifically those interned as a result of the ‘War on Terror’ and its side campaigns. To use its strengths and experience to work for those political detainees, with focus on:

Due process
Equal/non-discriminatory application of the law
Enforcement of basic rights globally
Fair trials using evidence of internationally required standards
Badly drafted legislation which criminalizes dissent and prosecutes dissenting members of the Muslim community – targeting the process which makes them ‘detainees’

Cageprisoners uses the language and understanding of international human rights and humanitarian law in order promote the rights of detainees around the world.

At the Cageprisoners site, I ran across this bit of insight with which I could not agree more. It might be eye opening to some so I’ve excerpted with minor editing for TIN. Read the full text of “Murder as instrument of foreign policy” at http://www.cageprisoners.com/learn-more/articles/item/2619-murder-as-instrument-of-foreign-policy

Extra-judicial killing Legitimized

President Barack Obama, soon after assuming office, “authorized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to plan and execute the murder of terrorists and other enemies — regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens.” Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Muammar Qaddafi are among the prominent murder victims but numerous others “have been purposely targeted and killed in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, and Pakistan.

“The legitimization of extra-judicial killing is a disturbing development in
international law as other nations are certain to follow suit.

“In pursuit of pre-meditated murders, the collateral damage (the killing of the obviously innocent) has been extensive.” Though a false notion [and though the CIA currently holds the monopoly over drone kills], “the claim that such murders can be executed with electronic precision lends incentive to other nations to develop drones to perpetrate their own surgical assassinations.”

“Audacity of Murder” — major policy shift institutionalizing murder

“Since the 9/11 attacks, the policy logistics of murder have been dramatically transformed.

“The doctrine of plausible deniability has been discarded. Moral constraints on killing enemies, including heads of state and governments, have been cast away. The notion of the United States as a ‘moral nation’ is now viewed as an impediment in the conduct of international relations.

“The ‘dark side’ freely informs foreign policy.

“The audacity of murder has gained depth and momentum. The President does not think twice about the moral implications of boasting a drone kill.…” 


“Murder as instrument of foreign policy — November 03, 2011 ‘Information Clearing House’:   President Obama has openly deployed murder as an instrument of foreign policy” (Liaquat Ali Khan), November 4, 2011, http://www.cageprisoners.com/learn-more/articles/item/2619-murder-as-instrument-of-foreign-policy

“Murder by Decree” (1979) was a film (thriller) involving Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in the case of a serial murderer with friends [backing] in high places. The original script — based on the book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution by Stephen Knight  — contained the names of the historical suspects Sir William Gull, 1st Baronet, and John Netley.


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