Al qaeda militants tunnel out of yemen jail, kill at least 50 and kidnap dozens” (RT, 12 December)
“Jailed Yemen’s biggest rebel leader killednatyasastra.com with US drone strike” (CBS News)
“Yemen is reeling under a military and economic collapse” (CNBC)
“Yemen: More than 500 killed after deadly airstrike near capital” (ABC News)
The US is not merely providing cover for war crimes: the Obama administration has been complicit, too
A recent investigation by Robert Parry at Consortiumnews.com examined the role of the Bush-Cheney administration in supporting Saudi Arabia’s ongoing War on Terror in the Gulf. As Consortiumnews.com has reported, the following Bush administration officials also served as directors for weapons and defense contractors involved in the war.
After 9/11, the Penta더킹카지노gon sent about 800 lawyers to work for the private security companies Blackwater Worldwide and then to defend the companies in court against civil suits alleging negligence, illegal business practice, and other charges. (Parry, supra note 1).
The company was convicted of taking weapons from private military companies to Iraqi insurgents in a scheme that included the kidnapping, detention, tornatyasastra.comturing, and killing Iraqi insurgents. The court proceedings in one of those cases involved hundreds of Iraqi corpses piled one on top of the other in trucks, but the court dismissed the case without an explanation. (Parry, supra note 1)
According to the Pentagon’s Office of Special Investigations (OSIG), Blackwater is “a key component in the United States’ broader military intervention in Iraq,” which it describes as “the biggest security breach in the post-Vietnam era.” And in March 2001, Blackwater was called on to defend itself from a lawsuit brought by an injured Iraq civilian by telling the court that Iraqi guards were guilty of raping its employees. (OSIG, supra note 2; p. 9.)
In an attempt to win the prosecution, the Bush White House asked Blackwater to testify, but “no record has ever been found of testimony given by Blackwater employees,” says Parry, “or of any evidence of the company cooperating with prosecutors in Iraq.”
Since Blackwater was able to successfully defend itself against the lawsuit, it has received a much-anticipated $90 million contract from the State Department to protect American personnel on a variety of security operations from attacks by terrorist groups. The contract, announced by the State Department on October 7, 2001, provides for security in nearly 300 missions to protect US personnel abroad