So...I don't particularly like champagne but surely champagne should be broken by Erdogan or anyone else who loves that Obama has not, and will not keep his promise to acknowledge this Genocide. Congrats. And obviously Clinton will win and didn't even make that promise, so...maybe in 10,000 years a US President will actually call it what it is, if at least at that point Turkey is no longer a state or is suddenly controlled by ISIS so the US could newly savage them with not acknowledging such, in our favor.
"look forward not backwards", etc. Can someone calculate how many criminals the Obama Admin has prosecuted due to crimes of torture, bank fraud (American defendants), or genocide? Or even acknowledged any of them as criminals? I mean, he did say "we tortured some folks
". Seems a kind of admission that should put at least one prior President before the Hague. Torture is a crime according to many international laws, some of which are US Constitutionally binding
Torturers charged: 0?
American citizen Bank Fraudsters charged: 0?
Whistleblowers charged: 7, I think
People who committed the crimes the whistleblowers whistleblew on: 0?
Marijuana users charged during his Admin: 2,000,000+
Article VI, my bolds:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land
The US is a signatory of the Geneva Conventions. Which renders torture a crime, obviously**. And thus by the VI and GC Conventions we've treatied/signed-on, as the supreme law of the land, should require a criminal charge against whoever Obama was referring to with "we tortured some folks
"". Whoever "we" is should not just appear as defendant before the Hague or ICC, but even domestically, since our Constitution forces us to follow treaties we enter
, including the Geneva Conventions. "Look forward" is countermanded by the automatic necessary obligation to adhere to our treaties and Constitution. https://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/faq/torture-law-2011-06-24.htm
The Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 8 June 1977 contain a number of provisions that absolutely prohibit torture and other cruel or inhuman treatment and outrages upon individual dignity.
For example, torture is prohibited by Article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions, Article 12 of the First and Second Conventions, Articles 17 and 87 of the Third Convention, Article 32 of the Fourth Convention, Article 75 (2 a & e) of Additional Protocol I and Article 4 (2 a & h) of Additional Protocol II. In international armed conflict, torture constitutes a grave breach under Articles 50, 51, 130 and 147 respectively of these Conventions. Under Article 85 of Additional Protocol I, these breaches constitute war crimes. In non-international armed conflict, they are considered serious violations.
In addition, Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions, Article 75 (2 b & e) of Additional Protocol I and Article 4 (2 a & h) of Additional Protocol II prohibit "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment". In international armed conflict, these acts constitute grave breaches. In non-international armed conflict, they constitute serious violations.
So...drink up your bubbly water (champagne sucks) and congratulate the US for admitting breach of its Constitution and Geneva Conventions duty obligations yet not doing jack shi
t about either. Beholden to no one or any law, even our Constitution.