Collateral Damage or Premeditated Murder?

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In 2004, the US military paid families of Iraqi civilians $5 million in compensation for civilian deaths and injuries. Last year that number quadrupled to $20 million. When that increase was reported by the Boston Globe, Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy said it served "as a warning sign." It's also raised questions about the extent of civilian casualties at a time when ground troops are being charged with murder. But what about the so-called "collateral damage" when civilians are killed by bombs dropped from high-altitude aircraft? Is there a double standard? Which civilian deaths are acceptable under the rules of war; when is prosecution required? We hear from journalists, legal experts and human-rights advocates.
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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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