FROM Kevin Lanigan
Will Blackwater Guards Be Prosecuted for Killing Iraqi Civilians? On September 15, Blackwater personnel guarding a State Department convoy killed 17 Iraqis on the streets of Baghdad. The guards have insisted they used their weapons in self-defense after being fired on first by civilians. Today's New York Times reports that FBI investigators have found the guards were unjustified in killing of 14 of the 17. The Times cites unnamed civilian and military officials as saying that the guards violated deadly force rules covering contractors in Iraq. If the report is correct, the new Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, may have to decide whether to prosecute. Lawyer and law professor Kevin Lanigan served as a US Army judge advocate in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.