More Than 30 Top U.S. Officials Guilty of War Crimes

by Sherwood Ross


More than 30 top U.S. officials, including presidents G.W. Bush and Obama, are guilty of war crimes or crimes against peace and humanity “legally akin to those perpetrated by the former Nazi regime in Germany,” the distinguished American international law authority Francis Boyle charges.

U.S. officials involved in an “ongoing criminal conspiracy” in the Middle East and Africa who either participated in the commission of the crimes under their jurisdiction or failed to take action against them included both presidents since 2001 and their vice-presidents, the secretaries of State and Defense, the directors of the CIA and National Intelligence and the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and heads of the Central Command, among others, Boyle said.

“In international legal terms, the U.S. government itself should now be viewed as constituting an ongoing criminal conspiracy under international law,” Boyle said in an address Dec. 9th to the Puerto Rican Summit Conference on Human Rights at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan. Boyle is a Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and the author of numerous books on the subject.

Besides the presidents, Boyle identified as war criminals Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Joseph Biden; Secretaries of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta; Secretaries of State Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and Hillary Clinton; National Security Advisors Stephen Hadley, James Jones, and Thomas Donilon; Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and James Clapper and Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) Directors George Tenet, Leon Panetta, and David Petraeus.

In the Pentagon, war criminals include the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and some Regional Commanders-in-Chiefs, especially for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and more recently, AFRICOM. Besides Chairman General Martin Dempsey, U.S. Army, JCS members include Admiral James Winnefeld Jr.; General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army; General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps; Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; and General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Those who have headed the Central Command since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan include Lt. General Martin Dempsey; Admiral William Fallon; General John Abizaid; General Tommy Franks; Lt. General John Allen; and current commander General James Mattis. General Carter Ham of AFRICOM bears like responsibility.

Boyle told the Puerto Rican conference that President G.W. Bush had shamelessly exploited the 9/11 tragedy and “set forth to steal a hydrocarbon empire from the Muslim states and peoples living in Central Asia and the Middle East and Africa under “bogus pretexts.” These pretexts included fighting a war against “international terrorism” or “Islamic fundamentalism”, eliminating weapons of mass destruction, the promotion of democracy, and humanitarian intervention, Boyle said.

The serial aggressions of the U.S.violate such basic documents of international law as the Nuremberg Charter, the Nuremberg Judgment, and the Nuremberg Principles, Boyle said. As well, they violate the Pentagon’s own U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 on The Law of Land Warfare, which applies to the President himself as Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Armed Forces under Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. administrations since 9/11 may be charged with “crimes against peace” for their attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia,Yemen, and Syria, “and perhaps their longstanding threatened war of aggression against Iran,”

Boyle said.

The eminent international authority went on to charge that the war crimes included “torture, enforced disappearances, assassinations, murders, kidnappings, extraordinary renditions, ‘shock and awe’ (bombings), and (the use of) depleted uranium, white phosphorus, cluster bombs, drone strikes,” and the like.

Boyle said Americans “must not permit any aspect of their foreign affairs and defense policies to be conducted by acknowledged ‘war criminals’” but must insist upon “the impeachment, dismissal, resignation, indictment, conviction, and long-term incarceration of all U.S. government officials guilty of such heinous international and domestic crimes.”

Boyle said the so-called “targeted killing” of human beings in a non-battlefield situation is “pure murder” under basic principles of Anglo-American common law and international criminal law. And in this case, where these murders are both widespread and systematic, these murders constitute a Crime against Humanity under Article 7(1)(a) of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court.

Although the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, Boyle said, “nevertheless President Obama is subject to the jurisdiction of the ICC and its Prosecutor for murdering people in ICC member States.”

(Sherwood Ross is an American public relations consultant who works for good causes. He formerly worked for major dailies and wire services as a reporter and columnist. Reach him at [email protected])

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13 Responses to "More Than 30 Top U.S. Officials Guilty of War Crimes"

  1. Sherwood Ross  December 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Capt. Obvious: Don’t know how much of what you describe is part of a deliberate organized plan or not, but in fact some of it is going on. Did those receiving corporate welfare want to make people “desperate” as you say and “usher in a police state” or were they just greedy grasping for what they could get. Maybe it doesn’t make a difference. Surely, it should have been the American people who got the bailout as “too important to fail.” Best, Sherwood

  2. LC  December 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

    HOW TO:


  3. LC  December 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Prosecution by Prof. Francis Boyle:
    Verdict on last pages
    Professor Francis Boyle:
    “….The inept management of the conflicts in Bosnia by the UN have made those voices more vociferous, with some calling for the end of the United Nations.”

    LC: It is high time to dissolve a Rothschild mercenary terrorist force dubbed the UN…

  4. Cold Wind  December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

    It is in the interest brevity that I make general allusions to points I think are relevant to the subject of an article. As for the architects of US foreign policy, it is sufficient for me to understand that the President’s policy managers are invariably tied to various “think tanks”, PNAC, The Center For Strategic Studies, The American Enterprise Institute, The Center for Security Policy, Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Rand Corporation, etc. all of which place Israel at the center of their deliberations. When the President opens his mouth and lies to us about the meaning of the next policy initiative, I assume he is reading from a formulation concocted by one of the above ‘Zionist’s’ organizations. I believe a careful examination of the funding of these “think tanks” will show the source is invariably rich Jews or “Christian” Zionists Who are collectively represented in what is known as the Jewish Lobby. And yes, it would take an Investigative Journalist to do proper justice to this topic. I suggest Christopher Bollyn, but there are many others. It is my belief that war crimes begin as ideas within the aforementioned institutions, become policy and then are carried out by the top managers mentioned in this article.

  5. K7KTR  December 14, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Like I mentioned above, for years the Al Qaeda Alarm has been ringing signaling the massive war on terror was still going strong. Terror Alerts that could be sent to your cell phones and that was just the half of the lie. For more American’s have in the last 11 years been victims of Skateboard injuries that have caused more deaths then terrorist’s. Yet you never saw our Fatherland Security pump $50,000,000,000 a year into Skateboard safety.

    Then the illusion was discovered when the last shell was picked up to revel that Obama’s administration was not only funneling arms to Al Qaeda in Libya but now also Syria. Then to appear in the media with his unwavering support for that terrorist group that has taken so many US Boy’s lives. Treason?

    Today yet another bombshell. While we knew as posted above that Biden said the Taliban weren’t enemies of the US and confirmed by the White House. As Obama was secretly releasing top leaders of the Taliban from Bagram prison and soon GITMO. Today though… The US is going to join forces WITH the Taliban. “Can’t beat them… Join them.” This is all to save face as the US doesn’t want to run with their tail between their legs out of Afghanistan and admit it was all a loss.

    Like Russia they were beaten. Most people know when to pull out when the know their screwed!

    But the real thing is each one of the groups this government has used as “The Enemy” is now suddenly a friend. This means for the last 11 years, 9,000 US boys have died in vein. The 40,000 head wounds and the 160,000 disabled. All a loss. Then like all else, the de-listing the Mujaheddin and then supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. When will the LIES Stop?

    Who did Manning Support?

  6. Sherwood Ross  December 13, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Cold Wind: Thanks for your comment. Maybe you could name some names and specific actions that would show culpability, although if you can’t I would understand as it might take an investigative reporter. I think there are a number of contemporary writers, at least, who take your position. — Sherwood

  7. Cold Wind  December 13, 2012 at 5:37 am

    The indicated war criminals are but henchmen for the true architechs of US foreign policy, which collectively is known as the Jewish Lobby or as Israel’s Fifth Column ocuppying key positions of power and influence throughout the US government. While it is essential to prosecute the war criminals cited herein, it will result in no fundamental change in policy unless Zionists are identified (AIPAC et al) and purged of their ability to shape the policy of the US.

  8. K7KTR  December 13, 2012 at 3:29 am

    The Praise belongs to you for bringing this to the attention of those who still care about Our Country like yourself. So thank you!
    As mentioned, It make me sick to know all I did to raise my Children and what Other also did with the years of Training, Care and Love. Only to see Our Children Used as Pawns in US Foreign Policy (Kissinger) Who lost those loved ones who died fighting these Wars that were all over LIES. But then to see that Our Government now fully Arms and Supports the very ones who have killed nearly 9,000 American’s.

    If this TREASON doesn’t “SHOCK” American’s then the battle is over and we all have lost. Likewise charging Manning for the very crimes they Openly commit daily and to have Obama say, “He Broke the Law!” What a pure Hypocrite!

    Enjoyed your article, glad I could add to it in any way.

  9. Sherwood Ross  December 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Thanks K7 for your comments. — Sherwood

  10. LC  December 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Parachute Hillary & Rice into Syria for a honeymoon!!!!

  11. K7KTR  December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    This is the saddest part of being an American today. WE THE PEOPLE are powerless to do a thing about these Criminal’s. Obama himself in his speeches says over and over and over that Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 along with Bin Laden of which the FBI’s own WANTED POSTER doesn’t name Bin Laden for any events associated with 9/11.

    However, Today Obama and his WARS on Muslim’s for Israel and Petro-Dollars employs the very Al Qaeda and Terrorist’s both in Libya and now in Syria.
    HERE ARE ACTUAL HEADLINES showing Obama’s culpabiity in these War Crimes and….

    Actual Headlines:
    Russia: Syria rebels have US-made weapons
    US Arms for Al Qaeda in Syria seized in Lebanon.
    US and Al Qaeda in full agreement on Syria.
    US say’s it can use Al Qaeda in Syria temporarily.
    CIA sending Arms to Al Qaeda rebels in Syria.
    Al Qaeda joins the Syrian Rebel’s.
    Adopt a Syrian Rebel. Yes, You too for a $1.00 a day can do so. WTF!
    Al Qaeda joins the Syrian Rebellion.
    Al Qaeda urges Muslim’s to join Syrian Rebel’s.
    Syrian Rebel’s Seize Border crossing with Turkey.
    HITLER’LY CLINTON offers $45,000,000 to Syrian Rebel’s “aka” Al Qaeda
    Syria insurgents use US-made missile launchers, says Russian commander
    Washington seeks continuation of US Afghan scenario in Syria: Analyst

    Not only is the Al Qaeda USED but this is also in direct violation of both International Laws as well as US Domestic Laws of Patriot Acts, NDAA and the Lugar-Obama Act in sending Man-Pad’s to Libya whereas the CIA agent murdered in the Benghazi (False Flag) operation was there to disable or destroy the very maan-pads sent by the United States that helped NATO (North Atlantic Terrorist Organization) to murder 50,000 Libyan’s in what Obama called “Humanitarian Aid.”

    Each Rebel/Al Qaeda fighter in Syria is paid $150.00 a month US $ from the Saudi’s.

    Headlines Continued:
    British forces and Al-Qaeda fighters side-by-side in Libya.
    Shock: America Fighting On the Side of Al Qaeda in Libya.
    Libyan Rebel’s meet White House officials. You said what?
    Libyan Rebel leader say’s, His fighters have Al Qaeda ties.
    Al Qaeda “FLAG” now flies at Benghazi Courthouse.

    Then also, US Boy’s Murdered in Afghanistan by the TALIBAN brings these “Shocking Headlines”.
    Vice President – Joe Biden say’s: “The Taliban aren’t enemies of the US.”
    V.P. Joe Biden’s statement is confirmed by the White House.
    Biden’s Statement also “Welcomed by the Taliban.”

    Then currently this is the New Headlines;
    The Mujahedeen Khalq, or People’s Mujahedeen, known as the M.E.K has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Dept. for 15 years.
    Now also being “De-Listed” by the U.S. Government.

    As well as the U.S. unwavering support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    While the Media calls PFC Bradley Manning a “Traitor” and should be “Assassinated” for what Obama say’s, “HE BROKE THE LAW!” Here is one truth of the “Pot calling the kettle black”. (No Racist slur intended.) From the above information it is clear that this Administration has actually been the ones who have Aided the Enemy. Personally, I don’t see how American’s who gave their Best.. Children, Fathers, Uncles, Brothers… etc fighting these Wars can actually accept the LIES from this Government knowing that the same ones who killed their loved ones, that Obama is actually supporting these same Killers today!

    Since Obama has been Arming these Al Qaeda and Rebel’s supplying them with high-tech Communications equipment these War Criminal have used that very equipment to document their War Crimes as they taped the cutting off of Assad’s Police, Shooting Civilian’s in the heads either with just sitting thers or while walking in some of the most graphic “drive-by shootings” where 4-5 AK47’s have there Clip’s completely emptied on a Civilian turning him into Swiss Cheese. As was throwing Postal workers off the roof and out the post office windows only to “Splat” and leave a river of blood. (Documented)

    Now after all these Murders our Dictator Obama now is trying to distant himself from these very ones he has Armed.
    More Headlines:
    U.S. To Add Syrian Rebel Group To Terror List
    Washington ‘blacklists’ Syrian rebel group as terrorist organization
    Adding Islamist group to terror list could hurt Syrian rebel’s efforts
    Chemical Weapons Readied For Use: Sarin Loaded Into Aerial Bombs Despite International Warnings
    Obama warns Syria amid rising concern over chemical weapons
    Russia: West exaggerating Syria’s chemical weapons threat.

    I am surprised that as this War Criminal is held-up inside the White House or while on a 2 million dollar vacation (Again) that our US Special Forces or SWAT does not bust down the White House doors throwing Flash Bang’s etc like they would treat any other American alleged to have committed these crimes.
    Finally, Sheriff Dupnik of Arizona when speaking of Fast & Furious said, “Those who give guns to a murderer – We call them an Accomplice and they are charged equally in the commission of these crimes.”

    We as a Nation are not hated for our Freedom’s but hated for the hundreds of thousands murdered in the illegal invasions of foreign countries under the premise of “Humanitarian Aid” when our Action’s as a Nation has killed more Civilian’s within those countries then their “Evil Dictators” ever did.
    The unmitigated gull too of Hitler’ly Clinton, “We came We saw He died.” What have WE BECOME?

  12. duay khwaam nap theuu  December 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Prof Boyle’s Speech delivered at Puerto Rican Summit Conference on Human Rights

    Prof Boyle’s wikipedia page presently has links to interesting references and resources.

    Previous article at Veterans Today

  13. Warlord Moneybags  December 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Right, that’s it !

    I’m coming over to make a few Citizen’s Arrests.

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