February 5, 1986 |
Israel apparently was relying on the inherent right of self-defense when it ordered its warplanes to intercept an unarmed Libyan civilian aircraft Tuesday, but experts in international law said that the Israeli legal position is very weak. "There is no basis in international law for it," said Charles Maechling Jr., a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace and a former State Department official and University of Virginia law professor. John H.
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November 5, 1992
William Smith's attempt to justify the U.S. government's kidnaping of Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain, a Mexican citizen, from Mexico without Mexico's permission is full of holes ("A Question of Morality Over Legality," Column Right, Oct. 25). First, what Smith terms "foreign politicians' whinings" are in fact diplomatic protests relating to a gross violation by the United States of a fundamental principle of international law. This U.S. disregard for rules of territorial sovereignty has harmed our relations with other countries, damaged our credibility when we claim to uphold the rule of law in the world, and adversely affected our ability to negotiate successful treaties.
March 25, 2003 |
On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld quickly invoked international law in condemning Iraq's treatment of American prisoners of war and its use of civilians as human shields. As soon as the Americans were shown on television, Rumsfeld denounced Iraq for violating the Geneva accords, which govern the treatment of prisoners of war. But Rumsfeld's hypocrisy here is enormous.
May 20, 1994
Ira A. Korff has resigned as president and director of National Amusements Ltd., the Dedham, Mass.-based movie theater company controlled by his former father-in-law, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone. No successor has been named by the closely held company, which owns 850 movie screens and is the controlling shareholder of Viacom. Korff, 44, was divorced two years ago from Redstone's only daughter, Shari E. Redstone, who joined the executive ranks of National Amusements last year.
April 16, 2014
Re "Declassify, debate, move on," Opinion, April 11 Jeffrey H. Smith, a former CIA general counsel, predictably thinks that agency officers who conducted waterboarding and other acts of torture should not be prosecuted for "activities that were properly authorized and executed. " Those in the Bush administration and the CIA who authorized and carried out torture and other illegal acts should not hide behind dubious "legal" opinions written by people who knew or should have known the actions were illegal under U.S. and international law. Yes, declassify all, not just part, of the Senate's report on the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation programs.
March 26, 2008 |
The Supreme Court rebuffed President Bush on Tuesday for exceeding his powers under the law, ruling he does not have the "unilateral authority" to force state officials to comply with an international treaty. The Constitution gives the president the power "to execute the laws, not make them," said Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Unless Congress passes a law to enforce a treaty, the president usually cannot do it on his own, he said.
February 20, 1986 |
The State Department said Wednesday that it is convinced that Iraq is using poison gas again in its war against Iran, a serious violation of international law. The department, confirming allegations made by Iran, said: "Information available to us strongly suggests that Iraq has used chemical weapons in the latest round of fighting. We condemn this, as we have consistently in the past."
May 20, 2004
The Israeli army is using American F-16s firing rockets and American Caterpillar tractors to destroy civilian housing in Rafah in the Gaza Strip (May 18). Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said in Jordan on Sunday that his country was opposed to the demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah. It's "a subject of conversation and a subject of concern," national security advisor Condoleezza Rice said. Where is the outrage from U.S. officials? Munitions we give to Israel should not be used against innocent civilians.
June 13, 2005 |
Despite his well-earned reputation as a bully and a blowhard, John Bolton, the guy who says "it is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law," seems poised to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Anyone who doesn't see why Bolton's attitude is disastrously mistaken should picture his first days as ambassador in a world where no one grants any validity to international law.