Pentagon’s New “Law of War” Manual “Reduces Us to the Level of Nazis”

Pentagon Goes Barbarian

The Pentagon’s new Law of War Manual – a 1,200-plus page document issued in June by the Defense Department’s Office of the General Counsel – is barbaric.

The Manual is so bad that one of the leading experts on the law of war (Dr. Francis Boyle) – who wrote the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, and teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign – says :

This Law of War Manual reduces us to the level of Nazis. There’s no other word for it.

Boyle also says the Manual:

Reads like it was written by Hitler’s Ministry of War.

Why is the Manual so bad?

Manual Authorizes Slaughter of Innocent Civilians

Because – according to Boyle – the Manual allows massacres of civilian populations. The most comprehensive previous such document – the 1956 Pentagon field manual – assumed that any deliberate targeting of civilians was illegal and a war crime.

Reporters Can Be Assassinated

And the Manual treats allows reporters to be treated as “unprivileged combatants”, who can be assassinated.

Boyle points out that this retroactively legalizes assassination of reporters, such as Al Jazeera reporters during Iraq war. Boyle notes that even a SPY would be treated better, and given a trial.

(As we’ve previously noted, the U.S. government treats real reporters as terrorists. Because the core things which reporters do could be considered terrorism, in modern America, journalists are sometimes targeted under counter-terrorism laws.)

Manual Authorizes Barbarous War Crimes

Boyle also says the Manual authorizes the following barbarous war crimes:

(1) Warfare with nuclear weapons. Specifically, the manual states:

There is no general prohibition in treaty or customary international law on the use of nuclear weapons.

This flies in the face of the United Nations Charter, which – as noted by the World Court in its Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons – makes even threatening to use nuclear weapons a war crime.

This is also particularly worrisome because – as documented in
Towards a World War III Scenario, by Michel Chossudovsky –  the U.S. is so enamored with nuclear weapons that it has authorized low-level field commanders to use them in the heat of battle in their sole discretion … without any approval from civilian leaders.

(2) Depleted uranium. The use of depleted uranium can cause cancer and birth defects for decades (see this, this, this, this, this, this and this).

(3) Landmines.

(4) Cluster bombs.

(5)  Napalm, which is banned under Protocol III of the 1980 UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

(6) Expanding hollow-point bullets, banned under the 1868 St. Petersburg declaration.

(7) Herbicides, like Agent Orange in Vietnam.

The Good News

The good news – according to Dr. Boyle – is that both Congress and the president have power to revoke the Manual.

So – if we stand up and raise holy hell – we might be able to walk back from the fascist path we’re heading down.  And we can prove that we’re not the rogue nation that the rest of the world thinks we are.

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  • nick quinlan

    Good news, the president and congress have the power to revoke the manual. The bad news is the PENTAGON ACTUALLY WROTE THIS MANUAL. Psycopaths and lunatics reside in high positions of power in Washington
    Welcome to the United Nazi/Fascist Banks and Corporations of Amerikka.
    Humanity is in deep trouble….

    • JoeThePimpernel

      You really believe Obola wasn’t behind it?

      • nick quinlan

        My first sentence was sarcastically restating a quote from the article

        • JoeThePimpernel

          I apologize.

          • nick quinlan

            No problem Joe

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  • gamesjon

    I mean sure it is definitely more explicit than usual… but other than the language what in it is actually new?

    • JoeThePimpernel

      The fact that they plan on using it on us.

      • Anyone Home?

        They already have. The FBI, it was discovered in a trial by the King family, ordered the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and probably a bunch of other people too.

        • JoeThePimpernel


          Fox Mulder?

          Is that you?


  • JoeThePimpernel

    They’re not planning to use it on foreign soil, just at home against actual US citizens, so it’s OK.

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  • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

    We are governed by psychopathic sickos.

    It appears that military leaders are, typically, a few levels of hell below them.

    It is about time that normal people started defining mere membership of the military (and perhaps the police) as a prime indicator of moral and spiritual degeneracy.

    Militarism no longer has ANY connection with protecting the real interests of its own people.

    • Daniel Doyle

      Define “normal people”.

      • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

        ‘Normal People’ cannot bring themselves to adopt the presumed right to march around the planet killing fellow human beings just because some dumb f*ck bearing the label ‘AUTHORITY’ tells them it’s good to do this.

        • Daniel Doyle

          I have not heard anyone say it is good to do this. I have heard it said to not fight a war when it must be fought is not something normal people would choose.

          • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

            Where does the “must” come from? Liars every time. Certainly if you are a citizen of the Imperial West. Our people create the pretext for every war. You have to read a lot of deep (and not mainstream establishment-backed) history to realise this.

          • Daniel Doyle

            Your view tells you there are no enemy which dictate our harsh attention and threaten our peaceful lives?

          • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

            There certainly is an enemy but primarily this enemy is our OWN leadership who enforce their debt-based privelege, their propaganda and their war-mongering initiatives on us using all the legal and militaristic instruments of state that WE pay for. Study 9/11 and the impossibility of the free-fall collapses of 3 buildings on that day that can ONLY happen via controlled demolition. Who murdered 3000 New Yorkers? They are our enemy and our military have gone out and caused the death of a million+ innocents in the Middle East justified by aa crime committed by the people who, behind the scenes,control OUR country….the evidence points the finger at Israeli money/Mossad/CIA. When they want their wars they get them. The dumb military think they are doing the right thing. THEY ARE NOT.

          • Daniel Doyle

            “The dumb military…” You really don’t get it.
            Sorry I wasted our time.

          • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

            Umm. OK brains. You win.

          • Daniel Doyle

            Unfortunately for you and other kool-aid sippers, who “wins” between us here in the non-contest side of this is irrelevant.
            It does however determine how difficult the work ahead will be.

          • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

            I’m for sorting out our own war-mongering, lying criminals before getting on any high horse abot the “threat” posed by someone else. If you don’t realise that the Middle-Eastern wars of the past 14 years were manufactured by the fraudulent pretext that was 9/11, then we can never agree.

            Perhaps the following from General Wesley Clark might make you begin to suspect (even a little bit) that power and control of the world’s resources by the world’s wealthy is not something that comes about as a result of our own justified moral responses to the criminality of dangerous foreigners.
            Is this US General a ‘kool-aid’ drinker? Please wake up and smell the coffee..

          • Daniel Doyle

            I suggest you read your second paragraph until the reasoning counter-intuitive to your own beams its light on you.
            “As a result of our own justified moral responses to the criminality of dangerous foreigners.”
            Interesting that in your zeal to arrive at some high ground you would use a qoute which tends to nullify most of your previous conjecture.

          • Daniel Doyle

            There will always be profiteers in every endeavor. That has always been, is, and always will be. In view of that frailty in our nature far too many laud that as the reason to toss the baby out with the bath-water.
            You must learn to discern the distinction between those corporateers and their profit seeking machines and the work done by those inclined to believe themselves morally directed to do that work as a result of foreign criminals sick with male self will run riot.

          • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

            We should be thinking about how to restructure society so that the worst elements of humanity (lying, violent profiteers) do not end up utterly dominating our political systems…….as they do now.

            To see this reality as “inevitable” or “merely human” is to seriously undervalue common human intentions and common human spiritual values.
            The worst people rule the roost because over centuries, millennia even, they have crafted a system that serves their purposes. The key to their extraordinary power is the money system, a racket that less than one person in a thousand begins to understand, even though it dominates all our lives.
            No surprise that our western education systems fail to enlighten us on this most viscerally important subject. Who decides that, do you think?
            Watch “The Moneymasters” on YouTube if you are not aware of the history of the Satanic Ponzi scheme of which we are all a part.

          • disqus_ppMiQUX4s3

            You missed the irony of this sentence flagged up by the assertions that preceded it.

            i.e. It is not “the foreigners” who are dangerous but the controlling Imperoalist powers that control our own political system ……

            …….THESE are the people who are responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

            Forget the moral high ground. Study the facts. Did Wesley Clark’s revelations not even raise a beat of doubt in your mind about US intentions. Did you read the ‘Project For a New American Century’ document that said EXACTLY THE SAME THING MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE 9/11. Neocons more or less equals Jewish money. If you accept the lies promoted by our own political/military placemen then this exchange has absolutely nowhere to go.

  • Skip V. Patel

    “Both Congress and the president have power to revoke the Manual”… but they won’t because they are obedient puppets doing the bidding of their Masters.

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