Scott Horton Interviews Chase Madar

Scott Horton, April 17, 2012

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Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, discusses his article “Do the WikiLeaks War Logs Reveal War Crimes — Or the Poverty of International Law;” doubts about whether the “Collateral Murder” video shows war crimes in a legal sense; why the laws of war aren’t easily applied to the asymmetrical, occupation-type conflicts since WWII; how the UN provides “window dressing on great-power politics;” and the selective enforcement of military law (see Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich v. Bradley Manning).

MP3 here. (20:02)

Chase Madar is an attorney in New York and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He writes for TomDispatch, the American Conservative magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the London Review of Books.

14 Responses to “Chase Madar”

  1. International law is like any other law there is one set for the rich and powerful and there is another set for everyone else.

  2. If my memory isn´t failing me, I seem to remember from UCMJ lectures that it was the soldier´s duty to try to stop illegal and immoral acts if and when they occurred. If that is a true statement, then Bradley Manning was doing his duty by taking those last resort actions in order to try to stop illegal and immoral acts being committed. The soldier was doing his duty.

  3. An excellent interview. Many thanks!

  4. the war was illegal. therefore all the killing was murder. simple.

  5. the invasion was illegal. therefore all killings are murder. commenters got this right on commondreams.org……..how this guy omitted that from his thesis?

  6. And our voting majority, the 51% most aggressive and wealthy, they did a criminal act by establishing a monopoly on the voting process, destroying any hope of democracy or freedom from minimum wage poverty for the lower half of society.

  7. My own feeling is that we'd be living in a very different world today if the power to block the wishes of the general assembly by veto at the UN did not exist. The irony is that the so called 'security council' is the major stumbling block to peaceful global co-existence and thus to the security of our world.
    The 'new world order' that was the central tenet of the creation of the UN, was supposed to have dawned after the near total destruction of Europe during World War Two.
    Instead, and largely thanks to the machinations of the security council, we have since descended into the nightmare of 'new world disorder', as outlined so graphically by Pepe Escobar during his most recent conversation here.
    The continuing subversion of the general assembly's decisions as practised by the security council ensures that the UN will remain, to use Chase Madar's words, merely to provide the window dressing on Great Power politics.

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