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  • aamir_uetn's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 PM
    خیال درستتتتتتت الیکٹرااااااااااااا
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  • aamir_uetn's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 PM
    استغفار ، ایسا میں سوچ بھی نہیں سکتا عزیز من کے بارے میں ، میں تو اس دو نمبر ڈاکٹر کی بات کر رہا تھا
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  • Ghaznavi's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    Actuallt it is worrysome!!! a bunch of goons can take capital hostage...Pakistan is as fragile as it was some 70 years ago...
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  • Bilal Raza's Avatar
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  • akmal1's Avatar
    Today, 02:41 PM
    ماشااللہ ماشااللہ لوگ بھوک سے تنگ آ کر سیمنٹ کھانے لگ گئے ہیں
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  • bhasin_parveen's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    hor choopo
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  • Malkiades's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    ماضی کی آئی ایس آئی اور فوج پر تنقید کرنا تو بہت آسان ہے، سبھی کرتے ہیں، عمران خان، خواجہ آصف سے لے کر جاوید ہاشمی تک سب بڑی آسانی سے کرجاتے ہیں، مگر اصل بہادری تو آج کی اسٹیبلشمنٹ پر تنقید کرنا ہے، مجھے پچھلے چار سالوں میں عمران خان کا ایک بیان نکال کر دکھا دیجئے، جو اسٹیبلشمنٹ کے خلاف ہو، جبکہ مریم نواز نے این اے 120 کے الیکشن کے بعد ببانگ دہل کہا کہ ہم نے ان لوگوں کو بھی شکست دے دی جو نظر بھی نہیں آتے، اس سے بہادرانہ بیان اور کیا ہوسکتا ہے ، جن کو پیغام دینا تھا سیدھا جاکر ان کے منہ پر لگا۔۔ کیا عمران خان ایسا بیان دے سکتا ہے۔۔۔؟؟
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  • Bilal Raza's Avatar
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  • Modest's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 PM
    Babay Dar ka Massage karnay gayi hai :lol:
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  • Bilal Raza's Avatar
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  • Modest's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    Bubbly tou kabhi bhi nahi dari. Establishment se tou Bubbly bilkul nahi darti kyunke Establishment Ka Danda Bubbly ne teenage May Le Liya tha. Shadi se pehlay Captain Safdar k neechay Pari rehti thi aur ab pata nahi kis kis Sheikh k neechay. Isay kehtay hai sahi Sherni. Bubbly Teray Jan Nisar Beshumar Beshumar..
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  • Bilal Raza's Avatar
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  • Ayaz Ahmed's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    Character less person
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  • Baba Shuja's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    جلنے والوں کا منہہ . . . . . کالا :lol:
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  • Baba Shuja's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    کبھی اے بدزباں مسلم تدبر بھی کیا تونے؟ جہاں تک میرا مطالعہ ہے سب سے زیادہ توہین رسالت مسلمانوں کی اپنی کتابوں میں موجود ہے۔ ان توہین آمیز کتابوں کی مثال کنویں میں پڑے مردار کتے جیسی ہے۔ جب تک کتا (کتابیں) کنوئیں (دین) سے باہر نہیں نکالا جاتا آپ جتنے مرضی پانی کے ڈول بھر بھر کر نکالتے رہیں (قوانین بناتے رہیں) پانی پاک ہو نہیں سکتا۔۔ کبھی اے بدزباں مسلم تدبر بھی کیا تونے؟
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  • esakhelvi's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    میڈیم یہ دہائیاں تو عوام کافی عرصہ سے کررہی ہے کہ اب وہ زمانہ نہیں ہے ۔لیکن ٹھیک اپ نے اج مخسوس کیا مگر دوسرے پیرائے میں لیکن میں بتاتا چلوں کہ نون لیگ اور ایم کیو ایم 1990 کی دہائی سے نکلنے کو تیار نہیں تھی ثو دنیا نے دیکھا کہ ایک کی تو ارتھی بھی جل گئی (ایم کیو ایم) کی اور دوسرے کی لاش شمشاد گھاٹ میں پڑھی ہے
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  • Will_Bite's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 PM
    Truly selfless. This is something our grandkids will benefit from.
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  • sormasahafi's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    931976673569968128 Just look at Ahsan Iqbal. He is sitting their helplessly. What a banana republics interior minister looks like. https://twitter.com/asiffshahzad/status/931976673569968128
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  • Taha Farhan's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There are four characteristics, whoever has them all is a pure hypocrite, and whoever has one of them has one of the characteristics of hypocrisy, until he gives it up: when he is entrusted with something he betrays that trust, when he speaks he lies, when he makes a covenant he breaks it, and when he disputes he resorts to obscene speech.”Narrated by al-Bukhaari (54) and Muslim (58).
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  • Marjan's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    جی و مولویوں ، بینڈ بجا دو پاکستان کی
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  • Khair Andesh's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 PM
    ہائی ٹینشن ایسے وقت میں جب بارڈر پر ٹینشن اپنے عروج پر ہو، فوجیں آمنے سامنے ہوں، انگلیاں لبلبے پراوردبنے کیلئے تیار ہوں، ایسے میں اگر دوسری طرف سے کوئی زور سے کھانس بھی دے، تو فریق مخالف کو لگتا ہے کہ شاید دشمن نے حملہ کر دیا ہے، اور جنگ شروع ہونے کا امکان ہوتا ہے۔ جبکہ زمانہ امن میں اگر دوسری طرف سے میزائل بھی آ گرے، تو جواب دینے سے پہلے تحقیق کی جاتی ہے کہ ایسا غلطی سے وہا ہے، یا جان بوجھ کر حملہ کیا گیا ہے۔ َُِ َُِ کچھ یہی حال آج کل مسلمانوں کا ہو چکا ہے۔(نعوذ باللہ)خاکے، ویڈیوز، گستاخی پر مبنی سوشل میڈیا پوسٹوں کو بے بسی سے دیکھتے رہنے پر مجبور مسلمان بھی ہائی ٹیشن والی صورت حال میں آ گئے ہیں۔جب سے مغربی گماشتے اس بات کی کوشش میں ہیں کہ توہین رسالت کو نعو ذ باللہ انسانی حق باور کیا جائے، تب سے یہ صورت حال ہے کہ اگر اب کوئی ایسی بات ہو جائے، جس پر لوگ "زمانہ امن "میں ماتھے پر شکن بھی نہ لاتے تھے، اب مرنے مارنے پر تل جاتے ہیں۔ ابھی کچھ عرصہ پہلے اسی فورم پر ایک ممبر(شاہ شترنج)نے اپنی آپ بیتی شیئر کی تھی کہ کس طرح ان کی زبان سے ایک نا مناسب لفظ ادا ہو، مگر لوگوں نے کوئی خاص دھیان نہیں دیا اور بات آئی گئی ہو گئی۔اس کی وجہ یہ ہے کہ یہ اس وقت کی بات ہے جب توہین، اور استہزاء کرنے کا فیشن (نعوذ باللہ) عام نہیں ہوا تھا۔لوگ جانتے تھے کہ کہنے والے کی نیت میں ایسی کوئی بات ہرگز نہیں تھی، اور ایسا قصدا نہیں ہوا۔البتہ آج کل "ہائی ٹینشن "کے زمانے میں لوگ زبان کی پھسلن بھی معاف کرنے کو تیار نہیں، اور اس صورت حال کے ذمہ دار وہ لبرل فاشسٹ ہیں جنہوں نے اپنی قبیح حرکتوں کی وجہ سے اس معاملے میں مسلمانوں کا پیمانہ اس قدر صبر لبریز کر دیا ہے،کہ ہلکا سا ارتعاش بھی سانحے کو جنم دے دیتا ہے۔ سلمان تاثیر کے قتل مردان یونیویورسٹی کے واقعے سے لے کر آج کل چلنے والے اسلام آباد کے دھرنے کے پیچھے یہی ہائی ٹینشن کی صورت حال کار اصول کار فرما ہے۔حلف نامے کو اقرار نامے میں تبدیل کرنا بے شک کوئی انسانی غلطی کیوں نہ ہو(جیسا کہ حکومت کا دعوی ہے)، مگر کیوں کہ سارا عالم کفر توہین رسالت اور ختم نبوت ﷺ کے قوانین کے پیچھے پڑا ہو ہے، اور حکومت کو بھی لبرلزم اور قادیانیت نوازی کا بخار چڑھا ہوا ہے، لہذا اس ہائی ٹینشن ماحول میں یہ معاملہ احتجاج اور دھرنے تک پہنچ گیا ہے۔اور دھرنے کے شرکا اس غلطی یا سازش کے پیچھے چھپے عناصر کو عبرتناک انجام تک پہنچانے کا مطالبہ کر رہے ہیں۔ ایک اور بات جو ان لبرل فاشسٹوں کے حوالے سے واضح ہونی چاہئے کہ اگرچہ یہ بظاہر بہت انسان دوست، او انسانی جان کی حرمت کے پاسبان بنتے ہیں، مگر حقیقت میں اس کے بلکل الٹ ہے۔انہیں صرف اپنے مذموم مقاصد حاصل کرنے سے غرض ہے، چاہے اس کے لئے ہزاروں یا لاکھوں افراد بھی قربان کرنے پڑیں، انہیں اس سے کوئی غرض نہیں۔چنانچہ یہ لوگ اچھی طرح جانتے ہیں کہ اگر بالفرض حکومت ان کے اور ان کے عالمی آقاؤں کے پریشر کے سامنے ہتھیار ڈال کر، توہین رسالت یا فتنہ قادیانیت وغیرہ کے قانون کو(خدا نخواستہ) ختم یا بے اثر کر دیتی ہے(جیسا کہ اس نے انتخابی فارم میں ترمیم کر کے کرنے کی کوشش بھی کی ہے)، تب مسلمانوں کے پاس حکومت کے اس اقدام کے خلاف شدید احتجاج کرنے کے علاوہ کوئی چارہ نہیں ہو گا،اورکیونکہ معاملہ انتہائی جذباتی ہے،لہذا ہو سکتا ہے کہ اس احتجاجی تحریک تشدد کی صورت اختیار کر لے، جس میں سینکڑوں یا ہزاروں افراد جان کی بازی ہار جائیں۔چنانچہ ایک شخص کی موت پر مگر مچھ کے آنسو بہانے والے لبرل فاشسٹ ان ہزاروں اموات کو ٹھنڈے پیٹوں برداشت کر لیں گے۔ َُُِِ اور اس قانون کے ختم ہونے کا سراسر نقصان اس لبرل طبقے کو ہی ہو گا۔ اب تو اس قسم کے واقعے کے بعد ہر طبقہ(خواص و عوام، علماء و غیر علماء) اس کی مذمت کرتا ہے، اور یہ کہتا ہے کہ "قانون کے ہوتے ہوئے"کسی کو قانون اپنے ہاتھ میں لینے کی اجازت نہیں۔ لیکن اگر کل کو خدانخواستہ یہ قانون نا رہا، تو پھر کوئی اس قسم کے واقعات کی مذمت بھی نہ کر سکے گا۔ کیونکہ جیسا کہ پہلے بھی عرض کیا گیا کہ یہ بات یقینی ہے کہ توہین مسلمانوں کے نا قابل برداشت ہے اور رہے گی، لہذا نہ صرف ایسے واقعات میں اضافہ ہو گا، بلکہ لوگ کھل کر ایسے واقعات کی حمایت بھی کریں گے، جو ظاہر ہے کہ لبرل فاشسٹوں کے لئے بھی کوئی پسندیدہ صورت حال نہیں ہو گی۔ لہذا لبرل فاشسٹوں کو یہی ہمدردانہ مشورہ ہے کہ وہ اپنی اس کوشش سے باز آ جائیں، جس کے تحت مختلف حیلے بہانوں سے، ہر سال چھ مہینے کے بعد اسلامی قوانین پر چھرا چلانے کی مذموم مہم شروع کر دی جاتی ہے۔اور ان لوگوں سے بھی یہی گزارش ہے جوعواقب و نتائج کو نظراندزکر کے "لبرل"بننے کے شوق میں لبرل فاشسٹوں کے ہر جائز و نا جائز مطالبے پر ان کا ساتھ دیتے ہیں۔ اس تھریڈ کا لب لباب نام نہاد لبرل فاشسٹوں سے یہ ہے کہ آخر تمہیں اور کتنے "مشعالوں اور تاثیروں "کی قربانی چاہئے اس بات کو سمجھنے میں کہ مسلمان نہ پہلے توہین مذہب اور ختم نبوت ﷺ کے معاملے میں کسی کمپرومائز پر راضی ہوئے، اور نہ قیامت تک ہوں گے(لہذا اپنے غلیظ ارادوں سے باز آ جاؤاور اس غلط فہمی میں نہ رہو کہ اگر اس طرح کے واقعات ذیادہ ہونے لگیں گے تو مسلمان اسے قسمت کا لکھا سمجھ کر قبول کر لیں گے)۔اگرایک مسلمان ہزاروں میل دور ہو کر، سات سمندر پار بیٹھ کر بھی مکہ مدینہ کی سمت پاؤں کا رخ کرنا بے ادبی سمجھتا ہے، تو ایسا کیسے ہو سکتا ہے،کہ ایک بدبخت زبان توہین کی جسارت کرے، اور مسلمان خاموش بیٹھے رہیں۔ نوٹ:۔ یہاں لبرل فاشسٹ اس انتہائی قلیل طبقے کے لئے استعمال کیا گیا ہے، جو آٹے میں نمک کے برابر بھی نہیں،مگر ڈالر اور ڈالر والوں کی پشت پناہی کی وجہ سے آسمان سر پر اٹھائے پھرتے ہیں۔اور اس فورم پر بھی چند ایک ہی ایسے ہوں گے،ہو جو اس تعریف پر پورا اتر تے ہوں۔۔ لہذا " شوقیہ لبرل "اسے خود پر لینے کی بجائے اس پیغام کو سمجھنے کی کوشش کریں،جو دینے کی کوشش کی جا رہی ہے۔اگر واقعی اس جیسے واقعات سے بچنا ہے، تو پھر ان کی بنیادی وجوہات کو جاننا ضروری ہے، اور اس کی بنیادی وجہ وہی" ہائی ٹینشن" ہے جو لبرل فاشسٹوں نے پیدا کر رکھی ہے اور اگر دیکھا جائے تو پروپیگنڈے کے برعکس،مسلمان اور بالخصوص مذہبی طبقہ اس معاملے میں مظلوم ہیں۔
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  • Modest's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    The same old cow piss drinker using multiple IDs as usual :biggthumpup: Rape Gurus are Raping your girls in Rape Mandirs. https://youtu.be/fHHRxQ7e51Y You are one of those million of Rape children produced in Rape Mandirs of Gay Hind :lol: https://youtu.be/CknISJRFrUY https://youtu.be/jEhvQ-5Ve-I Take a daily dose of fresh warm glass of Cow piss https://youtu.be/tkOsgXHUGs0
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    Today, 01:37 PM
    Only in a lawless country, that a convicted king of money laundering traitor nawaza lohaar, a jahil pig will address jahil crowed of stupid paid drink kanjur plants of jati mujrah.
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  • such bolo's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    Molana Khadim Husein Rizwi (Phd in abusive language)
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    Today, 01:22 PM
    US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War CrimesBy Marjorie Cohn The ICC has been criticized for focusing almost exclusively on African leaders US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes By Marjorie Cohn November 18, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court's Pre-Trial Chamber, "here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan." In what Amnesty International's Solomon Sacco called a "seminal moment for the ICC," Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court for authorization to commence an investigation that would focus on US military and CIA leaders, as well as Taliban and Afghan officials. Bensouda wrote in a November 14, 2016, report that her preliminary examination revealed "a reasonable basis to believe" the "war crimes of torture and ill-treatment" had been committed "by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014." The chief prosecutor noted the alleged crimes by the CIA and US armed forces "were not the abuses of a few isolated individuals," but rather were "part of approved interrogation techniques in an attempt to extract 'actionable intelligence' from detainees." She added there was "reason to believe" that crimes were "committed in the furtherance of a policy or policies ... which would support US objectives in the conflict of Afghanistan." In accordance with its Rome Statute, the ICC only asserts jurisdiction over people whose home country is unwilling or unable to bring them to justice. In explaining why this war crimes investigation falls under the ICC's jurisdiction, Bensouda wrote that the US Department of Justice investigations regarding ill-treatment of 101 detainees were limited to whether interrogation techniques used by CIA interrogators were unauthorized and violated criminal statutes. The US Attorney General (AG) said the Justice Department would not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the guidance provided by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The AG investigated only two incidents and found the evidence insufficient to obtain convictions. In one case, Gul Rahman froze to death after being stripped and shackled to a cold cement floor in the secret Afghan prison known as the Salt Pit. In the other, Manadel al-Jamadi died in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison after he was suspended from the ceiling by his wrists which were bound behind his back. Former military policeman Tony Diaz, who witnessed al-Jamadi's torture, said that blood gushed from his mouth like "a faucet had turned on" when he was lowered to the ground. A military autopsy concluded that al-Jamadi's death was a homicide. However, the AG ultimately refused to prosecute the Bush officials responsible for the torture and deaths of those two men. In 2008, ABC News reported that **** Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet and John Ashcroft met in the White House and micromanaged the torture of terrorism suspects by approving specific torture techniques such as waterboarding. George W. Bush admitted in his 2010 memoir that he authorized waterboarding. Cheney, Rice and John Yoo - author of the OLC's most egregious torture memos - have made similar admissions. Were the ICC to pursue its investigation, the United States, which is not a party to the Rome Statute, would very likely refuse to relinquish any US person to the ICC. During the Bush administration, Congress passed the American Service-Members Protection Act, which says if US persons are sent to the ICC in The Hague, the US military can forcibly extract them. The act also restricts US cooperation with the ICC and prohibits military assistance to states parties to the Rome Statute unless they sign bilateral immunity agreements with the US. States which sign these "Article 98" agreements -- referring to the section of the Rome Statute that addresses treaties between countries -- pledge not to hand over US nationals to the ICC. The United States has reportedly extracted those agreements from over 100 countries -- primarily small nations, or fragile democracies with weak economies. Moreover, the US government has withdrawn military aid from several nations that refused to be coerced into signing them. However, under the Rome Statute, the ICC can take jurisdiction over a national of even a non-party state if he or she commits a crime in a state party's territory. The US vehemently objects to this, but it's nothing new. Under well-established principles of international law, the crimes being prosecuted in the ICC -- genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity -- are crimes of universal jurisdiction. The doctrine of universal jurisdiction permits any country to try foreign nationals for the most egregious crimes, even without any direct relationship to the prosecuting country. That means other nations can bring US leaders to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity. There will be strong political pressure to avoid liability for US leaders. But Bensouda has undoubtedly withstood heavy pressure by asking the court to approve an investigation into crimes committed in Afghanistan. She also invariably faced considerable push back for opening a preliminary examination in January 2015 of possible war crimes committed by a ******* child of Satan, aka Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. Bensouda is expected to announce the results of that examination in December.Indeed, the United States has asserted jurisdiction over foreign nationals in anti-terrorism, anti-narcotics trafficking, torture and war crimes cases. The US government tried, convicted and sentenced Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr. to federal prison for torture committed in Liberia. Israel tried, convicted and executed Adolph Eichmann for his crimes during the Holocaust. The ICC has been criticized for focusing almost exclusively on African leaders. This is apparently changing with possible investigations into the conflicts in Afghanistan and Palestine. If a full investigation of US officials proceeds as requested, it "would send a clear signal to the Trump administration and other countries around the world that torture is categorically prohibited, even in times of war, and there will be consequences for authorizing and committing acts of torture," according to Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared he would "immediately" resume waterboarding and would "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding" because the United States is facing a "barbaric" enemy. He labeled waterboarding a "minor form" of interrogation. "The long overdue message that no one is above the law is particularly important now, as the Trump administration ramps up military machinations in Afghanistan and embraces the endless war with no plan in sight," Katherine Gallagher, a senior lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a statement. Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and a member of the national advisory board of Veterans for Peace. The second, updated edition of her book, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues, will be published in November. Visit her website: MarjorieCohn.com. Follow her on Twitter: @MarjorieCohn. This article was originally published byTruth Out - By Marjorie Cohn November 18, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court's Pre-Trial Chamber, "here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan." In what Amnesty International's Solomon Sacco called a "seminal moment for the ICC," Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court for authorization to commence an investigation that would focus on US military and CIA leaders, as well as Taliban and Afghan officials. Bensouda wrote in a November 14, 2016, report that her preliminary examination revealed "a reasonable basis to believe" the "war crimes of torture and ill-treatment" had been committed "by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014." The chief prosecutor noted the alleged crimes by the CIA and US armed forces "were not the abuses of a few isolated individuals," but rather were "part of approved interrogation techniques in an attempt to extract 'actionable intelligence' from detainees." She added there was "reason to believe" that crimes were "committed in the furtherance of a policy or policies ... which would support US objectives in the conflict of Afghanistan." In accordance with its Rome Statute, the ICC only asserts jurisdiction over people whose home country is unwilling or unable to bring them to justice. In explaining why this war crimes investigation falls under the ICC's jurisdiction, Bensouda wrote that the US Department of Justice investigations regarding ill-treatment of 101 detainees were limited to whether interrogation techniques used by CIA interrogators were unauthorized and violated criminal statutes. The US Attorney General (AG) said the Justice Department would not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the guidance provided by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The AG investigated only two incidents and found the evidence insufficient to obtain convictions. In one case, Gul Rahman froze to death after being stripped and shackled to a cold cement floor in the secret Afghan prison known as the Salt Pit. In the other, Manadel al-Jamadi died in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison after he was suspended from the ceiling by his wrists which were bound behind his back. Former military policeman Tony Diaz, who witnessed al-Jamadi's torture, said that blood gushed from his mouth like "a faucet had turned on" when he was lowered to the ground. A military autopsy concluded that al-Jamadi's death was a homicide. However, the AG ultimately refused to prosecute the Bush officials responsible for the torture and deaths of those two men. In 2008, ABC News reported that **** Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet and John Ashcroft met in the White House and micromanaged the torture of terrorism suspects by approving specific torture techniques such as waterboarding. George W. Bush admitted in his 2010 memoir that he authorized waterboarding. Cheney, Rice and John Yoo - author of the OLC's most egregious torture memos - have made similar admissions. Were the ICC to pursue its investigation, the United States, which is not a party to the Rome Statute, would very likely refuse to relinquish any US person to the ICC. During the Bush administration, Congress passed the American Service-Members Protection Act, which says if US persons are sent to the ICC in The Hague, the US military can forcibly extract them. The act also restricts US cooperation with the ICC and prohibits military assistance to states parties to the Rome Statute unless they sign bilateral immunity agreements with the US. States which sign these "Article 98" agreements -- referring to the section of the Rome Statute that addresses treaties between countries -- pledge not to hand over US nationals to the ICC. The United States has reportedly extracted those agreements from over 100 countries -- primarily small nations, or fragile democracies with weak economies. Moreover, the US government has withdrawn military aid from several nations that refused to be coerced into signing them. However, under the Rome Statute, the ICC can take jurisdiction over a national of even a non-party state if he or she commits a crime in a state party's territory. The US vehemently objects to this, but it's nothing new. Under well-established principles of international law, the crimes being prosecuted in the ICC -- genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity -- are crimes of universal jurisdiction. The doctrine of universal jurisdiction permits any country to try foreign nationals for the most egregious crimes, even without any direct relationship to the prosecuting country. That means other nations can bring US leaders to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Indeed, the United States has asserted jurisdiction over foreign nationals in anti-terrorism, anti-narcotics trafficking, torture and war crimes cases. The US government tried, convicted and sentenced Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr. to federal prison for torture committed in Liberia. Israel tried, convicted and executed Adolph Eichmann for his crimes during the Holocaust. There will be strong political pressure to avoid liability for US leaders. But Bensouda has undoubtedly withstood heavy pressure by asking the court to approve an investigation into crimes committed in Afghanistan. She also invariably faced considerable pushback for opening a preliminary examination in January 2015 of possible war crimes committed by Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. Bensouda is expected to announce the results of that examination in December. The ICC has been criticized for focusing almost exclusively on African leaders. This is apparently changing with possible investigations into the conflicts in Afghanistan and Palestine. If a full investigation of US officials proceeds as requested, it "would send a clear signal to the Trump administration and other countries around the world that torture is categorically prohibited, even in times of war, and there will be consequences for authorizing and committing acts of torture," according to Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared he would "immediately" resume waterboarding and would "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding" because the United States is facing a "barbaric" enemy. He labeled waterboarding a "minor form" of interrogation. "The long overdue message that no one is above the law is particularly important now, as the Trump administration ramps up military machinations in Afghanistan and embraces the endless war with no plan in sight," Katherine Gallagher, a senior lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a statement. Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and a member of the national advisory board of Veterans for Peace. The second, updated edition of her book, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues, will be published in November. Visit her website: MarjorieCohn.com. Follow her on Twitter: @MarjorieCohn. This article was originally published byTruth Out -
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