Sunday, December 16, 2012

U.S. Use of Drones Is a War Crime

In short, the NYU/Stanford study concludes the U.S. is committing war crimes in the use of drones.  The U.S. military kills, by their own estimates, 49 civilians for every 1 "militant."  By the way, they define militant as a military-aged male (p. 6).  I searched and couldn't find a firm definition from the U.S. government on the ages that constitute military age outside the U.S. borders, but 15-35 seems to be consensus.

And I'm alarmed drones are being used by U.S. military and police within the United States because what they do over there they'll do over here.  In March 2012 interview FBI Director Mueller does not deny that the U.S. President has the right to assassinate Americans in the United States.  (This is an expansion on the already admitted White House claimed authority to assassinate Americans overseas.)

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act declares the United States to be a battleground.  As such, it allows for the indefinite detention of Americans.  And assassination of Americans.  And if you're too close to a military-aged male and get killed, your family & friends can be consoled by the fact that you probably had it coming, as you were in the continuum of criminalityso speaketh Alan Dershowitz.

2012 NDAA  

NYU/Stanford study

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Datastream: OBR UK GDP forecasts

OBR UK GDP Forecasts

The Office for Budget Responsibility has cut back UK economic growth forecasts repeatedly, raising the spectre of fresh austerity measures.

The Office for Budget Responsibility is starting to look like an organisation that is systematically disappointed by the performance of the UK economy. As this edition of Chart of the Week shows, there has been a sequence of downward revisions to the OBR’s growth profile since their inception. Indeed, their latest forecast for growth in 2012, at -0.1%, is 2.9 percentage points shy of the 2.8% growth they had at first pencilled in for this year in June 2010.
Looking forward, while the OBR’s most recent forecast is at least more realistic, it continues to assume a persistently large negative and output gap, and a steady rise towards growth rates of 3%. If these forecasts turn out to have been overoptimistic, as has previously been the case, the UK government may be forced into fresh austerity measures.