Amnesty International has referred to some of Israel’s actions in Lebanon as “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.” A report by the human rights organization condemned the deliberate bombing of civilian infrastructure and the loss of civilian life, noting: “Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages ... as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes.”
That’s the only conclusion we at Truthdig can come to when faced with these facts: Recruiters are increasingly admitting neo-Nazis and skinheads into the military, and the number of soldiers kicked out of the military for being gay rose 11% over last year.
Also, allegations of harassment and outright crimes committed by military recruiters are up. (story or .pdf report)
The White House is using active-duty U.S. service personnel for partisan political purposes, a direct violation of military regulations, claims blogger Josh Marshall (here and here).
Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) is pictured here introducing a soldier at a rally. AMERICAblog connects more dots.