A Student of History

September 21, 2007

Sounds like we need a National Bulldozer Association

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 7:23 am


This from the CCR website, Sept. 18th:

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the Center for Constitutional Rights case charging Caterpillar, Inc. with aiding and abetting war crimes and other serious human rights violations on the grounds that the company provided bulldozers to Israel knowing they would be used unlawfully to demolish homes and endanger civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Today’s decision from a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals found that it did not have jurisdiction to decide the case because Caterpillar’s bulldozers were ultimately paid for with money from the United States. Because of the U.S. government’s decision to grant military assistance to Israel, any decision regarding whether Caterpillar aided and abetted war crimes would impermissibly intrude upon the executive branch’s foreign policy decisions. In today’s decision, the Court did not rule on the question of whether Caterpillar aided and abetted Israeli war crimes.

Why should CAT have been responsible for this????


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