23 December, 2014

Powerful thoughts for today's world

Benjmain B. Ferencz - The Road to World Peace - 1986

"Since ancient times, every village, town, city and nation-state has come to recognize that a peaceful society requires: (1) laws, (2) courts, and (3) a system of effective law enforcement. To the extent these three conditions are met, there is relative tranquility; to the extent they are absent, there is turmoil."

The article is as valid today as when it was written.  “The Road to World Peace” is abbreviated from Dr. Ferencz’s book - A Common Sense Guide to World Peace.  Benjamin Ferencz served as a US Prosecutor at the Nuremburg war crimes trials and as director of post-war restitution procedures providing compensation to survivors of Nazi atrocities.  He is the author of the prize-winning book Less Than Slaves and was Adjunct Professor of International Law at Pace University.

18 December, 2014

Al-Sweady Inquiry Report

Updated post 21st January 2016:

The Al-Sweady Inquiry - set up by the previous Labour government under the Chairmanship of Sir Thayne Forbes - has now reported.and the report was laid before Parliament on Wednesday 17 December 2014.   See The Report:

Al Sweady Inquiry report and documentation

Previous post on this blog about the Inquiry.  The costs of the inquiry were £24,598,372 up to the end of November 2014.  That included £5,612,484 on counsel and legal services. 

The Executive Summary document extends to 95 pages. 

10 December, 2014

USA - Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - CIA Detention and Interrogation Program

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released an important and refreshingly straightforward report- Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program - (pdf 525 pages).  The document reports the Executive Summary, Findings and Conclusions of a much larger report that remains classified though declassification may be considered later.  The report covers the period September 2001 to January 2009.

In the Foreword to the report,