US, a leading terrorist state in world
Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:54PM GMT
I took the official definitions of terrorism.... I took the definition that is given in US and British law.... If you apply it, it turns out the United States is one of the leading terrorist states in the world."
American academic Noam Chomsky
American academic Noam Chomsky
American academic Noam Chomsky says the United States will be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied, Press TV reports.
“I took the official definitions of terrorism, which were very good, I took the definition that is given in US and British law, which is a fine definition but has a flaw; If you apply it, it turns out the United States is one of the leading terrorist states in the world,” Chomsky told Press TV in an interview on Tuesday.
The academic added that he had predicted the ongoing so-called war on terror by the US when Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980s.
“I’ve been writing about terrorism since 1981, since Ronald Reagan came into office and declared that a war on terror would be the centerpiece of the American policy,” Chomsky stated.
He called into question the legality of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, saying, “The US and Britain tried to provide a kind of a thin legal cover for the invasion. The legal cover was, as you know, that Saddam had not ended his programs of weapons of mass destruction.”
US-led forces attacked Iraq in 2003 and toppled Saddam Hussein on the pretext of possessing weapons of mass destruction. But no WMD was ever discovered in Iraq.
At the peak of the US-led military operation in Iraq, there were 170,000 US troops and more than 500 bases in Iraq.
More than one million Iraqis were killed as the result of the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country.
LEGAL MURDER IN BRITAIN
A man who died after police shot him with a Taser has been named locally as Jordan Begley.The 23-year-old suffered a "medical episode" and died after police fired at him with the stun gun in Manchester.
Police were responding to a disturbance in Beard Road, Gorton, at about 8.15pm where a man was armed with a knife.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: "Officers were dispatched immediately and arrived in eight minutes.
"On arrival, a Taser was discharged to detain a 23-year-old man.
"At this time it is unclear what happened but at some point afterwards the man suffered a medical episode.
"Paramedics performed first aid on the man at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he sadly died."
ACC Shewan said help has been provided for Mr Bagley's family.
"Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting his family during this very difficult time," he said.
A friend of Mr Bagley's said: "I think he has some problem with his heart."
The friend, who did not want to be named, also said that eight armed response officers attended the family home.
"They turfed his mum outside and then went in and battered him," said the friend.
"There were about eight armed response officers went in.
"He didn't have a knife though. I know for a fact he would not have had a knife.
"There was no need to use a Taser on him."
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "There's a lot of bad boys around here but Jordan was one of the good guys."
Another neighbour, Kirstie Porter, said she saw Mr Begley being brought out of the house and put into an ambulance.
"Paramedics were working away on the CPR with the doors open," she said.
"Everybody was out in the street, all the neighbours.
"There was police everywhere, loads of vans turned up, there was police all over with guns all over.
"The ambulance was there for about five or 10 minutes and then it drove off.
"His mum and brother were sobbing in the street."
After Mr Begley's death, a police cordon surrounded 10 terraced houses at the end of Beard Road.
A forensic tent was put up in the road within the cordon which was guarded by uniformed officers, a police van and two patrol cars.
Mr Begley's death has been reported to the coroner and to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).