War Powers of President and Congress

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 20 November, 2012 | 11:18 am

Jules Lobel from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law writes a longform article: Conflicts between the Commander in Chief and Congress: Concurrent Power Over the Conduct of War.

The abstract reads:

The Bush Administration argues that the Commander in Chief has exclusive power to decide what military tactics to use to defeat a wartime enemy. The Administration’s constitutional position that Congress may not permissibly interfere with these Executive Commander in Chief powers has been heavily criticized, particularly with respect to the Executive power to interrogate prisoners or engage in warrantless wiretapping on American citizens and its argument that Congress …

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Paul Malone on the Iraq War

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 19 November, 2012 | 11:21 am

Paul Malone writes in the 18 November edition of The Canberra Times of John Howard’s “sketchy memory on Iraq”, a war which was opposed by the vast majority of the Australian people, and which on the most conservative estimate of puts the figure for civilian death at between 109,726 and 119,886 people between 2003 and 2011.

He writes: The war was a misguided idea, developed by extremist politicians in the United States who lied to the world about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Howard said just six weeks before the invasion, ”The Australian government knows that Iraq still …

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Richard Tanter on “Is Australia too close to the US?”

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 18 November, 2012 | 3:31 pm

On Friday 16 November Iraq War Inquiry Group Committee member Professor Richard Tanter was interviewed on ABC 612 Brisbane by Steve Austin, presenter of the station’s Mornings program.

The theme of the interview was “Is Australia too close to the US?” but it starts with a discussion of what the Iraq War Inquiry Group is all about. Catch it here.…

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Death from above: Ramesh Thakur on drones

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 18 November, 2012 | 11:22 am

IWIG member Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University (Crawford School of Public Policy) writes in The Ottawa Citizen, 16 November 2012 that armed drone attacks in Pakistan are cheap, effective and safe for Americans, but the terrible costs outweigh the benefits.

He writes:

US drones have killed 2,000 to 3,000 people in Pakistan … Both U.S. presidential candidates supported the continued use of drones, and recently Britain announced a doubling of its drone fleet in Afghanistan while France said it is sending drones to Mali.

The U.S. has more than 7,000 drones today compared to 50 just a …

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Sue Wareham on Alan Stretton

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 14 November, 2012 | 3:32 pm

Following is the text of a letter to the editor of The Canberra Times written by IWIG Secretary Dr Sue Wareham on the occasion of the death of Major-General Alan Stretton AO, CBE, and published today:

It is astonishing and deeply regrettable that Major-General Alan Stretton’s death has not even been mentioned in Parliament. (”Parliament overlooked cyclone Tracy hero Stretton”, November 9, p1). He truly was a hero in the aftermath of Darwin’s 1974 disaster, being named Australian of the Year the following year.

However, Stretton’s views would not all have found favour in the corridors of power, especially those …

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About Iraq War Inquiry Group

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 13 November, 2012 | 3:35 pm

Iraq War Inquiry Group Inc is an association incorporated under Victorian law for the following purposes:

  • To campaign for an inquiry into the steps which led to Australia participating in the invasion of Iraq, for the purposes of identifying the lessons to be learned and of developing better procedures for the future.
  • To promote public awareness of the procedures required by current law for the deployment of the Australian Defence Force into international armed conflicts, and of the risks involved in the current arrangements.
  • To campaign for the involvement of the Commonwealth Parliament in any future deployment of the Australian
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    No UK bases for attacks on Iran

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 13 November, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Iraq War Inquiry Group is following very closely the confrontation between the United Sates and Iran, because we regard the possibility of a pre-emptive attack on Iran as one of the most likely issues to raise the question of whether or not to involve the Australian Defence Force should be deployed into another international conflict. With the failure of Senator Ludlam’s War Powers Bill, any decision about whether to involve Australian forces in a conflict with Iran remains within the power of a very small group of people.

    Accordingly, we note with great interest the news that Britain has rebuffed …

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    ABC TV coverage

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 13 November, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    Today I recorded an interview with Jeff Waters of ABC TV News, covering why we think an inquiry is necessary, what we are trying to achieve with our campaign, and how we are going about it.

    That will go to air in the next few days, timing depending on what other news is around. I expect it will be on ABC News 24’s breakfast program, with smaller grabs during the day, and possibly the evening news on ABC 1, and that it will also appear on Radio National Breakfast.

    We will post more definite news about when it will go …

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