War Crimes Trials and Other Essays
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Approximately 10,000 "War Crimes Trials" have been held since 1945. Trials of Japanese military personnel ended in 1949, yet "war crimes trials" of Germans and Eastern Europeans continue to date. Almost invariably, the charge is "violation of the laws and customs of war," derived, in turn, from international conventions signed at the Hague in 1899 and 1907. That these trials have little or no basis in law is clear from the wording of the treaties which are said to have been violated. The illegalities of "war crimes" proceedings include the admissibility of oral and written hearsay; the introduction of the concept of "conspiracy" into international law (unknown prior to 1945); the total lack of any pre-trial inquest or forensic evidence; and trial before a court itself composed of actual "war criminals."
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Nov 3, 2017With “War Crimes Trials and Other Essays”, Carlos Porter has assembled some of his best work of revisionist history research and commentary. Here are 25 essays that cover everything from the egregious Nuremberg trials, the Tokyo trial, the illegality of post-war trials conducted by the winners, the use of hearsay in war crimes trials, ridiculous and contradictory testimony of war crimes survivors, and many other related topics. Only a few highlights will be treated here. In the first essay, “Anatomy of a Nuremberg Liar”, Porter thoroughly trounces Telford Taylor, a lawyer and U.S. Army officer who had helped write the London Charter which established the International Military Tribunal (IMT) non-standards. Ordinary rules of evidence were not required. Taylor is exposed as telling hardly a single truthful thing about what the German defendants said during the IMT. Short passages taken out of context, and purposefully mistranslated at that, were a feature of Taylor’s 1992 memoir. Taylor... More > facilitated what was essentially an immense “straw man” attack on German government officials, impugning them with all kinds of nonsense, with mistranslations and fabrications. In “War Crimes Trials”, Porter calls attention to the all-important “all-participation clauses” in the various Hague and Geneva Conventions, which, Porter states, “are crucial for an understanding of the twentieth century”. Exact wording varies, but generally these treaties only applied to the signatories, and if a non-signatory entered the conflict, the treaty ceased to be in effect! Since non-signatories actually did enter the conflict during WWII, none of the conventions applied. As Porter points out, if the 1929 Geneva POW Convention, article 63 means what it says, war crimes trials are not really possible. He further shows that the concept of “conspiracy” was unknown to international law prior to 1945. Porter truly shines forth with pointed sarcasm in his classic “Answer to Yale F. Edeiken”, where he basically wipes the floor with the poor, forlorn lawyer. At 227 pages, the book is a quick read and with Porter’s clear and direct style will enlighten the reader in a way that much longer and more erudite-sounding tracts will not be able to do. It forms an excellent companion to his classics, “Not Guilty at Nuremberg: The German Defense Case” and “Made in Russia: The Holocaust” and should be a part of any revisionist library.< Less
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- Carlos Whitlock Porter (Standard Copyright License)
- August 11, 2017
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.88 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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