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  • The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about War Crimes

    This book was born out of an archive of war-crime reports from the Vietnam war. Declassified in 1990, they shed light on the extent of such atrocities during the Vietnam conflict. "The War Behind Me describes our search for answers, not only from the archive but also from the men named in it. We tracked down veterans accused of committing atrocities, witnesses who reported them, and higher-ups who covered them up."
  • Vietnam: The War Crime Files

    "An LA Times investigation- based on thousands of declassified records from the Army chief of staff's office, scores of interviews and a trip to Vietnam- found that U.S. troops reported more than 800 war crimes in Vietnam, yet many were publicly discredited even as the military uncovered evidence that they were telling the truth."
  • Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War

    An in depth report of the "...elite Army platoon that killed hundreds of unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War, and a military officer who substantiated the war crimes- only to see his investigation covered up by the Pentagon."
  • Australia's War Crimes Fiasco

    The investigation revealed how Australia has become a safe-haven for suspected war criminals, including a relative and former bodyguard of Saddam Hussein. The authors exposed the government's systematic failure to prosecute or even investigate the crimes of more than 30 men, from different regions around the world.
  • Waiting for Justice

    After the ethnic slaughter in the Balkans, Bosnia-Herzegovina's state court was going to take over trying war criminals charged with genocide, mass rape and torture. It has not happened. Millions of euros were spent to build a War Crimes Chamber, but not a single trial has been held, and hundreds of suspects live free among the same people they are charged with terrorizing.
  • Reporting series on Abu Ghraib

    This investigative series on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal reveals that the Bush administration knew about the interrogation methods being used. Breaking all rules of the Geneva Convention, the Bush administration had declared as soon as the war on Iraq started that the conventions were not going to be adhered to. Backed by a paper trail of documents from the White House, these journalists revealed that the military personnel higher in the ranks, and not just the MP's were involved.
  • Buried secrets, brutal truths

    Over a seven-month period in 1967, and elite Army platoon known as Tiger Force committed the longest-documented series of atrocities by a battle unit in the Vietnam War. This story examines the allegations against the platoon, ranging from executing unarmed, elderly farmers to severing the ears of the Vietnamese dead to wear on necklaces. The Blade looked to veterans and documents to give color to this story of war crimes that went unpunished.
  • Investigating Sierra Leone

    Last summer, the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone indicted Charles Taylor, then president of Liberiann fir crimes allegedly committed during the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. It was only the second time a head of state had been indicted for international war crimes while in office. Prosecutors alleged Taylor was a central figure in a global criminal network that controlled rebels in Sierra Leone who committed murder, enslavement, rape and forced children into combat. American Radio Works journalists Deborah George and Michael Montgomery closely follow the work of investigators and prosecutors as they developed the cases against Taylor and other warlords. The Special Court was established last year in a treat between the UN and the Sierra Leone government and uses a mix of national and international law.
  • The War Crimes of Afghanistan

    Newsweek reveals that, in Nov. 2001, "America's Afghan allies suffocated hundreds of surrendering Taliban prisoners in sealed cargo containers." Although surrendered fighters were killed by a regional warlord, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the investigative team finds evidence that American soldiers had advanced knowledge of the killings or participated in them. The story has been mostly based on a confidential U.N. report on the killings, as well as investigations into a mass grave site.
  • Seifert: Beat of Bolzano

    CBC News investigates Michael Seifert, a Vancouver man charged with war crimes in Italy during World War II. Seifert has so far managed to avoid being deported to Italy to stand trial for the crimes that happened fifty years ago, including murder, rape and torture.