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The United States government commits murder against its own people and against foreign nationals on a daily bases. The U.S. government claims that they are legally justified in killing any and all alleged terrorist suspect because they claim to be at war. There is a major problem with the U.S. government’s argument. In order for any country to be exempted from charges of murder a country must formally declare war. The United States has never declared war. The United States has never declared war against Iraq or Afghanistan. That means there is no state of war between the U.S. and Iraq or the U.S. and Afghanistan. That means every life taken by the U.S. and NATO forces is murder.

Murder, as defined in common law countries, is the unlawful killing of another human being with “malice aforethought”. As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, as well as the fact that the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in antiquity have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In the US, a person convicted of murder is typically given a life sentence or even the death penalty for such an act. A person who commits murder is called a murderer.

The elements of common law murder are:

1. the killing
2. of a human being
3. by another human being
4. with malice aforethought - with malice aforethought - originally “malice aforethought” carried its every day meaning - a deliberate and premeditated killing of another motivated by ill will. Murder necessarily required that an appreciable time pass between the formation and execution of the intent to kill. The courts broadened the scope of murder by eliminating the requirement of actual premeditation and deliberation as well as true malice. All that was required for malice aforethought to exist is that the perpetrator act with one of the four states of mind that constitutes “malice.”

The four states of mind recognized as constituting “malice” are:

1. Intent to kill,
2. Intent to inflict grievous bodily harm short of death,
3. Reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life, or
4. Intent to commit a dangerous felony (the “felony-murder” doctrine).

In Abrahamic religions, the prohibition against murder is one of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses in (Exodus: 20:13) and (Deuteronomy 5:17).

Christian churches have some doctrinal differences about what forms of homicide are prohibited biblically, though all agree murder is.

In Islam according to the Qur’an, one of the greatest sins is to kill a human being who has committed no fault. “For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.”

According to Blackstone, English common law identified murder as a public wrong. At common law, murder is considered to be malum in se, that is an act which is evil within itself. An act such as murder is wrong/evil by its very nature. And it is the very nature of the act which does not require any specific detailing or definition in the law to consider murder a crime.

Killing of enemy combatants by lawful combatants in accordance with lawful orders in war, although illicit killings within a war constitute murder or homicidal war crimes.

According to evidence collected by the United States intelligence service and the United States law enforcement agencies Iraq and Afghanistan committed no fault against the United States nor against any other country. Iraq and Afghanistan did not attack the United States or any other country, not on September 11, 2001, not prior to 9/11 and not any time after 9/11. The United States attacked Afghanistan and Iraq, not out of self-defense, but with malice aforethought. The United States did petition both the U.S. Congress and the United Nations for a declaration of war but both the U.S. Congress and the UN denied them the legal authority to go to war - a declaration of war was denied. Every life taken since the unprovoked attacks by the U.S. against Afghanistan and Iraq is, according to United States law and foreign state law, murder.

There is and never has been any legal authority given to the United States government to wage war against Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan and there is no legal defense for the United States killing of any person they alleged to be terrorists.

Democracy, civilized society, is only valid when the rule of law is adhered to by all. A leader of a democratic country who orders its people to attack and kill any person that has committed no fault is a criminal, a murderer. George W Bush is a mass murderer. Dick Cheney is a mass murderer. Donald Rumsfeld is a mass murderer. Tony Blair is a mass murderer. Barack Hussein Obama is a mass murderer. Robert Gates is a mass murderer. They are all government agents who have intentionally and indiscriminately murdered a large number of people. They have murdered under the false pretense of self-defense. They have murdered under the guise of a declaration of war, a declaration that has never been formally made.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution, sometimes referred to as the War Powers Clause, vests in the Congress the exclusive power to declare war, in the following wording:

Congress shall have Power… “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”

The United States government never received the Constitutionally required declaration of war from the U.S. Congress. Instead the United States government declared, without legal authority or right, that they were authorized to use force. Bush didn’t even initially seek Congressional approval to attack Iraq because he believed the authorization Congress provided his father in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm was still good. Bush waged war illegally and both Bush and Obama have committed mass murder.

The United States is no longer a Constitutional Republic. Since Jimmy Carter, the United States government has become nothing more than a gang of murdering thieves. The Supreme law of the United States, the United States Constitution, is no longer relevant on most matters of governing. Presidents, the Congress and the courts have made going to war, once a serious constitutional issue, a purely political question. As a result, in the last half century, the war powers clause of the Constitution has become a nullity, if not a quaint relic. While conservatives often insist on following the letter of the Constitution on most issues, on matters of war they totally ignore it.

That’s a disgrace, because the Framers of the Constitution carefully laid out the decision-making process for war. Pursuant to the document, war is a decision to be made exclusively by the elected representatives of the people - the Congress. Only Congress is authorized to declare war, raise and support armies, provide and maintain a navy, and make the rules for these armed forces. There is nothing vague or unclear about the language in Article I, Section 8, clauses 11-16. There is nothing vague or unclear about the language in U.S. Code TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 51 > 1111

1111. Murder

(a) Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson, escape, murder, kidnapping, treason, espionage, sabotage, aggravated sexual abuse or sexual abuse, child abuse, burglary, or robbery; or perpetrated as part of a pattern or practice of assault or torture against a child or children; or perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him who is killed, is murder in the first degree.