Join the Barnard/Columbia Branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) in attending:
Jeremy Scahill & Susan Burke on Private Contractors in Iraq & Afghanistan
In Our Name, Beyond Our Laws?: Private Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan
A conversation with Susan Burke and Jeremy Scahill about private military contractors, human rights, and the future of warfare.
* Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 8:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104 [one entrance is on W. 116 St., just east of NW corner of Amsterdam]
Sponsor: Amnesty International – Columbia University
Susan Burke is a partner with Burke ONeil LLC, a law firm specializing in International Human Rights law. The firm is currently bringing civil actions against private military contractors in Iraq in an effort to hold the companies accountable for the various human rights abuses they have committed throughout the conflict. Susan serves as lead counsel on a number of these cases, specifically those related to the shootings of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater Xe employees and the torture of Iraqi victims at the Abu Ghraib prison by private military contractors.
Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His book was a groundbreaking effort in exposing the political and moral conflicts surrounding one of the most notorious private military contractors in the Iraq war. He has since become an authority on Private Military Contractors, and is a frequent contributor to “The Nation” magazine, and a regular guest on Democracy Now and The Rachel Maddow Show.
See Jeremy Scahill debate Obama’s Iraq withdrawl on Democracy Now:
Check out this round table discussion with Jeremy Scahill and Anthony Arnove (Author of Logic of Withdrawl) in Socialist Worker online on the same topic.