VIDEO: Planning the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal

By Massachusetts Peace Action, January 20, 2023

The Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal, on November 10-13, 2023, will hold accountable — through testimony of witnesses — U.S. weapons manufacturers who knowingly produce and sell products which attack and kill not only combatants but non-combatants as well. These manufacturers may have committed Crimes Against Humanity as well as violated U.S. Federal criminal laws. The Tribunal will hear the evidence and render a verdict.

Kathy Kelly, a peace activist and author, made over two dozen trips to Afghanistan from 2010 – 2019, living with young Afghan Peace Volunteers in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She learned about conditions in Afghanistan through encounters with mothers and children, many of whom were directly affected by war.

With Voices in the Wilderness companions, from 1996 – 2003, she traveled 27 times to Iraq, defying the economic sanctions and remaining in Iraq throughout the Shock and Awe bombing and the initial weeks of the invasion. Voices delegations also went to Lebanon during the 2006 summer war between Israel and Hezbollah and to Gaza, in 2009, during Operation Cast Lead.

Kathy has been an educator for most of her life, but she believes children of war and those who are victims of violence have been her most important teachers.

She is board president of World BEYOND War and a co-coordinator of the Ban Killer Drones campaign. (

Bill Quigley is Emeritus Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans where he was on the faculty for over 30 years. Bill has been an active public interest and human rights lawyer since 1977. Bill has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, human rights, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. Bill has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana where he was General Counsel for over 15 years. He has been an active lawyer with School of the Americas Watch and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Bill served as Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC from 2009 to 2011.

Sponsored by the War Industry Resisters Network (WIRN).

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  1. So, you really believe that any organization/govt/court, etc., will be able to go after the countless CIA/DOD front corporations involved in production of bioweapons, nuclear weapons like those used to decimate the population in Iraq, Afghan, Syria, etc., along with destroying the health of over 3 million troops who served there, etc.??? When those in power control government, including their insidious agencies, DOD, the media, judges, etc., and a plethora of governments in other countries??? We have had corrupt administrations for years that refuse to sign the agreement with the International Criminal Court, and the US has continued to use nuclear weapons and devices, along with ordinance and equipment containing depleted uranium, for the past three decades, at least, and violated any/all treaties that have ever been signed??? Human Rights Watch exposed the military front corporations (including Dyncorp), involved in organ trafficking in conflict zones, sex trafficking, use of slave labor, etc., during the Gulf War and was quickly silenced. Blackwater operatives threatened members of legislators to prevent them from denying such corporations immunity for their crimes—-AND. NONE were ever arrested, imprisoned—unlike the unarmed patriots set up by federal agencies for Jan 6.
    Numerous scientists, chemical experts, architects, etc., have proven the US used nuclear devices to bring down the towers on 9/11; but the lies continue.
    And, as for ACLU and other “rights” organizations, they have also been silenced so they have ignored the continual eradication of freedom in the US, including their disregard of human rights when millions were being forced to submit to toxic bioweapons under the guise of a “pandemic”, as US agencies, front corporations/organizations including CDC, NIH, NIAID, WHO, FDA, Pharma and others, along with banking/investment corporations and a countless number of cronies profited millions, even trillions??
    Where was the truth about Ukraine??? It was the US and Ukrainian military who shelled pro-Russian areas of the country and blamed the attacks on Russia–revealed by citizens and journalists in Ukraine—while none of over 200 CIA front corporations (biotech/pharma) continued manufacturing and testing bioweapons without being impacted by any conflict. In fact, over 98% of all reports have been manufactured/faked.

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