Could the US be guilty of committing war crimes in Hawaii? | Pacific Beat

Could the US be guilty of committing war crimes in Hawaii?

Could the US be guilty of committing war crimes in Hawaii?

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:44 AEST

Two legal specialists from the University of Hawaii say the US Attorney-General is now obligated to investigate claims that Washington has committed war crimes in the 50th state.

The argument is based on claims from the self-styled government of the Hawaiian Kingdom that the islands have been occupied illegally for more than a century, and by collecting taxes the US may be guilty of pillaging.

The claim is contained in a memo commissioned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that hasn't been made public, but its contents have been detailed in a letter to the Attorney-General Eric Holder, written by law professor, Williamson Chang.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speakers: Williamson Chang, Law Professor, University of Hawaii

Dr Keanu Sai, Political scientist

Dexter Kaiama, Lawyer

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