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Name: James Norman Mattis      

Nickname/s: Mad Dog and Warrior Monk

Born: September 8, 1950, Pullman, Washington

Profession: United States Marine Corps General. Retired in 2013.

Trump Administration Position:
Secretary of Defense

 

War Crime Charge/s:

  • From an article by Marjorie Cohn:  “In November 2004 NBC News correspondent Kevin Sites, embedded with the US Marines, heard Staff Sgt. Sam Mortimer radio that “everything to the west is weapons free.” Weapons free, explained Sites, “means the Marines can shoot whatever they see — it’s all considered hostile.” The rules of engagement come from the top, and Mattis was in charge. Collective punishment against an occupied population constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Yet, according to the Study Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the US attack on Fallujah in November 2004 killed between 4,000 and 6,000 civilians. Targeting civilians is a war crime.”  For further information on additional war crimes committed by the US under Mattis' command in Fallujah, click here, such as his description which follows of the use of white phosporus in the attack on Fallujah.  The US military used "white phosphorous, an incendiary weapon similar to napalm in its ability to burn all the way down to the bone. The use of white phosphorus was a violation of international law, given that it was unleashed in the city during a time when the Pentagon itself admitted to at least 50,000 civilians still being present."
  • From an article by Dahr Jamail: "In November 2005 US marines in Iraq committed a massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The slaughtering of unarmed men, women, children and elderly people, shot multiple times at close range, was retribution for a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of marines. The war crimes were extremely well documented and the atrocity garnered international attention. When it came time to bring the marines responsible for the massacre to justice, Mattis was the convening authority over the eight charged with crimes at Haditha. Mattis went on to dismiss all of the charges leveled against the marines who had been accused of killing the civilians and of the eight originally charged, only one (at the time article was written, 2/6/16) still faces possible prosecution."  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38620-james-mattis-is-a-war-criminal-i-experienced-his-attack-on-fallujah-firsthand


Primary Associations:

  • Commander of United States Central Command (2010-2013)
  • Commander of United States Joint Forces Command (2007-2009)
  • Commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force (2006-2007)
  • Commander of Marine Corps combat development command (2005-2006)
  • Commander of First Marine division (2002-2004)

Secondary Association:

Mattis was an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow in 2013 and later named the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California. In addition to writing a book on leadership, he studied national security issues, the use of military force in the Middle East, 2013-16.

More Information:

  • In a 2003 speech he told his soldiers who were going to Iraq: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
  • Eight Marines who were sent to Haditha for war in 2005 committed a massacre of 24 unarmed civilians and Mattis dismissed all of their charges without any problem.
  • In April 2004, the United States army killed more than 700 civilians in Fallujah. People being targeted were women, children, elderly people and ambulances.
  • In November 2004, more than 5,000 civilians were killed and over 75 percent of the city of Fallujah was destroyed with at least 80,000 civilians homeless.
  • 11-4-17 Mattis, Tillerson Want Blank Check to Wage Illegal War
 
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