Privacy Protects Murderers

What a broad shadow “privacy” can cast.

A week or so ago, Keeping Panama Papers Secret? Law Firms, Journalists and Privacy, I was pointing out the specious “we’re protecting privacy claims” of Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Now, the United States cites “privacy concerns” in not revealing the identities of sixteen military personnel who murdered 42 people and wounded 37 others in an attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan last year. US: Afghan MSF hospital air strike was not a war crime

The acts of aircraft crews may not be war crimes, they can only function based on the information they are given by others, but the casual indifference that resulted in wholly inadequate information systems upon which they relied, certainly could result in command level charges of war crimes.

Moving war crimes charges upon the chain of command could well result in much needed accountability.

But, like the case with Suddeutsche Zeitung, accountability is something that is desired for others. Never for those calling upon privacy.

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