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[casi] illegal bullets




Take a look at this article and video, if you haven't seen it

http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/bullets/

(other references to the story
are  http://www.armytimes.com/print.php?f=1-292925-2426405.php  and
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5335.htm   )  -- which
includes accounts of use of this bullet in Iraq --

and consider in terms of the article below, and/or the many other sources
concerning prohibited bullets in war. The US, as an occupying force, should
not be considered as an Iraqi police police force, and so would come under
the treaties referring to use of prohibited munitions in war (my opinion).


http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,399783,00.html

Britain buys 'terror' bullets from Israel

Jason Burke and Brian Johnson-Thomas
Sunday November 19, 2000


British police forces are buying millions of a controversial type of bullet
made by the Israeli Army and similar to those used in recent weeks in the
Middle East to shoot Palestinian protesters.

Weapons experts say using the bullets in a war would be against the Geneva
Convention. In total, the deals are thought to have been worth more than 1m.

The bullets, known as soft-point rounds, are distributed by a British
company on behalf of Israeli Military Industries (IMI) - the partly
privatised commercial wing of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). They are
favoured by IDF snipers deployed in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and the West
Bank and are thought to have been used in a number of assassinations by
Israeli secret services.

Soft-point rounds are similar to the infamous 'dumdum' bullets which spread
on impact to inflict appalling wounds. In America, soft-point type
ammunition is advertised for its 'reliable expansion' within the body after
impact and its 'deeper penetration'. Police in New York were severely
criticised over its use several years ago.

Jacketed soft-point bullets in use by British police are designed for
stopping power and accuracy. Senior officers last week said that they are a
'useful compromise'.

'They are less likely to travel through a target and hit an innocent victim
and so are safer, but they will also stop someone without causing horrific
damage. Or at least as much damage as a fully soft-tipped round,' one
former firearms officer told The Observer .

However, their use and their purchase from the Israelis will be
controversial. The IDF has been criticised by Amnesty International for
reacting, in some instances, with disproportionate force to Palestinian
protests. The human rights organisation has called for a war crimes
investigation.

Soft-point rounds have also been used by Mexican security forces against
the Zapatista rebels in the Chiapas region of the country.

Documents obtained by The Observer show that South Wales police concluded a
deal to buy thousands of 9mm 'semi-jacketed soft-point' rounds from Samson
Distraco UK, which are made in Israel, in October last year. Contract
documents lodged with the European Union in Luxembourg show that the
Metropolitan Police has also been buying a range of ammunition, including
soft-point bullets, from the company for several years. A spokesperson for
the Met refused to discuss individual contracts last week beyond saying
that the force 'has to comply with the Police Scientific Development Branch
national guidelines for the use of ammunition'.

The Geneva Convention only covers the actions of a state that has declared
war on another state. If soft-point rounds are used against a nation's own
citizens, as in Israel, it does not apply.


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