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FLASHBACK: Samantha Power and the (Still Active) ‘Genocide Tipline’

Her Atrocities Prevention Board did squat, save likely help create a farcical FBI website. She resigned. The taxpayer-funded site still loads.

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David Steinberg

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October 22, 2012 - 2:27 pm
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On August 24, the FBI released the following announcement:

Genocide and War Crimes: New Website Designed to Raise Awareness, Solicit Information

Kosovo … Rwanda … Srebrenica. These places will forever be associated with unspeakable, brutal acts of genocide and war crimes.

The global community has banded together to help prevent crimes like these and to bring to justice the perpetrators who commit them. The U.S. is part of this international effort — most recently through the creation of an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board. And the FBI supports the government’s efforts through its own Genocide War Crimes Program.

Today, in an effort to raise awareness about these crimes and the FBI’s part in helping to combat them, we’re announcing the launch of our Genocide War Crimes Program website. In addition to educating the public on our role, the website solicits information from victims and others about acts of genocide, war crimes, or related mass atrocities that can be submitted to us through tips.fbi.gov or by contacting an FBI field office or legal attaché office.

Essentially: if you see genocide, say something. This is the only engagement with the public that the Atrocities Prevention Board has been involved with: either directly, or obliquely as described in the FBI release.

However, it should be noted that in September, Ambassador Elizabeth M. Cousens, the — ahem — U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly, promised the following to the — ahem — UN General Assembly Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect:

Last August, in establishing the new U.S. Atrocities Prevention Board, President Obama affirmed that “preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States.” Through this initiative, the United States seeks to increase our own capacity to prevent and respond to mass atrocities through better coordination at home and stronger partnership abroad. A core goal of this initiative is to strengthen the capacity of the UN itself. For example, we will update U.S. training programs for UN peacekeepers to focus on enhanced techniques for civilian protection, including prevention of sexual and gender- based violence, and we will work to help strengthen the UN’s capacity for conflict prevention and crisis management, including through preventive diplomacy and mediation.

So: you can expect the Atrocities Prevention Board — if it is in fact active and existing beyond a presidential proclamation — to be recommending ever-increasing aid to the UN.

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David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.
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