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Under the US global war of terror, 40% of the US budget goes to preserve and expand the US empire, killing people in the Middle East to protect a global system of exploitation. As an integral part of the terror program, drones are a weapon of choice. The Obama administration is coordinating drone strikes in at least six countries: Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan. In fact, these drones are being used eight times more by the Obama administration than by the Bush regime, in programs run by the military and the C.I.A. Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel argues that such strikes are legally justified under international law, basing its argument on the Bush doctrine of borderless, endless “war on terror.” On an almost daily basis, drones circle miles above Earth, following targets. The pilots may live and work out of Colorado or on a base in upstate NY or even in some other part of the world.
On Thursday, March 15th, about 15 stalwarts protested George Bush's appearance at a meeting of the Drug, Chemical, and Associated Technologies Assn. to a host of NYPD and mixed reviews by those attending and those passing by. The demand to prosecute Bush for war crimes received lots of thumbs up as well as thumbs down and some analysis -- both cogent and not.
by Sharon Pavlovich, War Criminals Watch
Forum: U.S.-Israeli Assault on Iran: The Growing Danger of War, the Urgency of Resistance, and the Need to Bring Forward Another Way
March 22, Thursday, 7pm Revolution Books 146 W. 26th Street New York City
Leila Zand is the Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation's Task Force on the Middle East. She is an Iranian-American who lived in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and the reform years of the late 1990s.
We've been out on the streets over the last week talking to people about the wars begun under the Bush regime, which are now fully Obama's wars, and how they remain illegitimate, unjust, immoral. And how the only force authoritative force to stop them is us, forming ourselves into a much larger, louder, more determined movement.
MIDDLETOWN, CT: At Wesleyan University March 9, 2012 students and Occupy Connecticut members protested an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. “Scalia and Wesleyan’s President Roth were watching banners and condoms drop from the balcony, and there was nothing they could do. Even when the guard escorted us out for wearing Guantanamo jumpsuits, we got our point across,” said Cesar A. Chavez, first-year Wesleyan student.
Before Scalia’s speech, about forty Connecticut residents calling themselves Occupy Citizens United joined with Wesleyan students, chanting “Legacy of blood and war, what’d you make Bush president for?” and “Sexist, racist, anti-gay! Justice Scalia, go away!”
War Criminals Watch will be presenting two great panels at Left Forum, Pace University, NYC. 3/17-3/18,2012
- What War? US Turns from War on Iraq to Permanent Occupation - Saturday, March 17th at 12:00 noon. Room W602.
- Stopping the US Drone War: A Chilling Feature of the US War of Terror, Expanded by Obama Administration to Include Targeted Assassinations - Sunday, March 18th at 12:00 noon in Room W606.
In addition to the above panels, we will be displaying a Reaper drone, and the shoes & boots of those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq outside Pace University, We also have a table in the exhibit hall and look forward to meeting you.
War Criminals Watch and World Can't Wait's director, advisors and a steering committee member will be presenting at several other panels as well:
U.S.-Israel War Moves Against Iran—What’s Going On, Our Responsibility to Resist Details
No Justice Without Peace Details
Which Way Forward? The War on Terror and the Demolition of Society Details
An Army of Rape Details
Is Voting a Solution? Details
Pornography & the Sex Industry: Reclaim, Regulate, Uproot, or Abolish? Details
ABORTION! An Urgent Part of Women’s Liberation—Differing Viewpoints on How to Win This Fight Details
The repeated statements from President Obama this week about the killing of 16 civilians near Kandahar on Sunday have been widely reported, the incident was "shocking... tragic... outrageous... heart-breaking." All true.
But as Obama's expressions of grief have escalated, his expressed determination not to leave Afghanistan before 2014 have increased, joined yesterday by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the U.K. NATO is ordering unmanned drones from the US to use in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.
We demand: U.S. forces out of this illegitimate, immoral, unjust war on Afghanistan NOW, and pay reparations.
Please join War Criminals Watch, World Can't Wait and others outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City between 5:15 and 7:15 pm to meet and greet the guests with appropriate signage. War Criminal George W. Bush will be giving the keynote address. This is a black tie event. The pre-dinner reception starts at 5:45 and the dinner at 7:00.
Protest Bush - March 15, 5:15pm - 7pm - Waldorf Astoria - 301 Park Ave (btw 49th & 50th), New York, NY
Demonstrate against John Yoo - March 15, 5:30 - 7pm
Commonwealth Club - 595 Market St, San Franciso, CA
11 March 2012 - Reporting on its website tonight, The New York Times stated: “Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan [in Kandahar Province] early on Sunday [March 11, 2012].”
After murdering these innocents one by one, this U.S. soldier - many Afghan witnesses, including one whose father was killed, saw several U.S. soldiers involved in the attack - then covered his/their victims with a blanket and set them afire.
“This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.
World Can't Wait and others are responding to the killings yesterday in Afghanistan that at least one US Army staff sergeant is alleged to have carried out. 16 Afghan civilians including children were killed inside homes, in 2 villages, in completely unprovoked aggression, according to witnesses.
Here, villagers protest outside the U.S. base in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
War Criminals Watch is participating in Left Forum at Pace University, 3/16-18.
We will be presenting two great panels:
I've been hearing, since Obama's remarks this week that, "The one thing we have not done is we have not launched a war" on Iran, that Barack Obama doesn't "want" a war. That could be true.
But every speech he has given on about Iran shows the one thing he won't give up on: domination of Iran, and the whole region. If that takes war, then, Obama says, he will wage it. He said to the AIPAC meeting a few days ago,
"Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests."
In the 3 years Barack Obama has been commander in chief of the US empire, a lot of people have been impressed with Obama's way with words; partly because of the noticeable contrast with with George Bush's practiced malapropisms and deliberate mispronunciations (i.e. "NUKE u lar").
But look closer at Obama's words, and, even more importantly, his actions, to determine how people who care about humanity assess this president.
The Manning prosecution is a tragic miscarriage of justice. US officials are highly embarrassed by what Manning exposed and are shooting the messenger. As Glen Greenwald, the terrific Salon writer, has observed, President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.
Drop All Charges Against Bradley Manning! from Veterans for Peace
“Where is the justice?” asks Gerry Condon, a Board member of Veterans For Peace. “The Army is shirking its duty to punish soldiers who have committed rape and murder. Yet they are trying to destroy the life of Bradley Manning, who has not harmed a hair on a person's head.”
With multiple media partners, including Rolling Stone, Wikileaks is releasing 5 million emails from the private security company Stratfor. Michael Hastings (whose article led to the firing of General McChrystal from commanding in Afghanistan), writes in Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street:
Aggressive war, against a country that has not attacked the aggressor country, is the supreme war crime. We said it on February 4 across the nation. I talked about it outside the US Mission to the UN (see video).
We won't stop saying it. Here's another chance:
Sunday March 4 in Washington, D.C., when President Obama speaks at the 2012 Convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, we'll be there, with a visible anti-war protest, along with Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and the Occupy movement.
The war criminals are picking up their touring in March: Bush, Rice, Rove and Yoo are all on the speaker circuit. So is McChrystal and there's already a big protest planned when he speaks in Baltimore on 3/27.CA and FL are going to be busy, busy - so take a look. Indianapolis, NYC, DC, Honolulu and Austin will also be visited.John Yoo has 4 CA appearances. If you plan any protest, please let us know so we may help you publicize and organize it. Downloadable posters are available on our website. www.warcriminalswatch.org
March 2012 War Criminal Appearances - See our webpage for details about each date.
3/7/12 – Indianapolis IN
ACT Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!
Tuesday, February 28 • Union Square 4 pm-Gather; 5 pm-Rally; 6 pm-March
Around the world and in every walk of life, people were heartened by the rise of the Occupy Movement. In NYC and in almost a thousand US cities people broke through the confines of "protest as usual" and declared "the empire has no clothes!" A new kind of community in public space was created. Big questions were raised about what kind of society this is and what it should be.
When World Can't Wait was started in 2005, we issued the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, which said in part: "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept."
This is a lesson which has been learned by people throughout history and around the world, including throughout the Middle East now, and must be understood by people in this country as well.
The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.
Court Martial expected in May
Words of a man cleared for release - yet still locked away in Guantánamo:
Shaker [Aamer] also explained that he "does not expect President Obama to do anything better than his predecessor, President Bush. Presidents are, he thinks, hemmed in by the powers that surround them." In his own words, “The White House is a straitjacket. You just wear it.”
-from 10 Years in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer, Cleared for Release But Still Held by Andy Worthington
Yesterday, approximately fifty people including students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) along with members of Occupy Wall Street, Veterans For Peace, War Resisters League and World Can't Wait shut down three military recruiting stations that are situated within one block from BMCC and Stuyvesant High School on Chambers St. in Manhattan. Students and others gathered outside the gates of BMCC on Wednesday morning demanding “Stop the Wars, Stop the Recruiters!”
Make Tuesday F28 a Day of Mass Action Everywhere; Stand with Occupy. STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!
World Can't Wait is supporting the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. It's not only the barricades and batons, constant surveillance, mass arrests, and escalating charges against occupiers. It's the fact that these occupations have been pushed and beaten from public squares, and squeezed into the margins.
Don't wait for "something" to happen in the spring. Join the F28 actions now:
UC Davis November 2011
Protest the War President
02.16.2012 - 02.16.2012 17.00
Nob Hill Masonic Center - 1111 California Street San Francisco
In Air America: Under the Imperial Eye, Chris Floyd reports on the recent revelation that Iraq's supposedly "sovereign airspace" is constantly under surveillance by a network of drones operated by the State Department. Apparently the only reason this news came to light is because of a publicly available government appeal for private bids on the project. Neither we nor Iraqis were meant to know:
"Iraqis were outraged this week to find they are being spied upon by a fleet of American drones hovering constantly in their supposedly sovereign skies, long after the supposed withdrawal of American forces."
I know I am not the only one to experience déjà vu over the Obama administration's assessment of threats by Iran to the US. James Clapper, Obama's top intelligence officer stated as fact yesterday, according to the New York Times, that:
“some Iranian officials — probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”
|Congratulations to Director James Spione and Ethan McCord. Ethan is the subject of the film Incident in New Baghdad, nominated for an Academy Award in documentary film.|
Saturday, Oakland police in riot gear fired smoke, tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to take a vacant building this afternoon. Near the Oakland Museum of California, demonstrators had planned to take a building nearby and make it a headquarters. But, police were prepared to stop then from occupying the vacant building. More from Kevin Gostzola in Mass Arrest of Occupy Oakland Protesters After Police Fire Various Weapons.
Sunday night, there were solidarity marches in dozens of cities.