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Are the U.S. Wars on the Middle East Wrong Because They Cost so Much?
Or are they just wrong, immoral, unjust, and against humanity's interests?
U.S. occupations, bombs, and secret operations have wreaked havoc in the Middle East since 2001, sold to the public on the basis of being in the “United States' national interest.”
Rolling Stone reported that in 2010 the 5th Stryker Brigade’s “Kill Team” went on a shooting spree, killing unarmed Afghan civilians and mutilating corpses for fun, while US NATO bombing raids kill even more civilians this year than last. The U.S. detains hundreds of Afghans in Bagram, without charges, lawyers, or rights...and Guantanamo remains open, in spite of Obama’s declaration over two years ago that he would close it as a stain on America’s conscience.
On the eight anniversary of the attack on Iraq and the second day of the attack on Libya, Left Forum gathered many antiwar activists from around the country in New York City. Listen to the panel organized by War Criminals Watch entitled: From the Bush Regime's "War on Terror" to Obama's "Overseas Contingency Operation" – Why We Resist.
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US war criminals are making many public appearances in April. Take a look to see if there's anything near you. If you plan a protest let us know. We'll help you promote it. These war criminals are traveling and speaking all over. We need to stand up and let them know we don't want war criminals in our communities.
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By Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait
I've talked to a number of people in the last 10 days who describe themselves as "hoping for the best" from the US intervention into the North African country of Libya. They choose to believe the US arguments that the intervention is 1) for humanitarian reasons limited to "saving civilian lives"; 2) is legitimate because it has the backing of the UN and NATO.
But the facts don't support those hopes.
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The world doesn't have to be this way...it's just the way it is now.
People say "things won't ever change." WRONG! The people of Tunisia and Egypt showed that there is no guarantee that brutal dictatorships will last forever, even when they're backed up by the most powerful military in the world! The public workers and students of Wisconsin have surprised everyone in massing for weeks against an attempt by those grouped around the Republican Party to break them. The people of the Middle East, and those of the heartland in this country, have surprised everyone by waking up.
The unjust occupation of Iraq, the war on the people of Afghanistan, the drone bombings of Pakistan and Yemen, the secret wars, the black sites or torture and rendition, Obama's indefinite detention, the repression against Muslims and antiwar activists -- all of this is growing worse, and seems permanent.
by Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait
I find a number of perplexing contrasts between the US war from 1961 to 1975 (to the Vietnamese people it was the “American” war, and to us the “Vietnam war”) and the wars the U.S. is fighting now in the Middle East.
One is the quality of news coverage. Starting in the mid 1960s, though there was much less news coverage, you could reliably get some coverage of the war. Even though L.B.J. saw “light at the end of the tunnel” and Nixon could lie well too, reporters on U.S. networks often said enough that you could learn to read between the lines. The images of Vietnamese civilians’ suffering and of American casualties were seared into our consciousness. 45 years later, with constant “news” generated, you can find hardly any mention of the most extensive occupation carried out since 1945 – the American war against Iraq.
Protest War Criminal Stephan Hadley's, National Security Advisor to Bush, Keynote speech on 3/19 in San Francisco
War Criminal Watch is calling for San Francisco fans to protest War Criminal Stephan Hadley's keynote speach at SF St. Regis Hotel on 3/19/2011 from 3:30 - 5 pm.
"This (Gadhafi) is a bad guy"... Where have we heard that before?
As we mark the 8th anniversary of "Shock and Awe" let's remember the LIES that the Iraq War was launched on and STOP a war on Libya before it starts.
PROTEST STEPHEN HADLEY, National Security Advisor to Bush, as he gives his keynote speech to the World Affairs Council conference at the St. Regis Hotel.
Hadley was key to creating the lies about yellowcake uranium which set up the Bush Regime's pretext for going to war against Iraq. Hadley has not yet experienced as much "war criminal fame" as Yoo, Rice, Rumsfeld, et al, but he has been busy stirring up support for military action on Libya in order to take advantage of imperialist openings presented by the current turmoil. (Title of his speech: "Seeing Opportunities in Times of Crisis:!)
Hey NYC area fans! If there's no way you can get to DC, then join us at the Left Forum on Sun.March 20, 2011 at Pace University.
War Criminals Watch will be hosting two panels on Sun., March 20th at the Left Forum and will have a table in the exhibition hall during the entire conference, March 18th-20th. Please visit our table and come to our panels.
From the Bush Regime's "War on Terror" to "Obama's Contingency Operation" - Why We Resist
E324, L. Panel Session 5—Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
by Debra Sweet
On March 2, the U.S. military announced 22 more charges against Bradley Manning, the accused Army Private imprisoned in solitary confinement since May 2010. One of the new charges, “aiding the enemy,” is potentially punishable with death. This a most outrageous development, echoing the months of right-wingers screaming for his death. View the charges. Word comes that Brad is now held naked overnight, and forced to stand at attention that way.
The system holding him is nakedly unjust!
The charges themselves expose the extent to which the U.S. military is spread across the world is involved in actions with names like “Operation Hammer,” detailed in tens of thousands of reports stored in the internet. I am not the first to point out the irony that the Obama administration offered praise — growing fainter by the day — to those protesting in streets in Egypt and Tunisia with outrage fueled by the very revelations Manning faces death for exposing.
By Daphne Eviatar, From Huffington Post
In the summer of 2008, the United States military captured a 16-year-old Pakistani boy and imprisoned him at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. According to his lawyers, for over a year his family had no idea where he was. When he was finally allowed to speak to relatives nearly two years later due to intervention by the Red Cross, Hamidullah Khan told his brother that he had had a hearing in the U.S. prison. The U.S. military judges had admitted lacking any evidence against him and recommended he be returned home to his family in Pakistan. Months later, he remains imprisoned at the U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan.
Hamidullah Khan is not alone. Of the 41 men who come from outside Afghanistan and remain locked in the U.S.-run prison at Bagram, more than a dozen have been recommended for release by U.S. military tribunals. Yet only one is currently scheduled to be sent home.
by Debra Sweet
The World Can't Wait! Stop the Crimes of Your Government!
Last week, I posted a photo of masses of Egyptians in Tahrir Square, Cairo in late January 2011 with the question, “Now do you know what we were talking about?”
I sent the message to tens of thousands of supporters of World Can’t Wait, established in 2005 as The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime. The photo and one line got a lot of response.
Almost half the response amounted to “yes — we knew what you meant then, and we’re with you!” Some people didn’t recognize the photo, or guessed that I was calling for a new movement to “drive out” the current president. One, who signed the Call to Drive out the Bush Regime online in 2007, announced she is Republican, and wanted no more mail from me.
So, for you all to whom the message was not clear, here’s what that photo is about:
By Coloradoan Staff
The Character Fort Collins Board of Directors announced today John Ashcroft will not be a featured speaker in the group's 2011 Courageous Leadership Series.
In a press release, the group stated:
"It has become clear that this opportunity to have John Ashcroft speak in Fort Collins has evolved past a manageable nonprofit event. As such, the Character Fort Collins Board of Directors has decided not to include John Ashcroft in our 2011 Courageous Leadership Series. We are continuing to work on the line up of speakers for our Courageous Leadership Series and will announce those when they are finalized."
by Orla Guerin, BBC
Every other night Saad Iqbal Madni wakes up screaming. For more than five years the Pakistani Islamic scholar was one ghost among many - Prisoner Number 746 in Guantanamo Bay.
In terror-filled moments, in the dead of night, he still is.
"Since they arrest me, up to today, every second night I wake up screaming, yelling and crying," he said, breaking down in tears.
"I can't forget what they did to me. No one can do that with the animals. I don't know how they can do that with human beings."
By Andrew Kolin
From Informed Comment
To understand how the U.S. government became a police state, look no further than how it freed itself from colonial rule. For the American Revolution was, by and large, the result of a mobilization of the masses by the elites to liberate the colonized from a colonizer. It was the starting point of the myth of how the post- Revolutionary government would embody democracy.
Let's Move Rumsfeld Recently Published Memoir to Bookstore Section Where It Belongs - Fiction, Horror, Crime, You Decide.
Check out our bookmarks that you might insert in Donald Rumsfeld's new memoirs when you pass them by in your neighborhood bookstore. Feel free to copy front and back.
Chevron Found Guilty, Ordered to Pay $8.2 billion in Epic Oil Contamination Fight
By Jeremy Hance, From Mongabay.com
It was the environmental legal battle that some believed would never end (and they may still be right). But today in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, after 18 years of an often-dramatic court case, Chevron was found guilty of environmental harm and ordered to pay $8.2 billion in damages, however the oil giant says it will appeal the ruling. The lawsuit was filed by indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon who argue that poor environmental safeguards from Texaco in the 1970s and 80s led to widespread oil contamination and high rates of diseases, including cancer, among the populace. In 2001 Chevron purchased Texaco and inherited the legal fight. For its part, Chevron has dubbed the ruling "illegitimate" and with an appeal will drag the case on longer.
By Henry A. Giroux, From Truthout
The following essay is excerpted from the preface to Henry Giroux's "Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror" (Paradigm Publishers 2010).
By Larry Everest
Today, millions of Egyptians are rising with rage and courage against the hated rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981.
As Egyptians protesting in the streets were being killed, beaten, or rounded up in the streets of Cairo and other cities before the eyes of the whole world, Vice President Joe Biden defended Mubarak, saying, "Look, Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things and he's been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interests in the region: Middle East peace efforts, the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing the relationship with Israel. I would not refer to him as a dictator." (PBS Newshour, Newsmaker Interview, January 27, 2011)
War Criminals Watch will be hosting two panels at the Left Forum and will have a table in the exhibition hall. The panels are: From the Bush Regime's "War on Terrot" to "Obama's Contingency Operation" - Why We Resist and What We Learned From WikiLeaks Revelations. More details will follow soon.
By Robert Parry
From Consortium News
When you’re listening to the many tributes to President Ronald Reagan, often for his talent making Americans feel better about themselves, you might want to spend a minute thinking about the many atrocities in Latin America and elsewhere that Reagan aided, covered up or shrugged off in his inimitable "aw shucks" manner.
After all, the true measure of a president shouldn’t be his style or how he made us feel but rather what he did with his extraordinary power, what were the consequences for real people, either for good or ill.
Yet, even as the United States celebrates Reagan’s centennial birthday and lavishes praise on his supposed accomplishments, very little time has been spent reflecting on the unnecessary bloodbaths that Reagan enabled in many parts of the world.
High Spirited Demonstrators in Philadelphia Protested Former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
by: Jan Ramsom from:Philly.com
Barbara Quintiliano (left) and Ann Agee (right) were protesting in front of the National Constitution Center where Donald Rumsfeld was discussing details from his new book. (Jan Ransom / Staff)
Former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld just doesn't draw protesters like he used to.
Rumsfeld made his first stop on his highly-anticipated national book tour at the National Constitution Center Wednesday evening. His new book, "Known and Unknown," is a memoir covering his extensive career in public service, including his four terms in Congress and his service with former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.
Seven protesters gathered in the freezing cold, clutching posters and chatting about politics and all things Rumsfeld in front of the National Constitution Center shortly after 6 p.m., and vowed to hang around until the event ended.
By Jim Cook
From Irregular Times
World Can’t Wait has created a clever database called War Criminals Watch that discloses the times and places where the war criminals of the previous Bush administration will be appearing in public events. It is only just that these Bush administration officials, who ripped away Americans’ privacy and presumption of innocence while demanding secrecy and unaccountability for themselves, be geolocated so that protesters may assemble nearby to remind Americans what the likes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Jay Bybee, Karl Rove, John Yoo, Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton and Michael Mukasey did to undermine democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law.
When you click through to the War Criminals Watch website, however, a video will automatically begin to play that exposes a blind spot in the project. You’ll hear the testimony of a signatory to the Crimes are Crimes No Matter Who Does Them statement, someone like Joyce Kozloff:
A war begun on the basis of monstrous lies against a country weakened already by 15 years of sanctions, which brought tremendous loss of civilian life.
Stepping out boldly in protest this March against this legacy is more important than ever. We know from our work that many people living in this country think the Iraq war is “over” because some troops were moved to Afghanistan, and the trail of dead U.S. military has slowed. The occupation, still 50,000 U.S. troops strong, with added combat capability of U.S. State Department troops, and tens of thousands of private contractors in 17 U.S. bases, is huge and permanent. Unless it is exposed and stopped by U.S. public opinion and action.
On the 8th anniversary of U.S. war on Iraq (actions March 17-19), we strengthen our demand to end the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, and the secret bombing and black operations of Pakistan and Yemen.
Check out where U.S. war criminals, such as Bush, Bybee, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld & Yoo, will appear in local areas in the month of February 2011. Organize protests with other people in your area. Download posters & leaflets at: http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/downloadable-materials/173-poster....
Feb. 26 - Denver CO
Feb. 10, 17, 24 - Ongoing weekly protest in Portland OR
Feb. 8,15, 22 - Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
Feb. 7 - San Francisco CA
Feb. 9 - Malibu CA
Feb. 20 - Rancho Mirage CA
Feb. 28 - Universal City CA
Feb. 28 - Universal City CA
Feb. 9 - Philadelphia PA
Feb. 10 - Washington DC
Feb. 16 - Chicago IL
Feb. 25-26 - Williamsburg VA
By Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait
A contradiction to ponder:
1. A three-year investigation by the Department of Justice into the CIA operatives who carried out waterboarding, filmed the acts on 2 men, and then destroyed the tapes, ended this past November – with the government deciding not to prosecute anyone. Jason Leopold, in Special Prosecutor Declines to File Criminal Charges Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes wrote:It is widely believed that the videotapes were destroyed to cover up torture. It is also believed that the tapes were destroyed because Democratic members of Congress who were briefed about the tapes began asking questions about whether the interrogations were illegal, according to Jane Mayer, author of the book, “The Dark Side” and a reporter for The New Yorker magazine.
by Debra Sweet
Protests are planned around the country Tuesday to mark the beginning of the tenth year of the US detention center at Guantánamo, from which, it appears, some men will never leave.
A detainee who had been there for 9 years, Farhi Saeed bin Mohammed, was forcibly removed to Algeria last week, in spite of ongoing legal efforts to prevent his return. Psychologist Jeff Kaye explains the outrage in Obama’s “Stealth Transfer” Of Guantanamo Prisoner; Algerian Forcibly Repatriated:
War Criminals Watch Advisor Andy Worthington speaks on the Future of Guantanamo at Two Washington DC Panel Discussions
War Criminal Watch Special Events:
Nine Years of Guantanamo: What Now?
Panel Discussion with Andy Worthington, Tom Wilner, Morris Davis & Benjamin Wittes
January 11,2011 - 3:30 - 5 pm
New American Foundation
1899 L St.NW - Suite 400
The Future of Guantanamo & Accountability for Torture
Panel Discussion with Andy Worhtington, Juan Mendes & Leili Kashani
& excerpts from Andy Worthington and Polly Nash's film "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo".
January 12, 2011 - 12:00 - 1:30pm
Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW - JD Lounge, 6th Floor
Two School of American Watch Activists Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison & 2 More Are On Trial in Columbus Georgia
On Wednesday, January 5, 2011, Nancy Smith from New York and Chris Spicer form Illinois are scheduled to begin federal trials for carrying the protest against the School of the Americas onto the Fort Benning military base in Georgia. This school, re-named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is a controversial U.S. Army training school for Latin American soldiers.
Friday, 1/7/2011 At Revolution Books New York, 146 W. 26th St., Manhattan.
A screening of the documentary film, "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo" (directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington) will be followed by a discussion about the film, the state of Guantánamo on the 9th anniversary of its opening, and accountability for torture.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantanamo Files.
Scott Horton is law professor, columnist for Harper's Magazine, and known for his work in international and human rights law.
"Outside the Law is a strong movie examining the imprisonment and subsequent torture of those falsely accused of anti-American conspiracy."
Joe Burnham, Time Out
As featured on Democracy Now! , ABC News and Truthout.
The evening is co-sponsored by World Can't Wait.
A donation of $10 is requested for the film, talkback, drinks and popcorn, to benefit Revolution Books.
by Andy Worthington
The 9th anniversary of the opening of the “War on Terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay is on January 11, and, in the hope of raising awareness of the need for action to close Guantánamo and to secure fair trials or release from the prison for the 174 men still held, Andy Worthington, freelance investigative journalist, author of The Guantánamo Files and co-director of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” is traveling to the US to take part in a number of events during the week of this baleful anniversary, with the support of The World Can’t Wait and Witness Against Torture.
Sadly, two years into Barack Obama’s Presidency, and a year after the failure of his promise to close Guantánamo within a year, the outlook for the remaining 174 prisoners in Guantánamo is bleaker than it has been at any time since June 27, 2004, the day before the Supreme Court ruled that the prisoners had habeas corpus rights.