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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.
by Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait
Since hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. marched against the Iraq war in 2002/2003, I've been part of hundreds of conversations with people who wonder: what happened? Those mass mobilizations (which happened because the Democrats were so paralyzed they could neither get out in front of them nor offer a peep of resistance to the oncoming war themselves) were not futile. Worldwide, that was the largest, quickest mobilization against a war in history. Our combined action deprived the Bush regime from having the coalition it wished for, when the "willing" nations dwindled in the face of world public opinion.
By Dafna Linzer
From TPM | Original Article
The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.
The draft order, a version of which was first considered nearly 18 months ago, is expected to be signed by President Obama early in the New Year. The order allows for the possibility that detainees from countries like Yemen might be released if circumstances there change.
But the order establishes indefinite detention as a long-term Obama administration policy and makes clear that the White House alone will manage a review process for those it chooses to hold without charge or
By Jim Romenesko
From Poynter | Original Article
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism faculty and officers tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that “while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks’ methods and decisions, we all believe that in publishing diplomatic cables Wikileaks is engaging in journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment” and that “as a historical matter, government overreaction to publication of leaked material in the press has always been more damaging to American democracy than the leaks themselves.”
On Thursday afternoon, the day before the Christmas holiday, about 20 people
held signs at a busy Honolulu intersection reading "Defend
Wikileaks", "Defend Julian Assange", "Support Bradley Manning" and other
messages against the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Many drivers
responded by honking or giving an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Those who responded most enthusiastically were young people more attuned to
internet and seemingly aware of the danger of internet regulation. This is
consistent with what we've learned in taking this issue to the street and
talking with people in person. The crowd that seems to be aware of the
seriousness of the attacks on Wikileaks are generally young (especially
male) between 20-30 years old who may not follow mainstream news media
sources, but who are following blog sites.
We were encouraged by both the number of people who came to hold signs
during the busy holiday season, and by the response from the street.
By David Edwards
From The Raw Story | Original Article
Former Bush political strategist Karl Rove may be connected to a Swedish effort to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sources for several legal experts suggest.
Rove is a longtime adviser to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who recently tapped the Republican operative to aid his 2010 reelection campaign.
Speaking to Legal Schnauzer's Robert Shuler, an unnamed source suggested that Rove is likely "playing a leading role in the effort to prosecute" Assange. The founder of the secrets website was arrested Dec. 7 in London after Sweden issued a warrant for alleged sex crimes.
Buy one of both of two very well-researched books, "George W. Bush, War Criminal? (2009) and its sequel, "America's War Crimes Quagmire, From Bush to Obama: (2010) by Michael Hass at the link below
By Jason Leopold
From Truthout | Original Article
Former President George H.W. Bush and ex-Secretary of State James Baker were part of a negotiating team that convinced Nigerian government officials to drop $180 million bribery charges against Dick Cheney and Halliburton, the oil services firm he led prior to becoming vice president.
Bush and Baker, whose law firm was hired by Halliburton in 2004 to handle the bribery allegations, participated in conference call discussions with senior Nigerian government officials, including the country's attorney general, Mohammed Adoke, last weekend on behalf of Cheney in an attempt to work out a settlement, according to a report published by an African news agency.
By Glenn Greenwald
From Salon.com | Original Article (updated)
Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private
accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks,
has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any
other crime. Despite that, he has been detained at the
U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months
-- and for two months before that in a military jail in
Kuwait -- under conditions that constitute cruel and
inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many
nations, even torture. Interviews with several people
directly familiar with the conditions of Manning's
detention, ultimately including a Quantico brig
official (Lt. Brian Villiard) who confirmed much of
what they conveyed, establishes that the accused leaker
is subjected to detention conditions likely to create
long-term psychological injuries.
STATEMENT BY WORLD CANT WAIT
Wikileaks Published Nothing But the Truth About Your Government
“The truth is in your hands now.”
-Julian Assange, Founder of Wikileaks
Over the past months, hundreds of thousands of confirmed U.S. military and State Department documents and video have been published on the internet by Wikileaks, a not-for-profit media organization, under the headings Collateral Murder, Afghan War Diary, Iraq War Logs, and Cablegate.
Both victims and opponents of the U.S. wars and occupations, and innumerable others who value and demand freedom of the press, freedom of speech, welcome and support the publication of the classified documents by Wikileaks and other media outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times, which are also publishing the Cablegate documents.
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From The New York Times | Original Article
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors, seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange for his role in a huge dissemination of classified government documents, are looking for evidence of any collusion in his early contacts with an Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the information.
Justice Department officials are trying to find out whether Mr. Assange encouraged or even helped the analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, to extract classified military and State Department files from a government computer system. If he did so, they believe they could charge him as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the documents who then published them.
By Heather Brooke
From Guardian.co.uk | Original Article
The intelligence analyst suspected of leaking US diplomatic cables is being held in solitary confinement
As Julian Assange emerged from his nine-day imprisonment, there were renewed concerns about the physical and psychological health of Bradley Manning, the former US intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the diplomatic cables at the centre of the storm.
Manning, who was arrested seven months ago, is being held at a military base in Virginia and faces a court martial and up to 52 years in prison for his alleged role in copying the cables.
Heads up, CA, OR & TX fans! Bybee, Rice & Rove will be in your states
(and some protests are already in the works)! Send us reports on your demos.
Jay Bybee Appearances/Protests December 2010 & January 2011
Dec. 16, 23, 30 - Portland OR - Ongoing weekly protest in Portland OR
Dec. 15 - Passadena CA -Demonstration at courthouse
Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 - Ongoing weekly protest in Portland OR
Condoleezza Rice Appearances/Protests January 2011
Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 - Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
Jan. 21 - Fremont CA
Karl Rove Appearances/Protests January 2011
Jan. 28 - Richmond TX
Read about Scott Trent and why he chooses to be a sustainer of World Can't Wait, parent organization of War Criminals Watch.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I used to play in a political horror punk band that wore makeup and spit fake blood, now I have nightly band practice with my three year old son who is a thrashing drummer.
How long you have been sustaining World Can’t Wait (giving a monthly contribution)?
What motivates you to sustain World Can't Wait?
World Can't Wait has stuck to its internationalist principles since it began in 2005. They weren't taken in by the re-branding of the American empire under a new presidency, and have played the crucial role of continuing to give people a way to act from a deep moral conviction against war and torture, and the dismantling of democratic rights in this country.
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VETERANS FOR PEACE
NATIONAL OFFICE: 216 S. Meramec Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105
PHONE: (314) 725-6005 FAX: (314) 725-7103 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 3, 2010
Dear President Obama,
A week ago, I wrote you on this same subject but since I've not yet received a reply either personal or automated, I felt I should try again.
As president of Veterans For Peace (VFP), a national organization of military veterans, I want to convey to you our serious opposition to your administration's policy of ongoing wars, proxy wars, occupations and drone strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine and Yemen.
Your policies are taking innocent lives, causing untold, lifelong suffering, rapidly destroying our economy, our environment, and ultimately making all of us considerably less safe.
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While only a tiny fraction of the U.S. diplomatic cables scheduled for publication by Wikileaks have thus far been made available, some conclusions can already be drawn. These cables and the Iraq and Afghan War Diaries provide an opportunity for Americans to see our government for what it is.
Our government is seen here as controlling a global military and espionage empire that impacts every region of the globe and deceives its own population. Secrecy, spying, and hostility have infected our entire government, turning the diplomatic corps into an arm of the CIA and the military, just as the civilian efforts in Afghanistan are described by Richard Holbrooke, who heads them up, as "support for the military." Secret war planning, secret wars, and lies about wars have become routine.
By Kirk James Murphy, MD
From FireDogLake | Original Article\
Yesterday Alexander Cockburn reminded us of the news Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett broke at Counterpunch in September. Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he was involved in blowing up.
By Debra Sweet
From World Can't Wait | Original Article
World Can't Wait has put a big part of our efforts in 2010 to promoting the revelations brought forth by wikileaks.ch (note url change) as a means of exposing the illegitimate US occupations of Iraq & Afghanistan. The latest "Cablegate" release is so important in understanding how the US uses diplomacy as a means of global domination, that the wrath of the US and all its allies has come down on Julian Assange & Wikileaks.
World Can't Wait, parent organization of War Criminals Watch, has a volunteer-run national office in New York City. Hear from Eileen Ryan who's been volunteering since the start of World Can't Wait.
"The situation on our planet is so disastrous in so many ways that I feel I have to do something to try to change the direction in which we're going. A good place to start is to build a stronger and more visible political movement to end the ever-expanding wars of occupation, which began, this latest round, in Iraq an...d Afghanistan," says War Criminals Watch coordinator.
Fayiz al-Kandari, a Kuwaiti citizen, has been a detainee in Guantanamo since 2002 after being captured by Pakistani forces and sold into US custody. Despite over 400 interrogations, suffering through endless hours of torture, including but not limited to beatings, sleep deprivation, threats and forced stress positions, the US government has failed to gather any of the coveted information that this treatment was ostensibly designed to garner. Furthermore, the US government has not produced any evidence against Fayiz al-Kandari aside from hearsay accusations of other Guantanamo prisoners and unidentified Afghanis, evidence which, under any other circumstances, would not be allowed in court.
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George W. Bush's new memoir is getting lots of press buzz as he and other family members rehabilitate their reputations. Which is why it's important that people arm themselves with the truth about the Bushes and the damage they have done -- a reality best explained in our three-book set: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep. Order this set by Robert Parry
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By Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye
From Truthout | Original Article
The Defense Department forced all "war on terror" detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act that an Army public health physician called "pharmacologic waterboarding."
The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.
In a speech that is believed to have taken place in February, 1970, William Kunstler talks about what he believes to be the "terrible myth" of organized society. He says that because people trust in the established legal system, they tend to accept outcomes without much consideration. This blind trust has given governments the opportunity to use the law to put people to death throughout history, because the "aura of legality" is a very powerful thing and "all tyrants learn that it is far better to do this thing through some semblance of legality than to do it without that pretense."
Join the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia on Friday, Dec.10th from 7-9pm at 239 Thompson St. Washington Sq. Park, for an eye-opening panel presentation and open discussion about how and why fear and anti-Muslim bigotry are mobilized.
Sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Islamophobia in America.
More details at link below.