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A week of public forums, school teach-ins, art/culture actions,
religious communities’ events, protests, film showings, and more…. This
project will be voted on at City Council’s September 21 meeting. Please
contact City Council members to inform ...them of your support, and please
attend the meeting.
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This fall, be a part of “BERKELEY SAYS NO TO TORTURE” Week - October 10-16
A week of public forums, school teach-ins, art/culture actions, religious communities’ events, protests, film showings, and more….
Initiated by a proposal to the Berkeley City Council from World Can’t Wait (below), Progressive Democrats of America, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (Social Justice Comm.) and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald. [Also endorsed by the National Lawyers Guild SF Chapter.]
Passed 6/7/10 by the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, this project will be voted on at City Council’s September 21 meeting. Please contact City Council members to inform them of your support, and please attend the meeting.
WORLD CAN’T WAIT (SF BAY) at 415-864-5153, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Andy Worthington
On Friday, the Polish Border Guard Office released a number of documents to the Warsaw-based Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, which, for the first time, provide details of the number of prisoners transferred by the CIA to a secret prison in Poland between December 5, 2002 and September 22, 2003, and, in one case, the number of prisoners who were subsequently transferred to a secret CIA prison in Romania. The documents (available here and here) provide important information about the secret prison at Szymany, in north eastern Poland, and also add to what is known about the program in Romania, which has received far less scrutiny.
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At the Free Bradley Manning demo Ray McGovern said,
"We are living in a liminal time, that is to say we live on the threshold. So much that we
have taken for granted is passing.
In times like this we must be careful to keep our bearings, lest we come to love the chaos
that passes for for reality.
This is why we need to honor our brother Bradley Manning. He was not afraid to face the unknown;
not afraid to resist the seduction of conformity; not afraid to follow his conscience,
AND not afraid to give us the wherewithal to distinguish truth from lies so that we, too,
can follow our conscience.
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Check out step-by-step suggestions from San Franciso Bay Area Chapter of World Can't Wait step-by-step suggestions for organizing a showing of the Wikileaks' video "Collateral Murder" outside in public.
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NY Area Fans Come on out on Mon., 8/16 and Show Your solidarity with Accused Whistle Blower Pfc. Bradley Manning.
5:30 - 7pm, Times Square Recruiting Center, Manhattan.
For most people in Britain and the US, Iraq is already history. Afghanistan has long since taken the lion's share of media attention, as the death toll of Nato troops rises inexorably. Controversy about Iraq is now almost entirely focused on the original decision to invade: what's happening there in 2010 barely registers.
That will have been reinforced by Barack Obama's declaration this week that US combat troops are to be withdrawn from Iraq at the end of the month "as promised and on schedule". For much of the British and American press, this was the real thing: headlines hailed the "end" of the war and reported "US troops to leave Iraq".
Nothing could be further from the truth.
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By Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman
From San Francisco Gate
A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on terrorism were kept in the dark.
Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were aboard.
They arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 24, 2003, years earlier than the U.S. has ever disclosed. Then, months later, they were just as quietly whisked away before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers.
The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA "black sites" for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts. Had they remained at the Guantanamo Bay prison for just three more months, they would have been afforded those rights.
For a great read on how it's not just possible but necessary to hold higher-ups responsible for their heinous acts, be sure to get yourself a copy of Charlotte Dennett's "The People v Bush: One Lawyer's Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the Nationwide Grassroots Movement she's encountered along the way."
WATCH JFWILLIAM'S HIGHEST BIDDER VIDEO
Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same party. meanwhile... GOING UP ! Top 1% share of total income Income gap between rich and poor Foreign debt as a percent of GDP Age at which one can receive Social Security...
Elaine Brower,mother of an Iraq vet and Ethan McCord,Iraq vet, on supporting accused military leaker Bradley Manning and the growing resistance in the military.
See and hear what they have to share:
Ethan McCord, who was a member of Bravo Company and rescued the two children seen in the WikiLeaks"Collateral Murder" video, tells what effect this experience had on him.
Hear his account on the following video:
Sunday, August 1st, was the 8th anniversary of the writing of the torture memos by John Yoo and Jay Bybee. Cheers to Coleen Rowley, the former FBI official, for protesting in Minneapolis, calling for prosecutions of those who have authorized and implemented torture. Read her call to action and see more photos here.
Along with this anniversary comes the expiration of the 8 year statute of limitations for prosecuting the torturers. Rowley called for immediate action in response, and wrote: "Obama's insane slogan and policy about 'looking only forward' makes no sense as it would entail overlooking all crimes committed in the past."
From Center for Constitutional Rights
August 3, 2010, Washington, DC and New York – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to challenge their refusal to grant a license that would allow the groups to file a lawsuit challenging the government’s asserted authority to use lethal force against U.S. citizens located far from any battlefield without charge, trial, or judicial process of any kind.
Group Releases 18-Month Review Of President's National Security Policies And Civil Liberties
NEW YORK – The Obama administration has repudiated some of the Bush administration's most egregious national security policies but is in danger of institutionalizing others permanently into law, thereby creating a troubling "new normal," according to a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
By Michael Santo
From examiner.com | Original Article
If anyone has doubts that the U.S. government has begun taking Wikileaks seriously, this news will change all that. Sources told C|Net that security researcher Jacob Appelbaum was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about Wikileaks as he entered the country on Thursday to attend the hacker conference Defcon.
For War Criminals Watch fans who are protesting Judge Jay Bybee, we have a new leaflet that you might use.
Large numbers of Iraqi children are being born with horrendous birth defects due to the use of chemical weapons.
By Chris Floyd
From Empire Burlesque
Years ago, I wrote about the use of chemical weapons in the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004. I was attacked at the time for my "wild accusations" by many people, across the political spectrum, even by stalwart dissidents, who felt that such "exaggerations" undermined the "effectiveness" of the anti-war movement, preventing it from being taken "seriously" by the "serious" players in the power structure. Later, of course, American military officials -- and serving soldiers -- admitted using white phosphorus and other chemical weapons in the assault.
World Can't Wait Present a National Webcast of Anti-war Leaders & Veterans Responding to the WikiLeaks Revelations.
Sun. 8/1, 4:30-7pm EST. CALL: 866-973-4463
featuring Josh Stieber, veteran of Bravo Company 2-16 Collateral Murder via Skype: Cindy Sheehan, anti-war veteran Matthis Chiroux & journalist Dahr Jamail & others to be announced.
NYC supporters: Be part of the live audience discussion in cool comfort
Asian American Writers Workshop 112 West 27, near 6th Avenue, 6th floor, Manhattan
100 Days 100 Portraits Oil on Our Hands, Oil on Our minds, Oil Everywhere
Come to Union Square and take photos, be photographed covered in "oil", use the "oil" we have on hand to express your anger using your body (or paper ...and markers provided) as a canvas. Make your own poster there with your own words, speak out publicly. Join us in this happening! Express your outrage! Be creative! Be artistic!
We want 100 portraits or more so bring friends. See your photos up on our site later. There is no charge to be photographed (but donations are needed and welcomed).
Because the oil gusher may not be capped
Because 100-200 million gallons of oil & 2 million of dispersants still foul the Gulf
Because wetlands, shores, wild and marine life are still threatened
Because peoples' health still isn't protected
Because the truth is still not out
Because oil companies and government still want to "drill, baby, drill"
By Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt and Andrew W. Lehren
From The New York Times
Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.
The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.
100 Days or Outrage - since the Gulf Oil Disaster Sarted. Let's Have Hundreds of Local Demos On July 30th!
The Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster is calling for July 30th as a day of actions worldwide actions to commemorate the 100th day of the Oil Volcano in the Gulf of Mexico. Demands 100 Actions! Cities, Towns, Communities, Globally because the environment has no borders!
Check out this youtube spot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB1jQenY74k
Also this website: http://StopGulfOilDisaster.org
A Member of the Unit that Carried Out the Mission Documented in Wilkleaks "Collateral Murder" Video Has Written an Account of it
By Ehan McCord
The smell was unlike anything I've smelled before, a mixture of feces, urine, blood, smoke, and something else indescribable.
That day started out much like many days in Iraq. We were woken up about 2:30 am to prepare for a mission, one of many that seemed pointless. Our Battalion commander called them “Ranger dominance”, but many of the soldiers such as myself dubbed them “Ranger dumbass”. These missions consisted of two companies walking through new Baghdad unprotected from snipers and IEDs. We dreaded them and despised our battalion commander because of them.
By Deb Weinstein
Ever-shifting rules, minders and a cloaked public record are some of the barriers Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg said await those hoping to cover the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday night at an event titled "Banned at Guantanamo: A Freedom of the Press Event," Rosenberg described an ever-tightening ring of access that has become even more onerous as of May, when she and three colleagues were banned from the military base for using publicly available information in their coverage. The reason: the military claims that she and her colleagues should not have identified one of the detainee's interrogators.
By Gina Kim
From The Modesto Bee
John Yoo didn't set out to become the face of torture.
But that's what happened after the former attorney in the George W. Bush administration wrote memos justifying the expansion of presidential powers – including how the government treats suspected terrorists – following the 9/11 attacks.
And it's a label that continues to stick to the 43-year-old Yoo, who has since returned to teaching constitutional and international law at the University of California, Berkeley.
About 10 protesters sporting orange ribbons in a nod to the jumpsuit color of Guantánamo Bay detainees crowded the sidewalk in front of Capitol Plaza Ballrooms on Ninth Street on Wednesday, forcing Yoo to enter through a side door to address a monthly luncheon of the Sacramento Press Club.
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By Andy Worthington
In the history of the “War on Terror,” few stories are as disturbing as that of Abu Zubaydah. Seized in Pakistan in March 2002, Zubaydah was initially regarded as a “high-value detainee” of such significance that the Bush administration conceived its torture program specifically for use on him, but the case against him has steadily unraveled over the years, as officials — first in the Bush administration, and then under President Obama — have conceded that his significance was monstrously overstated, and that he was not a member of al-Qaeda, was not involved in planning any international terrorist attacks, and had no advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks.
War Criminals Watch is having an exciting Video/Cartoon/Comic Strip Contest – we’ll post all appropriate videos, cartoons and Comic Strips on WarCriminalsWatch.org in September with the top four and winner specially highlighted.
We are in the midst of an absolutely horrendous oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, our major concern has been war criminals – who also happen to have a tremendous interest in oil. Well, well, what do you know?
We have some facts we have collected about some of these culprits. go to: http://warcriminalswatch.org Use your creativity and produce a five-minute or shorter video on one or more of these planetary criminals such as:
* George W. Bush
* Richard Cheney
* Robert Gates
* William J. Haynes
* Condoleeza Rice
Posters of some of the above are also available.
From Center for Constitutional Rights
New York – Today (7/19/2010), the Center for Constitutional Rights
(CCR) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by
the U.S. government that it forcibly repatriated a Guantánamo detainee to
“We condemn the forcible repatriation of Abdul Aziz Naji to Algeria.
Although Mr. Naji has long been cleared of any connection with terrorism,
we are deeply concerned that he will disappear into secret detention and
face the threat of persecution by terrorist groups in Algeria. He bears
no ill will toward the Algerian government, but fears that it will be
unable to protect him from extremists in Algeria.
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From Witness Against Torture
New York City — Three Christian activists from Witness Against Torture traveled to Bermuda on Friday, July 16, 2010 to meet with four Uyghur men who were detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba for more than seven years. (The Uyghur ethnic group primarily resides in western China.) The Bush administration conceded that the men are not “enemy combatants,” and in October 2008 a federal judge ordered their release. Eight months later, four Uyghurs were resettled in Bermuda. Other Uyghur detainees were resettled elsewhere while five Uyghurs remain in Guantánamo.
By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin
From The Washington Post | Original Article
In suburbs across the nation, the intelligence community goes about its anonymous business. Its work isn’t seen, but its impact is surely felt.
The brick warehouse is not just a warehouse. Drive through the gate and around back, and there, hidden away, is someone's personal security detail: a fleet of black SUVs that have been armored up to withstand explosions and gunfire.
Along the main street, the signs in the median aren't advertising homes for sale; they're inviting employees with top-secret security clearances to a job fair at Cafe Joe, which is anything but a typical lunch spot.
The new gunmetal-colored office building is really a kind of hotel where businesses can rent eavesdrop-proof rooms.