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Tuesday Feb 11: Day We Fight Back v NSA Surveillance

by Debra Sweet          President Obama recently announced that the vast NSA spying will continue, with a few restrictions. Edward Snowden and the journalists who are still releasing stories from the files he made available are being called spies and being threatened with assasination by members of the US Congress. Once again, the role of those commiting crimes, and the victims, are reversed. 

The State of the "Union" from the Outside

by Debra Sweet          Observing tonight's messages from the President and several Republicans providing what we are told is the "other" side, we ought to step back, look at this as the outsiders we are, and ask questions:

What we learned touring Close Guantanamo NOW

by Debra Sweet         5 years ago yesterday Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo. But the Obama administration is still making arguments in US federal court, and to the public that indefinite detention is necessary in Bagram, Afghanistan, as well as other places. From Guantanamo and beyond: indefinite detention and other forms of torture are wrong and must be stopped!

Protest John Rizzo at His Book Discussion -1/30- Fordham Law School

Join War Criminals Watch and CodePink in silent protest with signs against John Rizzo on 1/30/2014 We'll have signs that describe his war crimes charges and hope you might make your own.  The event will be iat Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St.

"Make Guantanamo History" Rally & Protest - Jan 11, 2014

 Over 200 people gathered in pouring rain at the White House on the beginning of the 13th year of operation of the Guantanamo prison to demand Close Guantanamo Now. A contingent of people in orange jumpsuits and black hoods lined up in front of the White House with placards that read “Close Guantanamo.” Speakers from many groups briefly spoke of the horrors of the prison, stories of the prisoners and their families.

Protesting Torture at the Smithsonian Museum

Why is Guantanamo Still Open?

by Dennis Loo       Obama promised during his 2008 campaign for the presidency that if elected:    “We will lead in the observance of human rights, and the rule of law, and civil rights and due process, which is why I will close Guantanamo and I will restore habeas corpus and say no to torture. Because if you elect me, you will have elected a president who has taught the Constitution, who believes in the Constitution, and who will restore and obey the Constitution of the United States."

New Yorkers Protest Bush at Javits Center

On the morning of Mon., January 13th, about 25 people gathered outside NYC’s Javits Center to protest the presence inside of former George Bush who was giving the breakfast keynote (closed to the press) at the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention. War Criminals Watch/World Can’t Wait activists, who had put the original call out for the demonstration, were there with a large banner and posters. We Will Not Be Silent had their striking black and white posters.

Voices From Around The World Calling For Guantanamo To Be Closed

by Debra Sweet       There are two pertinent questions which demand answers if we are to force the U.S. to close the illegal torture camp at Guantánamo, and go on to end indefinite detention by the United States.  Why did the Bush regime open it in 2002 in a U.S. military base set in Guantánamo Bay on a colonized piece of Cuban land seized from Cuba at the culmination of its war of independence from Spain, known here as the Spanish-American War, in 1898?And why are sections of the U.S. ruling class holding onto this prison so tightly, even expanding its infrastructure, that Obama's six year old promise to close it has become a cruel joke to most of the men who were there when he campaigned in 2008?

January 11, 2014 -12th anniversary of Guantanamo Prison Opening

The Bush regime filled the off-shore prison at Guantanamo Bay by rendering men seized from around the globe into indefinite captivity, employing and legally justifying a program of torture they called "enhanced interrogation." Even Bush's team slowly began to release hundreds of prisoners for whom no case could be fabricated to justify prison. When Barack Obama was elected, he quickly promised to close it within a year... five years ago. It's still open, with new infrastructure added, and more personnel than ever. Most people in the U.S. have no idea there are still 82 prisoners there who were cleared for release years ago; 45 who the President says will never be charged or released; and "military commissions" trials are designed to cover the torture inflicted on the prisoners, depriving of them rights the U.S. has claimed to cherish.

Remembering the Human Collateral Damage

By  Debra Sweet.   Last week 17 people died from a U.S. drone strike in a remote area of Yemen as they drove in a convoy returning from a wedding. People in the area had heard the drone overhead since the day before. As to what really happened, we are fed a lot of speculation by the US news media, because, of course, the U.S. military won't comment... “those killed were linked to al Qaeda, and therefore legitimate targets... the government of Yemen is running the war, and they choose the targets... the drone strike targeted that convoy by ‘mistake.’”

How an Inventive, Imperialist (Evil) System Uses Drones

 Thanks to Medea Benjamin, Code Pink, Reprieve, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the attention and energy of 400 who gathered this past Saturday at Georgetown Law School, we were able to consider Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation & Resistance.  It was a very worthwhile weekend which will impact how people act on and respond to U.S. use of drones.

Help Create an eBook for "Redact This! Artists Against Torture!"

“Art does not have the power to bring about social or political change. But it does have the power to perpetuate the memory of an episode over time … Art serves as a testimony that endures over time, and in the collective memory.” – Fernando Botero

Protest Petraeus Dec. 2 NYC Hotel Pierre

Monday, December 2 from 5:30 pm at The Pierre Hotel -- 2 E. 61st St. at 5th Ave.                                                               N, Q, R train to 5 Av.; #6 to 59 St.; F to Lexington Av.-63 St.;

 

The gala will benefit the New-York Historical Society. Petraeus will be given the 2013 History Makers Award. The theme of the evening The theme will be " Strategic Leadership and Vision.

November 2013 War Criminal Appearances/Protests

Here are the Nov. 2013 Appearances/ Protest of War Criminals around the United States. Please hook up or organize a protest in your area. We will help you with publicity and more if you get in touch with us. Leaflets and posters are available at our website.

Vast NSA Surveillance of Whole Populations Protects US Dirty Wars

 

The "us" being watched by the U.S. has become more widely apparent, as the U.S. has tacitly admitted monitoring the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, including personal mobile calls, and the heads of dozens of other countries.  The response of those leaders, who haven't been much outraged about the surveillance of millions of their citizens, has put the Obama administration and the NSA somewhat at odds over who knew what?  Did the NSA keep the White House ignorant of the extent of spying?  The White House seems to say so, but its Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, says they all knew.

Cheney Unwelcome in Toronto!

 

Canada's War Crimes Section Reviews Lawyers’ Call to Prosecute Cheney for Torture While Activists Protest When Cheney Speaks @ Toronto Global Forum on Halloween.   (Toronto) Torture and war crimes suspect Dick Cheney is scheduled as a keynote speaker at the October 31st luncheon of the Toronto Global Forum, hosted by the International Forum of the Americas. Civil society groups will protest beginning at 11:00 am on Halloween, Oct. 31 outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Activists Visit Canadian Consulates & Embassy Asking for Barring of Cheney

Activists in San Francisco, New York City and Miami paid visits to the Canadian Consulates to hand-deliver a letter from lawyers requesting Canadian officials to fulfill their legal obligations and either bar former Vice President Dick Cheney from entering their country or arrest and prosecute him for war crimes if he arrives to address the Toronto Global Forum on October 31, 2013.  Other activists hand-delivered the same letter to the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC.

Below is a press release issued by the Florida delegation.

The Dirtiness of US Drone War

by Debra Sweet     Almost 5 years after the spike in U.S. use of targeted killing of people via drone by the Obama administration (thousands have been killed), the United Nations, or rather its special rapporteur Ben Emmerson, has released a report saying these drone strikes by the United States have killed civilians by the hundreds, or more, and should be carried out in accordance with international law.

Protest Dick Cheney Speaking at International Forum in Toronto

Protest When Dick Cheney Speaks to International Economic Forum of the Americas -Oct.31, 2013 Metro Toronto Convention Center - Toronto, Canada

Cheney will keynote at the luncheon of this international organization.

Cheney had been scheduled to speak in the very same locale last April but canceled due to fear of demonstrations.This was subsequent to a strong protest naming him as a war criminal when he was in Vancouver promoting his memoir.

Those Behind the Shutdown: Why We Call Them Racists & “Fascists”

 .  Why we call the Tea Party and their leaders in Congress racist:

a. Destruction of voting rights & open promotion of white supremacy.  See The Tea Party’s Legacy of Racism by Robert Parry

Defend the CUNY Six Petraeus Protesters – Drop the Charges Now!

 All those who defend students’ basic right to protest and oppose police brutality are encouraged to attend the public meeting calling to “Defend the CUNY Six – Drop the Charges Now!” Lending vocal support is crucial, as two of the CUNY 6 will have their first court appearance  on October 17th. The public meeting will be held in Room 9.64 (9th floor).

Protest Petraeus: Fundraising Gala

by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY:     “Honoring and recognizing” a war criminal – that’s what John Jay College for Criminal Justice plans to do at its 2013 Gala on Wednesday, October 16th. The event will feature the former Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and ex-CIA chief known as David “Death Squad” Petraeus.

October 2013 War Criminal Appearances

Here's the October 2013 War Criminals Appearances/Protests. Let us know if you are planning something in your area so we might assist you and publicize your event. You may download leaflets and posters at www.warcriminalswatch.com

Dick Cheney  

10/2/13 Colorado Springs CO   

Ban Cheney from Canada or Arrest & Prosecute Him

 

by War Criminals Watch          Torture suspect and former U.S. Vice President Richard (Dick) Cheney is scheduled to speak at the Toronto Global Forum, October 31, 2013, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event is hosted by the International Economic Forum of the Americas.

Their Way or Another Way

Peter Ludlow has an essay over at The New York Times’ series The Stone entitled “The Banality of Systemic Evil.” His title is a takeoff on the phrase “the banality of evil” made famous by Hannah Arendt’s description of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in her much cited 1963 article “

Obama's Speech to the UN - His Challenge to International Law

by Dennis Loo         “Sovereignty cannot be a shield for tyrants to commit wanton murder, or an excuse for the international community to turn a blind eye to slaughter.”Obama said this in his address before the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2013.  Another, more transparent way of saying what Obama said is this: “The foundational principle of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Tribunal is wrong: wars launched upon a country that has not attacked you first is not the supreme international crime.”

US President Embraces US Empire

 

by Debra Sweet               Wrapped in some benign sounding words about prosperity, peace, and “shifting from a perpetual war footing,” the core of Barack Obama’s message to the United Nations yesterday made clear that if the U.N. doesn’t pass a resolution the U.S. wants against Syria, he still could execute a strike.

Here’s the take-home:

United Nations... of Drones & Dirty Wars?

by Debra Sweet          This week World Can't Wait joinskNOwdrones.com and Granny Peace

An Evening With Malalai Joya

In 2003 a 25 year old activist Malalai Joy stood up to the domination of warlords in her country Afghanistan. She began to work tirelessly on behalf Afghan women and ending the occupation of her country. In 2005, she became the youngest member of the Afghan parliament. She was suspended from Parliament in 2007 because she spoke out against warlords and war criminals. Meet Malalai  October 4, 2013 @ 6:30pm Community Church of New York. 40 E. 35th St. NYC

                                 

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