LEFT FORUM: 3 War Criminals Watch/World Can't Wait Panels
Targeted Killing, Drone Warfare, Surveillance & Grassroots Resistance: the Obama Doctrine
Saturday, 8th of June 03:40 pm-05:20 pm, Room W622
This year the Obama administration acknowledged hundreds of drone strikes as part of keeping military dominance over the regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. While not providing information on its secret CIA drone program, it pushed through the nomination of former “terror-czar” John Brennan as CIA Director and publicly embraces and justifies, in a White Paper, targeted killing arguing that the Bush regime's Authorization of Military Force provides for war without borders. The US military is now training more pilots of unmanned vehicles than of fighter/bombers. Federal regulations will soon allow drones in domestic airspace. Activists opposing drones for warfare and surveillance are challenging the use of drones on moral and political basis through non-violent direction action and mass education campaigns.
Debra Sweet - World Can't Wait, Ed Kinane - Upstate Coalition to Stop the Wars & Ground the Drones, Nick Mottern - KnowDrones.com, Zohra Ahmed - Pakistan Solidarity Network
Stopping Indefinite Detention by the US: Guantánamo, Bagram and the NDAA
Saturday, 8th of June 05:30 pm-07:10 pm, Room E305
A multi-media presentation with an ongoing slide show of art against torture.
Eleven years since the building of the US prison at Guantánamo, and nine years after disclosures of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, US policy has settled into de facto indefinite detention of thousands. Included in the Democratic Party talking points of 2008 was a call to close Guantánamo; in 2012 they did not discuss it. Meanwhile, the largest body of prisoners held without the right to habeas corpus is in the US prison at Bagram, Afghanistan. The majority of prisoners at Guantánamo began a hunger strike in Feburary 2013 as a desperate call for public attention, as conditions for them have worsened under Obama.
The provisions of the National Defense Authoirzation Act of 2012 are still in force, despite court challenges, allowing the president to order US citizens and others who are "part of or substantially supported al Queda, the Taliban or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners" and anyone who commits a "belligerent act" against the US to be held indefinitely without charge.
Debra Sweet - World Can't Wait, Ramzi Kassem - CUNY Law School,Jeremy Varon - Witness Against Torture, Golnaz Fakhimi - International Justice Network
A National Security State In and Out: History Will Not Be Kind
Sunday, 9th of June 10:00 am-11 :50 am, Room W510
The US government has seized on 9/11 to use its power in ways that obliterate constitutional protections in the name of security and protecting US lives – part of that seen in how whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning, Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack have been treated. But, we know that true history matters even though truth has become regarded as treason in the empire of lies. Drake and Radack, former insiders within the US government, will speak on the perversions of power, the perfect storm when security loses all bounds. Debra Sweet will cover the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 which allows the president to order US citizens and others to be held indefinitely without charge.
Thomas Drake - NSA whistle blower, Jesselyn Radack - Government Accountability Project, Debra Sweet - World Can't Wait
ONE PACE PLAZA, NYC