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Rights should not be taken for granted

 

September 13, 2010 - It's easy to forget that the faces we see on TV, in magazines and in newspapers are real people, just like us.

It's easy to think of the man in the green uniform, leaving on a plane, as a soldier fighting a war, and not a much-loved son going to risk his life. And it's easy to look at the misfortunes of someone you hear about in the newspaper, then reassure yourself it will never happen to you or your family. So why should you care?

Many people agree that the best indicator of the future is the past. So when someone's rights are violated intentionally, it is ignorant of us to believe it will never happen to us.

I'm 15 years old and I am a Canadian citizen.

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It's expensive

Always wondered why Fear rules over Cost for these so called fiscal conservatives and the tax cutting teabagger types. They do same for Defense budgets, silence, but find nothing wrong with never mentioning the VA budget as they wage wars of choice and use the military and veterans in their speak for that phony patriotism!

 

Another reason to close Guantanamo: It's expensive

 

Sep. 11, 2010 - President Barack Obama has found another reason for closing the prison camps for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo, saying the Pentagon outpost is too expensive.

"The costs of holding folks in Guantanamo is massively higher than it is in holding them in a Supermax, maximum security prison here in the United States,'' Obama said at a White House news conference on Friday, one day before the Sept. 11 anniversary.

Worst Kind of Patriotism!

September 11 Brought Out the Worst Kind of Patriotism

 

September 11, 2010 - The first shattering scene of the 21st century calls forth a reminder, an observation, and a suggestion.

Remember the Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, before the terrorist attacks? Crystal clear on the Eastern Seaboard, a brilliant turquoise blue sky. The people of the nation woke up in a generally contented mood--but a bit complacent and fat from seven years of peace and prosperity.

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Bush was specifically warned in late August, 2001, that just such a thing would happen. He was on vacation on his Texas ranch and replied rudely to his intelligence briefer. He did not get a bit of blame from the American public, numb with grief and shock.

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CIA Ran Prison Facilities

As this Nation joined the ranks, now World known, of those we condemned for same, and still do, and use that excuse of torture as one of many to strike fear to justify our Wars of Choice!

 

CIA papers reveal it ran prison facilities in Poland

 

September 10, 2010 - AT LEAST one secret CIA prison operated on Polish territory between 2001 and 2003, according to a newly published internal document of the intelligence agency. An account of the document by the Associated Press (AP) agency suggests prisoners were not only held there but tortured.

 

Trying to Hide and Whitewash Our Own Human Rights Violations

As we still condemn others for doing exactly the same, in past decade using some as our allies in human rights violations, and even using that condemnation to justify our Wars of Choice!

 

Bush’s rendition program remains unchecked

Sept. 9: Prof. Jonathan Turley shares his thoughts on an appeals court ruling to uphold the government’s practice of exporting terror suspects for interrogation in other countries.

 

Court Sides With Bush/Obama Administrations In Favor of Torture, Secrecy, Against Rule of Law

Atty: 'Court closed to victims, complete immunity to torturers'...

See story at BRAD BLOG.

Polands CIA 'Black Sites'

Shedding Light on Black Sites

 

7th September 2010 - At the end of July 2010 the Polish Office of Border Security gave a number of recently-released documents to the Poland-based Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), which for the first time provided details of transported passengers, including possible terrorism suspects, on seven of the CIA flights to a secret prison in Poland between December 2002 and September 2003.

 

Give 'em Medals of Honor!!!

Four men arrested after shoes and eggs are thrown at Tony Blair at book signing

 

04 Sep 2010 - Four men have been arrested after shoes and eggs were thrown at Tony Blair as he promoted his controversial memoir in Dublin on Saturday.

 

Responsibility as well as Accountability

While this points to blair the taking of responsibility the World waits to come from here, the United States, and the Accountability must come from the people of both, as the World watches and waits, but especially in the Destroyed Iraq!

 

Blair should take responsibility for Iraq. But he won't. He can't

This is not a debate, it's a bloody, blood-soaked disaster for which the former PM should take responsibility

 

Tony Blair is Certifiably Nuts

I just listened to this interview and can now say what many, me included, have thought all along, not only about him but as to our own previous administration, he's certifiably crazy! I mean that in the so called World View, especially of righteousness, he just spoke. What's going on has Nothing to do with any religious ideology but does for those who want to use that as their excuse, boy do they got some splanin to do at the pearly gates. He seems to Not Understand that humans going into others countries and Destroying Them as that Kills and Maims Tens of Thousands plus and Millions of Refugees is Not going to create Rage and Hatred, not only in those countries but from others on the planet. He and like are beyond nuts, Way Beyond!!

 

"Iraq war became a nightmare"

Sorry there Tony but it was known headed towards much more then a 'nightmare' with the first beat of the drums of war of choice and you will be remembered, and judged, as a Main Participant beating those drums!! Even millions of Brits were telling you so and you choose, as your masters cheney and bush labeled, to ignore the 'focus groups' who were not proven wrong!!

Today: 08.29.2010, and Everyday!

Remind the beckers and hockey puck herds, Today, what they want to go back to is the Total Incompetence of the previous administration and the repub congresses then and before which brought the Example of Katrina's Devastation, in this Country, to the people of the Gulf!!

That they were blaming everyone else as they Supported that Incompetence, not only as to that but the emptying of our treasury, two wars and occupations of choice, tearing apart the constitutional rights of this country, the destruction of the economy {though that was coming with the con of trickle down capitalism anyway, the affore mentioned just hastened it and made it worse} and Oh So Much More.........................................!!

 

That's the 'god' they Worship!!

Withdraw the Last Combat Politicians from Washington

By David Swanson

Pretending to end a war and occupation, while stationing 50,000 soldiers, 18,000 mercenaries, and 84,000 support contractors in massive and permanent military bases in Iraq is a far cry from what candidate Barack Obama described as ending "the mind-set that got us into war in the first place." It fits better with Nobel Peace laureate Obama's description of war as "not only necessary but morally justified."

Protesters Disrupt War Criminal John Yoo's Return to Classroom UC Berkeley Law Boalt Hall 8-16-10

By Frances Dinkelspiel

Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist, and dozens of protesters from Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait, the Boalt Alliance to Abolish Torture and other groups marched through Berkeley Law School today to protest John Yoo’s position as a member of the faculty.
After holding a brief press conference outside the law school, the group marched through the halls and into an outdoor plaza where many students had gathered to have lunch. The protesters were wearing latex gloves dipped in red paint and they yelled “Torture is a war crime,” and “What do we want for John Yoo? Arrest! Indictment! Imprisonment!”

FOR MORE : http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/home-mainmenu-289/6591-protests-g...

CHECK OUT VIDEO OF PROTEST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoNTVXvTPh4

Democracy - Wikileaks

WikiLeaks necessary for democracy

 

August 27, 2010 - WikiLeaks, an organization dedicated to anonymously publishing classified documents, has recently come under fire for publishing more than 90,000 Afghanistan war logs — logs that meticulously chronicle a long, secretive history of brutality, deception and corruption at the behest of American intervention.

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has since been routinely harassed with a variety of threats, among these a false rape allegation purportedly initiated by the Pentagon to root out Assange during a stay in Sweden.

Therein lies the question: if the folks at the Pentagon are so afraid of Assange and his tiny donation-funded organization that they would start a smear campaign of death threats and baseless accusations, just how much are they hiding?

Glen Beck: "I Have a Scheme"

Glenn Beck wants to reclaim the civil rights movement on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. (10:19)

 

In Australia on Afghanistan

Morphed with the help of the Neo-Cons in this Country, the U.S., and their supporters hate rhetoric which not only continues but has ramped up in condemnation still of a whole peoples as well as their religious beliefs, made by those who are no different then the extremists they should be condemning!

 

Abbott apologises to whistleblower Wilkie

 

August 26, 2010 - THE likely independent MP Andrew Wilkie said the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, had apologised for the Howard government's vilification of him over his opposition to the Iraq War.

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This week Mr Wilkie called for Australia to separate its Afghanistan war policy from the United States and get out.

‘Proxy Detention’ of American Citizen

ACLU/SC Suit Seeks Information on U.S. ‘Proxy Detention’ of American Citizen in the U.A.E.

 

August 18, 2010 - Seeking to uncover information about the U.S. government’s 2008 overseas “proxy detention” of American citizen Naji Hamdan, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a lawsuit in federal district court here today. The suit asks the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and other intelligence agencies to turn over records about their surveillance of Mr. Hamdan in the United States, and their involvement in his detention and torture in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. {read more}

 

Related

* Watch an interview between Hamdan and Pasquarella.

BERKELEY SAYS NO TO TORTURE -OCT. 10-16,2010

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/wcw-events/details/483-qberkeley-...

Omar Khadr's Gitmo Trial

One last chance to do right by Khadr

 

August 21, 2010 - Fate has thrown one last opportunity to the Prime Minister to finally do the right thing and bring Omar Khadr home to Canada.

I have returned to Canada after a week of observing the latest chapter in Khadr's unending saga at Guantanamo Bay -- the continuing determination of the U.S. government to try a child soldier for war crimes. And I return struck with the fact that the Canadian government has this unexpected chance to protect his rights. It is so unexpected and steeped in the drama of his lawyer collapsing in court, that one is even tempted to believe that this time it might be impossible for the government to resist.

The Cambodian War Crimes Tribunal

Cambodia looks beyond war crimes tribunal

 

August 20, 2010 - After handing down its first verdict in July, the international war crimes tribunal in Cambodia will next year hear the second - and possibly final - case against a former senior Khmer Rouge leader. But some people are looking beyond all of this - to a time when the tribunal has left Cambodia - and a need for learning centres and other legacy projects. {read more}

Will this Country, the United States, wait, if ever, years to do what we should already be doing and the World Awaits same?

Hiding Information On Torture

ACLU Lawsuit Charges Feds With Hiding Information On Torture Of US Citizen

Aug. 18, 2010 - Naji Hamdan Was Held in Secret Arab Prison For Months, Alleges US Involvement

Naji Hamdan, an American of Lebanese origin, looks from the balcony of his home, in Beirut, Lebanon, in this Nov. 2009 file photo. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court in California today to force the CIA, the FBI and other federal agencies to tell what they know about the alleged torture and detention of Hamdan, who was held in a secret prison in the UAE for months.(Bilal Hussein/AP Photo)

Symbolism in Occupations

Our symbolic transfer from combat during 'Nam was when we were sent over no longer as labeled 'combat' but as 'advisors' once again.

That started just before I left CI/SERE in early 1970 and headed into country, we were given military beanies, i.e. berets, with the operations patch on them and called 'advisors', never did meet my supposed 'counterpart' the whole year I was there.

 

Why aren't we?

Other countries probing Bush-era torture — Why aren't we?

18 August 2010 - In June, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Canadian man who contends that U.S. authorities mistook him for an al Qaida operative in 2002 and shipped him to a secret prison in Syria, where he was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months.

Four years earlier, however, the Canadian government had concluded an exhaustive inquiry and found that the former prisoner, Maher Arar, was telling the truth. Canada cleared Arar of all ties to terrorism and paid him $10 million in damages, and his lawyers say he's cooperating with an investigation into the role of U.S. and Syrian officials in his imprisonment and reported torture.

TORTURE IS THE QUESTION...WHAT IS OUR ANSWER?

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, sf@worldcantwait.org

Gitmo Controversy:

President Obama's promise to shut the Guantánamo Bay detention facility has come back to haunt him.

For many that's what this will carry as the political meme. But for those of us who understand that the previous decade, along the extreme hateful rantings of many throughout and now, this will be seen as the reality of creating much more hatreds towards us and our very blatant hypocrisies that are way too numerous to list! Which will effect much in this country in the coming decades, especially Security and Economy! It will also remind us of the fear within many who fight bringing those held as criminals, many already released for lack of any evidence, to the U.S. to stand trial, in a Country that once stood for Law and Human Rights as it condemns others of not, and be incarcerated here if found guilty! We created our own enemies of those who would never have been nor ever thought of being!

Samer Muscati: Torture in Iraq and More Part 1 & 2

Interview Part One

Interview Part Two

Samer Muscati researches and reports on the human rights situation in Iraq for Human Rights Watch. Samer recently returned from a trip to Iraq during which he and his colleagues interviewed over 40 men who had been tortured while detained in an Iraqi prison. EPIC talked with Samer about the Iraqi government’s role in preventing torture, the violence facing religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq, and the future of civil society there.

Bradley Manning and the Secret World

By John Grant

Poor Bradley Manning. The kid can’t catch a break. Not only does the military have him locked in some inhuman solitary hole where they can slow-torture him using the latest approved methods, now his troubled private life is being broadcast for all to see.

After running 75,000 secret military field reports released by WIkiLeaks, The New York Times assigned a reporter, Ginger Thompson, to find out personal details about PFC Manning, who is being held at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia.

What she found was a sensitive, smart kid who did his best to survive the mess he landed in when he was born. A dysfunctional family life seems to have pushed him into the loner category. Then, as kids are encouraged to do by recruitment posters, he chose to join the Army, as Thompson writes, “to give his life some direction.”

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