Under the guise of good manners, America's polite authoritarians seek to silence qualms with the status quo, preferring that angst be channeled into the less disruptive, more respectful and largely ineffectual world of electoral politics. Don't like the system? Vote for someone who will promise to change things (and then be mature enough to accept the fact they won't)...
Many Americans would now consider the leading figures in the Bush Administration aided and abetted by many enablers in congress from both political parties to be unindicted war criminals. Together they ignited a global conflict that is still running strong fourteen years later with a tally of more than 7,000 dead Americans and a minimum of hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans, Somalis and Syrians...
Revolution Books NYC has uncovered and gifted us hundreds of Hurricane Katrina era t-shirts. The message still applies; the Bush Team remains at large. We can wear a conversation starter about how these crimes weren't okay then and aren't okay now.
As the 10th anniversary of Katrina approaches, a resurgence of people wearing the shirt and demanding justice will matter a great deal for all those who lost loved ones and suffered at the hands of these criminals. We will not forgive and forget!
Click this link to buy yours today.
Just yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on the closing of all but 8 abortion clinics in Texas. This is very good, but it is also only temporary at this point. All the more reason we need to show our determination and defiance in the streets.
World Can't Wait urges you to join our Stop Patriarchy friends tomorrow,
Wednesday, July 1
1 Peter Yorke Way
Cathedral Hill, near corner of Gough and Geary
Office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco
U.S. policymakers sign paper calling for the division, destruction, and occupation of Syria. New Eastern Outlook reporter Tony Cartalucci dissects Brooking Institution's "Deconstructing Syria,"
On Sunday, June 28th, join Courage to Resist and the Chelsea Manning Support Network in this year's 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade!
March for our heroic WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and show your support for whistle-blowers and government transparency.
In 2013, the Chelsea Manning contingent was awarded the highest honor, "The Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent". That contingent was the largest non-corporate group with well over 1,000 people! And last year, Chelsea Manning was honored as an official Parade Grand Marshal!
* Wave from the motorized cable car!
* Cheer on our Flash Mob Dancers!
* Help staff the Chelsea Manning booth at the TransMarch
Chelsea Manning Contingent Meet-up at 12:00 noon
Main Street, between Howard and Folsom, San Francisco
Please join CODEPINK and other activists in our growing resistance to drone warfare.
This month at Beale we invite fathers to speak out... Please join us if you can.
Even if that lawyer is a prosecutor. It is up to you, the non lawyer, to independently ascertain if it is really something you should be doing."
-- Dave comments on It's Not Torture If A Doctor Is In the House
A corporate lawyer with the Wall Street law firm Covington & Burling, Holder will be remembered for his timid defense of civil rights; his overseeing and even encouragement of the massive militarization of the nation's police forces; his anti-First Amendment efforts to pursue not just whistleblowers but the journalists who use them; threatening both with jail and in fact jailing a number of them (particularly in the case of whistleblower extraordinaire Edward Snowden, and WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange, both of whom reportedly face U.S. treason charges); and his weak enforcement of environmental protection laws...
Good riddance! says Dave Lindorff, editor of ThisCantBeHappening.
The USA Freedom Act takes attacks on civil liberties in the United States to a whole new level. Instead of celebrating a "small, first step" to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, we would do well to study facts of the matter that reveal the true intent of the legislation: codification of legal provisions that were formally illegal (making the spy program permanent), and coordination of phone data with other capture programs unaffected by expiration of the Patriot Act.
..what Congress did, and what it did not do earlier, changes very little - and nothing of cardinal importance. The main effect is to give the impression of change so as to release pressure for reform that might really be meaningful. The base truth is that everything that counts remains the same.
-- Michael Brenner, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh
The main data-capture provision of the "Freedom" Act bans the government from bulk collection of phone data. Which would be great if it didn't compel phone companies to do it for them.
World Can't Wait rejects the USA Freedom Act which would transfer bulk collection of call-data records to phone companies to distribute to government spies "as-needed."
The compulsion to violate international standards of human rights rests on presumption of American exceptionalism -- that pursuit of U.S. affluence supersedes the interests of Humanity and the Planet.
It took Bill Clinton only eight years to double the nation's prison population. It didn't have to be this way.
Close the U.S. Drone Satellite Relay Station at Ramstein Air Base, Germany
The Ramstein relay station is essential to U.S. drone attacks because it "enables drone operators in the American Southwest to communicate with their remote aircraft in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and other targeted countries." [Today marked] the opening of a court case in Cologne on May 27 on behalf of Faisal bin Ali Jaber, an environmental engineer from Yemen who lost his brother-in-law and a nephew to a U.S. drone attack in 2012.
His suit seeks to force the German government act to close the Ramstein relay station under a provision of German law that allows people to seek redress if they have suffered harm from activities generated on German soil, in this case drone execution without due process.
"This is an extremely important case not only because it has the potential for stopping U.S. drone attacks but because it may expose much about the U.S. drone program that has been kept secret from the American public and the world," said Nick Mottern, Director of KnowDrones.com
The political and media elite, and yes, Jeb Bush would have us put down the invasion of Iraq as a terrible mistake and move on.
Well, let's not -- because that's a false narrative, and everyone who was involved in the debate over the war knows that it's false. The Iraq war wasn't an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war.
-- Paul Krugman, op-ed columnist for the New York Times