SPRING DAYS OF ACTION - 2014

World Can't Wait repudiates President Obama's assassination program. We urge you to endorse the KNOW DRONES CALL and join with protests nationwide.

MONSTERS IN THE SKY video

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World Can't Wait's "Reaper" drone is a 1/5 scale replica of the real thing. Imagine Obama's weapon of choice flying in the sky above your head. Not In My Back Yard? Let's ban the use of killer or surveillance drones ANYWHERE. American lives are not more important than other people's lives. Humanity and the planet come first. Resist the destruction that accompanies this technology, intentional or not. 

Lynne Stewart Speaking Tour

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Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! 
Welcome Home Lynne Stewart! 
Free all political prisoners! End racist mass incarceration! Abolish the death penalty! Stop police brutality and murder! 
 
Friday, May 2: San Francisco
hosted by National Lawyers Guild, SF Gray Panthers & Freedom Archives
6 pm
518 Valencia Street

Saturday, May 3: San Jose
hosted by San Jose Peace and Justice Center, NLG South Bay & South Bay Committee Against Political Repression
5:30 pm reception, 7 pm rally
Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, 405 South 10th Street 

Sunday, May 4: Oakland
hosted by Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal & KPFA
6 pm reception, 7 pm rally
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street 

Monday, May 5: San Rafael
hosted by Marin Peace and Justice Coalition
7 pm
First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Drive 

Tuesday, May 6: Sacramento
5:30 pm reception, 7 pm rally
Southside Park Co-Housing Common House, 434 T Street


contact Jeff Mackler jmackler@lmi.net 510.268.9429

While John Yoo's 'Torture Memos' have been revoked,

"the only case I know of where the Justice Department has ever withdrawn an opinion of the office of legal counsel and officially is no longer U.S. policy," says University of Notre Dame Law Professor Douglass Cassel,

truth bytes

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Despite Senator Feinstein's best efforts to package the contents of her 6,600-page torture investigation to her liking, leaks will continue to frustrate attempts to re-write the history of Guantanamo.

Witness Against U.S. Drone Strikes

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Noor Behram remembers why he started on his mission to photograph the scenes of drone attacks in Pakistan. The reason was 12 dead people -- an entire family extinguished in what was officially a U.S. attack on militants. 

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Unsubstantiated identification of "terrorists" not only denies age-old principles of presumptive innocence, it defies the ability to differentiate the "good" guys from the "bad." Investigative work by journalist Noor Behram and lawyers like Shahzad Akbar reveals the truth about the U.S. drone campaign: that far more civilians are being injured or killed than your government is prepared to admit.

Check out another representation of Noor's work here

President Obama has assigned himself the power of targeted assassination. It is up to us, people living in this country, acting together with people around the world, to stand up, tell the truth, and say no.

Years of Living Dangerously

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9-part Showtime documentary television series focusing on climate change premieres tonight, April 13, 2014

A nationwide counter-offensive against the attacks on women's lives -- a movement that is entirely unapologetic about abortion, and is waging uncompromising resistance against the enslavement and degradation of women -- has begun. 

"they couldn't kill him enough"

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Exhibit C of the Army report on "INVESTIG...


Manning, former US intelligence officer, also leaked massive troves of documents which include details about war crimes committed by US army personnel, such as the condoning of torture and killing of innocent civilians in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Four years after the releases, not one of the people implicated of war crimes in those documents or in the Collateral Murder video has been prosecuted...
  

a slice of truth (maybe)

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As a Senate committee moves to declassify a landmark report about the Central Intelligence Agency's descent into torture, among the only certainties is that the public won't see the vast majority of it...

A Drone's-Eye View of America

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Tomas van Houtryve attached his camera to a small drone and travelled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes--weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, industrial feedlots, and stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone's perspective engage with the changing nature of war, privacy, and government transparency...

"Blue Sky Days" opens April 3rd at the VII Gallery New York, but find a preview, now, in the April issue of Harper's Magazine
The question of whether American health professionals previously involved in military torture programs should be allowed to quietly and freely continue their careers came to a head recently when it was revealed that the American Psychological Association (APA) refused to pursue ethics charges against psychologist John Leso.

Saleh v. Bush

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NOTE: court hearing has been "vacated," no new date set 
START DATE:

Thursday April 03
TIME:2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details:
U.S. Federal Courthouse 
450 Golden Gate Avenue 
San Francisco
Event Type:Court Date
In Saleh v. Bush, lead plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh alleges the Iraq War was a premeditated war against the Iraqi people, with the planning beginning in 1998. Support the efforts of Witness Iraq in bringing a lawsuit against key members of the Bush Administration: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell and Rice. 

Immediately following the hearing, Attorney Inder Comar will address the outcome of the hearing in a press conference. We would very much like your attendance at the hearing to forestall the government's "Motion to Dismiss."

If you are unable to attend CodePink promises to do their very best to livestream the pre-hearing rally and post-hearing press conference. 

Currently, the lawsuit is on the calendar, http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/CEO/cfd.aspx?7146 , but can be rescheduled. 

NOTE: we have no way of knowing how long the hearing will last, so please check the aforementioned website and anticipate a longer timeframe for this action.




"The system worked."

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"Sunshine Week" looking dark

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According to AP's analysis, last year "the government cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times -- a 57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama's first year."

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Among those facing prosecution by the Obama administration for leaking sensitive documents is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. / AP
the United Nations reviews U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which requires signatories to respect individual rights to life, due process and fair trials


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"The war is supposedly over in Iraq and soon to finish in Afghanistan, but for Iraqis and Afghans, the war is far from over. General Petraeus must answer to those who continue to kill and be killed by the policies he introduced. He must be held accountable for violating international law. Allowing him to speak legitimizes his actions and makes us complicit in his crimes." 

-- Emma Wilde Botta and Cole Manley, c/o STATIC

"Remove Brennan, for starters"

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"Given his false assurances to the Senate Intelligence Committee about CIA drone strikes, and his continuing failure to let the public finally know the facts about CIA torture, Brennan should resign or be removed from office so the Committee can examine and confirm new leadership." -- Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
nope-thumb-300x457-1982.pngIn contrast to public assertions that it supports the [Senate Intelligence] committee's work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found...


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/12/4884683/despite-vows-of-help-white-house.html#storylink=cpy

White House holds history hostage

Obama also said that claims that the CIA snooped in on computers used by the Senate Intelligence committee as it probed the agency's interrogations of George W. Bush era terror suspects had been properly handled by chief John Brennan.