Finding #5 in the [Senate Torture] Report blames the CIA for failing to provide accurate information to Bush administration attorneys, including John Yoo at the Office of Legal Counsel. However, John Yoo was not an innocent by-stander being mislead by the CIA. The European Court of Human Rights has analyzed the events around Abu Zubaydah's detention and interrogation, and found a clear link between a memo written by John Yoo and the inception of water boarding...
Thursday, December 18, 4 pm
Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza
14th & Broadway, Oakland
As the leading architect of the Bush torture regime throws agents under the bus, individuals who expose alleged U.S. war crimes and other misdeeds, such as whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and John Kiriakou -- who attempted to reveal CIA torture and other abuses years ago, have been aggressively targeted by the Obama administration.
Cornel West: A Tribute to
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sponsored by The Commonwealth Club
Thursday January 15, 7:00 pm
429 Castro Street, San Francisco
Praised by The New York Times for his "ferocious moral vision" and hailed by Newsweek as "an elegant prophet with attitude," Dr. Cornel West is a leading voice in societal commentary. Currently a professor at Union Theological Seminary, he draws from traditions of Christianity, the black church, Marxism, and neopragmatism. Hear his fiery oration on the past, present and future of race and injustice in the United States today in conjunction with the release of his latest book, The Radical King. Join us to celebrate January 15 as Dr. Martin Luther King's 86th birthday.
Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire
A grand jury on Staten Island voted on Wednesday afternoon not to indict a police officer in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner, according to someone briefed on the matter. See related article.
It remains to be seen whether the current wave of anger against fatal police violence can coalesce into a focused movement, but a threshold of public reaction has been crossed in a way that was not quite the case with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
In television terms, ABC's interview was one of the biggest 'wins' of the year... Wilson's low profile since his murder of Michael Brown meant every media organization covering the high-profile story was eager to speak to him.
Cop's resignation from Ferguson police force doesn't cut it -- arrest this psycho before he kills again
Protesters at the West Oakland BART station held train doors open in West Oakland, preventing trains from traveling in either direction on Friday morning as officials brought in bus bridges to get people where they wanted to go...
Chained to bench on BART platform, protesters said they would stay for 4 hours, the same time they say, "Mike Brown was left on street." (@LauraAnthony7)
..in Ferguson, we see how far the justice system in this country has drifted from justice. A decision is coming that promises to be so unjust in its nature, so contrary to the basic tenets of equality, so dismissive of black life, that mass protest is inevitable and riots are expected. The state apparatus is not moving to serve the will of people who stand against this injustice, it is preparing for battle against it under the bogus guise of peacekeeping. To prepare for injustice is proof enough that it is already the status quo.
-- Natasha Lennard, Vice News
..while death by an officer is the most extreme form of police brutality, it is not the only form that has lasting consequences. The psychological effects of being stopped-and-frisked or of experiencing verbal and physical abuse from the police from a young age can cause serious trauma. The fear and distrust caused by aggressive police presence creates an unsafe environment for everyone.
It's up to us to stop the U.S. war OF terror on the Middle East.
With midterm elections out of the way, President Obama lost no time soliciting Congressional approval for further strikes on Iraq and Syria:
"It makes sense for us to make sure that the authorization reflects what we perceive to be not just our strategy over the next two or three months, but our strategy going forward." (The timetable for Bush's War Powers Act has run out.)
If the Democratic Party fiasco on Tuesday demonstrated anything, it was that illegal military action against sovereign nations will not be stopped in the voting booth. Political policy is changed by movements that influence how people think. This requires a community of resistance - an independent mass movement of people - acting in the interests of humanity to stop, and demand prosecution, of the crimes of our government.
Download poster here.
Involuntary quarantine of asymptomatic persons violates civil liberties and threatens to disrupt a proper, science-based response to the Ebola crisis.
With the potential costs so high, we cannot afford to make the same political mistakes with Ebola that we did with HIV. If we have any hope to save the lives of countless Africans and avoid unnecessary suffering for those who dare to try to help them, we need to immediately reverse the foolish quarantines that perpetuate a plague of fear on American soil.
Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related issues. He was arrested last night at the door of the (New York City) 92nd Street Y where ex-General David Petraeus was scheduled to speak. Although he held a ticket to the event, McGovern's arrest included charges of criminal trespass as well as resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. McGovern spent the night in jail and was arraigned about noon today. He has a court date for Dec. 8. Read more about last night's events here. Stay tuned for further developments.
Obama could have called Ebola a "public health threat" or "global health threat." But with this bold declaration that the virus is a "security threat", he is doing two things. First, he's trying to convey that the outbreak in West Africa -- even though it's on a distant continent -- presents an existential threat to America. This language shifts the focus from "them" to "us." Second, he's signaling that the risk is immediate enough to justify the galvanization of American resources.
One of the biggest decisions for the world's biggest single user of fossil fuel will be the location of some 7,000 U.S. military sites, according to a Pentagon report released Monday.
We see an Arctic that is melting, meaning that most likely a new sea lane will emerge. We know that there are significant minerals and natural deposits of oil and natural gas there. That means that nations will compete for those natural resources. That's never been an issue before. You couldn't get up there and get anything out of there. We have to manage through what those conditions and new realities are going to bring in the way of potential threats... We are considering the impacts of climate change in our war games and defense planning scenarios.
-- Defense secretary Chuck Hagel
A new book by Henry Giroux confronts the false narrative of neoliberal politics.
..widespread acceptance of the militarized lockdown of Boston crystalizes the degree to which society has come to accept martial law and mass surveillance as inevitable necessities of contemporary American life. Over-the-top repression of social movements like Occupy reveals an increasing intolerance and suspicion of those who challenge state and corporate power, while the violence marketed to youth as entertainment promotes further disconnection from a sense of cohesive community. The Violence of Organized Forgetting is a passionate call for public engagement as a means to push back against restrictions on freedom and the passive acceptance of a frightening status quo.
Monday, October 13
Rally 3 pm, March at 4
Fruitvale BART Plaza
Not One More Deportation! Stop the Criminalization and Deportation of the Children! The rounding-up and deportation of immigrants, including children, is part of Mass Incarceration - a conscious policy that criminalizes Black and Latino peoples, and treats them as less than human. Along with police murder, and the imprisonment of 2.4 million people, the vicious targeting of immigrants is part of a genocidal program that is accelerating in both numbers and brutality. Families are torn apart and children are being sent back to countries from which they fled for their lives.
Event is part of "October Month of Resistance"
Last year's standards for civilian protection from drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq, the White House has announced. "Civilians" and designated "terrorists" or "militants" are all fair game for U.S. assassination.
Asserting that civilian deaths from U.S. strikes are "much less than the brutality of the Assad regime", war crime apologist Adam Kinzinger resorts to that time-worn excuse,
Are beheadings by drones somehow less egregious than by sword? I'll spare you the photographs.