May 2014 Archives
Citing the rapidly deteriorating condition of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, Federal District Court Judge Gladys Kessler yesterday lifted a temporary restraining order on force-feeding, saying "The court simply cannot let Mr. Dhiab die..."
Mr. Diyab had asked to be fed at the base hospital without being strapped into the restraint chair and without having the feeding tube reinserted and then removed for each cycle, sparing him the "agony" of that procedure.
If he could have been fed in that manner to prevent him from committing suicide by starvation, "it would have then been possible to litigate his plea to enjoin certain practices used in his force-feeding in a civilized and legally appropriate manner," she wrote.
Guantanamo's current jailer-in-chief Barack Obama will fail to take prescriptive action without a powerful demonstration of resolve by people of conscience to close that hellish manifestation of U.S. imperium."although at one time we could blame President George W. Bush's unilateral assertions of unchecked executive power for the abuses there, the continuing problem that is Guantánamo today is shared by all three government branches, and ultimately by all Americans... Guantánamo will not close until we insist that our government heed the calls for justice that the world has rightly made." -- David Cole,The Nation's legal affairs correspondent and author of The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable
A university that allows a war criminal to teach constitutional law under prejudice of 'academic freedom' is protecting war crimes."Yoo's flippant attitude toward killing civilians is noteworthy in two ways. First - the obvious -is that it reveals a truly sick disregard for the killing of innocent human beings...The second reason it is noteworthy is that Yoo argues trying to avoid killing civilians who are in the vicinity of enemy combatants doesn't apply 'to wartime operations.' Leave aside the legal reasoning for a moment and consider if Yoo would support the same standard in reverse."
Fire John Yoo... Close Guantanamo... Ground Killer Drones
It is up to people to stand for principle and morality when their institutions and public officials refuse to do so. The fates of those who are maimed or killed by our government's policies are inextricably intertwined with our own: we must listen and respond to their cry for justice.We stand strong with the resisters who elect not to become part of the same prosecution team that has terrorized the world. Now the so-called Department of Justice [ha!] has decided to focus on support groups of the world's peoples and also on 'eco-terrorism.' Why? Because it can! It sends a message to the people that it's dangerous, don't join, don't resist. That message must once again be shouted down, first by the resisters who will go to jail, and second by us, the movement who must support them by always filling those cold marble courtrooms to show our solidarity, and by speaking out so that their sacrifice is constantly remembered.-- Lynne Stewart