October 2016 Archives
The might-as-well-be-a-Republican-candidate has just opened a "No Fly Zone" office in the East Bay:
1224 Solano Avenue, Albany
"This is GREAT news! Now we have a place to hold protests of Killary's disastrous war policies!" says Oakland activist Susan Harman. "When should the first one be?"
Or will the body politic lose heart for the lesser evil she promises to advance? The reported endorsement of Hillary Clinton by George W. and his admirers is particularly troubling to anyone experienced in the lawlessness practices of the Bush Regime.
As the Trump campaign hangs on by a thread, attention increasingly turns to the criminal platform of the presumptive winner. How 'bad' is bad? What new horrors will bellicose displays of imperial bravado unleash?
When voting fails to deliver the change we desperately need, we find common cause in resistance to the crimes of our government.
Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump at the Al Smith charity dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Thursday. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times
Which is why his endorsement of a Clinton presidency is wrong-headed and dangerous. The strategy of voting for the 'lesser evil' of our winner-take-all democracy takes us to the brink of nuclear war.
Hillary Clinton's no fly zone policy for Syria virtually guarantees an air war with Russia. "Right now, Senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia," responded General Joseph Dunford to a question from Senator Roger Wicker during testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. "That is a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I'm not going to make."
"To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of the air defenses, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we're not putting our pilots at risk - you're going to kill a lot of Syrians," Clinton admitted.
The head of Russia's news agency has warned the United States that any "impudent behaviour" towards Moscow could have "nuclear" implications.
"American presidents have anointed themselves with the power to wage war, unilaterally kill Americans, torture prisoners, strip citizens of their rights, arrest and detain citizens indefinitely, carry out warrantless spying on Americans, and erect their own secretive, shadow government...
Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead lists the powers that will be inherited by the next CEO of U.S. imperialism.
Trump or Clinton? Your vote for either of these candidates won't stop the abuse of presidential power amassed by each successive president, concludes Whitehead. "Presidents don't give up power. Executive orders don't expire at the end of each presidential term."
Restoration of the rule of law Whitehead calls for will require "an end to the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements as a means of getting around Congress and the courts."
And the collective determination of masses of people to stop the crimes of this government.
"[Will] Bunch hit on one of the main reasons why I find tasering to be such an important issue," wrote digby about the tasering of Phillies fan Steve Consalvi in 2010. "It's not just the use of the device itself which is awful enough. It's what it symbolizes -- the unraveling of 200 years of accumulated progress toward civil liberties and human rights. This instrument of pain is being used on everything from kids to bed-ridden grandmothers without regard to guilt or innocence or danger to the populace and the police... legalization of torture and indefinite detention normalizes behaviors that our leaders would have been much too afraid to admit to doing in the past (think Obama's powers to kill with impunity)."
The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services report released today recommends 272 changes for a police force (SFPD) that murders unarmed civilians, including distribution of electronic stun guns (Tasers) to officers.
How many times must we say NO to Tasers? The last thing we need are additional weapons for police to employ against the people they are supposed to protect.
Culpability for the legacy of damaged minds at the hands of interrogators at Guantanamo extends to sponsors of what a California Law Review calls "a flawed and eccentric historical theory [that] came to underpin the government's conduct of war and foreign policy," including and particularly Berkeley Law.
Not only is the professor still walking around free, the University of California fawns over law school employee John Yoo, criminal proponent for lawless detention policy that resulted in the torture and death of scores of illegally held prisoners of U.S. war of terror on the Middle East.
"The acts of torture that John Yoo and other Bush administration officials so proudly defend are nothing less than war crimes that, in the absence of accountability, continue to undermine the United States' claim to respect the rule of law," Physicians for Human Rights adviser Vincent Iacopino commented, in response to Yoo's continued defense of the indefensible.
Universities, think-tanks, lobbying firms and corporations provide safe-harbor for Yoo and his ilk. U.S. leaders look after their own.
But they also face resistance from students and parents, alumni and a few faculty members disparage, and communities at large attempt to legislate remedy. It is our responsibility to call out criminals and enablers alike.
Our mission, in concert with people of conscience across the country, is to prosecute key officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Indict John Yoo and his sponsors:
Saturday, October 29
Boalt Hall, Room 105
215 Bancroft Way
"Torture Memos" author John Yoo Belongs in Prison, Not Mentoring the Next Generation of Lawyers and Judges. Please contact World Can't Wait to tell us how you want to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alarming changes that Barack Obama sees over the horizon are already here, report
Ryan Devereaux and Alex Emmons for The Intercept. An early draft of Obama's memoirs wrestles with the legacy of an imperial presidency -- and places the blame for executive overreach squarely on Congress.
'Troubled' that future presidents willrun with his criminal drone program (both candidates for the White House promise to intensify the use of military force abroad), "Obama acknowledges this problem, that future presidents will be empowered to kill globally, and in secret. What he doesn't acknowledge is how much of a role his administration had in making that a bizarre normal," says Naureen Shah, director of national security and human rights at Amnesty International.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," wrote philosopher George Santayana. We urge former Obama supporters to keep that in mind while making plans to protest the January inauguration of another monster-in-chief.
Hurricane Matthew is more likely to shut down the U.S.'s Guantanamo naval base than Obama, reports teleSUR. "We might have a shot at witnessing the hurricane doing what U.S. President Barack Obama failed to do while in office for eight long years: close Guantanamo prison."
Notably absent from the mandatory evacuation of "all non-essential personnel" -- and their pets -- are the 61 remaining prisoners, who will "shelter in place." Landfall of the storm is expected late Tuesday night.
The base last took a significant hit during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when the storm tore up the war court compound called Camp Justice.