Laurence Tribe Decries Unconstitutional Treatment of Private Bradley Manning

A few days after Barack Obama gave that inspiring acceptance speech, having won the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Laurence Tribe, the preeminent constitutional law professor and scholar at Harvard Law School, circulated a letter about just how smart Obama is.  Tribe hired him as a research assistant during his first year of law school, […]

Stop torturing Bradley Manning: Key government resignation underscores need to support PFC Manning

Below is an e-mail alert about Bradley Manning from Voters for Peace. There is also an interesting piece about Manning on their website. A speech given at Busboys and Poets: here. From: Voters for Peace Date: March 15, 2011 The time is now to increase our efforts to free Bradley Manning. This Sunday, a rally […]

Mubarak resigned. Amnesty describes “Obama and Egypt: The Window for Action Remains Open”

Full post, including a list of five demands that the Obama administration (and everyone) should make on the people controlling Egypt at the link: here. Obama and Egypt: The Window for Action Remains Open Hosni Mubarak’s stubborn pride and imperious manner made change in Egypt personal, but he was right in his speech Thursday when […]

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe | Mother Jones

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained […]

Juvenile Justice Military Style (via Chrisy58’s Weblog)

Published on Sunday, August 22, 2010 by CommonDreams.org Juvenile Justice Military Style by Christopher Brauchli O neglectful nature, wherefore art thou thus partial, becoming to some of thy children a tender and benignant mother, to others a most cruel and ruthless stepmother? — Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks It’s a valuable lesson we’re being taught […]

ACLU: Obama enshrines “extreme and unlawful” Bush policies

18-Month Review Of President’s National Security Policies And Civil Liberties The Obama administration has repudiated some of the Bush administration’s most egregious national security policies but is in danger of institutionalizing others permanently into law, thereby creating a troubling “new normal,” according to a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. “Establishing […]

An American-educated Pakistani woman on trial in New York

KW: I heard this story on the radio on Democracy Now! The part that made me saddest was that the family said that this woman probably has mental health issues such as post traumatic stress. And, she does not want to come to court everyday, because going involves a series of humiliating cavity searches. It […]

Time to make big changes with air travel

It is amazing, the narrow box which elected officials, security officials, and the media use to evaluate what should be the response to a terrorist nearly blowing up another airplane. It is mystifying that when such a big, dangerous, longstanding problem exists, they all still return to the most simple problem solving model: “There are […]

Green Party urges widespread antiwar protests on the day President Obama accepts his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Green Party leaders expressed puzzlement and outrage over the decision to award President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, and urged widespread demonstrations against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to take place in Oslo, Washington, and other cities on the day Mr. Obama picks up his prize in Oslo. “The chief difference between President Obama […]

UC Berkley Protests Yoo while Obama Ignores Torture

Activists, UC Berkeley Alumni Protest Yoo on First Day of Classes Four generations of UC Berkeley law school alumni joined activists, community members and lawyers on the Boalt Hall steps to protest former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo’s return to campus Monday. The group called for Yoo to be prosecuted and fired from his position […]

Confronting those who justified torture: John Yoo

– Above video: Author of Torture Memos Pranked in Classroom A former [U.S.] Justice Department official who wrote controversial memos authorizing the Bush administration to conduct torture was the object of a prank by an Australian comedian during one of his recent law class lectures. John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general who has […]

Status of US Government and torture

There is an excellent, detailed article at the Washington post explaining some of the history and status of personnel at the CIA involved in decisions to waterboard. It interested me that Senator Diane Feinstein appears to have indirectly propped up someone in the administration who was connected with waterboarding. (excerpt from) Washington Post CIA Fired […]

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Heads-Heads | CommonDreams.org

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Heads-Heads | CommonDreams.org Originally posted using ShareThis. Sibel Edmonds shares his concerns with the Obama administration, starting out with a profound quotation… “In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill…we do not […]

Green Party Gives Obama 100 Day Report Card

After 100 days of Obama’s presidency, it has become clear that we are a far cry from where we need to be as far as civil liberties, the environment, the economy, health care, and the military.  The Green Party has real solutions to the problems at hand.  Please look over the 100 Day Report Card […]

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