June 2011 Archives

rally_110627_0795.JPGc/o Rich Gardner: 

We assembled outside City Hall, facing to the West. Officially, the reason that the US intervened in the fighting in Libya was to protect the civilian population from Libya's Moammar Gadhafi (He's officially listed as the "Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya"). Philly Against War (PAW) questions that in our hand-out, suggesting that the collateral damage cause during the bombing campaign (The US also has Special Forces on the ground, but no organized units of troops) is so extensive that the US is not really protecting civilans in any event.


"It is alleged that he [Bradley] blew the whistle on war crimes and cover ups by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. If true, the man is a hero. He is a defender of democracy and human rights. His actions are based on the principle that citizens have a right to know what the government is doing in their name. Bradley should not be in prison. The charges against him should be dropped. Set him free. Put on trial those who killed innocent civilians and those who protected the perpetrators. 

-- Peter Tatchell, author of Against Queer Militarism

Andrea Prasow, Counterterrorism Human Rights Defender, challenges governments and individuals in power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

[This] noted human rights group spokesperson has stated that the mandatory military detention provision that the Senate Armed Services Committee secretly discussed and passed this week, is what martial-law states, not democracies do.

The Senate Armed Services Committee's vote this week redefined rules for detaining terrorism suspects, including giving power to military judges to review cases of prisoners in Afghanistan and mandating military detention for important Qaeda suspects even captured on United States soil according to The New York Times.

The secretly discussed and approved package passed with a 25 to 1 vote as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Only a brief summary of the act as a whole has been released...

Continued here 

video of recent interview here

Cynthia McKinney reports from Tripoli, Libya
Huge bunker-buster bomb creates
devastating damage in downtown Tripoli.

imagine how that would go over. What makes the reverse OK?
The World Can't Wait organizes people living in this country to repudiate and stop the fascist way the Bush Regime set out to remake the U.S., including the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq & Afghanistan, the global "war of terror" of torture, rendition and spying, and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed. This direction cannot and will not be reversed by presidents who tell us to seek common ground with fascists, religious fanatics, and empire, but only by the people building a community of resistance, an independent, mass movement of people acting in the interests of humanity to stop, and demand prosecution of, these crimes.
On May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long time Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.  Carlos has his first court date scheduled for June 16 in Los Angeles.
thanks Jonathan!

Dark Ages for Truth-Seekers

"The message is simple: engaging in corruption, fraud and abuse is permissible, but blowing the whistle on such activities might end your life as you knew it. We're now behind the looking glass of justice - therefore, you should forget everything you thought you knew. Expect the opposite of what you might believe to be logical and appropriate. -- Julia Davis 

Examples here

When they bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, El Salvador and Nicaragua I said nothing because I wasn't a communist.

When they bombed China, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, and the Congo I said nothing because I didn't know about it.

When they bombed Lebanon and Grenada I said nothing because I didn't understand it.

When they bombed Panama I said nothing because I wasn't a drug dealer.

When they bombed Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen I said nothing because I wasn't a terrorist.

When they bombed Yugoslavia and Libya for "humanitarian" reasons I said nothing because it sounded so honorable.

Then they bombed my house and there was no one left to speak out for me. But it didn't really matter. I was dead.

-- c/o The Anti-Empire Report, June 2nd, 2011

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience ... Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves ... [and] the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem. -- Howard Zinn 

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