cheers to Pablo Ruz

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Join World Can't Wait outside Boalt Hall, Bancroft Way at Piedmont Avenue, 
this Friday April 18, 4:30 - 6:00 pm to challenge continued employment of 
"Torture Memos" author John Yoo.

As hope for institutional reform fades, people of conscience remain undeterred in demanding prosecution of torturers and their accomplices.
 
Torture must not be allowed to become accepted policy. 
 
War criminals are a nasty lot. Dodging accountability for their actions and public reprobation, they often find employment in the military/industrial complex. But American academic institutions share complicity in protection of these social pariah, accommodating them with positions of respectability. Universities face resistance to these appointments from students and parentsalumni 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. 

It's anyone's guess what Berkeley's new Korea Law Center will preach, or whether co-director John Yoo's classes will continue to be held at undisclosed locations, but we can be sure that this war criminal is up to no good.

Friday's Inaugural Conference promises to be an excellent venue to challenge the veracity of UC's Faculty Code of Conduct

Bay Area activists say NO to "Monsters in the Sky."

CIMG2368.JPGWeekly vigils against remote killings of civilians continued in downtown San Francisco yesterday outside one busy entrance to the city's subway system (Montgomery Street BART station).  Inspired by photographer Noor Behran's documentation of brutal U.S. drone strikes on the people of Pakistan, demonstrators challenged passersby to confront the human cost of their government's targeted assassination policy.

Every picture tells a story.

On Valentine's Day 2009, just weeks after President Obama assumed office, a CIA drone attack struck a village in South Waziristan. Approximately 30 people died in the bombing, including
Noor Syed:

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Maezol Khan and his son were sleeping in the courtyard of their home when a missile from a drone struck a nearby car. As a result of the explosion, a missile part flew into the courtyard, killing Maezol's eight-year-old son.

At the funeral, the boy's mother was out of her mind with grief and began coloring the boy's face with her lipstick, perhaps to restore the color of life to his waxen features.




On August 21, 2009 Syed Wali Shah was killed in an air strike on Dande Darpa Khel (Pakistan):

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By the time photographer Noor Behram reached Bismullah Khan's mud house, partially destroyed in the strike, Khan's youngest son had already died. Behram watched as the boy's body was laid out on a prayer rug, a "very small" one, in preparation for his funeral. "The body was whole," Behram recalls. "He was found dead." The villagers wrapped a bandage around the boy's head, even though they had no chance to save his life. Behram doesn't know who the target of the Dande Darpa Khel attack was. ("You'd have to ask the CIA that," he says.) But he observed people's anger as they prepared bodies for burial and cleared the wreckage. "The people were extremely angry. They were talking and shouting against the U.S. for the attack," Behram says.

We can't begin to name all those murdered by your government's weapon of choice; the above represent a handful of hundreds identified. Death by these "monsters in the sky" continues to escalate under the Obama administration.

Our last photo identified Naeemullah, wounded at Datta Khel on October 18, 2010:

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Pakistan's Express Tribune reported a drone attacked "two suspected militant hideouts" near Mirin Shah. Photographer Noor Behram never saw the scene. He headed instead to a near-by hospital, where he heard residents had frantically driven one of the strike's victims, a boy of about 10 or 11. Naeemullah was said to be injured after a missile struck the house next door. Shrapnel and debris travelled into Naeemullah's house, wounding him in "various parts of his body," Behram says. "You can't see his back, but his back was wounded by missile pieces and burns." 

An hour after Behram took this picture, Naeemullah died of his injuries. 

Join CodePink, World Can't Wait, Know Drones, Occupy SF Action Council and others every week, same time (5:30 pm) and place (northwest corner of Montgomery and Market Streets) to say NO to the President's assassination program.
leaked disclosures prompted another round of the endless 'Does torture work?' debate. This is precisely what the defenders of torture want us to focus on, since it keeps us away from the central issue... The reason to fully examine the CIA's torture program isn't that it was ineffective. It's that it was immoral.
350px-CIA_illegal_flights.svg.pngFor decades -- nay, for over two centuries -- the idea that the United States would develop a systematic torture regime, and that the United States would justify that regime with threadbare legal opinions from government lawyers and protect it with entire barricades of misinformation thrown up by the intelligence community -- was as distant from what we believed about ourselves as whooping cough was from the nation's elementary schools...

criminals at large

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Rather than be held accountable, the top-level government officials responsible for authorizing torture and other crimes have been given comfort in the public sphere. Condoleezza Rice returned to Stanford University as a political science professor. John Yoo, who authored the torture memos, is a law professor at UC Berkeley. Jose Rodriguez, a former CIA officer in the Bush administration, vigorously defends torture in his autobiography and interviews. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld are able to rest comfortably in retirement and continue to defend their records...

At Guantánamo Bay, military doctors and nurses have medicalized the water cure.  They are now using excessively thick nasogastric feeding tubes to force as much as two-thirds of a gallon of fluid into hunger-striking detainees in as little as 20 minutes, twice each day, while they are tightly strapped to a specially-made restraint chair.   If a detainee vomits during the process--which is common--it starts all over again...

University of Minnesota faculty and students vote today on a resolution asking that Rice be disinvited from delivering their "Distinguished Northrop Lecture" on April 17.

nor should we

U.S. war-makers are using drones and secret operations for extrajudicial killing, making war seem easy and cheap to politicians; attractive to a public attuned to video games, while sowing fear, hatred and revenge among those subjected to genocide.

Spring Days of Action 

World Can't Wait supports the campaign to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization. We urge you to sign the Call. Organizers will provide the public with information they need in order to more fully educate their communities. The campaign will encourage activists to win passage of laws that prohibit domestic and international use of weaponized drones.

A growing list of specific actions can be found on the KNOW DRONES website.

some other things you can do

The world can't wait for institutional reform or a change in "attitude" of the politicians who purport to represent their constituency. We need to do no less than change the way Americans think about the rest of humanity:

·         put yourself in "their" shoes... American lives are not more important than other people's lives

·         demand answers... the truth is often not pretty, but unavoidable

·         speak out for those who can't... resist the complicity of silence

·         know what you're talking about... and we don't mean just facts and figures here; FAQs help to delineate the basis of our outrage, but can't replace the moral conviction that targeted killing is a crime

·         hold true to personal values... we don't need legal "opinion" to know right from wrong

·         find courage in the knowledge that it doesn't have to be this way...

a better world is possible

Office of John Yoo, University of California B...

Office of John Yoo, University of California Berkeley

Former Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda, having "our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda's ranks, causing operatives to doubt others' identities and to question the validity of communications."

see People Are Waking Up to False Flags, plus a report on Drexel protest here

The Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility called Yoo's legal opinions so flawed and incomplete that they amounted to professional misconduct and suggested that he be disciplined by the state bar... is this the level of legal scholarship Drexel Law hopes its students aspire to?

Monday, April 7, 2014

"These treaties are little more than a collective back-scratching exercise involving many of the world's most unsavory nations: The United States does well to keep its distance." -- Eric Posner

By Order of the President

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The fight between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over the Committee's Torture Report has now zeroed in on the White House.

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