800px-TortureWaterboarding.jpg"Mr. Trump is on record as saying that he thinks 'torture works' and if elected president he'd not only bring back waterboarding but 'a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding'" opines Dr. Kelly Anspaugh. "Mr. Trump is also on record as asserting that he would fight terrorists by going after their family members...

"It is not unlikely that if elected Mr. Trump will appoint Mr. Yoo as his attorney general."  Perish the thought.

See The Trojan Drone: An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance by Rebecca Gordon, philosophy professor at the University of San Francisco

Who Is the "We"?

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Interpersonal racism, when it exists, is only one part of the equation. Another part is systemic, structurally racist policies, and yet another is class conflict between the police and the poorest, most dangerous communities they patrol, and between those who are better off and those who are not...

Will people living in the United States "shelter in place," speculating on possibilities to reform an illegitimate system? Or will they work to create a political situation where war for empire is repudiated, and the interests of humanity and the planet come first?

Why we're going to Philadelphia and how you can help

The ruling class faced fresh challenges to U.S. terror policy last week following the murder, by police, of two more men of color trapped in a brutal system of repression and displacement. Public outrage over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile was substantial, spontaneous and determined. Government response to national protest has been two-fold: intimidation of participants with militarized police forces, and fabrication of a false "security" paradigm -- that suspension of civil rights is sometimes necessary, even desirable. 

NO! We reject the lie that a police state keeps us safe. The Obama administration would have you blame a "lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve" for the violence perpetrated by killer cops. The reality is that distrust of police is well-founded.

We recognize that American lives are not more precious or deserving than others. The gratuitous violence visited on challengers to U.S. domination must stop. This will require a committed core of truth-tellers with the means to challenge politics-as-usual. World Can't Wait has a plan to accomplish just that; a Call for Action has been answered by a group of 14 representatives of that vision. We want to enable others to join events surrounding the Democratic Convention:

Join us in bringing the anti-war message to the DNC. It's up to us to deliver a message to the world that there are people living in this country who represent another way, giving them heart, courage and common cause. Resistance to U.S. war on the world is needed more than ever. Sign up to join us in protest and let us know your availability. If you're part of an organization, bring them along.

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Who's Counting?

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U.S. Executioner-in-Chief Barack Obama gets away with murder on a daily basis. His killer drones program administers the death penalty without trial, accountability, transparency or justice. The wars of aggression on seven sovereign states -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia -- have contributed to more than 4,000 deaths by drones. 

When all the world's a war zone, civilians find little refuge. The President's loose definition of "enemy combatants" discounts the true human cost of U.S. hegemony over so-called "areas of active hostilities."  

"The only thing those numbers tell us is that this Administration simply doesn't know who it has killed," charges Jennifer Gibson of the international human rights group Reprieve.
chicago-reparations-1.jpgNot that you'd have found acknowledgment in the news. If anything, people living in the U.S. are displaying less empathy for the abused than ever. Including for compatriots in domestic prisons.

"Much of the United States' practice of torture finds its origin in punishment methods used against slaves and Indigenous peoples," writes London Guantánamo Campaign activist Aisha Maniar. "The use of torture in and by the U.S. is not a post-9/11 phenomenon." 

The Jon Burge saga, for example, goes back decades. 

The only real change has been globalization of U.S. torture practices.
The U.S. Senate is poised to give President Obama and the next president unprecedented war powers that amount to declaring martial law upon the entire world. Majority leader Mitch McConnell surprised almost everyone last week by saying he has a war resolution ready to be voted on at any time.

The resolution is a new authorization for use of military force (AUMF) for declaring war on ISIS. It would give the president even more power than the AUMF granted to Bush after 9/11, which is still in place today...

Ba Odah v. Obama

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Make no mistake: indefinite detention is torture. Just ask Tariq Ba Odah.

"There is no shortage of blame to go around for Guantánamo's continued operation," wrote Omar Farah, NYU Press. "In Tariq's view, the courts, lawmakers, and the president are all part of the same system that keeps him locked up and far from his family. I am hard-pressed to disagree. But, surely, as the person with ultimate power over Tariq's fate, President Obama bears unique responsibility for the fact that, as of this writing,* Tariq remains in isolation at Guantánamo, having passed the eighth anniversary of his hunger strike, bracing himself for his next feeding session."

*Tariq Ba Odah was transferred to Saudi Arabia on April 16, with no small thanks to the people who have stood by him.  
More than 800 pages of "new" CIA documents were released Tuesday, which the ACLU says highlight the "inhumanity of the torture conceived and carried out" by the CIA under the George W Bush administration. "It bears emphasis that these records document grave crimes for which no senior official has been held accountable," said deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer. 

Find bios for Bybee, Yoo, Haynes and more at warcriminalswatch.org.
519Ph5EIZZL.jpg"From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda," writes Mainstreaming Torture author Rebecca Gordon"We really shouldn't be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time -- and in the case of the drone wars continue to get away with it today. Still, there's nothing like the heady combination of a 'populist' Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those 'enhanced interrogation techniques'. That, as critics have long argued, is what usually happens if war crimes aren't prosecuted." 

Gordon demands a full accounting for actors in America's war of terror, including one of the top candidates for prosecution, John Yoo.

"The belief that the men imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay are the 'worst of the worst dangerous terrorists' is still commonly held, due in large part to the mainstream corporate media and politicians," writes London-based human rights activist Aisha Maniar. "But as early as 2006, Seton Hall University School of Law identified, using U.S. Department of Defense data, that only 5 percent of prisoners were captured by the U.S. military. Of the current 80 remaining detainees, only three were captured by U.S. forces, including Pakistani prisoner Saifullah Paracha, who was kidnapped in Thailand... 

"The vast majority of prisoners 'were arrested by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United States custody' in return for a bounty," which former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf called "prize money."

Hopefully, by the time he gets on the stand in federal court in late November, Trump will simply be a former Republican presidential candidate on trial for his predatory business practices. Instead of being inaugurated in Washington, D.C., he'll be cross-examined in San Diego. Having lost in the court of public opinion, he'll have to defend himself in a court of law...

For 16 years or more, establishment centrists have been complicit in a historically reckless trend. Come 2017, it may place Donald Trump at a big table, much like the one on The Apprentice, where he'll decide not which B-list celebrity to fire, but which humans to kill,

CIA destruction of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture fails to erase the history of, or culpability for the horrors practiced at Guantanamo. No one will be able to put that particular genie back in the bottle. U.S. and international law provide no statute of limitations on the prosecution of war crimes.

Congress Can't Make a War Crime Moral. "The Hague and Geneva Conventions and other international treaties to which the United States is a party ban the crimes that are always part of any war," posted David Swanson at Global Research, including "War Crime #55 -- Torture." (David will be presenting the second edition of his book, War Is a Lie, at multiple engagements in the Bay Area towards the end of this month.) Torture apologist Senator Richard Burr was not alone in trying to keep the Senate torture report from the public, notes Chip Gibbons of BORDC/DDF:

"The Obama Administration and the CIA have both argued in response to the ACLU's lawsuit that the report is a Congressional record, not a federal record subject to FOIA. The Department of Justice has even asked the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to refrain from commenting on whether they considered the torture report a federal record due to the ACLU's ongoing lawsuit. This is significant, because NARA has the responsibility to preserve the torture report if it is a federal record. NARA also has the authority to determine whether a record is a federal record or not and other agencies, such as the DOJ or CIA, must follow NARA's determination -- not the other way around."

ACLU lawyer Hina Shamsi said in a statement that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling against release of the Report "has the disappointing result of keeping the full truth about the CIA torture program from the American public, and we're considering our options for appeal."

The federal court decision is disgraceful, but what we already know, "that captives were deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours, at times with their hands shackled above their heads, and the report recorded cases of simulated drowning or 'waterboarding' and sexual abuse, including 'rectal feeding' or 'rectal hydration' without any documented medical need," is more than adequate to prosecute accomplices to the State Torture crimes carried out in our name.   

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