November 2012 Archives

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Rules for Targeted Killing... just the title of this New York Times opinion piece gives me the chills. How the hell did we get to the point where this is seriously discussed, the subject not repudiated out of hand? Murder is subject to the rule of jus cogens which, as with slavery and torture, allows no derogation.

The hoods were a permission -- Michael Broek


"The Logic of Yoo" explores the ambiguities of language that lead to evil. In it, the main character is a paid plagiarizer, someone who uses language for unethical purposes. When a PhD student commissions him to write a paper on the Bush Administrations' John Yoo and the now infamous "torture memos", the writer is forced to confront the slippery dark that resides in all of us, our complicity in the creation of language, law, and the roots of cultural collusion. Starting with the student who wants to buy the paper, all the way to those hired to conduct waterboarding interrogations, the Plagiarizer/narrator comes to indict himself as well, because from under the "hood" of his own complacent complicity, he looks into a mirror and sees "Yoo."            Street art of a hooded detainee by The 2 Tone Man

Boston Playwright's Theater, March 9, 2013

"John Yoo must be chuckling in his Berkeley office, as the unholy principles behind his once-maligned 'torture memos' are underwritten by the assassinations, bombings, and imprisonments of a Democratic president backed by the same grassroots who fought so passionately against the terrible wars and atrocities of the Bush era -- Jeff Schauer, voice of conscience from UC Berkeley 

see Liberal Hypocrisy and Obama's War of Terror

jeffbachman.jpg"The belief in the right of the United States to overthrow democratically elected governments (Guatemala, Iran, Congo), to train and arm insurgencies (Nicaragua), and to launch aggressive wars (Iraq) free of the inconvenience of the law grows out of the nationalistic fervor of 'American Exceptionalism.'

Jeff Bachman

is a professor of human rights at American University in Washington, with a focus in state responsibility for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

"There is nothing by the name of 'administration detention' in our laws, yet the U.S. is insisting that there are a number of people who, while there is not enough evidence against them, are a threat to U.S. national security -- Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi 

US violating detainee pact

the U.S. torture habit

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"reliance on faith in President Obama appears to be misplaced... it will take a massive social struggle to change the torture policy of the U.S. -- Jeffrey Kaye

Where's the "Pathway" For Closure Of Guantanamo?

6686588275_29ef65dc83_m.jpgthere has been such reinforcement of the previous political structure that the form of the state has now changed, creating a hitherto unseen modification of the relation between the authorities and the citizens of the United States...

Talk is cheap. Excuses abound. Institutional accommodation for war crimes -- crimes against humanity -- has gone viral. The painful impotence of legal bodies to uphold the most basic international moral standards of behavior reveals the necessity for intervention by the overwhelming masses of people who know right from wrong.

Despite a proposal to investigate civilian deaths caused by the CIA and military's use of drones and other targeted killing programs, the United Nations General Assembly today preserved a seat on their Human Rights Council for the world's most hypocritical member.

U.S. record 'dismal'


As accomplices in the criminal activities of the Obama regime solemnize the re-election of their 'Assassin-in-Chief' president, Berkeley Law commemorates a legacy of war crimes and human rights abuse.

Ten years of accommodation for the radical views of torture advocate John Yoo shames the institution and alumni alike.

What kind of intellectual environment has produced this kind of thinking?

"Today we are here to challenge Professor Christopher Edley, Jr, dean of Boalt Hall at the UC-Berkeley School of Law, as a former civil rights attorney, as well as the rest of the law faculty at Boalt Hall to respond to a national emergency. That national emergency is that their profession - the academic legal profession and the universities that have trained them - has produced an ideology that claims to justify what used to be considered crimes of totalitarian governments, namely arbitrary detention, torture, trials before military commissions without any civil due process, not just as emergency measures required during a state of war but as legally based on the United States Constitution. -- David Sylvester, 2006

An anti-war activist dressed as an Abu Ghraib prison inmate during a protest outside the UC Berkeley School of Law. Photo by Riya Bhattacharjee, Berkeley Daily Planet 

Is there hope for the rule of law in America?

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"The 'fatal flaw' in our legal 'system' is that the 'law' may be used to destroy the Rule of Law. -- DWBartoo


UPDATE: Autopsy Report Ready

Jason Leopold tells the heartbreaking but inspiring story of one man's resistance to the torment of his captors 

The detainee who died at the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was a Yemeni man who had been ordered freed in 2010 by a Federal District Court judge but remained in captivity after the ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year...

who killed Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif?

With amoral cowards like John Yoo in charge, the word "waterboarding" was deconstructed and shown not to be an outrage upon human dignity. Words have no meaning, and neither do laws or treaties or regulations. That is the license handed to these intellectually dishonest liars and frauds...

consider the disastrous work of academic 'liberals'

Obama too

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Barack Obama went further [than George Bush] by claiming the power not merely to detain citizens without judicial review but to assassinate them. He has waged an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, dusting off Wilson's Espionage Act of 1917 to prosecute more than double the number of whistleblowers than all prior presidents combined. And he has draped his actions with at least as much secrecy, if not more so, than any president in US history.

see the worst civil liberties president in US history

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