February 2014 Archives

West Midland police have been visiting Mosques attempting to discourage Muslims from attending a protest which hundreds are predicted to attend tomorrow.

"This is a very serious infringement of our democratic rights and an unacceptable use of our places of worship for political purposes." -- Naeem Malik, one of the protests organizers

The former Guantanamo Bay detainee has been arrested by West Midlands Police. Credit: Press Association

"We are disgusted that Moazzam Begg is being retraumatised with the same guilt by association accusations that resulted in his unlawful incarceration in Guantanamo Bay.  We fully support our colleague and see his arrest as politically motivated and as part of a campaign to criminalise legitimate activism." -- Asim Qureshi, Research Director of CAGE

The UK government's PREVENT policy is a central part of its domestic War on Terror that is impacting Muslim communities, leading to widespread curtailment of freedoms and rights, making legitimate behavior and activity unlawful, and creating a two-tier system of law.

Sound familiar?

When a firearm is discharged it will be fired with the intent of rendering the person(s) at whom it is discharged incapable of continuing that activity or course of behavior." 

Amerikan Stasi Police State Staring Us In The Face

The Army is being trained for domestic police duties that are in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act that prevents the use of the military for domestic law enforcement, another indication that Washington has no respect for the country's laws and that Obama and his "Justice" Department have no intention of enforcing the laws of the land or abiding by the Constitution.
"After a while you listen to enough of these speeches, and they're so wonderful and you see no action -- you begin to wonder what the heck is going on." 

Chicago attorney Tom Sullivan
Korea Law Center Inaugural Conference

Having done its part in eviscerating human rights law in the United States, Berkeley Law looks to poison others.

video: "Redact This!"

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Redact This! Artists Against Torture is a collection of artwork made in response to acts of torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and CIA Black Sites. Redact This! creator David Schwittek has designed this book as a tribute to those who continue to suffer from, and to fight against, acts of state sponsored torture.


photo montage by taylorrockhill.wordpress.com

It's anyone's guess how candidates will respond to the elephant in the room, but that answer will prove decisive for the legacy of Berkeley Law.  

The retirement of UC torture apologists Robert Birgeneau and Christopher Edley provides an opening for restoration of ethical leadership at the university, and ending school complicity in war crime. Respecting the student call for a now long overdue investigation of the actions of John Yoo at the Department of Justice could go a long way towards restoring the moral health at other institutions
The total failure to hold the intellectual authors of illegal detention practices accountable obstructs justice for the victims of America's war OF terror. 

"Although the torture policy did not garner the political opposition it deserves, those Americans who have challenged it mainly lawyers - did so because they recognise that torture violates the most basic tenet of the rule of law and is a gross crime under international law (in the same company with genocide and crimes against humanity). Moreover, the prohibition of torture is universal and applicable to all human beings under all circumstances, including in war and conflict. Challengers rejected the Bush administration's proposition that the law could be disregarded or reinterpreted to grant the government the right to systematically abuse and harm people in custody...

Lisa Hajjar traces the detention policy debacle as it has evolved over the last ten years

The use of "Law" to protect war criminals raises questions of legitimacy of the institution itself. But we should not lose sight of those individual practitioners who continue the good fight. When we recognize that the indefinite detention practices of the Obama regime have no moral or legal basis, we are emboldened to demand repudiation.

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Detention and torture in Guantanamo

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