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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.
Today marks the 411th day of Guantanamo prisoners' hunger strike.

Currently, [Rear Admiral Richard] Butler said, the prison tracks "up to a couple dozen detainees" as those who won't eat, have become so malnourished they require tube feedings or have related weight-loss health risks...

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Separately, a different prison official who functions as Butler's Islamic cultural adviser estimated that since the military imposed a blackout on daily disclosures 10 to 15 captives refuse to eat on any given day.

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The prison requires that captives stop calling themselves hunger strikers as a condition of release from lockdown.

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No justice for all
Salon obtained a previously unpublished 2003 Abu Ghraib photograph that shows Daniel Johnson, a civilian contractor, interrogating an Iraqi prisoner using what an Army investigation calls "an unauthorized stress position." More here

"torture does far more than merely 'taint' evidence. It corrupts all who touch it. The CIA's desperate efforts to hide the details of what the world already knows in general outline--that it subjected human beings to brutal treatment to which no human being should ever be subjected--are only the latest evidence of the poisonous consequences of a program euphemistically called 'enhanced interrogation'."

faculty rarely challenge - and often support - the speech codes plaguing most campuses today

even "uncivilized" students have rights

image.img.png-thumb-300x375-1860.jpegEmad Hassan, who has been held without charge since 2002 and cleared for release since 2009, has been abusively force-fed more than 5000 times since 2007 as part of the military's efforts to break his hunger strike. He suffers from serious internal injuries as a result...

The motion to interdict his torture will be filed in the DC District Court on Monday.

Historic Legal Challenge to Force-Feeding 

Photo courtesy of Reprieve
World Can't Wait urges support for this action. "No amount of slick PR packaging can render Petraeus anything better than a war criminal. There is a huge blanket of lies and ignorance surrounding the killing in Afghanistan. Most Americans have no idea of the crimes being done in their name."

David Petraeus was the director of the CIA - which is responsible for torture, drone bombing Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq and killing thousands of innocent people in the process, targeting and killing American citizens with no due process of law, among many other crimes against humanity - commander of US forces in Afghanistan, where the war and occupation have caused much death and destruction, and commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, where he helped organize death squads that were responsible for torture and killing innocent people, among many other crimes that were committed by the US in Iraq over the course of the war. Simply put, he is a war criminal. He needs to know and the outside world needs to know that not everyone at Stanford endorses war criminals and war crimes.

More Forgotten History of David Petraeus here
"Growing up in Northern Virginia I had no shortage of opportunity, and I believe that means I have a responsibility to do everything in my power to educate myself and stand up for justice and dignity. I became an International Relations major to ensure I was doing all I could to better my perspective, and the more I learn, the more the truth is clear: torture is cruel, shameful, and ineffective. I refuse to be silent while my government conceals such clear injustice just a few miles from my home."  
The vote on the proposed $10.9 Million dollar Department of Homeland Security Funded 'Domain Awareness Center' (DAC) beyond having meaning just for Oakland is the testing ground for an expanding and entrenching surveillance state which has clear national and global implications. DAC funding has been given to a number of other cities the key difference here is that Oakland is the only city in the country that has tried to use that funding to make the DAC's surveillance reach across the entire city rather than just across the Port of Oakland.

Resolution urges the university's Board of Governors to rescind Rice's invite to speak: 

"A Commencement speaker... should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship," and "an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law."

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The President's private army takes "unprecedented action" against its overseers.

outlaw nations

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"This is what imperialism is all about: to give yourself the right to intervene in far away places and to project power in every corner of the globe, including the arctic, and to disregard world public opinion. Imperialism is to have the temerity to lecture and hector Russia about the evils of intervention in the affairs of its neighbor, Ukraine, where the U.S. and EU are blatantly conspiring against Russian interests there. . . . Obama sends drones around the world to kill people, including Americans, who have never been put on trial and yet sounds like a peaceful dove when offering lessons to Russia. Basically the U.S. is objecting to attempts by Russia to play a smaller and even far less aggressive version of its own world game." 

political science professor As'ad AbuKhalil responds to Obama's condemnation of Russia

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Detention and torture in Guantanamo

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