A former Army prosecutor faces retaliation for testifying before Congress and a military commission about torture and other Constitutional violations at Guantanamo Bay. As the Guantanamo military commissions resume proceedings today, Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveld awaits a June 1 decision from a "promotion" board that may deny him an honorable retirement after nearly 20 years of service.
Stepping down: Dennis Blair, pictured with Barack Obama in January 2009, has resigned his post as U.S Director of National Intelligence
Many orange ribbons in the house!
Friday 5/14/10, 7:30 AM -- two groups were assembling before the commencement ceremony for UC Berkeley Law's Class of 2010.
· Up at the stadium, World Can't Wait was gathering around a 9-foot mobile "Abu Ghraib prisoner" with UC's gold "Cal" logo emblazoned across his chest, setting up photo displays and posters dramatizing the torture unleashed by Bush-Cheney and their entire torture team, including Berkeley Law professor John Yoo.
· At the law school as grads and faculty put on their caps and gowns, basketfuls of orange ribbons were circulated. By now everyone at Boalt knows exactly what the orange ribbon means: constant protest, agitation and education everywhere Yoo goes have made it clear: "No Torture In My Name" and you're saying it publicly. Some grads still don't think torture has anything to do with their law careers, and ribbon distributors caught a few disparaging remarks. But more importantly, many more students took the ribbons and pinned them onto their gowns. And so did many of the professors - and several profs asked for handfuls, passing ribbons out to other faculty on the spot.
The persistent work of World Can't Wait and other protesters demanding that John Yoo be fired, disbarred and prosecuted has had an impact, but much more than that has been affecting the climate at UC Berkeley lately. The campus has been rocked by student uprisings against the fee hikes, and by the fight to divest UC from corporations who arm Israel's war crimes against Palestinians. Then there's BP's $500 million campus debut -groundbreaking for BP's new UC facility is this week, even as the oil spreads across the Gulf of Mexico, outraging and terrifying the world. And just now, the inspiring 10-day student hunger strike made headline news challenging the horrendous Arizona anti-immigrant bill and more. So this is a time when every which way Cal students look, eye-opening events are posing the question: what kind of world are you going out into, and what are you going to do about it?
editor's note: May 13th marked the 50th anniversary of the first major student protest, the one that really ushered in the era of student mass movements. On this day in 1960, students from San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, and elsewhere flocked to San Francisco City Hall to protest hearings being conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Plus, an article in Tikkun online edition: Conscience is contagious - The growing opposition of UC law profs and grads to John Yoo's torture theories
A federal court on Thursday ordered the Pentagon to set free from Guantanamo a former Russian army ballet dancer turned devout Muslim whose plight captured the imagination of a Massachusetts college town [Amherst, one of two Pioneer Valley towns to offer resettlement]...
Thursday's midday ruling raised to 35 the number of Guantanamo detention cases the U.S. government has lost since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled two years ago that the war-on-terror captives can sue for their freedom in federal courts.
The U.S. military is getting set to expand its controversial detention camp at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan -- just as new reports of a "black jail" inside the facility are surfacing...
Dear Boalt Grad: I understand your desire to have a memorable graduation event with your family...and it will be. Think of what it will mean to the future generations if this were to be the last class that graduated under the shame brought to UC by the unethical acts of John Yoo. Instead, take a stand yourself, and proudly encourage your fellow students and family to wear the orange ribbon, and go from your graduation knowing that with a clean conscience that your graduation stood for something meaningful, profound and worthy of notice. Help send a message to Dean Edley that academic freedom does not protect one's actions, only one's speech.... And as an alum...when you send your check to support your alma matter, send a blank check with the words, FIRE JOHN YOO, until the university sees the light and rescinds his tenure.
congratulations on graduating....you made it!!!!!
President Barack Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is sure to be front page news tomorrow. But its significance may be appreciated only after reading today's stories about Obama's desire for new legislation permitting federal investigators to question terrorism suspects without issuing a Miranda warning...
Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice - The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Aretha Franklin, singer
Condoleezza Rice, piano
The Queen of Soul pairs up with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for an evening of classics and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Ms. Rice will enchant us with selections from Mozart and more and will feature Aretha on vocals with selections from her new album, A Woman Falling Out of Love. This extraordinary effort is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Don't miss this amazing duo with those fabulous Philadelphians for one night only!