While the article (Washington Post, "Guantanamo Bay: Why Obama hasn't fulfilled his promise to close the facility") steered clear of laying blame at anyone's feet (instead seeming to insinuate a sort of collective blame), when it comes to Guantanamo Bay, the politics of fear and cynicism have won out over any promised hope or change.
-- Matthew W. Daloisio, Witness Against Torture
SAVE THE DATES:
June 1, "Accountability Today - Preventing Torture Tomorrow": a panel discussion featuring Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, legal experts, and special video testimonials from victims of the U.S. torture program.
June 23, March & Civil Resistance in Washington, DC: Witness Against Torture will gather in Washington DC from June 22-26 to participate in the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition's (TASSC) "Torture Survivor's Week". Join us on June 23rd for a march and action focused on the 172 men that remain in Guantanamo, particularly the 90 men currently cleared for release but still being held.
"Universal Jurisdiction and International Justice: An Inseparable Reality?"
Baltasar Garzón, an investigating magistrate of the Spanish National Court, came to international attention in 1998 when he issued an international warrant for the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges. He has also presided over human rights cases against Argentine and Chilean military leaders and worked to unearth crimes committed during the Franco era in Spain.
Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley
"This Friday, UC-Berkeley Professor John Yoo will visit the Law School to speak at an event in room 290 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. Yoo's presence on campus is an affront to the dignity of our community. It also undermines the University's mission to train tomorrow's leaders to follow the highest ethical standards.
I ask all interested members of the Stanford community to join me in protesting this event.
...Without fear of official recourse, John Yoo remains free to roam the lecture circuit, instead of contemplating his mistakes inside the walls of the federal prison system where he belongs. Although one can find a diversity of political voices supporting the United States' torture policy, there is no reason that its architects should find a friendly audience at Stanford. I hope students from across the University will respectfully protest Yoo's talk and make it clear that torture advocates are not welcome on this campus.
-- Danny Cullenward, Class of 2013
Four Ohio residents filed court papers last week seeking to compel the Ohio State Psychology Board to investigate Dr. Larry James, a retired Army colonel and former chief psychologist for the intelligence command at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, who oversaw the brutal torture of detainees, including children.
In this segment of "The Story Behind the Story," (Chicago-based radio station) Vocalo's Sarah Lu conducts an in-depth interview with Truthout investigative reporter, Jason Leopold.
On April 1, 2011, a quite appropriate date for what follows, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), the office in the Justice Department which is supposed to supply advice to the Executive branch on whether what it is doing is legal, opined that
the President has the power to commit United States troops abroad," as well as to "take military action," "for the purpose of protecting important national interests," even without specific prior authorization from Congress.
Moreover, the President as Commander in Chief "superintend[s] the military,"Loving v. United States, 517 U.S. 748, 772 (1996), and "is authorized to direct the movements of the naval and military forces placed by law at his command."
The OLC, of course, is the same office from which John Yoo wrote his famous memos legitimizing torture and advancing the theory that the President had unlimited powers in war. The war Yoo had in mind was the war on terror, and, as that essentially had no end, the dictatorial power he sought for the President was effectively permanent...
...At an increasingly rapid pace, the boundaries of acceptable civil discourse are being crossed, and rights in America are being tossed away -- at least when it comes to national security issues.