Jun
22

What Bush Told Blair Could End the Wars

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

In May 2005 we launched AfterDowningStreet.org to publicize the Downing Street Minutes. By June we'd had great, if fleeting, success. During the following months and years, mountains of new memos and statements emerged on the Iraq War lies, many of them more damaging than the Downing Street documents. But increasingly nobody cared, because evidence of crimes was less interesting once Congress had dropped the pretense that it might take action. The single most powerful, and yet largely ignored, document yet to emerge, might, now in 2009, finally, produce results. And, of course, it is our friends over in England who are, as always, two steps ahead of us.

Jun
21

Citizens Face Prosecution for Speaking Against Wars

Tag: Peace and War

WHAT: Four of the people featured in this report by Bill Moyers' Journal in January ( http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01092009/watch3.html ) face prosecution for disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.

WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2009, 9:00 a.m. ET.

WHERE: Before Judge Richard H. Ringell in the Superior Court of The District of Columbia Criminal Division, Courtroom 120.

Jun
20

U.S. Govt. Threatens to Prosecute Waterboarding

Tag: Prosecution

By David Swanson

We've been lobbying the Department of Justice all these months without realizing that the key to justice lay in the Department of the Interior, and specifically in the National Park Service, which has told activist Steve Lane he will be prosecuted if he attempts to demonstrate waterboarding at Thursday's anti-torture rally in Washington, D.C. The permit for the rally reads "Waterboarding exhibit will not be allowed for safety reasons."

Jun
19

Juneteenth: What's Old Is New Again

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Two statements, 144 years apart:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer." Major General Gordon Granger, June 19, 1865.

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Jun
18

Audio: Justice, Accountability, Media

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Political Ideas
The Jeff Farias Show 6/17/09

On the Web At 3:30 Duff Conacher is the coordinator of Democracy Watch, an Ottawa-based citizen group advocating democratic reforms, government accountability and corporate responsibility. http://www.dwatch.ca/

At 4:30 PM David Swanson is the author of the upcoming book “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union” by Seven Stories Press. You can pre-order it and find out when tour will be in your town: http://davidswanson.org/book

At 5 PM Rory O’Connor author, blogger, journalist and filmmaker is co-founder and president of the international media firm ‘Globalvision, Inc’, and Board Chair of ‘The Global Center’, an affiliated non-profit foundation. O’Connor has directed, written and/or produced hundreds of television programs and films, and served as executive in charge of the award-winning broadcast newsmagazines ‘South Africa Now’ and ‘Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television’. An online columnist for both AlterNet and MediaChannel, O’Connor also writes the popular “Media Is A Plural” blog (accessible at http://www.roryoconnor.org

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Jun
18

It Could Happen to Yoo

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Prosecution

By David Swanson

Sometimes, during a tsunami of bad news, it's nice to come up for a breath of encouraging air. The only way to do that this week that I know of is to read a beautiful 42-page order by a judge (PDF). Usually such things don't strike me as beautiful, but this one says that leading torture lawyer John Yoo can be sued in court by one of his victims. It also says that his arguments for immunity are a load of crap, his arguments for the legality of torture are at least plausibly as fetid a pile of feces as they appear to the naked eye, and the treatment received by Jose Padilla is rather glaringly in conflict with our laws, basic standards of decency, and the wisdom of those who have gone before us and warned against sacrificing our rights on the temple of war. Here's an analysis of exactly how well thought out (not just beautiful) this order is, and how very likely it is to withstand challenge.

Jun
18

Two Things I'd Like Everyone to Stop Saying PLEASE

Tag: Political Ideas

1. Given that Barack Obama took in WAY more money from health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations than Max Baucus, could everyone please stop calling Baucus the top recipient of such bribes?

2. When is it going to be safe to set foot outside the house without being told that FDR told A Phillip Randolph to go out there and make him do it? Of course we have to make officials do what we want them to do. They'll never just do it on their own. But this anecdote is being used to shift blame for Obama's actions onto those of us who oppose them, which is NOT the way to make him do it.

Jun
17

Holder Refuses to Call Warrantless Spying Illegal

Tag: Prosecution

By David Swanson

In probably the most disturbing testimony to hit Capitol Hill since Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in May and refused to rule out lawless detention or to agree that government officials can sometimes be prosecuted for their crimes, on Wednesday Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and, among much else, refused five times to agree that warrantless spying is illegal and unconstitutional. I spoke to Holder in April, and he assured me that I would be proud of my country. When?

Jun
17

In Congress: 32 Heroes, 21 Frauds

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

The congressional elections of 2006 and 2008 were almost universally understood as shaped by public desire to end the war in Iraq. Last month, when a war supplemental spending bill (another $97 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) was expected to easily pass in the House with bipartisan support, 51 Democrats sought to please their constituents by voting No. Tuesday evening, when the same bill stood a good chance of failing, 20 of those same Congress members voted Yes and one did not vote. But 30 stood by their vote when it actually meant something. They were joined by 2 more, for a total of 32 Democrats voting No.

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