"Remember that one time when Obama closed Gitmo?" Neither do we! This week, Cindy Sheehan welcomes Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait, who will talk about the Close Gitmo Now Tour 2014 and why it's still an urgent imperative to close the offshore torture camp.
This program was broadcast on December 14, 2013.
Deb Vanpoolen | December 17, 2013
Although Private Manning vs. the United States was one of the most important trials in US history, no cameras were allowed inside the courtroom. Without cameras in the courtroom, the world’s masses of people impacted by the Wikileaks releases could not be properly informed of the proceedings. In the three years following the Wikileaks releases and Manning’s arrest, the mainstream US media provided miniscule coverage of anything to do with Private Manning, including her entire three-year pre-trial confinement and the two years of pre-trial hearings.
“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding party of the lamb.”
- Revelation 19:9
Andy Worthington & Debra Sweet Address How & Why the U.S. has Kept this Illegal Prison Open for 12 years, and Our Responsibility to Close It.
The Bush regime filled the off-shore prison at Guantanamo Bay by rendering men seized from around the globe into indefinite captivity, employing and legally justifying a program of torture they called "enhanced interrogation." Even Bush's team slowly began to release hundreds of prisoners for whom no case could be fabricated to justify prison. When Barack Obama was elected, he quickly promised to close it within a year...five years ago.
Last March – before Edward Snowden revealed the NSA’s sweeping collection of phone and other data – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said no such operation existed. Now, a group of ex-national security officials urge President Obama to fire Clapper.
“As the talk shop charades continue at these conferences, the big powers scramble to find and burn even more ‘unconventional’ and carbon polluting fossil fuels.”
The 19th United Nations (UN) "Conference of the Parties" (COP) talks on global climate change concluded on November 24 in Warsaw, Poland.
On Tuesday, out of nowhere, the Associated Press ran a story about a secret prison at Guantánamo that attracted a huge amount of attention from the media around the world — more attention, in fact, than at any time since the prison-wide hunger strike earlier this year, which, surprisingly, managed to retain much of the media’s attention for several months.
President Obama Interrupted by Former UC Berkeley Student Senator at Immigration Speech in San Francisco
“...in the name of safety, fear or revenge, American presidents cannot be allowed to arrogate to themselves the power of judge,
jury and executioner.”
— From the May 2013 Close Guantánamo NOW ad in The New York Times
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