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Jill McLaughlin


Oh America, So Much to Answer For

By Jill McLaughlin, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member

I woke Tuesday morning having had seven hours of sleep the night before. I was happy I turned in early the night before. There was a reason why I had done so, but I had forgotten why. I got my shoes and jacket and got my dog on the leash for the early morning walk. As we walked along something was fighting to make its way into my consciousness, but I couldn't think of what it might be. It was making me anxious. I ran into a neighbor whom I barely know. We said our hellos and my dog greeted him and as he pet her he informed her he was on his way to vote. Voootttee. That was it. Vote. Election. Obama. McCain. Election Day.

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Into the Black: Torture and Real People

By Jill McLaughlin
 
Out of the blue and into the black
They give you this, but you pay for that
And once you're gone, you can never come back
When you're out of the blue and into the black
- Neil Young, Out of the Blue
 
This past Monday, February 23, the man whose case has extensively been written about the last few weeks was freed from Guantanamo. He was returned to Britain after almost seven long years of the most harrowing experience that neither you nor I could ever dream of, or make up for that matter. And according to this man, in a statement made through his lawyers upon his return to Britain, he himself could have never dreamt this until he was taken out of the blue in Pakistan.
 
This man, Binyam Mohammed, is known as one of the detainees behind the infamous lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing that has used its planes in extraordinary rendition of alleged terrorists to other countries. In Binyam’s case he was first taken to Morocco where he was tortured and then taken to Guantanamo where he was again tortured and detained until his release this past Monday. In a recent ruling in California the case against Jeppesen was stalled again as it was in 2008 when the Bush Regime claimed that the evidence against Jeppesen could not be revealed because they were "state secrets." In this latest round the Justice Department under Obama claimed the same thing.
 
But I do not want to talk long about the details of lawsuits or rulings around rendition, detention, and torture. I want to talk about you, me, and people like Binyam. As I read Binyam’s statement this last Monday I let myself feel that feeling that I have felt at times during my last two years of activism and organizing.
 

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The Faces of Tortured Innocents and Facing the Crimes of Our Government

 

By Jill McLaughlin
 
There is much frenzy and acrimony in the media not seen in the last several years over the torture issue. This was unleashed when the memos authored by the Bush Regime lawyers were recently released to the public. The lengths that these authors went to make “legal” and justify the unthinkable has the media in a whirl. And it doesn’t look like the whirling is going to stop soon. The Pentagon is reportedly going to release more photos of torture. Torture has entered into the national debate. Was it torture that these lawyers were selling? Should these lawyers, Yoo, Bybee, Haynes, Addington be held accountable? And what about prosecutions for Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld? These are the questions swirling about. Of course some of us have known all along that those at the top were responsible for the war crime of torture and have we have been demanding accountability.
 
In all the talk of the talking heads there is one thing missing. And that is the victims of this torture. The media has thus far failed to give name, face, or voice to those who suffered unjustly under detention and torture. People who did nothing wrong, but found themselves ensnared in the so called “war on terror”. There are many. And when Obama talks about no prosecutions and the need to be “looking forward” there is no mention of these people and the indescribable pain that they and their families have endured.
 

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Into the Uncharted: Conscience and Consciousness in a Time of Illegitimate Occupations and Torture - A Call to Resistance

 By Jill McLaughlin

 As a child I would always wonder what it be would be like to see a monster rising out of the waters of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. My head was filled with stories about the Loch Ness Monster and sea monsters that ships encountered on the open waters of the worlds seas.
 
I could see myself wide eyed, heart pounding, sucking in my breath in a gigantic gasp and frozen. I remember also seeing ancient maps in books which would show the land masses discovered and mapped by explorers. In the areas of open waters there would be an image of a sea dragon with the words “here there be monsters”. There was no evidence that there were actually monsters in those parts, but it was more a matter that those waters had not yet been explored.
 
Both memories serve to remind me of where America is at right now. On the one hand with the release of the torture memos, you have people who are almost frozen and gasping with outrage and shock. They don’t know what to do about the fact there is going to be no prosecutions for those responsible. Then on other hand you have people (and some of the same people) who are unaware that the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are no where near over and that Afghanistan is not the “good war” where we catch the bad guys and liberate those poor women.

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Obama Won’t, But We Can Prosecute War Criminals

By Jill McLaughlin

 Some nameless, faceless source has said that there will be no prosecutions for the authors of torture. This source, who I imagine lurking in the dark, has said that the report out of the Department of  Justice will not call for prosecutions.
 
I am not surprised. As an aside, I'm always surprised how angry I feel when I hear news like this. You see as an activist with World Can't Wait, I can say that over the last 3 years WCW has brought the truth about U.S. torture and those responsible. We have not only spoken the truth about these crimes against humanity, but we have told the people what we ought to do to bring justice. And we never told people “turn to the system”.
 
We knew that turning to this system for justice was not going to work. The system operates for and serves the empire and the ruling class of the empire. It does not operate for and serve you or me. And anyone outside the empire, like the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and so many around the world, well the ruling class of the empire sees them as less than human.  And the leaders of this empire, not unlike the Nazi leadership in Germany, have pounded into the minds of the American people, that these others are the source of all our troubles. They pounded it in so much that now they believe it is O.K. to excuse and look past the crimes of the previous administration.

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Breaking News: U.S. Citizens Hate Torture, Acting to Stop It

 By Jill McLaughlin

 I’ve done a lot of writing that has offered some analysis of the debate that has broken out about torture. This has included the emphasis on understanding that torture is a moral issue and that torture is wrong period and that it cannot be excused or defended. I have written that the people in this country have a moral responsibility to act visibly in the millions to end torture and to hold those responsible for it accountable.

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Mary Bailey Abhorred Torture, Begged George Bailey To Stop

 

By Jill McLaughlin
 
This essay is dedicated to my father, who two months ago on his death bed, told me two things. Being well aware of my activism and my commitment to stop the crimes of our government one of the two things he told me was, “I know you get mad about things that happen, but try not to take life too seriously.” So I have attempted to write a humorous segue into a very serious issue of our times. Here goes.
 
“George, why must you torture the children?” Mary asks imploringly with tears in her eyes. We all know the scene. Well most of us anyway who have found it to be almost an obligation to watch its A Wonderful Life year after year. Personally my two favorite scenes are the one when the dance floor opens up to a swimming pool and the one when George has walked the lovely Mary home from the dance. The two are flirting furiously with each other. George is committing to Mary that he’ll lasso the moon for her. The old man on the porch next door yells,“Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death!?” But I digress.

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A Post Racial Divide? Then Why Does the NAACP Let Recruiters Prey on Black and Latino Youth?: Inside the Diversity Career Fair at the NAACP Convention

 By Jill McLaughlin

 World Can’t Wait activists and other organizations such as Peace Action, Ya Ya Youth Network, Revolution Youth, and Arrest Bush protested outside the NAACP convention on Tuesday July 15th.
 
We rightfully asked what right the Military Recruiters had to be at a convention of the organization that stands for the civil rights and justice for oppressed people.
 
The demonstration was a follow up to a press conference held on Saturday July 11th, the opening day of the convention where Benjamin Jealous, CEO and President of the NAACP, was asked by a high school student and a military mother why military recruiters were invited to recruit, given that the NAACP had come out against the Iraq war. Benjamin Jealous refused to disinvite the Army Strong Recruitment Tour and said that the recruiters would not be recruiting.

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What Do You Do When You’re Under Attack? Go to Omaha!

 

By Jill McLaughlin
 
What do you do when intimidation, bullying, and harassment in our public forums has become the norm? This is a norm that is being rammed through by the right-wing pundits and religious right. What do you do when one of the very few late-term abortion providers left has his protection by federal marshals removed just weeks before his clinic will be overrun by anti-abortion groups for two days straight? Understand this. The people who are showing up at the town hall meetings and ripping signs out of a Black woman’s hands and applaud while she is the one being shown on national television being escorted away, and the anti-abortion groups showing up at clinics and celebrating the murder of an abortion provider are of the same ilk.  

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To A Generation Without A Song

 By Jill McLaughlin

Standing around and you’re waiting,
you want to be inspired
you listen hard for the song
 
that’s gonna
 
make a statement worth stating
before the melody comes you’re tired
don’t even know what’s right what’s wrong
 
You gotta
 
know what’s wrong to make it right
can’t look past the blood and bones
too many suffering while you listen
 

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The American Appetite & What Torture Victims and the World Hunger For

 

By Jill McLaughlin
 
I woke on a recent morning and went immediately to my computer to look at my email. I saw an email from a World Can’t Wait steering meeting member with a link to CNN’s Jonathon Mann’s article “Could George W. Bush end up behind bars?” 
 
The story weighed the possibility of George Bush actually serving time for the war crime of torture now that Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogators involvement in torture. The premise is that once one opens the door to this investigation that one will have to follow it all the way to the top.
 
Anybody who has been following this story with a critical eye knows full well that this investigation will probably only lead to a few low-level CIA agents being prosecuted.

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.