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Answer to Your Questions: Guantanamo Detainees to Come to Illinois

By Jill McLaughlin

Note: The following is a copy of a response from a World Can't Wait supporter after we sent out a statement saying that people of conscience should oppose and resist the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the Thomson Correctional Facility in Thomson, Illinois. The response illustrates the questions people will ask those who oppose such a move by our government.  I have put her response is in bold Italics and have put my answer to her questions below her response.

There are SO MANY problems today that it seems impossible to undertake to learn about them all. I support much of what "The World Can't Wait" says and does. And I must confess I have no real knowledge of this situation regarding Thompson, ILL. However, what I have read and tried to analyze objectively this does not seem to be a wrong move. Will it not start the closing of Guantanamo? Will these prisoners be well guarded and unlikely to be released or escape? The people in Illinois and the governor  it seems are for it, in that the situation will provide jobs for many of the out of work people and a protected environment for the prisoners while they are on trial.  What am I missing or misunderstanding? - Pat

 

 

 

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U.S. Aims for Eurasian Energy Control

By Larry Jones

Despite President Obama’s West Point war speech and Oslo “peace” speech, the glaring truth is that the U.S. is engaged in Afghanistan for less than the honorable reasons he tried to sell us. In addition to the overarching push for increased U.S. hegemony in southern Asia, there is an underlying and demanding need for energy control throughout all of Eurasia. 

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To Be, or Not to Be in Afghanistan

By Dennis Loo  (thanks to W. Shakespeare for the literary inspiration)

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ‘tis nobler to receive the Peace Prize
And sling drones and missiles at innocents,
Or to take arms against a sea of Taliban
And by opposing them multiply them?
To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, the deception, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
 
To sleep: perchance to dream of change: ay, there's the rub;

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Plans for Taking the Resistance into 2010

By Debra Sweet 

Last week the New York Times finally reported the story of Sami al-Hajj, who was held for seven years in Guantanamo, and then suddenly released.  He was a cameraman for Al Jazeera in December 2001, taken by US forces on the border of Pakistan & Afghanistan.
 
He was tortured at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and eventually moved to Guantanamo.  But the US never charged him with anything.

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Israeli Blockade Continues the War against the Palestinian People

By Kenneth J. Theisen 

A year ago Israel launched a criminal war against the people of Gaza. This war against the one-and-a-half million people of Gaza was condemned by much of the world’s population, but was in effect supported by the U.S. government then led by President George W. Bush. 
 

Bush and other U.S. imperialist leaders provided political cover for the war crimes of Israel by pretending that the attack by Israel was merely a defensive reaction to rocket attacks launched by Hamas against Israeli territory.

 

From the Gaza Freedom march: Revolution reporter Alan Goodman's blog; photos by Bill Perry

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Resolve to Make a Difference

By Samantha Goldman

In this week of resolutions, how about a resolution that can make a huge difference in the lives of people all over the globe and arguably for the planet itself?

 
When you say yes to World Can't Wait and commit your time and money to this movement you make mobilizing people to resist and stop the crimes of our government possible. And better yet, you make it happen with creativity and confidence in the cause.

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Bombs in Briefs and Obama

By Dennis Loo

We have, on the one hand, the Nigerian student, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with briefs set to explode on his flight to Detroit.
We have, on the other hand, President Obama briefing the nation recently, revealing the bombshell that, despite an alphabet soup of agencies, staffed by tens of thousands, costing tens of billions of dollars, daily downloading four times more data than contained in the Library of Congress, a suspected terrorism list of close to half a million names, to which they add scores daily, and tight security measures at airports, they still can’t connect the dots and stop someone whose father had urgently warned US authorities in November that he’d told his family that he had joined extremists, and that they should forget about him because they’re not going to see him again.
This was on top of NSA intercepting communications from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula back in August that a Nigerian was going to carry out an attack on the US.
The good news is that the system sort of worked: they were planning to interview Umar after his flight landed.
A funny thing happened, though, on the way to Detroit.

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Guantanamo Turns 8 While More Lives Slip Away

By Debra Sweet  

 
Monday January 11 is the 8th anniversary of the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo. The emblematic symbol of the Bush regime’s “war on terror,” in which men have been openly tortured, kept in isolation, force-fed, and for years deprived of any legal respresentation or contact with the outside world, is still open.
It’s being called “Obama’s prison” now.  On January 22, 2009, the new president announced that he would close Guantanamo in a year because it’s existence was a public relations nightmare for U.S. foreign policy makers.  As of this week, there’s no closing date, but a vague indication it could be closed in 2011.

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8 Years of Torture – Shut Down Guantanamo, Now!

By Debra Sweet 

 
Eight years ago today the Bush regime opened their detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It went on to become a notorious symbol of the torture and racism that people the world over associated with the U.S. "war on terror."
 
As we mark this anniversary, many people hoped Barack Obama's promise to close Guantánamo by Jan 22, 2010 would close that chapter. But there are 2 things in the way of that... (more on this and coverage on Guantánamo all week at debra.worldcantwait.net).
 
This week:
 
Protests of John Yoo on both ends of the country Tuesday, Jan. 12th! Fire, Disbar, and Prosecute War Criminal John Yoo!
 
John Yoo, principal author of the "torture memos" justifying the Bush torture enterprise, is on a book tour, appearing on John Stewart's show (!) Monday night.
 

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Guantanamo – Eight Years is Eight too Many

 By Kenneth J. Theisen 

On January 11, 2002, twenty prisoners of the U.S. war of terror arrived in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Despite the promises of President Barack Obama the hellhole known as Guantanamo continues to operate. 
Almost 800 men from the ages of 13 to 98 have been held at Gitmo. Nearly two hundred remain there. Gitmo prisoners have been subject to death, abuse and torture, and denied fundamental human and legal rights all at the hands of the U.S. government and its agents. 

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Challenging Bush Torture Architect John Yoo

 By Debra Sweet  

 
Last night, on both coasts, World Can’t Wait, Code Pink and other people of conscience demanded the prosecution of John Yoo, the principal legal architect of the justification of torture by the United States.
 
In Berkeley, where Yoo’s 2010 class schedule called for the first class of the semester, UC officials made the location secret, they said, because of “concerns for students’ safety.”  
 
One might note that it would be more dangerous for a law student to be taught Constitutional law by someone who opposed international law on the subject of torture (not to mention U.S. law) than for those students to encounter advocates against torture.

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  • Debra Sweet

     Debra SweetDebra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched.  Based in New York City, she leads World Can’t Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants.  She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.  Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions.  Debra says, “Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!”

    She can be reached at debrasweet (at) worldcantwait.org. You can read her writings at debra.worldcantwait.net.

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  • Dennis Loo
     Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com
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    Jamilah Hoffman is a young World Can't Wait organizer in Houston, who is "determined to leave this world a better place than she found it".
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