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Obama’s Justice Department: Defending the “National Security State”

By Kenneth J. Theisen

You have to give Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) credit for consistency. In every so-called “national security” case they have argued since Obama took office, they have defended the interests of the national security state over the rights of the people. They did it again on Friday, February 27, 2009. 
 
The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation had previously brought a suit alleging that the federal government, under George Bush, had illegally conducted surveillance of the group. The case is in federal court before Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. (Walker has dozens of “national security” cases pending before him.) DOJ has maintained the case should be dismissed because the Foundation can not prove it was a target of surveillance without the use of a classified document.
 
 On January 5, 2009, Judge Walker ordered DOJ to explain how it would let attorneys for the Foundation review the classified document in the case after the attorneys obtained security clearances, which he expected would be provided to the attorneys by the federal government. At that time, Walker stated that Al-Haramain had demonstrated through government officials' statements that the Foundation had probably been wiretapped. This then put the burden on the government to let the plaintiff’s attorney examine the document. Walker ordered DOJ to provide the explanation to the court by February 27th.

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Obama's All-American Speeches

By Larry Jones
 
In World Can’t Wait many people say “STOP THINKING LIKE AN AMERICAN AND START THINKING ABOUT HUMANITY.”
That President Barack Obama did just the opposite in his recent speech to Congress is what upset me most about his well-delivered and often charismatic words. He really is smooth as he speaks and in one moment gets very serious and in the next he smiles broadly.
 
But thinking about humanity was nowhere in his oration. He spoke of America as “the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history.” It’s a wonder the politicians present didn’t start chanting USA, USA, USA.
 
He spoke about this century becoming “another American century.” This is a phrase borrowed from the lexicon of arch imperialists, including the “neo-cons” who dominated political theory and strategy during the years of the Bush Regime. The Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, is the organization of neocons who called for an attack on Iraq long before George W. Bush was elected Commander in Chief; people like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and a number of other of that genre. 
 

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Continuing Occupations, “Good” Wars, and the Wartime President

 

By Debra Sweet

Barack Obama said last Tuesday night to Congress, ” I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens halfway around the world. We will not allow it.”

I wonder how people in the Middle East felt hearing that, having been bombed as if they are terrorists for most of this decade, either directly by US planes, or with US made weapons, as in Gaza?  An Iraqi in Sikrit, said, “In fact, the US forces achieved one thing: That is destroying Iraq … We hope that the US soldiers will leave our country sooner rather than later in order to put an end to the bloodiest pages in Iraq’s history.”

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OBAMA’S ALL-AMERICAN SPEECHES

 By Larry Jones

 In World Can’t Wait many people say “STOP THINKING LIKE AN AMERICAN AND START THINKING ABOUT HUMANITY.”
 
That President Barack Obama did just the opposite in his recent speech to Congress is what upset me most about his well-delivered and often charismatic words. He really is smooth as he speaks and in one moment gets very serious and in the next he smiles broadly.
 
But thinking about humanity was nowhere in his oration. He spoke of America as “the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history.” It’s a wonder the politicians present didn’t start chanting USA, USA, USA.
 
He spoke about this century becoming “another American century.” This is a phrase borrowed from the lexicon of arch imperialists, including the “neo-cons” who dominated political theory and strategy during the years of the Bush Regime. The Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, is the organization of neocons who called for an attack on Iraq long before George W. Bush was elected Commander in Chief; people like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and a number of others of that genre. 
 

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Obama Calls for Record Military Spending!

 

Obama is a War-Time president!
 
By Kenneth J. Theisen
 
When George W. Bush was president he often referred to himself as a “war-time president.” And with two official wars and military attacks against many other countries he deserved the title. But most of the American population got tired of more than seven years of war and Barack Obama was elected. Despite what he actually said, many that voted for him expected him to end the war policies of the Bush regime. But with the submission of his record military budget; his decision to increase the size of the military by nearly 100,000 troops; his decision to send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan; and his decision to leave tens of thousand of troops in Iraq; it appears that Obama also wants to be known as a “war-time president.”  Okay! I know he really does not want to be called that, but he certainly deserves the title as much as Bush did. At least Bush was half-way honest about it.

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Meeting, Web-Cast to Galvanize Opposition to War and Torture

 

What is the responsibility of the anti-war movement as the occupation of Iraq continues into a 7th year?  And as the first wave of 30,000 additional troops is sent to Afghanistan?
 
Tonight, hear Fr. Luis Barrios, Elaine Brower, Matthis Chiroux, with Debra Sweet moderating. 
 
Matthis Chiroux: Matthis is an Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran, honorably discharged after 5 years in the army. But he received forced reactivation orders for Iraq, and has publicly refused those orders. Thus, he is now a military resisterMatthisresist.us
 
Elaine Brower: Elaine is a leader of World Can't Wait and outspoken activist against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her son is currently stationed in Iraq.  "It's Not OK."
 
Fr. Luis Barrios: Luis is an Episcopal Priest and Chair of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College. On Monday, he will report for a 2 months sentence in federal prison for civil disobedience to Shut Down the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia last November.
 
In New York: Community Church, 40 East 35th St. (between Park and Madison); 6:30 to 8:30, Thursday March 5th
 
Everywhere else:
 
LIVE web-cast:
 
Thursday March 5 6:40 EST

 

Hillary Clinton in Israel: Support Israeli Onslaught on Gaza, Demonize and Threaten Iran

 By Kenneth J. Theisen

 This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on a visit to the Middle East and Europe to mobilize support for U.S. imperialism. On March 3, 2009 she gave a press conference in Israel. Once again, she made clear that the new Obama administration is dedicated to pursuing continued U.S. dominance of the Middle East. In the pursuit of this dominance, Clinton emphasized that Israel is a key U.S. ally and Iran is a key enemy.
 
Clinton stressed the importance of Israel at the conference when she stated, “President Obama and I believe that the bond between the United States and Israel, and our commitment to Israel’s security and to its democracy as a Jewish state, remains fundamental, unshakable, and eternally durable.” She talked about the need for a “durable ceasefire” between Israel and Gaza and then blamed Hamas for the war on Gaza. She said, “But that can only be achieved if Hamas ceases the rocket attacks. No nation should be expected to sit idly by and allow rockets to assault its people and its territories. These attacks must stop and so must the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. These activities put innocent lives of Israelis and Palestinians at risk and undermine the well-being of the people of Gaza.”

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Whither the Republicans, or, Send in the Clowns

 By Larry Jones

 Both of the main political parties offer bad news for the people of the world and we here at WCW don’t support either. Since the Obama inauguration there have been some excellent articles on this site analyzing the direction of Obama’s young presidency, the policies of occupation, war and torture begun under the Bush Regime and now continued and extended by Obama. But, how about their electoral opponents?
 
The recent gathering of the Republican’s Conservative Political Action Committee featured a procession of war mongering zealots crowing before a frenzied crowd of “USA, USA” chanting, flag waving right wingers. None drew a more enthusiastic response than the buffoonish but deadly serious clown, Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s attacks on Obama have drawn much attention in the main stream media. But this entire event and the political leaders it promoted demonstrate that a social force verging on fascism remains a virulent, aggressive, and dangerous component of the political scene in this country, with the backing and participation of powerful figures within the ruling power structure.
 

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A Law of Social Nature: Obedience, Conformity and Leadership

By Dennis Loo

A debate has broken out at my Open Salon blog around the question of whether or not the chief problem we face in this country can be laid upon the shoulders of individuals (among the public) and their actions or inactions. I refer people to that back and forth discussion in the comments section there as a preface and to my Water Line article. This debate invariably comes up and merits digging into in depth. You cannot effect a dramatic change in society if you do not understand deeply - theoretically - the underpinnings of the status quo and the key factors that have produced change historically. If we don’t study history, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, to name a few, then how can we possibly know what we need to know about what works and what doesn’t? Personal experience is just not enough.
As Harry Homeless put it in a comment on my blog:
“[A]s a con man I can tell you the single most important insight on society is that all the world is a byproduct of our personal lives. A nation of assholes can never have a good government in the end. The assholes will see a ‘good’ man as a threat and kill him (just ask the Kennedys). The reverse is true also.
"The single greatest driving force is the need for self-expression.”
I do not agree with this view and believe its persistence to be not just a mistake but also a hindrance to the resolution of the problems and crises we face. I say this not to undermine the importance of individuals acting on behalf of morality and justice; in fact, I want to underscore the importance of individual action. But to really make a difference we have to understand the actual conditions that we face, otherwise we’ll be spinning our wheels and thinking we’re making a difference when we are doing much less than we think.

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From the Uncola to Cola: Obama Rebrands Rendition, et al

by Dennis Loo
 
The New York Times on March 8, 2009 featured an article entitled “Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of Taliban.” As far as I can tell, the reactions to this story have focused on Obama’s attempts to work with some parts of the Taliban. The bigger story here, however, has been overlooked.
 
Some excerpts from this article accompanied by my commentary in italics, followed by some other relevant source materials:
 
“The president went on to say that ‘we don’t torture’ and that ‘we ultimately provide anybody that we’re detaining an opportunity through habeas corpus to answer to charges.’"
 
So you have a right to challenge your detention, “ultimately.” Be warned then, you could wait a very long time. Ultimately you have a right, but in the long run, as they say, we’re all dead. Obama’s a constitutional lawyer by training. It’s a bit disturbing that he would qualify a right such as habeas corpus this way. And, by the way, there’s yet another qualification.

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If You Undermine the Foundation, What Becomes of the Structure?

by Dennis Loo

Obama during a September 8, 2008 campaign rally stated: "Habeas corpus ... is the foundation of Anglo-American law, which says very simply, if the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, 'Why was I grabbed?' and say, 'Maybe, you've got the wrong person." (Thanks to Rachel Oswald’s article in Raw Story for this reference.)
crumbling foundation 
"The reason we have that safeguard is we don't always have the right person," said Obama at the campaign rally. "We don't always catch the right person. We may think this is Muhammad the terrorist. It might be Muhammad the cab driver."
 
On March 12, 2009, the Obama Justice Department kicked this foundation out from under the edifice of Anglo-American law by arguing that the June 2008 Supreme Court decision (Boumediene v Bush) that held that Gitmo detainees had a right to challenge their detention did not apply to those detainees held (and tortured) prior to Boumediene.
 
The Justice Department states in its brief:
 
"Boumediene - decided four years after plaintiffs' detention ended - cannot support a finding that the law was so clearly established that a reasonable official would have known that his or her conduct violated the Constitution or the RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] statute."

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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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