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A Space Traveler Visits The Torture State

 By Malcolm Shore

 Dear Readers,
 
I received a letter this morning from a visitor who hails from far beyond our planet. Naturally, I wanted to share it with you
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May 15, “2009”
Greetings Earthlings,
 
I am a visitor from planet Conscience. I have raced at warp speed through galaxies of nihilism, paralysis, and moral ambiguity to reach you. It has been a turbulent journey, to say the least, and I am quite nauseous. However, the stakes are high, and I must deliver an urgent message: FOR THE LOVE OF THE COSMOS, EARTHLINGS, PLEASE….WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!”
 

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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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The Pentagon Bible and the Destruction of Iraq

 

By Larry Jones
 
“Critics often accused the Bush administration of waging a crusade against Iraq. Turns out those critics may have been correct, according to a profile of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in GQ this month.”
 
It is well known that George W. Bush is a not-very-nuanced evangelical Christian who, when asked who is his favorite philosopher is, said: “Jesus Christ, because he changed my life.” But, Jesus was not a philosopher and Bush’s change was from drinkin’ and dopin’ to torturin’ and killin’.
 

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Senate Votes to Block Photos’ Release for Five Years

By Dennis Loo

CNN reported yesterday
"The Senate late Thursday easily passed a $91 billion spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After stripping it of funds to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and placing restrictions on the transfer of its detainees, the bill was adopted 86 to 3.
"The Senate included an amendment to prevent the public release of photographs that reportedly document the mistreatment of post-Sept. 11 detainees in U.S. custody.
"The language is aimed at preventing a court from ordering their release in response to a freedom of information lawsuit."

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"The measure was sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who said releasing the inflammatory photos would stoke resentment against the U.S. It blocks the photos' release for five years and gives the Secretary of Defense the ability to keep them under wraps longer."

(Sen. Graham, by the way, on May 13 actually explicitly cited the Spanish Inquisition approvingly on the grounds that it worked!)

What this news means is that the Democratic controlled Senate, right after denying funds to close Gitmo, has now approved $91 billion for carrying forward the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and is blocking release of the extremely incriminating evidence of the US policy of torturing prisoners for at least five years. 

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Who Will Step Out Boldly?

By Debra Sweet 

This is truly a moment I must say, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention...."
 
The stunning plan Barack Obama slipped into his speech Thursday, a speech filled with "the rule of law," is PROLONGED, or PREVENTIVE DETENTION.
 
The President said he will "develop an appropriate legal regime" to indefinitely imprison people without charges based on what he thinks they might want to do, on their speech, or their associations. He admitted that there are people now detained who cannot be prosecuted because evidence against them is tainted by torture, or because there simply IS no evidence against them. He implied this could go on for a decade or more.
 
The Bush regime thought about this, but never tried it. This has never been done by the US in its history. What does it mean that Obama stated flatly that habeas corpus -- the right to know charges against you, and be able to defend yourself - will be indefinitely denied to a class of people?
 

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Obama Repackages Bush Program of Torture, War

 By Larry Jones

 In President Barack Obama’s eloquent speech on national security on May 21, he stated that “… I took several steps upon taking office to better protect the American people. First I banned the use of so-called enhanced interrogation…” He was, of course, talking about torture.
 
One problem with this statement. It is NOT TRUE. As Jeremy Scahill noted in his article of May 15: “ The ‘Black Shirts’ of Guantanamo routinely terrorize prisoners, breaking bones, gouging eyes, squeezing testicles, and ‘dousing’ them with chemicals.” These goon squads, known as the Immediate Reaction Force (IRD), were begun under George W. Bush, and they continue today purportedly to extract uncooperative inmates from their cells. In reality they are used as a means of punishment for anyone who is even perceived as not following orders to the letter. Such alleged misconduct is virtually impossible to avoid.
 
According to Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, "They are the Black Shirts of Guantánamo. IRFs can't be separated from torture. They are a part of the brutalization of humans treated as less than human.” Yet Obama does not mention this in his speech and makes it sound like he will actually eliminate the use of torture.

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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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Why is the Government Continuing to Suppress These Photos? And Why Should We Show Them?

 By Debra Sweet

 There are some 2,000 photos not released by the Defense Department under Bush, which the ACLU is still seeking.  What difference does it make if people see more photos of the detainee torture and abuse? 
 
Well, you could ask what interest the Obama administration has in suppressing them.  It's true that much of this information is already known, given the leaks by foreign press, and people in the US military who originally, and courageously, in some cases, took the photos and made them public.  But the fact that the government can suppress them with impunity, on the excuse that releasing them will endanger American military more than the fact that torture and indefinite detention of civilians is widespread and systemic from Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Guantanamo and the Bush secret prisons, is an outrage.
 

 

Protests Demand Release of Photos; Prosecution of Torturers

Today, there are protests planned in 16 cities demanding that Barack Obama release the 2,000 photos of torture and detainee abuse, and demanding that those Bush era officials responsible be prosecuted.

Wednesday, Reuters quoted General Taguba (who accused the White House of War Crimes last year) about the content of the unreleased photos, based on a report he made in 2004.  

"Taguba included allegations of rape and sexual abuse in his report, and on Wednesday he confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that images supporting those allegations were also in the file.  'These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency,' Taguba, who retired in January 2007, was quoted as saying in the paper."

This is why these photos must be released!   Let's go out publicly with the photos and protest!  Make enlargements of photos reportedly part of the 2,000 photos President Obama is fighting to suppress.

Tuesday May 26: Rove Denounced at Radio City
from a World Can't Wait supporter

A series of protests from the audience disrupted Karl Rove Tuesday night during his appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Is Rape OK with you?

By Malcolm Shore

 If you live in the United States, this is now the question you are faced with. It has just been revealed that the torture photographs Barack Obama is hiding include those showing  U.S. military personnel raping male and female prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
 
The Daily Telegraph reports: “At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee. Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.”
 
Retired U.S. General Antonio Taguba, who oversaw the Abu Ghraib investigation, plainly acknowledged: “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.”

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George Tiller, A Hero for People Who Care About the Humanity of Women

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

A hero who wore a button saying “Trust Women,” was shot down and killed Sunday, in a devastating attack on the right of women to control our own bodies.  Dr. George Tiller began providing abortion care in 1973, as soon as it was legal in Kansas, and continued until yesterday.  He endured, and rose above, the constant picketers of his clinic and home; the vandalism; the baseless lawsuits and political/legal trials.  He survived being shot by another anti-abortion would-be assassin in 1993.  He gave compassionate care to thousands of women, and mentored colleagues and medical students, and was a source of last resort for women with fetal/maternal complications in his Wichita, Kansas clinic.  

George’s murder is a heavy, almost unbearable blow, and not only for his family and friends, who deserve our deep gratitude for supporting him in his life’s work.    

also read "Who Will Take His Place" by Rosemary Candelario, and "What Seeking Common Ground Will Get Us" by Jill McLaughlin

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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 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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