A profound change was promised when the Democrats took over Congress in 2006 and the Presidency in 2008. We all know, if we're willing to be honest with ourselves, where that's gone. I'll give you only two examples from this week:
- Binyam Mohammed, innocent, and released from Guantanamo finally after 8 years, was told by the US 9th District Court this week that he has no standing to sue Jeppesen Dataplan, the company who conducted the infamous "rendition" flights on which we was moved to 3 countries by the United States, and tortured. Why? The court agreed, 6-5 with the Obama administration that national security and state secrets are more important than his life. Lawyer Glenn Greenwald: "The ruling handed a major victory to the Obama administration in its effort to advance a sweeping view of executive secrecy power."
- The Obama administration has dramatically increased drone bombings in Pakistan, though 20% of the country has been flooded leaving its people increasingly desperate. Last week, 24 were killed, including children, identified by US authorities as "insurgents."
A World Can't Wait supporter noted this week on our Facebook page that the anti-war movement is now invisible... even though we know the sentiments of most people in this country are against the war in Afghanistan.
With a new introduction, we'll put the statement already published in The New York Review of Books; The Nation; The Humanist, and Rolling Stone online, before 4 million Times readers. We've not done a full page Times ad since 2007. Going into the "paper of record" with a message profoundly challenging the legitimacy of the war. There have been no such ads in three years!
I'll be writing you more, and individually, about contributing to the ad. It won't happen without a tremendous outpouring of energy and funds. I believe it will really matter, and contribute to the kind of atmosphere we need. If people from inside the U.S. military can risk their lives to leak the truth about U.S. war crimes, we should do all we can to end the silence of complicity.