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Former U.S. Department of Justice attorney John Yoo is no stranger to protests. He’s responsible for drafting controversial memos under the Bush Administration to provide legal justification for torture, and as a result, anti-war activists have been following him around for years.
On the morning President Obama is to outline and defend his counterterrorism strategy marred with controversy, more than 1,300 activists and politicians signed a call to action singling out the administrations’ record on civil liberties by featuring a full-page advertisement Thursday in the national edition of the New York Times.
Indymedia: Escaped Guantanamo Prisoners Spotted on BART
Inspired by an action organized by the London Guantanamo Campaign, anti-torture activists boarded BART trains on Saturday wearing the iconic orange jumpsuits and black hoods associated with detainees at Guantanamo. Somewhat ironically, the hooded prisoners read a newspaper filled with news about the prisoners' hunger strike, which after two months has finally succeeded in doing what none of us have been able to do for the last 11 years - awaken public awareness and discussion of the ethical and legal problems of holding people indefinitely with no charges.
Welcome to a special broadcast by Project Censored on Pacifica Radio. Join Mickey Huff, along with co-hosts Dr. Peter Phillips; Dr. Andy Roth, the associate director of Project Censored; and Abby Martin of Media Roots. Today's special program is "Brought to Justice"? -- The Indefinite Detention and Targeted Killing of the Rule of Law. Joining us will be investigative journalist Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files and co-director of Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo; Pardiss Kebriaei, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who has represented a number of the men detained at Guantanamo and is also counsel in Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, which concerns targeted killings by the executive in zones outside of armed conflict. We will also have music and commentary from one of the most notable political folk musicians of our time, the one and only David Rovics. We hear from Dr. Almerindo Ojeda, professor of linguistics and director of the Guantánamo Testimonials Project at University of California, Davis; and we round out today’s special with Stephanie Tang of World Can’t Wait.
Posted February 4, 2012
Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Saturday in New York and pacifist groups took to the streets in dozens of other US and Canadian cities in a “Day of Mass Action” against a possible war with Iran.
About 500 protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square and marched to the headquarters of the US mission to the United Nations and to the Israeli consulate.
“No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations,” read a banner leading the march.
The group has a permit to gather at Old Stadium park ahead of Saturday's march.
"In the spirit of the whole occupy movement happening across the country a place where people can come down and discuss politics networking sit down share some food have some water sit in the shade sing some songs play some drums make some signs you name it,"says Liz Rees, World Can't Wait.
Protestors will march toward the Hale Koa hotel where President Obama and the first lady will be hosting a dinner for the world leaders.
The group expects several hundred protestors to turn out for the march.
By Doug Moe
I heard about Clint Eastwood's new film, "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and right away I thought of Debra Sweet.
Debra grew up a block south of me on Woodside Terrace. She graduated from West High in 1969. A year later, near the end of Hoover's life, she had an encounter with Hoover and his boss, President Richard Nixon, that made headlines around the world.
The episode prompted a memo from Hoover, in which the FBI director noted that Sweet was from "Madison, Wisconsin, which ought to have made us stop, look and listen."
Sweet was 19 then. She's 60 now, living in New York City. When I reached her by phone one morning last week, and asked if she intended on seeing Eastwood's Hoover movie, Sweet said, "I probably should."
It may be hard for her to find time. All these years later, she's still making waves. On Oct. 21 Sweet was arrested in Harlem with a group that included the civil rights activist Cornel West. They were protesting the New York City Police Department's "stop and frisk" policy.
When we spoke last week, Sweet was operating on little sleep, having spent the night helping people get out of jail after yet another "stop and frisk" protest, this one in Brooklyn, where Debra lives.
The police officer wanted him to dance. "Do the chicken noodle soup for me," he said. The officer claimed it was the only way he'd let John Hector go.
It was supposed to be a joke, but Hector didn't find it funny. After all, he and his friend were handcuffed in full view of the public. The pair were driving to get some food when they were pulled over by the police, who then forced them to sit on the kerb with their hands bound. They were never arrested, let alone charged with a crime. That's because they hadn't committed one. They were simply caught in an NYPD stop-and-frisk operation.
The Atlantic Wire: Cornel West Arrested at 'Stop And Frisk' Protests