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For Johina Aamer, her brothers and her mother, the technical aspects of Shaker Aamer's case come second to their daily worry: they have not been with Shaker for 11 years - soon to be 12 years. Everything else becomes peripheral to this. This family just wants their father home and a wife wants her husband back. It is easy to dismiss 11 years as another statistic to this case without really thinking about how long it is. So Johina wants to ask you: "What have you done in the last 11 years?"
This video was posted on YouTube on June 18, 2013.
Madiha Tahir, Journalist, Filmmaker, Wounds of Waziristan
Christopher Rogers - The Open Society Foundations
Wazhmah Osman, Temple University
Moderator: Tara McKelvey - BBC News
DARC is a multidisciplinary conference about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones—with an emphasis on civilian applications presented by the Engelberg Center at NYU Law in partnership with the Macarthur Foundation, the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. See droneconference.org
A group of young artists and lawyers for The Blue Lantern Group dropped a banner inside the Met in New York City. There are currently 164 men, 84 that are cleared for release and 14 men entering the 9th month of a hunger strike, all of whom are being force-fed.
The following mic check was presented:
We hope you're enjoying this beautiful art and culture.
Tragically, America also has a culture of torture at Guantanamo Bay.
164 men are detained without end, most have never been charged with a crime.
The torture continues here in US prisons, where 80,000 people waste away in solitary confinement.
Brothers and sisters are torture in our name.
Let's unite to demand justice now!
Thank you for your time, and please join us in the struggle for human rights.
We who believe in Freedom can not rest,
We who believe in Freedom can not rest until it comes!
We gotta' close Guantanamo today,
We gotta' close Guantanamo today, stop torture now!
Noted Chicago voices of conscience Bob Bossie, Ted Jennings, Kathy Kelly and Mario Venegas provided powerful exposure of the long history of US interventions, the horrible human toll they have taken, and our responsibility here to do all we can to stop this latest one.