The Justice Department recently released another of the now-notorious Office of Legal Counsel memos written by John Yoo -- memos that authorized torture, warrantless wiretapping, and indefinite detention," reports Patrick Toomey for justsecurity.org. "The new memo, written as a 'letter' to then-presiding FISC Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in May 2002, addresses the legal basis for the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of Americans' communications under the 'Stellar Wind' program.
The best known of the prisoners is Tariq Ba Odah, on hunger strike since 2007. Even when he went to federal court last year with a demand to be released, the Obama administration fought it. Andy Worthington reports:
After more than eight years on a permanent hunger strike, he weighed just 74 pounds, and, according to medical experts and his lawyers, was at risk of death. Disgracefully, the Justice Department challenged his habeas petition, and, at the end of the year, Reuters revealed that the Pentagon had prevented representatives from an undisclosed foreign country that was prepared to offer him a new home from having access to his medical records, so that the country in question dropped its resettlement offer.
Reprieve | April 21, 2016
A video project launched today by the Guardian and Reprieve details the civilian impact of the US covert drone programme, through the voices of those who have lost family members to the strikes.
In the video interviews, six clients of the human rights organization Reprieve – all of whom lost innocent family members to covert US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen – talk about the aftermath of those strikes, and the difficulties of ‘life after drones’ without accountability for the killings.
Thanks to the financial contributions by many of you who are reading this, the “Inside Drone Warfare” symposium was held at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas School of Law on March 30, 2016 - in the shadow of Creech AFB, the largest drone control and training center in the U.S.
Thank you to all those who have signed up to sustain or have spread the Change We Need in 2016 campaign! We are so close to our goal but not there yet. Because it really matters whether or not there is resistance in the streets to the crimes of this government, we are extending our drive through the end of day Friday.
April 1 at Creech Air Force Base, activists began blocking the highway and other base gates, leading to arrests. Activists successfully delayed Air Force personnel (and presumably some drone pilots and technitions), from entering the base for as much as an hour. 17 were arrested, following five days of protests at the Base with a total of 26 arrested so far during the 2nd Annual National Mass Mobilization against Drone Warfare known as SHUT DOWN CREECH.
Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies and “western corruption” as potential future terrorists, warning that “anarchist extremists” are in the same category as ISIS and young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to “suspicious” countries are more likely to commit horrific violence.
—from “The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country,” by Sarah Lazare, March 2, 2016, Alternet.
Thanks to Sandy Davies for speaking with some of us last week on the matter of how many people have been killed by the U.S. wars in the Middle East since 2001. His sobering conclusion is that it's likely the U.S. initiated wars have killed 2 million people... a figure which shocks the conscience, but is unrecognized by those who launched and led the war of terror.
World Can't Wait was among the courageous institutions that stood in solidarity with the NYU law students who, in the Spring of 2015, authored a Statement of No Confidence in Harold Koh due to his role as one of the key legal architects of the Obama Administration's targeted killing program.
Zion, IL, is a small, struggling city of about 25,000 people located on the shores of Lake Michigan about 40 miles north of Chicago but on the other side of the planet compared to the affluent suburbs usually associated with the term “North Shore.” Most people in Chicago have never been to Zion and, if they know anything about it, it’s the fact that a nuclear power plant built there in the late 1970s was shut down in the late 1990s. That plant is still being dismantled and was the site of a small fire just a few years ago. But it posed “no danger to the local population,” the authorities said.