Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Washington DC March Against Torture, Guantanamo & the NDAA

When: Sunday June 24th from 1PM - 2:30PM 
Where: Gather at the reflecting pool in front of the US Capitol building in Washington DC 
What: March in orange jumpsuits from the Capitol to the White House 
Why: To stand against torture, Guantanamo, indefinite detention and the National Defense Authorization Act 
Who: Amnesty International USA, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Witness Against Torture, American Civil Liberites Union, America Come Home,, Bellevue/NYU Center for Survivors of Torture, Bill of Rights Defense Committee,  Center for Constitutional Rights, CODEPINK, Council on American Islamic Relations,  Dorothy Day Catholic Worker,  Liberty Coalition,  Midwest Antiwar Mobilization, Pax Christi USA,  PEN American Center,  Physicians for Human Rights, Rabbis for Human Rights - North America, Refuge Media Project,  September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,  Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, United Nations Association - USA East Bay Chapter,  Voices for Creative Nonviolence,, World Can’t Wait 
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bush and company found guilty of war crimes....

No this is not an April fools joke....

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 May 2012 (mathaba)
The five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered a guilty verdict against former United States President George W. Bush and his associates at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal hearing that had started on Monday, May 7th.
On the charge of Crime of Torture and War Crimes, the tribunal finds the accused persons former U.S. President George W. Bush and his associates namely Richard Cheney, former U.S. Vice President, Donald Rumsfeld, former Defence Secretary, Alberto Gonzales, then Counsel to President Bush, David Addington, then General Counsel to the Vice-President, William Haynes II, then General Counsel to Secretary of Defence, Jay Bybee, then Assistant Attorney General, and John Choon Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney-General guilty as charged and convicted as war criminals for Torture and Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment of the Complainant War Crime Victims.
Earlier in the week, the tribunal heard the testimonies of three witnesses namely Abbas Abid, Moazzam Begg and Jameelah Hameedi. They related the horrific tortures they had faced during their incarceration. The tribunal also heard two other Statutory Declarations of Iraqi citizen Ali Shalal and Rhuhel Ahmed, a British citizen.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More on the Commissions....

I am providing a few links to articles of interest on the commission process:

The Military Commissions

A number of you have sent emails to me regarding the military commission proceedings now going on at Guantanamo. My client is not and will not be subject to a military commission-he is on the indefinite detention list. Basically what this means is that the government has no evidence for which to try him in any legal (or in the case of the military commissions-illegal) proceedings. I do read read about the military commissions- just as many of you do-but I do not consider myself an expert on the proceedings. I will post some links over the next few days for you to follow - there are many fine reporters covering the proceedings and if I had to pick just one it would definitely be Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald-she has been following Gitmo since the beginning. Here is one of her articles.