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Week of May 08 2006
by Ryan Millar
Shake-up at the CIA – Goss Resigns Gen. Michael V. Hayden, Bush's pick to head the CIA after the resignation of Porter Goss, has implemented, overseen and vigorously defended the NSA's domestic spying program. A dangerous man. Read the article Top CIA Pick Has Credentials and Skeptics by Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti on the New York Times. Crooks and Liars also reminds us of Hayden's claim in January 2006 that the Fourth Amendment doesn't mention "probable cause."
But does it matter who runs the CIA? Counterpoint from Counterpunch.
UK Attorney General Calls for Guantanamo to Close
In a move sure to strain relations between the UK and the USA, the UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith is set this week to call upon the White House to close Guantanamo Bay. "There are certain principles on which there can be no compromise," Goldsmith will say at a global security conference this week. "Fair trial is one of those - which is the reason we in the UK were unable to accept that the US military tribunals proposed for those detained at Guantanamo Bay offered sufficient guarantees of a fair trial in accordance with international standards." Read the article by Jamie Doward and Mark Townsend on The Observer UK.
Even President Bush called for the closing of Guantanamo this past Sunday while in Germany. But he quickly undercut his remarks by referring to a pending case in the U.S. Supreme Court, stating that the Supreme Court first had to decide whether the detainees there should be brought before civilian courts or military commissions. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights all issued statements rebutting this claim.
Take Action: Read the above statements and send a message to Bush with your thoughts on closing Guantanamo. See also the Amnesty International USA site to send your concerns over suicide attempts at Guantanamo
Bush's Best Moment in Office: Catching a Fish
President George W Bush told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag "The best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5lb (3.4kg) perch in my lake," he told. His worst moment was the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Unsurprisingly his best moment didn't involve an act of governmental competence, good judgment, smooth diplomacy, or making tough choices, it involved accomplishing something completely unrelated to governance.
An Excellent Reason Not to Join the Military
A new book offers reasons not to join the military. Read an excerpt by Aimee Allison with her first hand account of being a female in uniform on active duty and the difficulty in the male dominated domain of the military, and routine systemic injustices therein. 60% of women in the National Guard say they have been harassed.
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Our Film Series is on vacation. It will start up again on October 12th with "I am Not Your Negro"
Also, read about our Film Committee meetings to decide programming:
Photo of a school in Yemen bombed by Saudi Arabian jets supplied by the U.S. and fueled in the air by the U.S. Air Force.
Tell Trump to STOP THIS CARNAGE, not fuel it! Click here.
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Click here to sign a petition, to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand.
Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"