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Week of February 20 2006
UN Calls for Guantánamo Closing
Another recently released report by Professor Mark Denbeaux of Seton Hall Law School and attorney Joshua Denbeaux gives details on just who the detainees are. The 28 page report titled Report on Guantánamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data, reveals that "55% of the detainees are not determined to have committed any hostile acts against the United States or its coalition allies" and "only 8% of the detainees were characterized as al Qaeda fighters."
Take Action: Send a letter to President Bush demanding that the Guantánamo Bay detention center be closed.
More Photos of Torture at Abu Ghraib
A number of photos were published on Salon along with an explanation by Salon's Editor Joan Walsh on their decision to make them public. Australia's SBS Dateline television program also aired a report on the new material that also included video shot at Abu Ghraib and an interview with an ACLU lawyer on their Freedom of Information Act requests.
Democracy Now! coverage of the story includes an interview with Professor Alfred McCoy on the history of CIA interrogation as well as testimony from former Guantánamo Chaplain James Yee detailing the abuses and his own imprisonment upon reentering the U.S.
Take Action: The Center for Constitutional Rights is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo.
The Case for War (Against Iran)
Last week, in a vote of 404 to 4, the House passed H. Con. Res. 341, "Condemning the Government of Iran for violating its international nuclear nonproliferation obligations and expressing support for efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council." Congressmember Dennis Kucinich was one of the four who voted against the bill. Read a statement issued on H. Con. Res. 341 as well as his comments made from the House Floor.
U.S. Military Plan to Invade Canada, circa 1930
Take Action: Write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper with your thoughts on this article.
ABC and WMDs: The Scoop That Wasn't
The problem with this report is that these conversations between Saddam and his son-in-law/weapons chief Hussein Kamel have been known for some time and even used by the Bush administration in the case for war. But more importantly, the story also leaves out the fact that Kamel told U.N. and U.S. officials as well as CNN that the weapons program had been destroyed in 1991.
Take Action: Read a full history of the reporting of these conversations on the FAIR web site and contact ABC to let them know what you think of their coverage.
Justice Dept Ordered to Release NSA Documents
Upcoming Actions in the U.S. and Italy
AfterDowningStreet has published a list of ways that "You -- Yes You -- Can End the War" which includes a number of ways to protest the war as well as a list of local events taking place today, Presidents' Day, through next June.
And United for Peace and Justice suggests "9 Ways to Take Action on the 3rd Anniversary of the War."
And in Rome USC4P&J will be demonstrating in front of the U.S. Embassy on March 8, International Women's Day and at the national protest march on the 3rd anniversary of the invasion, March 18.
Take Action: Participate with us in Rome and tell your friends and family about actions in the US!
More Talk of Impeachment
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Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics: It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.* Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:
It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
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