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MLK, Jr.: Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break the Silence

Centers Tap Into Personal Databases

So-called "fusion centers" were set up after 9/11 (we are told) to collect just about all the info you can imagine on everyone. Literally. As Democracy Now! summarized:
New details have been revealed on government collection of Americans’ personal information. The Washington Post is reporting so-called “fusion centers” established following the 9/11 attacks have collected a more extensive array of data than previously known. According to government documents, the fusion centers collect cell phone numbers, insurance claims, credit reports, financial records, and names of relatives and associates. The information is shared among law enforcement officials nationwide.In other words, no shit: we're living in a totally locked down police state, information-age-style. Don't need to be as obvious as the Gestapo or KGB nowadays. Of course, anyone with the brainpower equal to a Stegasaurus' rear ganglion could have inferred this fact on 9/12/01. Now it's "known.&qu…

Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War: Sign the Petition!

No, this isn't some kind of kinky lefty thing; this is for real. I quote from a World Can't Wait e-mail:
We reported on the courageous Easter Sunday protest of the Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War. The Chicago media has published their mug shots. They have received death threats, and face felony charges of destruction of property (fake blood spilled on carpeting). The Chicago chapter of World Can't Wait is circulating a support petition, asking the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Illinois State Attorney to drop the charges. PETITION HEREWhenever World Can't Wait supporters have gotten behind people facing political repression, we've helped them stay strong. Please sign and forward this petition. And from the petition itself, more info:
On Easter Sunday, March 23, six young people disrupted mass at the Holy Name Cathedral to protest the sixth year of the Iraq war. As Cardinal George started his homily, six well-dressed young people in the congregation stood up.…

The Green Light | Phillippe Sands on the Torture Team at the White House in Vanity Fair

I think we can now fully dispense with the "a few bad apples" argument, which was transparent bullshit as soon as it was said.

The most amazing part of this article, to me, is that, apparently, the sadists at Gitmo were literally getting ideas from the fucking television program, 24. I kid you not.

Of course, there is yet more proof in this article of two obvious points: the Bush admin should be indicted about a thousand times over, and Doug Feith truly is, as Tommy Franks put it, "the fucking stupidest guy on the planet," as well as a fascist.

Check out the author on Democracy Now!, currently playing live. They'll archive it here.

In this article, (Scott) Horton grinds the Yoo (and here, too); the book's coming out soon.

And here's Yoo's memo, one in a series, courtesy of the Washington Post, which seems to have finally gone vertebrate:
Memorandum: Part 1 (PDF) Memorandum: Part 2 (PDF) Have a nice time in prison, pal. Of course, he'll be pardoned -- if…

Toward a Global Ethic: Initial Declaration (1993) (PDF)

A worthy statement from The Council for a Parliament of World Religions. This document was introduced at the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, USA. One hundred years later, the drafting of Toward a Global Ethic and the 1993 event itself marked the continuation of a tradition first born at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 when several hundred leaders, scholars, theologians, and other representatives of the world’s religions came together to ponder the place of faith and spirituality in the modern world. As the deliberate formal encounter of many religions this unprecedented gathering marked the beginning of modern interreligious dialogue. Toward a Global Ethic addresses the fundamental actions that the global community needs to make in order to create positive social change. Click here (PDF) to download this document.

What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me about the American Empire, Howard Zinn

Narrated by Viggo MortensenArt by Mike KonopackiVideo editing by Eric WoldFrom the new book, A People's History of American Empire, by Zinn, Paul Buhle, and Mike Konopacki.

Seymour Hersh: Bush & Foreign Policy

Blurb:

http://www.mediaed.org

Seymour (Sy) Hersh is an American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, DC. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters.

His work first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the US military's mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention.

Hersh received the 2004 George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting. This was his fifth George Polk Award, the first one being a Special Award given to him in 1969.

In 2006 he reported on the US military's plans for Iran, which allegedly called for the use of nuclear weapons against that country.

Jonathan Kozol: Education in America

Blurb:
http://www.mediaed.org

Jonathan Kozol is a non-fiction writer, educator, and activist, best known for his books on public education in the United States. Kozol graduated from Noble and Greenough School in 1954, and Harvard University summa cum laude in 1958 with a degree in English Literature. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. He did not, however, complete his Rhodes, deciding instead to go to Paris to write a novel. He spent four years there writing his only published work of fiction, The Fume of Poppies, and getting to know the likes of William Styron. It was upon his return that he began to tutor children in Roxbury, MA, and soon became a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He was fired for teaching a Langston Hughes poem, as described in Death at an Early Age, and then became deeply involved in the civil rights movement. After being fired from BPS he was offered a job to teach for Newton Public Schools, the school district that he had attended…

Harvard Physicist Who Visited Osirak Reactor After the Israeli "Pre-Emption" Discusses That Event...

With some minor grammatical fixes by yours truly, along with some questions. This seems like a transcript of a talk; hence the need to fix it up (without changing content; click the title below to compare). Anyway, it's excellent information delivered in appallingly bad English.

One problem I have with Wilson's analysis is that he dismisses the, to me, strong possibility that no one with any neurons in the Bush administration actually thought Saddam had nuclear weapons. It was, as Wolfowitz bragged, a "bureaucratic" decision (read, domestic psyops/marketing campaign decision) to settle on nukes as the "reason" to invade. To say nothing about Dershowitz's estranged relationship with facts. These people do not care about accurately describing and reacting to reality; like all totalitarians, they aim to shape reality and let the rest of us catch up, as Ron Suskind famously pointed out:
In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that th…

Tax Day Is Coming: Offset Your Tax Dollars to Israel

April Fools: Bush Wants You to Spend
Your Tax Rebate this Way
Dear Doug, Next month, the IRS will be sending most taxpayers a check for $600 as part of an economic stimulus plan passed by Congress and signed by the President. George Bush wants you to spend the money shopping.We have a better idea.Donate part or all of your economic stimulus check to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation to offset your tax-payer contributions to the Israeli military.To do so, please click here.In 2007, the United States gave Israel $2.34 billion in military aid to enforce its illegal military occupation and siege of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

That amounts to each individual tax payer giving on average $8.56 to Israel to commit its human rights abuses. With a tax-deductible contribution of $100-just 1/6 of your tax rebate-you can offset your 2007 tax contribution to the Israeli military and those of 10 other people as well.To do so, please click here

Bush’s Law: Eric Lichtblau on Exposing the NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program and How the White House Pressured the NYT to Kill the Story

The new book (click to go to Powells).

Al-Sadr calls for support of Arab states - 29 Mar 08

Blurb:The battle for control of southern Iraq is continuing for a fifth day.

In one of the latest offensives, eight people died, including two women and a child, in an air raid.

Meanwhile a witness in Baghdad has told Al Jazeera he saw up to 40 Iraqi army and police surrendering their weapons to supporters of the Mahdi Army.

Its leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, is calling on Arab nations to support his fight against US forces in Iraq.

James Bays reports from Baghdad.