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Paresh Nath | Obama war on terror / CagleCartoons.com

Special Report | Torture, Rendition, and Guantánamo

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  • The Obama administration, rather than investigate the abuses of the last eight years, has increasingly become an obstacle to accountability.
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  • The Obama national security team has also authorized the C.I.A. to try to kill a United States citizen suspected of terrorism ties, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the basis for their imprisonment without trial, and continued the C.I.A.’s so-called extraordinary rendition program of prisoner transfers — though the administration has forbidden torture and says it seeks assurances from other countries that detainees will not be mistreated.
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Paresh Nath

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Anti-Torture Group to Protest Appearance of John Yoo and Robert Delahunty on October 7, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
Don’t allow the practice of torture to be legitimized via crazy notions of “Presidential War Powers”!
Register (free) to attend "Presidential Powers: Prudence or Perversion?"
Contact Person: Reverend Sonja Johnson, 612-721-1416 or WAMM, 612-827-5364.

Torture: The Prisoner's Reality and International Law, Betsy Reznicek, Veterans for Peace
Will be live streamed on Saturday October 9 (12pm Central Time) at http://www.veteransforpeace.org

The U.S. wins the right to abduct innocent people with impunity, Glenn Greenwald, Salon
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle
The Supreme Court today (Jun 14) denied a petition of review from Maher Arar, the Canadian and Syrian citizen who was abducted by the U.S. Government at a stopover at JFK Airport when returning to Canada in 2002, held incommunicado for two weeks, and then rendered to Syria, where he spent the next 10 months being tortured, even though -- as everyone acknowledges -- he was guilty of absolutely nothing.  Arar sued the U.S. Government for what was done to him, and last November, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of his lawsuit on the ground that courts have no right to interfere in these decisions of the Executive Branch.  That was the decision which the U.S. Supreme Court let stand today, ending Arar's attempt to be compensated for what was done to him.

The CIA and Secrecy, Boston Globe | MA

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  • Torture gets a free pass
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  • The Bleaker Truth of Anti-Americanism: Torture, Rendition, and Guantánamo
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  • ACLU Report: Obama Continuing Bush-Era Torture Policies
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Other Countries Probing Bush-era Torture — Why Aren't We? Shashank Bengali, the McClatchy Newspapers/Common Dreams
"That's part of why we're so concerned. The Obama administration, rather than investigate the abuses of the last eight years, has increasingly become an obstacle to accountability."

The Bleaker Truth of Anti-Americanism: Torture, Rendition, and Guantánamo, Andy Worthington, Common Dreams
On the 9th Anniversary of 9/11, A Call to Close Guantánamo and to Hold Accountable Those Who Authorized Torture

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Center for Torture Accountability lists St. Thomas Professor Delahunty as deserving probe, The Center for Torture Accountability
Delahunty helps John Yoo write memos making legal case for suspending constitutional rights and protections

The Appalling Cowardice of the NY Times and the Rest of America's Big Newspapers -- Too Scared to Say 'Torture' Will Bunch, Media Matters for America
Before 2004, the newspapers called waterboarding torture. After the revelations of Gitmo and black sites of the Bush years, they've gone silent.

Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A., Charlie Savage, New York Times | NY
The Obama national security team has also authorized the C.I.A. to try to kill a United States citizen suspected of terrorism ties, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the basis for their imprisonment without trial, and continued the C.I.A.’s so-called extraordinary rendition program of prisoner transfers — though the administration has forbidden torture and says it seeks assurances from other countries that detainees will not be mistreated.

Secrets and lies: National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Exposed!

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  • Along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we've launched a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.
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  • We'll post up-to-the-minute news on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.
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Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

Are you tired of the National Organization for Marriage, a.k.a. NOM, putting on a mask of tolerance for the media?

Are you sick of their claim that they speak for a majority of Americans – while they support extreme anti-gay zealots and keep their donors secret?

Well, we are. And today, along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we're launching a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.

NOM Exposed uncovers shocking secrets so people can get the real facts as NOM throws its weight around in race after race this election cycle. We'll post up-to-the-minute dirt on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.

Check out our new site – then add your name to the "NOM Doesn't Speak for Me" petition and help spread the truth!

NOM recently released a slick new ad on behalf of Tom Emmer, the candidate for governor of Minnesota with ties to a group that condoned the execution of gays. The ad disguises NOM's anti-LGBT agenda behind a fake claim of protecting civil rights.

NOM even had the gall to compare itself to Martin Luther King, Jr., flashing images of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. It's a flagrant distortion of reality – the latest in a history of deception since NOM opened for business during the Prop. 8 campaign.

NOMexposed.org is about spreading truth. We've spent months digging into NOM's funding, shady ties, ethics violations, and more. We created this site so that every time someone searches for NOM – voters, elected leaders, reporters – they'll get the real story. They'll find out that:

▪    Brian Brown, NOM's President, has said that "allowing gay marriage is akin to allowing polygamous marriage."
▪    Not to be outdone, NOM founder Maggie Gallagher has said same-sex marriage is worse than polygamy.
▪    NOM has close ties to the powerful and secretive right-wing religious group Opus Dei.
▪    Robert George, the "reigning brain of the Christian right" and Chairman of NOM's board co-authored the Federal Marriage Amendment that would have written anti-gay discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. He also believes that repealing antiquated laws banning sodomy will lead to incest.
▪    To hide its political activities, NOM has blatantly flouted campaign finance laws.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. We've tracked NOM's financial ties, showing how huge, secret donations have swelled its budget from $500,000 to $10 million in just three years. We've connected the dots to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church.

Now we need your help to get the word out – share shocking facts on Facebook and Twitter or spread the truth by simply passing this email along.

If you believe that strong families aren't about "straight" or "gay" but about love and commitment; if you're a person of faith; if you're straight or LGBT, married, partnered or single – add your name and say "NOM Doesn't Speak for Me." We'll share this petition with officials and the media in states where NOM is at work.

Visit NOMexposed.org – add your name, and share the truth with friends and family.

We've called NOM out before, whether revealing the audition tape for "Gathering Storm" or alerting the press to their lies. But NOM Exposed goes deep into the organization's roots and represents a commitment to keep tabs on their activity and connect the dots for voters.

NOM wants to claim the middle ground. But people don't know who they really are. We are not going to sit by and let them dictate the terms of the debate. We're going to expose the lies – not just today, but every day.

Won’t you join us?

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Supreme Court ruling makes ‘it a crime to work for peace and human rights’: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

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  • Coleen Rowley: Important! June 2010 Supreme Court ruling is major legal factor that contributes to making fishing expeditions [like last Friday's (Sep 25) FBI raids against Minneapolis and Chicago peace activists] possible.
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  • Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation
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Raw Story

Group: Former President Carter could be prosecuted for monitoring fair elections in Lebanon.

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The US Supreme Court endorsed Monday (Sep 27) a broad reading of the law criminalizing "material support" to terrorism, a statute that critics argue targets legitimate free speech.

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In a six to three vote, the highest US court sided with the government and found that an NGO could face prosecution for providing non-terror-related support, including rights training, to US-designated terror groups.

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Rowley: Important! June 2010 Supreme Ct ruling is major legal factor that contributes to making fishing expedition possible, Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
The Patriot Act was broadly interpreted (I and other civil liberties legal associations would say misinterpreted) in this June Supreme Court ruling (as the Supreme Court is now stacked with Federalist Society members who believe in a “war powers” unitary executive).  When this decision came down in June of this year, Prof David Cole warned of this exact outcome.  Jimmy Carter or Greg Mortenson could be next.   More people need to speak out and write.

Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation, Karen Hawkins, Associated Press/Huffington Post

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  • Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they've been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.
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  • Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists
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  • Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists
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Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation

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  • Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they've been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.
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  • Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists
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  • Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists
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Karen Hawkins, Associated Press/Huffington Post

Two anti-war activists said Saturday (Sep 25) that a 12-hour search of their Chicago home by the FBI was an attempt to intimidate them and silence the peace movement.

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Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they've been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.

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The FBI said it searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago Friday. Warrants suggest agents were looking for connections between local anti-war activists and groups in Colombia and the Middle East.

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Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists, Coleen Rowley, Huffington Post
The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continued full steam with FBI SWAT teams breaking down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raiding the homes of several anti-war leaders and activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and possibly a couple other Midwest cities. Members of the FBI's "Joint Terrorism Task Force" spent a few hours at each Minneapolis residence, seizing personal photographs and papers, computers and cell phones as well as serving Federal Grand Jury subpoenas on the various activists. 

Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • FBI cites terror link in raids of local activists
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  • The FBI confiscates picture of Martin Luther King!!
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