It is a pattern that is being repeated over and over worldwide. Security agencies conduct secret surveillance of suspects, record their conversations, then convict them under anti-terrorism laws so broad that expressions of opinion and radical talk are sufficient to define a terrorist.
No actual plans to carry out any terrorist act are required.
So it is that five Sydney men were found guilty on October 16 of conspiring to commit an act or acts in preparation for a terrorist act.
There was no unambiguous evidence of any physical steps taken towards committing any terrorist act.
Published on November 9 by NYU Press (and available from Amazon), The Guantánamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law, is edited by Mark Denbeaux (Seton Hall Law School) and Jonathan Hafetz (ACLU) and “contains over one hundred personal narratives from attorneys who have represented detainees held at ‘GTMO’ as well as at other overseas prisons, from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to secret CIA jails or ‘black sites.’” A website for the book is here.
This is a powerful book, covering every facet of the Bush administration’s lawless “War on Terror,” and is essential reading for anyone who wants an insight into the stories of the men held, from the only people outside the US administration (and the International Committee of the Red Cross) who have been allowed to meet them. It is also invaluable for anyone who wants to understand the legal struggles to secure rights for these men, and to hear, from first-hand experience, the kinds of obstructions that have been raised at every step of the way between the lawyers and their clients.
Congressman Kucinich appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, addressing major issues facing our Nation. Dennis addresses the need to get out of the War, Health Care as a Civil Right, the necessity for national leadership to provide structured economic solutions regarding jobs, a national policy for the steel, automobile and aerospace industries, placing the Federal Reserve Board under the Treasury and Green Programs for environmental preservation, jobs and economic growth.