Of course, they’ll say, “It can’t happen here.” by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
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Featured Writer
December 18, 2011

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Whether or not President Obama is re-elected, here is his record, which Americans should be aware of, but most likely are not:

Obama is STILL warring on:

Afghanistan (Bagram airbase contains a Guantanamo-type indefinite-detention prison).

Iraq (Obama will have hundreds of troops guarding the world’s largest “embassy” in Baghdad, plus thousands of mercenaries will still operate in Iraq).

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America’s Disappeared by Chris Hedges + Returning the Stolen – Argentina

Updated: Feb. 1, 2015

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
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Close Gitmo, End Torture Demonstration at U.S. Justice Department + Obama to Sanction Indefinite Gitmo Detention

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Guantanamo protest

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liamh2 | January 11, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2011, scores of Human Rights activists demonstrated outside the U.S. Justice Department, in Washington, D.C. They were staging “a day of action,” directed at closing Gitmo and ending torture. There were no arrests. Featured in this video are: Author Andy Worthington; activists Ruth Hooke and Ray McGovern; and, Peace Poet, Luke Nephew.

To learn more about the moral and legal reasons for this protest action, please go to: http://www.witnesstorture.org/ To check out a slideshow of 25 photos of the demonstration, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/billyclu…

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As Activists Plan Protest for 9th Anniv. of Guantánamo, Former Gitmo Commander Subpoenaed in Spain over Prisoner Torture + Ending Bush’s big lie on Guantánamo

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
7 January, 2011

This morning, as part of my current US tour to raise awareness of Guantánamo, in the week that the 173 men still held in the “War on Terror” prison begin their tenth year of detention, I was delighted to be invited to speak to Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now! Amy and Juan had also invited Katie Gallagher of the Center of Constitutional Rights, and our segment of the show, which lasts about 12 minutes, is available below:

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Andy Worthington Discusses Guantánamo and WikiLeaks with Rob Kall of Op-Ed News

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
7 January, 2011

To coincide with my induction as a trusted author on Op-Ed News, I spoke to Rob Kall, Op-Ed News’ executive editor and publisher on Tuesday, for a 75-minute podcast, which will also be broadcast, in some form or other, on Rob’s Bottom Up Radio Show on WNJC 1360 AM, which runs from 9-10 pm EST on Wednesday evenings.

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Peter Dale Scott: 9/11 and Continuity of Government (must-see)

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9-11 was an inside job

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TheRealNews | September 11, 2010

Part 2 of “9/11 Questions remain unanswered”

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Nine Years After 9/11, US Court Concedes that International Laws of War Restrict President’s Wartime Powers

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
8 September, 2010

Under President George W. Bush, a small group of advisors tied closely to Vice President Dick Cheney argued that neither Congress nor the judiciary should attempt to prevent the President from doing whatever he felt was appropriate as the Commander-in-Chief of a “War on Terror” that was declared after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As Sidney Blumenthal explained in an article for Salon in January 2006, the President and his advisors believed in the “unitary executive” theory — “the idea that the President as Commander-in-Chief is the sole judge of the law, unbound by hindrances such as the Geneva Conventions, and possesses inherent authority to subordinate independent government agencies to his fiat.” Blumenthal added, accurately, that this concept was “the cornerstone of the Bush legal doctrine.”

The extreme position taken by John Yoo regarding Presidential power

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Judge Denies Habeas Petition of Afghan Shopkeeper at Guantánamo by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
8 September, 2010

On Friday September 3, in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge John D. Bates handed another victory to the government in its ongoing effort to continue holding insignificant prisoners at Guantánamo, when he denied the habeas corpus petition of Shawali Khan, an Afghan prisoner. Khan was accused of providing assistance to members of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), an anti-US militia headed by the Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (who, ironically, had received the lion’s share of US funding as a leader of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, which was channeled to him by the Pakistani authorities who championed his cause).

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Peter Phillips: The American Media Empire of Managed News

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with Peter Phillips
Bonnie Faulkner
Guns and Butter
Aug 4, 2010

Propaganda model post 9/11 becomes deliberate disinformation; consolidation of media and public relations groups; prison torture across the US; domestic secret detention centers; Operation FALCON mass arrests; suspension of habeas corpus by the Chief Executive; US and NATO as protectors of global capital; structure of inequality maintained by global capital and military empire worldwide; repression that addresses us all; the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights.

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Peter Dale Scott: Continuity of Government Planning

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with Peter Dale Scott
Bonnie Faulkner
Guns and Butter
July 14, 2010

The process by which the U.S. Constitution has already been superseded.

from the archives:

Ellen Brown: The Financial Hijacking of America

9/11, Deep Events, and the Curtailment of U.S. Freedoms by Prof. Peter Dale Scott

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution

Bush Extends 9/11 National Emergency Yet Again by Peter Dale Scott

Continuity of Government and the “ENDGAME” Scenario by Tom Burghardt

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Ralph Nader interviews Judge Napolitano: Bush and Cheney Should Have Been Indicted for Torturing, for Spying and Arresting Without Warrants

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I highly recommend watching the full program.  ~ DS

C-SPAN
June 2, 2010

[…]

Nader: What about the more serious violations of habeas corpus. You know after 9-11 Bush rounded up thousands of them, Americans, many of them Muslim Americans or Arabic Americans and they were thrown in jail without charges, they didn’t have lawyers, some of them were pretty mistreated in New York City. You know they were all released eventually.

Napolitano: Correct.

Nader: Is that what you mean also about throwing people in jail without charges violating habeas corpus?

Napolitano: Well that is so obviously a violation of the natural law, the natural right to be brought before a neutral arbiter within moments of the government taking your freedom away from you. And the Constitution itself, as the Supreme Court in the Boumediene case pretty much said, wherever the government goes, the Constitution goes with it and wherever the Constitution goes are the rights of the Constitution as a guarantee and habeas corpus cannot be suspended by the president ever. It can only be suspended by the Congress in times of rebellion which in read Milligan says meaning rebellion of such magnitude that judges can’t get into their court houses. That has not happened in American history.

So what President Bush did with the suspension of habeas corpus, with the whole concept of Guantanamo Bay, with the whole idea that he could avoid and evade federal laws, treaties, federal judges and the Constitution was blatantly unconstitutional and is some cases criminal.

[…]

UPDATE: If you would like to watch the entire hour long interview from Book TV, C-SPAN has it available in their video library here.

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Updated: added full program

evelkidnievel on Nov 14, 2012

Andrew Napolitano – Interviewed by Ralph Nader

Discussing the book “Lies the Government Told You” and more…

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BUSH & CHENEY are CRIMINALS & SHOULD BE INDICTED

YOUPOLITICS

see

Ralph Nader: What if…?

Lawrence Wilkerson: Bush and Cheney must have known most Gitmo prisoners were innocent

Kucinich Legislation Ends the Extrajudicial Killing of U.S. Citizens

Gitmo

The Daily Show: Respect My Authoritah

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The Daily Show

Barack Obama thinks he can be trusted with the power, but he’s being stalked by a strange and twisted creature who wants to take the precious away.

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What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part Two): Executive Detention, Rendition, Review Boards, Released Prisoners and Trials

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
4 June, 2010

In the first of two articles about the Obama administration’s detention policies relating to the US airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan, I examined recent revelations about a secret prison inside the base, apparently run by a shadowy branch of the Pentagon, where Bush-era “enhanced interrogations,” involving sleep deprivation and isolation, are used, as authorized in Appendix M of the US Army Field Manual. This second article examines the Obama administration’s confusing attempts to bring detention policies at the main prison more in line with international accepted standards regarding the treatment of prisoners seized in wartime, with some spectacular failures — the refusal to accept that foreign prisoners rendered to Bagram from other countries should have habeas corpus rights — and some improvements, involving review boards, prisoner releases, and trials, which, nevertheless, betray the kind of confusion that will prevail while the administration insists on accepting its predecessor’s unilateral rewriting of the Geneva Conventions.

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Flags, Crosses & Circuses…..And Apathy!! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
open.salon.com
25 April, 2010

Who Would Jesus Bomb?
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Naomi Wolf, in her fine 2007 book The End of America, hit the nail on the head. She mentions, in her preface, that Nazi propagandists were referring to Germany as ‘ The Heimat ‘ or ‘ Homeland ‘ . Is it a coincidence that the Bush crew used this phrase after 9/11? Hitler’s gang, after the suspicious Reichstag fire, got the German Parliament to pass the Enabling Laws. These laws virtually gave unlimited power to the government, stripping away civil liberties. They disallowed the right to dissent, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press…while legitimizing the arrest of political opponents to the regime. Those deemed enemies of the state were held in custody indefinitely without the right of habeas corpus. Without needing court orders, the government would tap phones and open mail. Continue reading

The Black Hole of Guantánamo by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
3 March, 2010

When it comes to dealing with the thorny question of how to close Guantánamo, the remaining prisoners have been caught between two competing systems since President Obama took office last January, and the result, to put it mildly, has been confusing.

Under President Bush, prisoners were cleared for release by military review boards, established to review the supposed evidence against them, and to determine whether they constituted an ongoing threat to the US. This appeared to be a maddeningly arbitrary system, but it led to the release of hundreds of the prisoners. Continue reading