Sunday, January 17, 2010

Action Reports v. Guantanamo, Torture, CIA Drones

From the Desk of Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait

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A few thoughts on the terrible suffering of the Haitian people who need help, not chiding by Christian fundamentalists or repression from the U.S. Marines:

"You're doing a heckuva job, Bushie!" Why would Barack Obama appoint George W. Bush to be the public face of aid for Haiti?  How about asking the people of New Orleans...who still don't have housing after Katrina how Bush made that disaster worse? 

A friend of mine whose son is in the Marines even said, "great, just what Haiti needs, the U.S. Marines are coming."  How about asking the people of Afghanistan how they feel about being "saved" by the Marines?  The US military refuses to let the United Nations be in charge,  as they don't take orders.

Respect to Rachel Maddow for her program Wednesday night which looked behind the U.S. A.I.D. effort to sweetp into Haiti, using the disaster to further transform the country into dependency on the U.S.

Nothing but contempt for Pat Robertson!  There are plenty of religious people rushing to aid Haiti.  But Robertson's statement that Haitian independence came because the people made a "pact with the devil" which has left the country "cursed by one thing after the other" is not only racist and xenophobic, but hardens the Christian "fascists" who follow him against the Haitian people.  Robertson called the earthquake a "blessing in disguise" because they may have a "great turning to God."  F- - - Pat Robertson!

No More GuantanamosProtests on the 8th anniversary of Guantanamo's opening in 2001 took place in Washington, New York City, Chicago and the SF Bay Area  (left, protesting in 5°  weather, Chicago).

On January 11, Witness Against Torture held a moving event in front of the White House, and the Center for Constitutional Rights brought two released detainees via web broadcast into a press conference.  Read Protesting Torture @ Obama's House.

From released detainee Mohammed Barre:

"To those who say that they fear that those men, when released, would join enemy groups and therefore we should keep them in prison indefinitely, I say: don't you know that keeping these detainees in prison is the very thing that feeds the animus against the United States? I say to those who believe in these notions: the thing you fear is the very thing you cause by your wrongful actions. This is what constitutes the real threat to the national security of the United States, not the closing of the prison and the release of detainees.   Peace be upon you.Mohammed Sulaymon Barre was released from Guantanamo on December 20, 2009, and returned to his family in Somaliland. He was never charged with any crime.

Tuesday, following his appearance on The Daily Show, Torture Professor John Yoo was the focus of protests at UC Berkeley law school, where the school made the location of his first class "secret" to "protect the students."  Protesters instead went to the dean's office, demanding, for a sixth year, that Yoo be prosecuted, disbarred, and that UC stop his teaching of Constitutional law. 

World Can't Wait, Code Pink and other people of conscience confronted Yoo in New York City the same evening.  Stephanie Rugoff, coordinator of War Criminals Watch challenged the room of lawyers, asking "With so many lawyers here, why isn't John Yoo being prosecuted for war crimes?"  You've got to see it!

Cindy Sheehan calls for protest Saturday January 16 at C.I.A. headquarters, Langley VA, against the Obama administration's use of unmanned drones killing civilians. 
Saturday, January 16, 2010
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Route 123 (Dolley Madison Blvd) between Potomac School Rd & Savile Ln.

Speakers include Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, Kathy Kelly, Debra Sweet, Bruce Gagnon. Music, David Rovics.The protest will conclude with a march to former Vice President, Dick Cheney's new home.

See Facebook page for the event.  Information @ 631 241 5966

Debra Sweet
Director, The World Can't Wait
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