During the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon and most of his advisers once spent at least an hour discussing what to do about a picketer who was then carrying a sign back and forth across the street from the White House.
To worry about a lone individual who is harmlessly expressing an opinion is hardly to enjoy freedom. Keeping the dictates of power in mind, we can scurry beneath the feet of our oppressors and tie their shoelaces together. Or we can evade the brunt of their worst policies, much of the time, simply by remaining alert.
There will be a demonstration outside of City Hall on the 17th of April 2013 concerning their attempt to fund the continuation of the stalling crap on your case with Mr. Smith. I will request that the item to be taken out of the consent agenda and that way we will be able to testify. I don't know if anyone from the office will be there but acting for Individuals For Justice, I will make a very angry statement. Dan from Copwatch can not be there, but will send it a written request, He asked me to be present, which I can do. Let me know what your thoughts are but also understand this is an issue we have been fighting against. Not sure how many people I can get, but will try my best. Joe Handout for protest: “Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday.
Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.” Portland City Council has gone mad, they want to appeal a jury verdict who awarded a young man who was pepper-sprayed, “tased,” beaten and punched in the face. His offense, he asked Portland Police why he was being ordered away from a club he was returning to after coming outside. The JURY heard the case and said they did not believe the cops and awarded the verdict in the man’s favor. After months of stalling, the city wants to appeal this case, they have gone mad. Individuals For Justice will yell as loud as we can to stop this waste of your money. Any fine, interest and penalties will come out of the General Fund. They are cutting jobs, they are laying off people and they will and have cut programs for kids because they have a short fall in the General Fund , yet they want to spend more money and they will lose and pay more than 9% interest and maybe 10% in penalties. We will testify against this on Wednesday, April 17 at city hall at 0930 or when they call up the item to pay for the appeal. We are asking you to come and if you cannot attend call the City Council and ask them “Have you gone completely mad?” City Council 503-823-4000 http://IndividualsForJustice.com
Well, that’s that. The Justice Department has just formally ended their investigation into CIA “enhanced interrogations” without bringing any charges.
This was the investigation headed by John Durham, the federal prosecutor selected in August 2009 to look into charges of torture in CIA interrogations during the Bush Administration. We know plenty about those charges. The Justice Department released a previously classified document around the same time that they named Durham to lead the investigation, detailing the methods they used to interrogate suspects, including plenty of methods that a plain reading would consider to be torture. This included waterboarding, stress positions, mock executions, threatening with handguns and power drills, vowing to kill or rape members of a detainee’s family, and inducing vomiting.
CIA officials and members of the Bush Administration consistently claimed that the techniques they performed were both legal and effective, citing multiple pieces of evidence that stopped terrorist plots. Much of this evidence was found to be bogus or unclear, and the consensus of the intelligence community is that torture does not work.
Early in the Administration, President Obama said he would look forward and not backward, even though the entire purpose of the criminal justice system is to look backward and prosecute on past crimes. However, Eric Holder, to whom Obama delegated authority over accountability for the torture program, did inaugurate this investigation. Now, three years later, it has disbanded, having done nothing.
In July 2010, federal judge and former Bush-era Justice Department official Jay Bybee, who wrote many of the Administration’s guidelines on interrogation, admitted to a House committee that CIA personnel never asked for approval for many of the interrogation techniques they used, that they went further than the prescribed guidelines from him, and that the ones he did prescribe were used excessively. Even if you believe that Bybee’s techniques were legal and did not violate federal and international conventions against torture, his testimony revealed clearly that CIA interrogators broke the law. Despite this prima facie evidence of unauthorized interrogation, the investigation went nowhere.
None of this can come as too much of a surprise, but there is an air of finality to it. The last case in America to look into illegal torture has been closed.
August 26, 2011 Peacemakers Needed for Oct 6th Action in Washington DC!
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you know the October 2011 Movement to occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, is building, and veterans are playing a key role in what will possibly be a historically significant event. Peacekeepersare an essential element in ensuring that nonviolence is observed by a crowd that well may number in the thousands.
Veterans are uniquely positioned to play this important role. Our estimation at this time is that we will need an ongoing presence of trained, courteous and respectful peacekeepers. We would like to have at least 50 veterans to help fill these crucial positions. We will have an essential peacekeeper training and orientation session in DC on Wednesday, Oct. 5 (exact time and place to be announced), and perhaps during the occupation as well.
We are hoping that your chapter can select one or two volunteers and send them to Washington, DC. Each peacekeeper will be provided with a t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt with the Stop the Machine logo on the front and the word "peacekeeper" on the front and back, as we want to make sure all the peacekeepers will be easily identifiable. (We are asking the peacekeepers to pay cost or whatever they can afford for these.)
Please contact Tarak with the names, e-mail addresses, arrival dates and times in DC, and shirt sizes of the volunteers from your chapter. Also please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, etc.