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Americans Could Be Locked-Up For Life Under New Bill

Americans Could Be Locked-Up For Life Without Trial Under New Bill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEofy7fsIGk

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

A Detention Bill You Ought to Read More Carefully

 



Lecture by Naomi Wolf – ‘The End of America’

Lecture by Naomi Wolf – ‘The End of America’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjALf12PAWc

Charles Goyette Interviews Naomi Wolf
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/20…rviews-naomi-wolf.html

 



Hillary Clinton refuses to sign the Freedom Pledge

Clinton refuses to sign the Freedom Pledge, which demands that the future president give up the power to torture, go to war, spy on Americans,etc.

The Political Inquirer
November 2, 2007

Does anyone remember last week when Hillary Clinton went against her appearance as a power-grabber and said she would give up powers as president? Today in the New York Times, Bruce Fein, the Chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, said that Hillary refuses to sign the pledge.

What does the American Freedom pledge do? Well, here’s the letter:

Re “Clinton Plans to Consider Giving Up Some Powers” (news article, Oct. 24): The American Freedom Agenda, an organization of conservatives founded last March 20 to restore checks and balances and protections against government abuses, requested all presidential aspirants, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, to sign an American Freedom Pledge.

They were asked to renounce the following powers if elected: torture; presidential signing statements; indefinite detentions of American citizens as enemy combatants; military commissions that combine judge, jury and prosecutor; spying on American citizens in contravention of federal statutes on the president’s say-so alone; kidnapping, imprisoning and torturing suspected terrorists abroad; executive privilege to shield the executive branch from Congressional oversight; prosecuting journalists under the Espionage Act for exposing national security abuses; listing organizations as terrorist groups based on secret evidence; suspending the writ of habeas corpus during the conflict with international terrorism; and invoking the state secrets privilege to deny victims of constitutional wrongdoing any judicial remedy. Senator Clinton has balked at signing the pledge, as have all other candidates except Representative Ron Paul.

Clinton Rebuts Accusations of Secrecy
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/…dems.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

‘Invade and Bomb With Hillary and Rahm’: Why war with Iran is likely
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11846

Dem underdogs open debate with salvos against Hillary
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/De..debate_with_salvos_1030.html

Weapons Industry Dumps Republicans, Backs Hillary
http://www.alternet.org/story/65869

Hillary Watch

 



Supreme Court refuses torture case

Supreme Court refuses torture case

AP
October 9, 2007

WASHINGTON – A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA as part of the anti-terrorism rendition program lost his final chance Tuesday to persuade U.S. courts to hear his claims.

The Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal from Khaled el-Masri, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments that state secrets would be revealed if courts allowed the case to proceed.

El-Masri, 44, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was mistakenly identified as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers and was detained while attempting to enter Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003.

He claims that CIA agents stripped, beat, shackled, diapered, drugged and chained him to the floor of a plane for a flight to Afghanistan. He says he was held for four months in a CIA-run prison known as the “salt pit” in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

After the CIA determined it had the wrong man, el-Masri says, he was dumped on a hilltop in Albania and told to walk down a path without looking back.

The lawsuit against former CIA director George Tenet, unidentified CIA agents and others sought damages of at least $75,000.

“We are very disappointed,” Manfred Gnijdic, el-Masri’s attorney in Germany, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in Ulm.

“It will shatter all trust in the American justice system,” Gnijdic said, charging that the United States expects every other nation to act responsibly, but refuses to take responsibility for its own actions.

“That is a disaster,” Gnijdic said.

El-Masri’s claims, which prompted strong international criticism of the rendition program, were backed by European investigations and U.S. news reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that U.S. officials acknowledged that el-Masri’s detention was a mistake.

The U.S. government has neither confirmed nor denied el-Masri’s account and, in urging the court not to hear the case, said that the facts central to el-Masri’s claims “concern the highly classified methods and means of the program.”

El-Masri’s case centers on the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which terrorism suspects are captured and taken to foreign countries for interrogation. Human rights activists have objected to the program.

President Bush has repeatedly defended the policies in the war on terror, saying as recently as last week that the U.S. does not engage in torture.

El-Masri’s lawsuit had been seen as a test of the administration’s legal strategy to invoke the doctrine of state secrets and stop national security suits before any evidence is presented in private to a judge. Another lawsuit over the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, also dismissed by a federal court on state secrets grounds, still is pending before the justices.

Conservative legal scholar Douglas Kmiec said the Bush White House uses the doctrine too broadly. “The notion that state secrets can’t be preserved by a judge who has taken an oath to protect the Constitution, that a judge cannot examine the strength of the claim is too troubling to be accepted,” said Kmiec, a law professor at Pepperdine University.

The court has not examined the state secrets privilege in more than 50 years.

A coalition of groups favoring greater openness in government says the Bush administration has used the state secrets privilege much more often than its predecessors.

At the height of Cold War tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union, U.S. presidents used the state secrets privilege six times from 1953 to 1976, according to OpenTheGovernment.org. Since 2001, it has been used 39 times, enabling the government to unilaterally withhold documents from the court system, the group said.

The state secrets privilege arose from a 1953 Supreme Court ruling that allowed the executive branch to keep secret, even from the court, details about a military plane’s fatal crash.

Three widows sued to get the accident report after their husbands died aboard a B-29 bomber, but the Air Force refused to release it claiming that the plane was on a secret mission to test new equipment. The high court accepted the argument, but when the report was released decades later there was nothing in it about a secret mission or equipment.

Press TV’ reporter in Afghanistan beaten by US forces
http://www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-22/0710094257002956.htm

US Air Raids Quietly Continue to Kill in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
http://www.motherjone….7/09/5612_us_air_raids_in.html

U.S. warns against Turkish action in Iraq
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071009..yJ5AmOgr4c2COttqs0NUE

Iraq tells US to ditch Blackwater
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7035115.stm

 



U.S. Senate Rejects Habeas Corpus Measure

U.S. Senate Rejects Habeas Corpus Measure

RTE
September 19, 2007

The US Senate has decided not to consider a measure to give Guantanamo detainees and other foreigners the right to challenge their detention in the courts.

The draft legislation needed approval by 60 votes in order to be considered in the Senate, which is narrowly controlled by Democrats. It received only 56, with 43 voting against.

Congress last year eliminated the right to habeas corpus for non-US citizens labeled ‘enemy combatants’ by the government.

The Bush administration said this was necessary to prevent them from being set free and attacking Americans.

The move affected about 340 suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban captives held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.

It could also affect millions of permanent legal residents of the US who are not US citizens, according to one of the sponsors of the bipartisan measure, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Senator Arlen Specter, another sponsor of the bill and a Pennsylvania Republican, noted that the right to habeas corpus was a protection against arbitrary arrest enshrined in the US Constitution and dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215.

Later this year, the US Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments from lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners challenging the law that restricted the right to habeas corpus.

Dodd, Leahy reintroduce Habeas Corpus Restoration Act
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/09/17/dodd-leahy-reintroduce-habeas-corpus-restoration-act/

Bush’s New Rules Allow The CIA To Violate Geneva Conventions
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/08/25/military_cites_risk_of_abuse_by_cia/