Category: Civil Liberties


Big Brother and the Cop on the Block.

No Mas Muertes!

Perpetrators of the violence on both sides of this declared “war” have strong links to the US School of the Americas/WHINSEC. Ciudad Juarez Police Chief, Julian Leyzaola Pérez, accused of torture, arbitrary detention and violence against activists, is another graduate of this infamous school (read a UNHCR report that cites Leyzaola here.) On the side of the drug cartels,at least one third of the original members of the drug cartel known as the “Zetas” are deserted members of the Mexican military who have graduated from the SOA/WHINSEC.

Read the full story here:  SOAWatch

La Rage (The Rage) by French female rap artist Keny Arkana, released in 2006.

Keny Arkana is part of La Rage Du Peuple (The Rage of the People), a music collective formed in 2004 in Marseille, activists in the alter-globalization

…outrage comes to mind.

(December 7, 2010 - Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

South Korean Farmers Protest Over USA Free Trade Agreement

South Korean farmers take part in a rally to protest against the South Korean Free Trade agreement (FTA) with the USA at Seoul Railway Station on December 8, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. President Barack Obama cited his pleasure at the resolution of outstanding issues over the deal last week, a deal expected to increase American goods exported to South Korea by up to USD11 billion. The 2007-signed FTA had been held up due to concerns over auto and beef industries, with Obama hoping the new pact will be a model for future FTAs.

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There is a bill in the Senate that is attempting to keep torture alive as an interrogation technique. The National Defense Authorization Act is being debated in Congress and if passed, American citizens could be detained without a court hearing anywhere in the world. President Obama stated he will veto the bill if it should pass. Is Senate Bill 1867 threatening the US constitution? Paul Craig Roberts, former Reagan administration official and columnist, gives us his take on the proposed bill.

SB 1867, Worldwide Indefinite Detention and the Senators Who Betrayed You

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Featured Articles, Police, Military & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

61 senators have betrayed you this week. They authorized, as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, the indefinite suspension of Habeus Corpus (again) and the ability to detain American citizens without charge or trial, anywhere in the world. We are now officially a police state and our country is considered a new part of the “battlefield.”

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is contained within S. 1867, which was passed on the Senate floor Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

This provision is almost identical to what John McCain tried last year with Senate Bill 3081, which I outlined in my article, S. 3081 Enemy Belligerent Interrogation – A Sick Merry-Go-Round

The names of your seditious Senators are as follows:

Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Moran (R-KS)
Nelson (D-NE)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)

Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Kashish Das Shrestha

A quote from philosopher Slavoj Žižek, who spoke to the New York Occupiers at Zuccotti Park on October 9:

‘They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know the classic scenes from cartoons. The cat reaches a precipice. But it goes on walking. Ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath. Only when it looks down and notices it, it falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street – Hey, look down!’

Peace Rally for Libya: November 24, 2011Sirte Libya devastation

CANADA wide

Time:

8:10 to 8:30 Pacific; 9:10 to 9:30 Mountain; 10:10 to 10:30 Central; 11:10 to 11:30 Eastern; 12:10 to 12:30 Atlantic; 12:40 to 13:00 Newfoundland & Labrador

Intention of November 24th 2011 Peace Rally:

To communicate to, and involve, as many Canadians as possible with the devotion of 20 minutes of their time to the people of Libya, and to the goal of ending Canada’s participation in NATO’s War on Terror.

Background:

The Canadian Government has announced a special day of celebration in Ottawa on Thursday November 24th, 2011 to honor the role of Canada’s military during NATO’s recent War in Libya.

Canada’s military played a leading role in NATO’s first war in Africa, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, the decimation of the country’s infrastructure and the overthrow of the Libyan government. Tens of thousands of Libyans have fled their country of origin or have been displaced as a result of this “humanitarian war”, while hundreds have been rounded up, detained, tortured or summarily executed by NATO’s newly installed regime.

Africa’s largest reserves of crude oil, formerly a source of wealth redistribution in Libya and in neighboring African countries, have been divvied up amongst a selection of multinational oil corporations loyal to the NATO agenda. Libya’s Central Bank and its hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has been plundered and dismantled, and a private banking cartel installed in its place to run the country’s finances. And the Canadian Government wants to celebrate this achievement!

Canadians in general are a loving and peaceful people, and previous to the Harper Government taking office in January 2006, Canada was chiefly recognized for its peacekeeping and nation building role in the world. Since 2006, the military arm of Canada has however been transformed from peacekeeping to waging war, training others for war and preparing for war. The Harper Government has not only involved Canada in multiple theatres of war, from Afghanistan to Libya, but is actively engaging in advanced military planning to bring war to two more countries and its peoples: namely Syria and Iran.

Tens of billions of dollars from Canada’s public coffers are being directed annually to finance NATO’s war machine and the military industrial-complex. The Canadian Government and the Canadian Mainstream Media played an active role in promoting the wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and continue to promote the pursuit of this agenda of NATO and the military industrial-complex.

On November 24th, 2011, the world calls on Canadians to rededicate themselves to their values of Peace and to return their country to its previous peacekeeper role by publicly or privately observing 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer.

Goal of November 24th Peace Rally:

1 – To mobilize as many Canadians as possible, and in as many Canadian communities as possible, to publicly observe 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer for the people of Libya and for Peace.

2 – To draw to the attention of as many Canadians as possible the matter of:

(a)The deaths, suffering and multiple injustices inflicted on the majority of Libyans and their African neighbors by this NATO-backed “humanitarian war” and the so-called “people’s revolution” financed and supported by NATO;

(b) The need of the world for the dismantling of NATO and other engines of hyper-militarism that will never solve the world’s problems but only exacerbate them; and

(c) The need to return to the values of truth, justice and peace for all on Planet Earth.

3 – To establish a template for future similar events either in response to government or corporate war-making and resource theft, or as positive stand-alone statements of sympathy and/or solidarity with peoples being robbed or attacked by military force and/or economic means, or in imminent danger of such attack.

More Info:

www.20minutesforpeace.org

Contacts:
Barrie Zwicker, Toronto Event Contact (bwz@rogers.com)
Daniel LeBlanc, Moncton Event Contact (info@20minutesforpeace.org)

 

History Has a Long Range Perspective

History Has a Long Range Perspective by Ricardo Levins Morales

History Has a Long Range Perspective by Ricardo Levins Morales

It’s true. We can’t remember the names of most of the petty tyrants while we honor those who resisted and rebelled.

Words from Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World.

New York City Public University Students are assaulted by NYPD while protesting tuition hikes.