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...Rumsfeld, Gonzalez and Others~Interview with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Black death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal's battle in court heats up as case is now on fast track with public hearings set to begin
by Hans Bennett
"Our objective is to win a new and fair trial in this case. At the conclusion of the retrial I want my client to walk out of the courtroom a free person."
On October 23, attorney Robert R. Bryan (attorney for death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal) filed the 4th Step Reply Brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia. Because this should be the last round of reply briefs, Bryan estimates that the public hearing of arguments should begin within three months. After the hearing, the panel of judges will then decide whether to grant Abu-Jamal a new trial.
Holiday message from Leonard Peltier.
I've been getting these alerts and action requests in the email from this group for some years now, and this group seems to really keep the pressure up to address major health issues that will impact the earth and future generations and that need to be in the forefront... check out some of their current campaigns, at: http://www.panna.org/campaigns/campaigns.html
Update from the Field
November 23, 2006
In this issue:
* Giving Thanks from the Field
* Listen to BFC on KBOO Radio this Friday
* Last Words
William S. Burroughs reads Thanksgiving Prayer
I read and saw with much displeasure the racial comments and tirade from the former Seinfeld star during his comedic act last week (from many media sources), but the M word pissed me off.
The birth of the American Indian Movement.
The success of the 9/11 Truth Movement has provoked outrageous attacks from unexpected quarters- the Left! The book- 9/11 and American Empire is the best response to the irrational attacks upon the 9/11 Truth movement. An event with the co-editors and contributors was filmed by C-Span and will be aired this weekend.
The NYPD has installed a patrol tower in a Harlem neighborhood in an effort to cut crime in the high-risk neighborhood.
The two-story booth tower, called Sky Watch, gives the officer sitting inside a better vantage point from which to monitor the area. Officers in the booth have access to a spotlight, sensors, and four cameras. The tower is portable and can be moved to the areas that need it most.
George Bush Sr. was a pivitol player in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. If the evidence was brought beore a Texas Grand jury, he would be tried for high treason and convicted.
"It's the first time anywhere in the United States that one of these big things has flown on an official air combat command mission,"
In the past 13 years there has been a 3-fold increase in childhood obesity.
This rather sharp increase has been explained away as the consumer's
fault - no exercise, supersizing - but those arguments seem weak in the
light of what has been discovered recently.
A young woman has been stripped of her rights and sent to a mental institution following an assault on her by an officer of the law.
In their offensive against the Venezuelan people, the workers and President Chavez the capitalists are trying to strike a blow against the revolution. On November 14, the owner of Sanitarios Maracay announced the closure of the company. This situation is part of the continuous attempts of the boss to break the organisation of the workers and trample their rights over the past few years.
One of the fascist criminals who assaulted a law-abiding, peaceful UCLA student has been identified.
Nixon's campaign promise of ending the war was a hoax.. Any administration since the end of WWII reveals itself as subservient to the war machine, doing whatever it takes to feed that mechanism, either during the infinite wars it has fueled or in between them.
Rangel is calling for a return to the draft, while McCain is calling for sending MORE troops to Iraq in a futile attempt to defeat both the brutal civil war and the popular resistance to US occupation.
Counterinsurgency experts estimate ONE MILLION TROOPS would be "needed" in Iraq. That return to the draft that Rangel wants would be the only way to get them.
Activist and artist Malachi Ritscher burns himself alive in Chicago in front of morning rush hour commuters to protest the war in Iraq.
Today, a congressman from New York is planning to introduce legislation in the House to reinstate the draft.
Captain Eric H. May "Ghost Troop CO" has since December 10, 2003 E-mailed Soldiers,Veterans, Citizens and members of the United States Congress we retold the real truth about the Bush renegade attack on the nation of Iraq that has killed hundreds of Thousands of Iraqi civilian men women and children and contaminated the combat zones with radio active Depleted Uranium on the unconfirmed suspicion of Weapons of Mass Destruction rendering the areas uninhabitable for millions of years. It will be mutating, deforming and reducing the life span of all who have been exposed, including and especially our combat troops.
The Election Defense Alliance sent out a press release last Thursday with its analysis of the 2006 exit poll data and "adjusted" results. Once again a US election reveals systematic and statistically impossible variances in official results. The analysis shows that overwhelming Democratic turnout simply overwhelmed preprogrammed adjustments in voting machines. This explains the confidence of Karl Rove in interviews prior to the election. America has a very brief window of opportunity to rescue the electoral process with a Dem congress that wasn't supposed to win a majority.
...Hold Bush Accountable~Interview with Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
ARTICLE: Philadelphia's 59th Republican Ward Executive Committee files criminal charges against French cities supporting black death-row prisoner. WEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENT: This is the first article to be featured on writer Hans Bennett's new INSUBORDINATION photo-journalism website
Portland pedestrians are among the subjects covered in a satelite television broadcast on November 21.
Scientists who study human evolution have discovered the evolutionary origins of morality. The concept of morality exists in every culture on Earth, but the morals themselves are different, which causes a lot of conflict in the world. Now that the Democrats own Congress, I'm sure that conflict is about to get very interesting...
Eric's lawyer is preparing for trial and needs as much information as possible about the activities of the CS.
Animal Rights Activist Found in Civil Contempt for Refusing to Testify
before Federal Grand Jury
San Francisco federal judge Susan Illston stayed her contempt order for two
weeks pending filing of Ninth Circuit appeal
Opportunism marches under two or more banners: proclaiming the need for a revolutionary workers' party on the great anniversaries of the socialist movement or in a box at the corner of the party's newspaper, and the rest of the time selling a discounted "alternative" party, not quite revolutionary, not quite socialist, half price for the less advanced workers.
Thanksgiving: An Indigenous Perspective. Back by popular demand, here ya go! Geez, and I was feeling SO insecure about my journalism and "middle class" activism.
A Native American perspective
When the people marched protesting against war and torture one of the demands was impeachment. Now that the new congress will be installed with a Democrat majority will the people still demand impeachment?
Comment: This is like something out of a horror movie, you can hear the guy screaming and begging not to be tortured as they repeatedly hit him with the Taser shot. Tortured for not showing ID in America, this is what "serve and protect" has come to mean.
It was those durn rednecks!
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
By Deborah Davies
They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for Channel 4 . It's terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you're not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.
For Immediate Release: November 16, 2006
Contact: Kelah Bott, 415-577-6150
Federal Grand Jury Threatens Local Animal Activist with Jail;
Free Speech and Animal Liberation Advocates to Rally in Opposition
Your papers, please! Youtube video of a student's cell phone camera depicting a creeping fascism.
After assaults, vandalisms, failed TRO attempts, a lawsuit, and recent police raids against 7 Los Angeles animal rights activists, one under-age protestor is found "not guilty" in juvi court on Wednesday.
After 3 protests, activists are raided and cops can't even convict on "noise ordinance" violation.
A free and responsible media is more important to democracy than almost any other factor. As you know, America is doing what it can to erase freedom of the media throughout the world, and especially here at home. Use your voice and do something to protect the last vestiges of democracy in the US.
The First 1000 Pledge - "I will move to New Hampshire by 12/31/2008 where I will work to bring about a society in which government's maximum role is protecting life, liberty, and property but only if 999 other liberty minded individuals will too." - Ian Bernard, Free State Project Participant On the fence? Jump off...to the Free State! Join the First 1000!
Provacateurs expose themselves in the process of attempting to smear a 9/11 truth organizer
Portland Police Union fosters and reinforces an US vs. THEM mentality that condones police on citizen violence. The Police Bureau itself silently accepts the mocking tone of the police union and its insensitivity to the families of innocent victims. My question is; "are these cops really untouchable?" Why does Portland, a progressive city, living in the 2006...the 21st century for goodness sakes...allow the police to practice violence against minorities. When I read these reports and look at the history of Portland I am reminded of the deep south of the 1940's. The city is populated with a silent majority that condones by remaining silent the lynching of minorities. The city quietly accepts the slander and innuendo of minorities by the secret society. The population permits the secret society to behave violently in public and they are unrestrained by either legal or political means. The secret society mocks the public because they know that they own the public. Portland's greatest problem is that it is living in the past; it is retarded by its unrelenting deferance to its own backward-ass police force.
If you want the new, Democrat-led Congress to stand up for peace, NOW is the time to call or fax Rep. Nancy Pelosi and your Representatives and urge them to support a peacemaker--not a war-enabler--as Chairman of the House International Affairs Committee.
Today Trent Lott, Republican Senator from Mississippi was elected Minority Whip by a secret ballot of 25-24 to beat out Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
Free sticker with self-addressed , stamped envelope
Why spare the spy ware?
Free Josh Wolf Support Update
In this email:
1) Legal Update
2) Josh Wins Society of Professional Journalists' Journalist of the Year Award
3) Josh Wins 2 Vloggy Awards
4) New Flyers!
5) Josh Can Receive More Books
6) How Can I Support Josh?
The chair (Sessenbrenner, still chairman of the Judiciary Committee and leader of the lame ducks) called for a voice vote, and Kucinich cast the only no vote. It was all over in 15 minutes.
First-hand account by Dr. Alex Hershaft: "After the vote, I rode the elevator with Sensenbrenner and chief AETA sponsor Petri. I told them I was there to lobby against their bill. Sensenbrenner replied "don't blame me; I was just managing the bill for this guy," pointing to Petri, who smiled sheepishly. The whole thing was absolutely surreal."
Why are cops more likely to kill now than ever before? Because they receive specialized training in a modern special educational course: KILLOLOGY. Vicki Haddock a reporter for the San Francisco Chronical reported in depth on the "Science of Creating Killers"
Congratulations to all democratic members and members-elect of Congress. Who would have thought that the Senate, too, would come under the control of the democrats?
No real change will come from the US mid-term elections
"On November 20, blockades will be set up to show the Mexican government we mean business. We are calling upon YOU to join in these blockades. That could mean blockading the consulates' websites, jamming their phone lines with calls about the conflict in Oaxaca, occupying the offices of the consuls, or shutting down the roads around the consulates in whatever way you see fit." - EZLN
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Donate in Solidarity with Oaxaca
Oaxaca is calling for US to get Organized
Global Solidarity with Oaxaca
Do you have a brother, uncle, parent, cousin or other relative who has recently been incarcerated? If so, the FBI has its tendrils in your genome. Care about your privacy? So what. Never signed a consent form giving the FBI permission to cache your genetic information into their DNA database? So what. The assumption is that, by breaking the law (or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time), your relative waived any right to privacy, and by extension, so did you. This is the New World Order, where you have no rights, no privacy, and no expectation of anything but abuse of authority and corruption from those in power.
Will They Turn a Blind Eye to the Destruction of the Bill of Rights?
The Democrats and Civil Liberties
Unless November's new blood improves the Democratic Party's civil liberties pedigree, the Democrats will have failed even before they are sworn in next January.
Partners Outdoors is perhaps the most important public-lands meeting you will never get to attend. It is "by invitation only" and, as usual, YOU ARE NOT INVITED.
It is also, or so I suspect, the biggest regularly-scheduled Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) violation that occurs each year involving federal employees and the recreation industry. If that assessment is correct, then this event is held in violation of the law. Whether legal, or not, the public has a right to know what is transpiring behind these closed doors.
"Collusion Outdoors" as I have referred to this event for many years, is sponsored by the American Recreation Coalition, ARC's Recreation Roundtable and each of the federal land management agencies. Pasted below is a condensed memorandum recently distributed within the Bureau of Land management which gives a brief, and much-sanitized, overview.
On September 7, 2006 the BBC showed a special anniversary program for the anniversary of 911 events. The show was called "911: The Twin Towers". The video is of great significance as you can see and hear the Tower being demolished and hear the sequence of charges.
More documents like these are available. Email for requests.
News has spread across the country, but Americans remain unhindered by spineless Democratic leaders' calls for a cut and run from Impeachment. Instead of being silenced, patriotic Americans have been emboldened by this call to action and have turned up the volume on their demands for justice.
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