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As I've been speaking around the country this spring, I've found many people genuinely agonizing about this election.
I feel their pain. World Can't Wait has not swayed from our principles, in elections years or other times. We will be on the streets, in the classrooms and neighborhoods exposing the wars for empire, the torture, the whole Bush-like direction of the US.
Our message will be consistent. Vote your conscience: support actions against US wars. World Can't Wait sustainers are a special group of committed individuals who give monthly so that this message can consistently get out.
Between July 9-31 join us in this drive to ready our people, materials, and organization for the fall and beyond, when people really need to hear our message that "Humanity and the Planet Come First - Stop the Crimes of Your Government."
One thing I can state for certain: no matter which party wins in November, or who is president, we will be facing a government intent on spreading empire, detaining indefinitely, surveilling almost everyone.
A friend asked me recently if there's any hope for justice and accountability for the Bush era war crimes. He had campaigned hard for Obama, with the hopes many had, that Guantánamo would close, and that the Bush regime would face charges, or at least investigation for Abu Ghraib, for lying about WMD's, or at least for detaining thousands of people with no charge.
No one in power is going to act to bring justice on these issues without mass upheaval and resistance, regardless of whether it's election time. There are elements, now, of potential for sentiment and action against these crimes to catch hold strongly. The Arab Spring, the unrest in Europe over economic disaster, the threats by the U.S. and Israel to start a war on Iran or other unforeseen developments can effect how people here see what's possible, and what's acceptable.
Never forget that what the Bush regime did -- and what the Obama administration continued -- is illegitimate, unjust, and immoral. And there are hundreds of millions who know and see that. It can't be covered up, even if Wikileaks is punished severely. (see below).
Consider the 4 year investigation in Poland of the CIA "black site" secret prison there. There's a struggle within the Polish government over whether torture charges will come out of it, and how far up they'll go. Andy Worthington looks into that case in Polish Senator’s Startling New Allegations About CIA Torture Prison in Poland:
"In the long quest for accountability for those who ordered, authorized or were complicit in the Bush administration’s torture program, every avenue has been shut down within the US by the Obama administration, the Justice Department and the courts, and the only hope lies elsewhere in the world, and specifically Poland, one of three European countries that hosted secret CIA prisons, where “high-value detainees” were subjected to torture." Andy delves deeply into the story, citing his trip to Poland with Anna Minkiewicz when he learned more about what the investigation. See also the LA Times story Poland Shaken by Case Alleging an Illicit CIA Prison There.
What to do? Support World Can't Wait's work to stop the crimes of your government. Become a sustainer! Engage in visible protest, tell the truth about these crimes.
Reporting on a Week Against Torture Across the U.S.
"I find myself living in an EXCEPTIONAL time. A time when the myth of American moral superiority is being used to excuse, even PROMOTE, cruel and intolerable crimes against humanity..."
From the speech given by World Can't Wait representative MaryAnn Thomas (right) at the Rally Against Torture, Guantanamo & NDAA on June 26th in San Francisco.
Across the country last week, from Olympia to Dallas (above) to Washington, people challenged the new -- 10 year old - "normal" of indefinite detention.
For two weeks now, Julian Assange has been at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, while he awaits the government's decision to offer him political asylum. Dennis Loo wrote about Assange's role in challenging the US empire, published just before the asylum request.
He ends with a challenge to us all:
Let anyone dare to tell the truth about real crimes, well those whistle-blowing traitors deserve to be tortured and die for that! The authorities' fulminations tell us something profound about how precarious their continued rule actually is. They cannot do what they've been doing and they cannot do what they plan to do going forward if they are not able to garrot what the people know. Whistle-blowing and genuine journalism are far too damaging to their designs: real journalism reveals our leaders' hypocrisy and deceit. The workings of their system are so awful that our esteemed leaders must carry out an unprecedented level of repression against truth-telling, inquiry, and protest, or else their castles will be shaken and face ignominious destruction from the fury of the populace rising up to challenge them. WikiLeaks and Assange have already demonstrated the potential for this. We must all rise to defend Julian Assange for his heroic stand against their horrid acts so that we can create more room and not less for him and others to do what must be done.
Dennis updates his piece today:
In the most recent development, last week British police came to the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where Assange has been staying seeking political asylum, to tell Assange that he should leave the embassy so that they can re-arrest him and then extradite him to Sweden to face "questioning" from a Swedish prosecutor on sexual assault charges. Assange's legal team advised him against accepting the Brit's oh so polite offer of a greased legal railroad, and so informed the British police.
Today, the London police have ordered Assange to give himself up. Susan Benn of his defense committee, says he's been advised not to, since under international law, asylum requests have precedence over extradition proceedings.
Wikileaks has begun releasing 2.5 million emails from the Syrian government, focusing first on its purchase, from an Italian company, of technology used by the Syrian security forces through 2012.
What the US Drone War Is, What It Isn’t and Remembering the Nameless Victims, the talk I gave in Madison, WI for the Veterans for Peace Memorial Day Commemoration:
After almost 11 years of US war on Afghanistan, I’ve had people say to me recently, “at least President Obama is ending that war.” Of course, he isn’t doing any such thing. It was Obama who vastly expanded the war on Afghanistan in 2009 to 150,000 troops. It’s the US/NATO forces under which the “surge” brought about the biggest loss of Afghan civilian life of the war, during the last year. It’s Obama and Afghan President Karzai who just signed an agreement to keep US forces in Afghanistan until 2024, or another 12 years at least.
This was the war that had to be fought to “save” the Afghan people, according to the Bush regime. In 2001, Afghanistan was the second most dangerous country on the globe for a woman to give birth. In 2011, it was the MOST dangerous country for a woman to give birth – it had the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. And this past winter brought reports of dozens of children under 5 freezing to death in coalition-sponsored refugee camps, while the U.S. has sent tens of billions of dollars to fund the occupation.
No Shelter from the Drones of Infinite Justice or the Bacteria of Enduring Freedom by William Blum on warcriminalswatch.org:
Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai said recently that he had had an argument with Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, about the issue of American drone attacks in Afghanistan, following yet another deadly airstrike that killed a number of civilians. Karzai asked Allen an eminently reasonable question: "Do you do this in the United States?" The Afghan president added: "There is police action every day in the United States in various localities. They don't call an airplane to bomb the place."
Karzai's question to Allen was rhetorical of course, for can it be imagined that American officials would bomb a house in an American city because they suspected that certain bad guys were present there? Well, the answer to that question is that it can be imagined because they've already done it.