March 2008

Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace 3/18/08


On Tuesday, Mar. 18, Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred from the Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC back to the local jail in Warsaw, Virginia where he was held previously, to comply with a judge’s March 3 order granting him immunity for a THIRD grand jury appearance. On Mar. 3 Dr. Al-Arian began a water and food strike to protest persistent harassment and psychological torture by the Department of Justice. He has since lost 30 pounds. (more…)


Sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council

Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, will speak:

Monday, March 24, 7-8:30 pm (more…)

In a random glimpse of the official minds, the prosecution has demonstrated that the rule of law is irrelevant; respect for public rights is of secondary importance, force can be used against any law-abiding citizens without accountability and after four years of incarceration, search for justice does not include the pre-existence of injustice. (more…)

An Urgent Crisis

By CYNTHIA McKINNEY Counterpunch 3/19/08

Much has been made around the edges of this campaign about the issue of race. Sadly, nothing has been made of the public policy exigencies that arise because of the urgent racial disparities that continue to exist in our country. Just last week, the United Nations criticized the United States, again, for its failure to address the issues arising from the rights, particularly the right of return, of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita survivors. (more…)

by William Fisher IPS 3/19/08

One of the nation’s most respected counterterrorism experts is predicting that Congress will take action to rein in the “unchecked power” of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to spy on U.S. citizens without court approval — and then forbid them from publicly protesting the violation of their civil liberties. (more…)

AC Grayling Guardian U.K. 3/17/08

In the current debate about the erosion of civil liberties, a stock claim aimed at dampening the ardour of their defenders is that “if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear”. (more…)

By Glenn Greenwald 3/17/08

No matter how corrupt and sloppy the establishment press becomes, they always find a way to go lower. Time Magazine has just published what it purports to be a news article by Massimo Calabresi claiming that “nobody cares” about the countless abuses of spying powers by the Bush administration; that “Americans are ready to trade diminished privacy, and protection from search and seizure, in exchange for the promise of increased protection of their physical security”; and that the case against unchecked government surveillance powers “hasn’t convinced the people.” Not a single fact — not one — is cited to support these sweeping, false opinions. (more…)

By Dean Baker Truthout 3/17/08

According to the current plans being crafted in Washington, you will. Bear Stearns, one of the longstanding giants of Wall Street investment banking, is now on life support, the victim of its own excessive greed and bad judgment. (more…)

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