June 2008

The Big Lock-Up

By BILL QUIGLEY Counterpunch 6/20/08

We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal,’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, but I am sure that if I lived in Germany during that time I would have comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal…we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There have been over 15,000 arrests for resistance to war since 2002. (more…)

The letter below was sent on behalf of the Muslim Solidarity Committee and the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee in opposition to Glenn Suddaby’s nomination for a judgeship. Glenn Suddaby prosecuted both the cases of Yassin Aref and Mohamed Hossain, and Dr. Dhafir and Help the Needy.


By Paul Craig Roberts Information Clearing House 6/19/08

John Yoo stands outside the Anglo-American legal tradition. His views lead to self-incrimination wrung out of a victim by torture. He believes a president of the US can initiate war, even on false pretenses, and then use the war he starts as cover for depriving US citizens of habeas corpus protection. A US attorney general informed by Yoo’s memos even went so far as to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Constitution does not provide habeas corpus protection to US citizens. (more…)

John Pilger 6/12/08 The New Statesman

In 1941, the editor Edward Dowling wrote: “The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.” What has changed? (more…)

In rebuke to administration, suspects may appeal in U.S. civilian courts

MSNBC AP 6/12/08

WASHINGTON – In a stinging rebuke to President Bush’s anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges. (more…)

Challenging the Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy

By Michael T. Klare Tomdispatch.com 6/12/08

American policymakers have long viewed the protection of overseas oil supplies as an essential matter of “national security,” requiring the threat of — and sometimes the use of — military force. This is now an unquestioned part of American foreign policy. (more…)

A Ripe Time for Inflation

By KENNETH COUESBOUC Counterpunch 6/09/08

If people expect an increase in inflation to be temporary and do not build it into their longer-term plans for setting wages and prices, then the inflation created by a shock to oil prices will tend to fade relatively quickly.

–Ben Bernanke at Harvard, June 4th 2008. (more…)

The Greatest Heist In History ICH

When the US goes to war, corporate America goes too.

Panorama investigates claims that as much as $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq.

There are contracts for caterers, tanker drivers, security guards and even interrogators, many of them through companies with links to the White House. (more…)

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