February 2011

by Jacob G. Hornberger The Future of Freedom Foundation

A federal judge in South Carolina has dismissed a civil suit brought by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla against Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other U.S. officials. The judge held that Padilla had no right to recover for constitutional violations arising out of three years of military detention and torture.  (more…)

Nat Hentoff Cato.org

George W. Bush is clearly enjoying his release from the glare of the presidency. In photos, he looks almost serene, and he doesn’t publicly criticize the cumulative incompetence of his successor. However, in early February – looking forward to attend a charity gala in Geneva, Switzerland – he was jolted when he had to cancel his trip lest he be arrested when he arrived.  (more…)

Henry A. Giroux Truthout

Within the last few months, we have seen an outpouring of student protests from all over the globe. Fifty thousand students took to the streets in London to protest tuition hikes, while “thousands of young people in Puerto Rico and Ireland are marching against cuts to student funding and fee increases.” (more…)

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 5th, 2011,  7 – 9 p.m.

Katherine sculpture Justice, from The Phoenix Series, will be part of an exhibition featuring women artists who are also activists (an image of this sculpture has been used on all the publicity post cards for Dr. Dhafir’s case).  The exhibition will be held at Artrage Gallery in Syracuse, New York, from March 5, 2011 12:00 pmtoApril 23, 2011 4:00 p.m.


Darlene Storm Computerworld 2/23/11

It’s recently been revealed that the U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. (more…)

Fran Korotzer Next Left Notes

NEW YORK – On November 11 the Center for Constitutional Rights sponsored a forum on “Experiments in Social Isolation: Communication Management Units and the Expansion of Unconstitutional Detention Policies in the Post 9/11 Federal Prison System.”  (more…)

The Syracuse weather was wild and driving conditions bad, but a small group still managed to gather to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of Dr. Dhafir, and the interrogation of 150 Muslim families.  You can see coverage on Channel 10

Jeff Leys Truthout 2/27/11

“Mom’s in intensive care. Mom says: Go to Madison.”  (more…)

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