Source: Truth Out. Whether it’s beating dissidents in the streets or merely responding to a domestic dispute, whether they acknowledge it or not, [the police] are paid to keep things as they are. Their very presence in any given social situation exerts a force, ultimately backed by violence, that demands passivity and obedience. Everybody, particularly those of a darker hue and people involved in the Occupy movement, knows this. So, specifically within the Occupy movement, but more generally for anyone committed to radical politics or who finds living in a world in which armed men in uniforms roaming the streets is an unseemly sight, the issue of the police has to be confronted eventually. We turn to author and activist Kristian Williams for his insights on the historical development of the modern police force, its role in enforcing social inequality, and the evolution of police tactics in response to successive waves of popular insurgency and rebellion.
Link: Moderate Voice. Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, once the Chief Prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions, and now one of the most outspoken critics of our nation’s entire “indefinite detention” regime.
Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal – Interview of Noor Elashi, daughter of Ghassan Elashi by Nora Barrows-Friedman
Source: Electronic Intifada. Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal – Interview of Noor Elashi, daughter of Ghassan Elashi by Nora Barrows-Friedman.
The Electronic Intifada interviewed Noor Elashi last weekend as the families and legal teams for the Holy Land Five were preparing to head to the appelate court, in the hopes that the judges would determine that these Constitutional violations took place and therefore move to exonerate the men.
Source: Electronic Intifada. Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal. Interview by Nora Barrows-Friedman of Noor Elashi. Elashi’s father, Ghassan Elashi, is the co-founder of the Holy Land Foundation — once the largest Muslim charity organization in the US — and has been sentenced to 65 years behind bars on charges brought by the Federal government under the guise of the George W. Bush-era Patriot Act. That act strengthened a Clinton-era “anti-terrorism” legal caveat called the Material Support law which has been used to dismantle Muslim organizations and individuals in this country for the last ten years.
Source: The Atlantic. Al-Kidd, Plaintiff in Supreme Court Case Against Ashcroft, Speaks Out
The FBI stopped coming around and al-Kidd thought the matter was closed. Meanwhile, FBI agents prepared an affidavit for his arrest asa material witness in al-Hussayen’s case. The agents cinched an arrest warrant by telling a judge that al-Kidd had purchased a one-way, first class ticket to Saudi Arabia. In fact, he had purchased a round-trip, coach class seat to the country, where he planned to continue his religious studies.
Source: Truth.org – An Interview With Former Guantanamo Detainee David Hicks by Jason Leopold.
I was beaten by US forces the first time I saw them and realized straight away that torture was going to be a reality, it was very scary.