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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 17:19:58 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.31.06 1. Corp ag ugh/Cavlan 8.01 10:30am Redwood Falls MN 2. Jew v Israel/KFAI 8.01 11am 3. 9-11/inside job/CSpan 8.01 5:10pm 4. Condom on a stick 8.01 5:30pm 5. Salon/Cambodia 8.01 6:30pm 6. Health/uhcan-mn 8.01 7pm 7. National Night Out 8.01 8. Had enough? 8.02 6:30pm 9. Farm/food/film 8.02 7pm 10. Roseville transit 8.02 7pm 11. Washington Co fair 8.02-06 12. Jay Pond - Jay Pond for Congress 13. Diaz/Ovalle - Protesters set up barricades in Mexico City 14. Anne Flaherty - Bush submits new terror detainee bill 15. Gideon Levy - Days of darkness 16. Richard Broderick - L'Chaim! The apple never falls far from the tree --------1 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Corp ag ugh/Cavlan 8.01 10:30am Redwood Falls MN Tue Aug 1:FARM FEST/Alternatives to Corporate Ag Note from Lydia Howell: Agriculture is a place where many issues converge: rural/small town economies, food safety/quality, farming practices and the environment (genetically-modifed seeds & plants), feed lots, pesticides (organic alternatives), trade policies: internationally, "free trade" v. FAIR TRADE and the blockage against trade with Cuba (which Minnesota farmers would like to see end) to local distribution networks like co-ops, farmers' markets etc and even health (who gets healthy food, who deosn't?), labor practices (rights of migrant workers). Both corporate-sponsors parties support Big Ag: corporations that favor POLLUTING practices (like pestidices), geneticaly-modified seeds and plants that may seriously endanger both human health and the environment and who get PUBLIC subsidies to do these things - while healthier alternatives go begging for support. Family farms have been under seige for over 25 years, when solutions to environmental and economic issues in rural areas are often to be found in farming on a smaller scale(see the writings of Kentucky famer/writer Wendell Berry). The Green Party offers a real alternative to the Democratic/Republican focus on Corporatizing more and more of our daily lives and too often ignoring rural needs. Check out Michael Cavlan, candidate for US DSenate at the Agricultural forum below. LH Green Party candidate for US Senate, Michael Cavlan Tour Tuesday August 1st 10:30 am Senate Debate on Agriculture Farm Fest Gilfillian Estates Redwood Falls Redwood County, MN contact for Michael Cavlan for Senate camapign at (612)327-6902 -- From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Any Greens in this area, please contact our camapign at (612)327-6902 Get on the Cavlan Train, while there is still space. Michael Cavlan RN www.cavlan.org --------2 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Jew v Israel/KFAI 8.01 11am Tue.AUG.1, 11am: Jewish Critic of Israel on KFAI/"Catalyst" Seth Farber is a Jewish peace activist in NYC, PhD psychologist, member of the Green Party and also of Jews Against The Occupation (JATO). He's an author who's last book is "Radicals, Rabbis & Peacemakers: Conversations With Jewish Critics of Israel" (available in the TC at MAY DAY BOOKS on the West Bank, Minneapolis). His book includes his conversations with Noam Chomsky, Phyllis Bennis (analyst of the way the UN has been copted by the US), Norman Finkelstein, whose books reveal the long history of Israel's ethnic cleansing of indigenous Arab populations, rabbis such as Marc Ellis with a "prophetic vision" and memvbers of JATO. He talks about the Israeli slaughter in Lebanon and puts it in the context of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Farber is interviewed on "Catalyst:politics & culture", hosted by Lydia Howell, on KFAI Radio, 90.3fm Mpls 106.7fm St Paul. All shows archived for 2 weeks after broadcast & check out the "Catalyst" page for local events, upcoming guests and more at http://www.kfai.org --------3 of 16-------- From: Nuzi Haneef <nuzi.haneef [at] comcast.net> Subject: 9-11/inside job/CSpan 8.01 5:10pm The C-SPAN program showing the panel discussion at the LA 9/11 conference, aired 7/29/06 and 7/30/06, is having an effect. A new member, Mary, just joined our meetup because of it. Another showing is scheduled for Tuesday. Please spread the word to get a wide audience for it. The air time announced by C-SPAN is as follows but please check their website for the latest (using the "TV Schedules" link on the top right corner at < http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp>): * Channel: C-SPAN (Note: This means C-SPAN1, not C-SPAN2) * Date and time: Tuesday, August 1, 2006; 5:10 PM CDT (6:10 PM EDT) * Program Title: "September 11th Terrorist Attacks" or "Theories about September 11" (forum) (NOTE: The TV guide schedule will probably not show this title; this program will air under some other series. On Saturday, it aired under American Perspectives.) * Duration: 1:50 (est.) * Panelists: Jones, Alex - Filmmaker Fetzer, James H. - Co-Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth Bowman, Robert M. - Member, Scholars for 9/11 Truth Jones, Steven E. - Co-Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth Tarpley, Webster Griffin - Author This telecast can be seen worldwide over the internet as a video stream over the internet at < http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp>. (Scroll down a little and look for the section "LIVE STREAMS" near the middle of the webpage.) -- To visit The MN 9/11 Questions Meetup Group, go here: http://9-11.meetup.com/253/ -- The appearance of this discussion on the nation's premiere public affairs cable network is an incredible boon to the 9/11 Truth Movement. None of the 9/11 Truth events that C-SPAN has covered in the past are as hard-hitting as the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda program. This panel discussion cuts to the heart of the issue and exposes the events of September 11th, 2001 as a complex premeditated plot carried out by criminal elements within the U.S. Government as a pretext for launching the endless "War on Terror" in which the globe is currently embroiled. C-SPAN's coverage of this pivotal information will bring considerable national attention to the 9/11 Truth Movement. It will also lend further credibility to the Scholars for 9/11 Truth, the premiere organization within the movement for peer-reviewed scientific research on 9/11 issues. MORE INFO Each member of the panel brought their own particular perspective and expertise to the discussion while each maintained throughout their comments that 9/11 was an "inside job." Alex Jones, a progenitor of the 9/11 Truth Movement introduced the panel and acted as moderator. Professor Steven E. Jones, an expert in Physics, re-capped his vital new research which has conclusively proven that demolition incendiaries were used to bring down World Trade Center and could have only been placed there in advance of 9/11. As a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota and a former Marine Corps officer, James Fetzer cut through the myths surrounding the 9/11 hijackers. Former Air Force Interceptor Pilot Robert Bowman brought up the lack of air defense on the day of 9/11 and shed light on the slough of drills conducted on 9/11 to distract the military and prevent Flights 11 & 77 from being shot down. Finally Author and Historian Webster Tarpley tied all of the information together to paint a picture of 9/11. He described the drills, Bush's actions and the blow-by-blow details of that fateful day that revealed what could only be called the horrible truth of a conspiracy fact. It is crucial that everyone see this historic panel discussion on C-SPAN. Tell your friends and family, email colleagues, and post links on message boards. This is an incredible step in spreading the truth about 9/11. -- From: "Andregg, Michael M." <mmandregg [at] stthomas.edu> URGE UN MEMBERS TO WATCH C-SPAN "9/11 INSIDE JOB" TODAY, AUG. 1ST This will take you all of 2 or 3 minutes to accomplish and MAY CHANGE THE WORLD !! (Below find a message to send the UN members, and their emails) As you may know, Chavez of Venezuela is talking to other leaders about forming a global 9/11 truth investigation. C-SPAN is airing the "9/11 Inside Job" 2 hour program AGAIN TODAY, Aug. 1st, for the 4th time. BELOW YOU'LL FIND A MESSAGE AND THE EMAILS OF THE ENTIRE UNITED NATIONS PERMANENTE MISSIONS FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. Please A) Send the below message to them, and B) forward this entire email action on to all your contacts, urging them to do the same. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE C-SPAN'S AIRING IT LATER TODAY!! == THE SUBJ. LINE TEXT FOR UN MESSAGE: C-SPAN TODAY, Aug 1st, 6:10 EDT - 9/11 INSIDE JOB !! Media MUST WATCH !! THE BODY OF MESSAGE TO SEND TO UN MEMBERS: It is incumbent upon ALL United Nations members to watch this program, and to investigate the evidence analyzed at BYU Physics Dept. proving 9/11 was an inside job, by way of the controlled demolition of the 3 WTCs. Thermate/Sulfer traces on WTC debris. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and other leaders are discussing launching a global International Tribunal to Investigate 9/11. PLEASE JOIN THEM !! This HISTORIC telecast can be seen worldwide over the internet as a video stream over the internet at <http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp> http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp C-SPAN at *06:10 PM EDT* 1:50 (est.) Forum September 11th Terrorist Attacks Alex Jones Productions Alex Jones, rtd. Air Force Lt. Colonel Dr. Robert Bowman, BYU Physics professor Dr. Steven Jones, James H. Fetzer , Scholars for 9/11 Truth At below link, click on the: American Perspectives: Sept. 11, V.P. Cheney, & Congress (07/29/2006) to watch this C-SPAN coverage. If there is a problem watching it from the C-SPAN site, another link is below of video coverage of the same event. <http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp?Cat=Series&Code=APS&ShowVidNum=10&Rot_Ca t_CD=APS&Rot_HT=206&Rot_WD=&ShowVidDays=100&ShowVidDesc=&ArchiveDays=100> http://www.c-span.org/homepage.asp?Cat=Series&Code=APS&ShowVidNum=10&Rot_Cat _CD=APS&Rot_HT=206&Rot_WD=&ShowVidDays=100&ShowVidDesc=&ArchiveDays=100# VIDEO COVERAGE OF THE 9/11 INSIDE JOB EVENT C-SPAN COVERED: <http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5004704309041471296&q=alex+symposi um> http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5004704309041471296&q=alex+symposiu m ALSO, if you've yet to see the "LOOSE CHANGE" DOCUMENTARY - which is covered in a four-page article in "VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE"s AUGUST 2006 ISSUE: View the FREE ONLINE VIDEO DOCUMENTARY that raises many important issues regarding 9/11, by visiting: <http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=94448691996878155&q=9%2F11+loose+ch ange+2nd+edition> http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=94448691996878155&q=9%2F11+loose+cha nge+2nd+edition 70 MILLION AMERICANS NOW WANT AN INVESTIGATIONS OF POSSIBLE US GOVT. COMPLICITY IN THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER, 11, 2001. (Zogby poll) <http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20060522022041421> http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20060522022041421 PLEASE FORM AN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL TO INVESTIGATE THE EVENTS OF 9/11/2001, THAT HAVE LED OUR WORLD INTO WAR. --------4 of 16-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Condom on stick 8.01 5:30pm Tuesday, August 1: Pro-Choice Resources Condom Stickering Party. 5:30-7:30pm at Pro-Choice Resources. Enjoy pizza, company of like minded people, make condoms on a stick! www.prochoiceresources.org. [Might this explain the real meaning behind Red Green's motto, "Keep your stick on the ice"? (Talk about shrinkage!). Might this be a new item at the State Fair? -id] [ed is not responsible for id, who runs amok and occasionally steals PC space. -ed] --------5 of 16-------- From: Patty Guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon/Cambodia 8.01 6:30pm Tuesday Aug 1 the guest will be Marvin Lang who as the Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Emeritus, at Hennepin Co. Medical Center will share his experiences as a volunteer in a small children's hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He is a member of Health Volunteers Overseas, a program that organizes and directs activities in developing countries. Ice tea will be a nice treat for the evening. Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------6 of 16-------- From: joel albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: Health/uhcan-mn 8.01 7pm Dear Health Care Activists Next meeting TUESDAY, August 1, 7PM-9PM Walker Church Lower Level Lounge, 3104 16th ave s. (nearlake street and bloomington ave in Mpls). Feel free to bring a potluck item for National Night Out, outside the Church. Items: 1. Welcome new people, intros, background 10" 2. Reportbacks: Art Car Parade; debuting our new film,"Everybody In, Nobody Out", where, when ? 10" 3. Forming our own HC Cooperative Pool:A new model; for the uninsured, self-employed, small businesses, artists etc.30" 4. National Health Care Action Day is Aug 22. Plan an action ? 20" 5. Solving Medicare Part D Disaster:10" 6. Reclaiming the Visual Landscape; changing the entire visual landscape. 20" 7. other items, ideas to add ? Also, our new eye-catching, conversation-starter, Single-Payer t-shirts are available to buy or sell, $10 Joel Albers Minnesota Universal Health Care Action Network 612-384-0973 joel [at] uhcan-mn.org www.uhcan-mn.org Health Care Economics Researcher, Clinical Pharmacist --------7 of 16-------- From: hare [at] tcfreenet.org Subject: National Night Out 8.01 National Night Out is Tuesday, 1 August. [No further info given. -ed] --------8 of 16-------- From: "Cleary, Merideth" <MCleary [at] americavotes.org> Subject: Had enough? 8.02 6:30pm Round Table Discussion Had Enough? Attend a local community gathering where people can voice their concerns about the issues and the direction of the state and how we can start to bring change in 2006. Wednesday, August 02 6:30pm Black Bear Crossing Cafe - Como Lake Pavillion 1360 Lexington Parkway Saint Paul, MN 55103 For more information contact Merideth at merideth [at] americavotes.org or at 612-702-8542 --------9 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Farm/food/film 8.02 7pm Wednesday August 2 7-11 PM, Films At Dusk Stevens Square Park 1801 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN August 2, 2006 Grow Your Own Celebrate the harvest with neighborhood gardeners and Gardenworks. Music from old-time banjo, washboard, and string bass band The Brass Kings will be followed by the film "The Real Dirt on Farmer John". Enjoy fresh veggies and fruit from local gardeners and Sisters Camelot - we'll make the mother of all salads! And learn about composting in your apartment. Film: THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN by director Taggart Siegel True story of third-generation American farmer John Peterson's journey of success, tribulation, failure and rebirth, culminating in his creation of a biodynamic, organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm serving 1500 families in the Chicago area with weekly fresh produce. --------10 of 16-------- From: Luke Heikkila <lukeandsarahheikkila [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Roseville transit 8.02 7pm The Transportation and Transit subcommittee will meet on 8/2/2006, 7:00-9:00pm, at City Hall - Hawthorne room. Agenda Transportation & Transit Subcommittee Meeting August 2, 2006, 7:00-9:00pm City Hall, Hawthorne Room 1. Welcome & introductions A. Sign-in B. Assign note taker (post to City site & Forum site) 2. Review Norms (see below) 3. Current state of Roseville transportation infrastructure, and future concerns -- presented by special guest Duane Schwartz, Roseville Public Works Director. (approx. one hour) 4. Individual briefs from members on: Road Transportation, Pedestrian and bike transportation (commercial / residential), Traffic control and safety, and Transit. These are from the steering committee initial issues list. 5. Public Input (10 mins.) 6. Plan agenda for next meeting 7. Other business A. Our mission: Broad visionary level, compared with specific implementation. B. Schedule August public outreach meeting - three weeks notice needed to publicize. 8. Adjourn --------11 of 16-------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Washington Co fair 8.02-06 Metro Greens are needed to fill shifts at the Washington County Fair in Stillwater, Wed Aug 2 to Sun Aug 6. Plus, Be in the evening parade on Aug 2. Dear Fellow Greens, The Washington County Local will have a booth at the Washington County Fair from Wednesday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 6th. The hours are 10-10 Wed. through Sat. and 10 -8 on Sunday. The fairgrounds are southwest of Stillwater, near Manning Avenue, Stillwater Boulevard, the Lake Elmo Airport, Stillwater High School, and the town of Lake Elmo. Please forward phone numbers of likely volunteers. There will be a parade at 6:00 on Wed. which we can be in free of charge. Please call or email to sign up for a time. As of this writing, all volunteer time slots are open. Admission charges for volunteers will be reimbursed by the Washington County Local. Candidates are especially invited. Bill Oldfather 651-275-0247 bill_oldfather [at] yahoo.com --------12 of 16-------- Jay Pond for Congress (fwd) http://jaypond.org/_ (http://jaypond.org/) He doesn't accept donations from PACs, and won't be part of the major party fundraising machines. As a third party candidate, he can be more serious about election reform than DFL or Republican candidates. He'll work to end the war, bring home the troops, and rebuild Iraq. He's a proponent of renewable energy and recognizes the importance of the vast wind potential of the upper Midwest. He's in favor of universal single payer health care. He will advocate for reform of our immigration policy, and for the rights of immigrants. He believes strongly in civil rights, including everyone's right to marriage. He will paint a Green spot on the red/blue map of US House districts that will be a powerful signal that this country is reversing its trend toward the political right. He spent six months in Washington observing the Minnesota delegation in the US house. He has the integrity, intelligence, and idealism needed to make a positive difference in Congress. -- For all of these reasons and more, please go to Jay's website and click on "Contribute", or mail a check (every bit helps!), or consider working with Jay to collect ballot access signatures starting July 4th. Jay Pond U.S. Congress - 5th District Contact: Pond for Congress 2501 Bryant Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-220-5050 _www.JayPond.com_ (http://www.JayPond.com) --------13 of 16-------- Protesters set up barricades in Mexico City By Kevin Diaz & David Ovalle McClatchy Newspapers MEXICO CITY - Thousands of protesters set up barricades along Mexico City's central thoroughfare Sunday night hours after the largest demonstration in Mexico's history filled the main square in support of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's election challenge. Police made no effort to intervene as the protesters set up tents and blocked traffic, apparently in response to Lopez Obrador's call for the establishment of 47 "permanent assemblies" to press his claims of fraud in the July 2 elections. Lopez Obrador lost the vote to conservative Felipe Calderon by less than 1 percent of 41 million ballots cast. Protesters at one of the barricades on the Paseo de la Reforma said they would remain there until a federal tribunal hearing Lopez Obrador's challenge orders a recount of every ballot. The street action comes amid mounting tensions in the post-election dispute and was the first sign that Lopez Obrador's supporters intended to take their protests beyond organized mass rallies. The blocking of Reforma, a giant boulevard that stretches across Mexico City's central corridor, came after a record 1.2 million gathered by midday in the Zocalo, the city's historic central square, to hear Lopez Obrador. The gathering - the third such rally since the election results were announced - was smaller than the 2 million Lopez Obrador had promised two weeks ago, when he brought together 1.1 million followers. But police said it was the largest demonstration in Mexico's history, and analysts said it was enough to lend momentum to Lopez Obrador's case, which currently is being considered by Mexico's federal election tribunal, which must declare a winner by Sept. 6. "The electoral tribunal has to rule independently, but they have to be aware of public opinion," said John Ackerman, a law professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Lopez Obrador told the crowd he wouldn't hold another mass march. Instead, he called on his supporters to organize "permanent assemblies" to hold around-the-clock vigils throughout the city until the tribunal rules. He vowed that the assemblies would be "disciplined and respectful," though he did not rule out potential civic disruptions, for which he apologized in advance. "We will be here until we have a recount of the votes that gives us a legitimate president," Lopez Obrador told the cheering crowd. While he was proposing the encampments, he said, it would be up to his followers to decide how to carry them out, a posture that seemed to distance him from any possible trouble. "We are here in peace," said Basilio Martinez, one of the tent dwellers setting up on the Paseo de la Reforma, shortly after darkness fell. "We don't have written permission from the police, of course, because they can't give it to us. But they are not intervening." Sunday's march came as lawyers for Calderon's National Action Party, or PAN, met with the tribunal's seven members to discuss the case. On Saturday, Lopez Obrador's representatives met with the justices. "Not only is the presidency at stake, but so are the rights of the people," Lopez Obrador said at the rally. "It's not a lot to ask for a new count of the votes. That would calm the country and assure stability." The massive rally and the private judicial proceedings - no one from the public was allowed to monitor the justices' meetings with the two camps - capped a week of increasing friction during the post-election dispute. Both sides have declared victory. The candidates amped up the rhetoric Wednesday - Lopez Obrador declared himself "president of Mexico," while Calderon's camp said Lopez Obrador is bordering on "messianic." The spectacle on Sunday proved every bit as colorful and noisy as two previous Lopez Obrador marches. Marchers whacked empty water jugs with sticks, a man atop a truck wore an oversized paper Lopez Obrador head, and a giant TV screen broadcast live protest shots set to throbbing electronic music. Selling coffee mugs bearing Lopez Obrador's portrait, street vendor Maria del Carmen Silvestre, 32, said he remains the best hope for the nation's poor. "Calderon won't do anything for us," she said. "With Lopez Obrador we will get work and we will survive." Lopez Obrador arrived at the packed square aboard a motorcade that had passed down the Paseo de la Reforma, where a statue of Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor, was draped with a huge banner that read "At your orders, Mr. President." People carried signs bearing the likeness of Mexico's first indigenous president of Mexico, Benito Juarez. One young woman dressed in white hung from a wooden crucifix. Her yellow sash read "Democracy." "We're a very Catholic country. It's Mexican idiosyncracy," said university professor Guadalupe Rodriguez, 48. "But it doesn't mean (Lopez Obrador) is messianic. It's a form of expression." Despite Sunday's massive turnout, a poll published Sunday showed concerns over Lopez Obrador's movement. The poll, sponsored by the Reforma newspaper, showed that 58 percent of Mexicans don't believe Lopez Obrador when he says he'll respect the decision of the electoral court. Fifty-seven percent believe his protest campaign could spark violence. Also, 59 percent said they believe he has acted "irresponsibly" since the July 2 elections, compared to 28 percent who said the same of Calderon. Ovalle reports for The Miami Herald. http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/15160108.htm [I doubt the accuracy of this "poll". Lydia Howell comments "I wonder how many more elections here in the USA will have to be stolen before Americans show the courage of the Mexican people?" I would say, quite a few. We don't like to believe our government is evil, out of control, in the hands of bloodthirsty elitists, etc. Some of us prefer to live in a pretty pink haze of denial, rather than fight. On the other hand, we here are far less advanced than people south of the border, so perhaps we can blame our inaction on ignorance and infancy. Anyway, many will line up behind Hillary, to be led like lemmings over the cliff in 2008. Otherwise they would have to face some nasty truths, and do some hard things, which they'd prefer not to. -ed] --------14 of 16-------- Bush submits new terror detainee bill By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer Fri Jul 28, 6:53 PM ET http://tinyurl.com/s5ypz [AP] U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill. A 32-page draft measure is intended to authorize the Pentagon's tribunal system, established shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks to detain and prosecute detainees captured in the war on terror. The tribunal system was thrown out last month by the Supreme Court. Administration officials, who declined to comment on the draft, said the proposal was still under discussion and no final decisions had been made. Senior officials are expected to discuss a final proposal before the Senate Armed Services Committee next Wednesday. According to the draft, the military would be allowed to detain all "enemy combatants" until hostilities cease. The bill defines enemy combatants as anyone "engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners who has committed an act that violates the law of war and this statute." Legal experts said Friday that such language is dangerously broad and could authorize the military to detain indefinitely U.S. citizens who had only tenuous ties to terror networks like al Qaeda. "That's the big question ... the definition of who can be detained," said Martin Lederman, a law professor at Georgetown University who posted a copy of the bill to a Web blog. Scott L. Silliman, a retired Air Force Judge Advocate, said the broad definition of enemy combatants is alarming because a U.S. citizen loosely suspected of terror ties would lose access to a civilian court - and all the rights that come with it. Administration officials have said they want to establish a secret court to try enemy combatants that factor in realities of the battlefield and would protect classified information. The administration's proposal, as considered at one point during discussions, would toss out several legal rights common in civilian and military courts, including barring hearsay evidence, guaranteeing "speedy trials" and granting a defendant access to evidence. The proposal also would allow defendants to be barred from their own trial and likely allow the submission of coerced testimony. Senior Republican lawmakers have said they were briefed on the general discussions and have some concerns but are awaiting a final proposal before commenting on specifics. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England are expected to discuss the proposal in an open hearing next Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Military lawyers also are scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation is the administration's response to a June 29 Supreme Court decision, which concluded the Pentagon could not prosecute military detainees using secret tribunals established soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The court ruled the tribunals were not authorized by law and violated treaty obligations under the Geneva Conventions, which established many international laws for warfare. The landmark court decision countered long-held assertions by the Bush administration that the president did not need permission from Congress to prosecute "enemy combatants" captured in the war on terror and that al Qaeda members were not subject to Geneva Convention protections because of their unconventional status. "In a time of ongoing armed conflict, it is neither practicable nor appropriate for enemy combatants like al Qaeda terrorists to be tried like American citizens in federal courts or courts-martial," the proposal states. The draft proposal contends that an existing law - passed by the Senate last year after exhaustive negotiations between the White House and Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz. - that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment should "fully satisfy" the nation's obligations under the Geneva Conventions. Sen. John W. Warner (news, bio, voting record), R-Va., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Friday he expects to take up the detainee legislation in September. ___ On the Net: A copy of the report can be found at: http://balkin.blogspot.com/ [Seig heil, mein Fuehrer -ed] --------15 of 16-------- Days of Darkness By Gideon Levy Haaretz.com http://www.truthout.org_2006/073106E.shtml Sunday 30 July 2006 In war as in war: Israel is sinking into a strident, nationalistic atmosphere and darkness is beginning to cover everything. The brakes we still had are eroding, the insensitivity and blindness that characterized Israeli society in recent years is intensifying. The home front is cut in half: the north suffers and the center is serene. But both have been taken over by tones of jingoism, ruthlessness and vengeance, and the voices of extremism that previously characterized the camp's margins are now expressing its heart. The left has once again lost its way, wrapped in silence or "admitting mistakes". Israel is exposing a unified, nationalistic face. The devastation we are sowing in Lebanon doesn't touch anyone here and most of it is not even shown to Israelis. Those who want to know what Tyre looks like now have to turn to foreign channels - the BBC reporter brings chilling images from there, the likes of which won't be seen here. How can one not be shocked by the suffering of the other, at our hands, even when our north suffers? The death we are sowing at the same time, right now in Gaza, with close to 120 dead since the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, 27 last Wednesday alone, touches us even less. The hospitals in Gaza are full of burned children, but who cares? The darkness of the war in the north covers them, too. Since we've grown accustomed to thinking collective punishment a legitimate weapon, it is no wonder no debate has sparked here over the cruel punishment of Lebanon for Hezbollah's actions. If it was okay in Nablus, why not Beirut? The only criticism being heard about this war is over tactics. Everyone is a general now and they are mostly pushing the IDF to deepen its activities. Commentators, ex-generals and politicians compete at raising the stakes with extreme proposals. Haim Ramon "doesn't understand" why there is still electricity in Baalbek; Eli Yishai proposes turning south Lebanon into a "sandbox"; Yoav Limor, a Channel 1 military correspondent, proposes an exhibition of Hezbollah corpses and the next day to conduct a parade of prisoners in their underwear, "to strengthen the home front's morale". It's not difficult to guess what we would think about an Arab TV station whose commentators would say something like that, but another few casualties or failures by the IDF, and Limor's [foreign minister limor Livnat] proposal will be implemented. Is there any better sign of how we have lost our senses and our humanity? Chauvinism and an appetite for vengeance are raising their heads. If two weeks ago only lunatics such as Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu spoke about wiping out every village where a Katyusha is fired, now a senior officer in the IDF speaks that way in Yedioth Aharonoth's main headlines. Lebanese villages may not have been wiped out yet, but we have long since wiped out our own red lines. A bereaved father, Haim Avraham, whose son was kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah in October 2000, fires an artillery shell into Lebanon for the reporters. It's vengeance for his son. His image, embracing the decorated artillery shell is one of the most disgraceful images of this war. And it's only the first. A group of young girls also have their picture taken decorating IDF shells with slogans. Maariv, which has turned into the Fox News of Israel, fills its pages with chauvinist slogans reminiscent of particularly inferior propaganda machines, such as "Israel is strong" which is indicative of weakness, actually while a TV commentator calls for the bombing of a TV station. Lebanon, which has never fought Israel and has 40 daily newspapers, 42 colleges and universities and hundreds of different banks, is being destroyed by our planes and cannons and nobody is taking into account the amount of hatred we are sowing. In international public opinion, Israel has been turned into a monster, and that still hasn't been calculated into the debit column of this war. Israel is badly stained, a moral stain that can't be easily and quickly removed. And only we don't want to see it. The people want victory, and nobody knows what that is and what its price will be. The Zionist left has also been made irrelevant. As in every difficult test in the past - the two intifadas for example, this time too the left has failed just when its voice was so necessary as a counterweight to the stridency of the beating tom-toms of war. Why have a left if at every real test it joins the national chorus? Peace Now stands silently, so does Meretz, except for brave Zehava Gal-On. A few days of a war of choice and already Yehoshua Sobol is admitting he was wrong all along. Peace Now is suddenly an "infantile slogan" for him. His colleagues are silent and their silence is no less resounding. Only the extreme left makes its voice heard, but it is a voice nobody listens to. Long before this war is decided, it can already be stated that its spiraling cost will include the moral blackout that is surrounding and covering us all, threatening our existence and image no less than Hezbollah's Katyushas. --------16 of 16-------- from richb [at] lakecast.com L'Chaim! The apple never falls far from the tree. Richard Broderick www.tcdailyplanet.net With his response to his 81-year-old father's arrest this past week on charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure, Sen. Norm Coleman once again rates a 100 percent voting record from the National Association of Smarmy Ass Coverers. In case you missed the news reports, Norm Coleman Sr. was caught having sex with a 38-year-old woman outside a pizza parlor in St. Paul. Not surprisingly, Norm Jr spent all his energy calculating what harm randy old papa might cause his son's lackluster political career. Lacking the cojones to face the press in person, Norm Jr issued a statement saying, "I love my father dearly. I do not condone his actions or behavior and I am deeply disturbed by what I have learned. He clearly has some issues that need to be dealt with, and I will encourage him to seek the necessary help." Given Norm Jr's own history of indiscriminate womanizing, whatever "issues" the old man has to deal with seem to have been passed on from one generation to the next. The apple never falls far from the tree, now does it? For his brazen two-faced hypocrisy, I hereby sentence our whited-sepulcher of a Senator to chair a public hearing every day for a year in which the sole witness is British MP George Galloway. Articles about the arrest also cited Norm Jr's previous practice of pimping his father, a veteran of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, during election bids, most shamelessly during his campaign against Paul Wellstone in 2002. On such occasions, Junior would refer to his old man as "my personal hero." Well, Normie, he's my personal hero now, too. An 81-year-old man getting it on with a woman less than half his age? In public? In a car? L'Chaim! Maybe I'm so hard on Junior because I came to know - and despise him - so well in college. Well, not him personally, but certainly his type. The callow, self-aggrandizing SDS agitator with his fantasies of a revolution that would end up putting someone, well, just like himself in charge, his exploitative manipulation of others to go off and get their heads cracked in confrontations with the police and National Guard - confrontations invariably deemed too dangerous to dare risk exposing the "brains" behind the unrest to, his chauvinistic treatment of "chicks"; the Women's Liberation Movement, it should be recalled, was less a response to the repressive Fifties than to the fury of young women in the Anti-War Movement triggered by their male counterparts - patronizing young patriarchal bastards like Norm Coleman Jr. And while we're on the topic, how much you want to bet that in his long-hair SDS days, Normie didn't refer to his father as "my personal hero?" "Fascist pig," maybe. "Tool of the Military-Industrial Complex," perhaps. Certainly not "personal hero." Yup, Norm Jr's whole life has been of a seamy piece, his lickspittle support of Bush's creative destruction in the Mideast, his enlistment in the neocon's Chicken Hawk War, a natural extension of his previous incarnations, each bearing telltale traces of the slime trail he leaves in his wake. How could you go from being an SDS-er to a neocon Republican? he was once asked. Easy, he replied. Back then I wanted to change the world. I still do. Translation? Once a sociopath, always a sociopath. I'll say this: whatever his old man did, it was a consensual act between two adults that harmed no one. Norm Sr got caught screwing a woman. Norm Jr has spent his whole life screwing the rest of us. [And I for one am not enjoying it. -ed] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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