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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.03.06 1. TortureBill/KFAI 10.03 11am 2. Race/justice/labor 10.03 12noon 3. Social forum/SPNN 10.03 5pm 4. Computer workshops 10.03 5pm 5. Protest Dobson 10.03 5:30pm 6. LaVie/loving arts 10.03 6pm 7. Salon runs amok 10.03 6:30pm 8. Anoka Greens 10.03 6:30pm 9. Coreopsis poetry 10.03 7pm 10. Gumbleton/justice 10.03 7pm 11. Nutraceuticals 10.04 11:30am 12. Grannys/bioneers 10.04 12:45pm 13. Color/wealth 10.04 2pm 14. Woman/color/lead 10.04 3pm 15. All GP campaigns 10.04 6pm 16. Global inequality 10.04 6:30pm 17. LatAm socialism 10.04 7pm 18. Immigrants 10.04 7pm 19. Press/security 10.04 7pm 20. Health care 10.04 7pm 21. Chris Floyd - Fatal vision: the deeper evil behind the Detainee Bill 22. Joe Allen - The antiwar struggle, UFPJ and the Democrats 23. ed - Lemming season (poem) --------1 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: TortureBill/KFAI 10.03 11am Tues Oct 3: Torture Bill KFAI/Catalyst September 28, 2006 should go down as a day that will live in infamy: that's when the U.S. Congress passed the Military Commission Act of 2006, which legalzies torture, suspends habeas corpus (the 1215 Magna Carta law that requires anyone held by the State to ahve access to a court) and expands presidential power without restraint. Hear longtime civil liberties attorney JORDAN KUSCHNER, a member of the National Lawyers Guild, explain this bill and what it means. Corporate media HAS BEEN ALMOST ENTIRELY SILENT ABOUT THIS BILL. (You can also hear one of the dissenting Democrats, Sen Patrick Leahy on DEMOCRACY NOW, the Friday Sept. 29th edition, at http://www.democracynow.org) It is crucial that this assault on the Constitution, internaltional human rights law and the Geneva Convention be opposed. "Catalyst" is procuded and hosted by Lydia Howell. You can read her ocmmentary about the bill "American Civil Liberties:R.I.P." on her new blog: http://blog.myspace.com/lydia Howell Catalyst, Tues. 11am, KFAI Radio 90.1fm Mpls 106.7fm St. Paul All shows archived for 2 weeks after broadcast at http://www.kfai.org --------2 of 23-------- Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 15:23:12 -0500 Subject: Race/justice/labor 10.03 12noon Racial Justice and Labor Roundtable for Organizers Tuesday, October 3, noon to 1:30 Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, 2525 Franklin Avenue East, Suite 200, Minneapolis Organized labor wants to ensure dignity in the workplace, living wage jobs, benefits including health insurance, and safe workplaces. These demands are crucial to securing a decent livelihood for low-income workers, many of which are people of color. Racial justice organizers want to see access to good jobs, a voice for people of color, and equity in labor practices. How have the two worked together? How have they diverged? What can we learn from the struggles for racial justice and union jobs? Please join us for a discussion with Julia Grantham of SEIU Local 26, Bernie Hesse of UFCW Local 789, Bill Kendle of IBEW Local 110, and other invited labor and racial justice activists. RSVP by Monday, September 25 to Unny Nambudiripad at unny [at] metrostability.org or 612-332-4471. See http://www.metrostability.org/news/article.php?id=45 for more information. --------3 of 23-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Social forum/SPNN 10.03 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" airs at 5 pm and midnight each Tuesday and 10 am each Wednesday on SPNN Channel 15. 10/3 and 10/4 "Highlights from the 2006 Midwest Social Forum (MWSF)" Poetry, reflections on organizing the MWSF, a half hour presentation by Scott Parkin of the Rainforest Action Network on breaking our addiction to fossil fuel, and, two songs by folk musician David Rovics. "Our World In Depth" features analysis of public affairs with consideration of and participation from Twin Cities area activists. The show is (mostly) local and not corporately influenced! For information about future programing of "Our World In Depth", please send an e-mail to eric-angell [at] riseup.net. --------4 of 23-------- From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Computer workshops 10.03 5pm [SPIF] E-Democracy Workshops & Voter Voices Final reminder about the FREE SPED workshops at the Rondo library tomorrow afternoon. * 5:00 - 6:00 PM = VOTER VOICES, how to upload video, audio, and photos to the internet. - How to upload to YouTube - How to upload to Flickr Designed to help you participate in the 2006 E-Democracy.Org Voter Voices project. http://www.e-democracy.org/voices/ * 6:30 - 8:30 PM = How to start your own BLOG * 3:00 - 5:30 PM = Podcasting day, help us make a PODCAST * 6:30 - 8:30 PM = Podcasting day, help us make a PODCAST WHERE: Rondo Community Outreach Library 461 N. Dale Street (Dale and University) 651-266-7400 COST : Its all FREE! Special thanks to the volunteers who are already signed-up to help tomorrow. Michelle Fure, Kevin Marshall, Sara Reller, Tim Erickson, Steve Clift, & Marc Trimble --------5 of 23-------- From: David Strand <mncivil [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Protest Dobson 10.03 5:30pm Protest the Anti-GLBT, anti-women and anti-family gathering Tuesday, October 3rd 5:30-6:30pm Outside of Excel Energy Center 199 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55102 Directions Major highways (Interstate 94 and 35E) run through downtown Saint Paul, making it easily accessible from all parts of the state. The Xcel Energy Center is located on the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and West Seventh Street. Who is James Dobson? James Dobson is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, an anti-GLBT organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs. Dobson is heard on more than 3,000 Christian conservative radio facilities in North America, where he urged millions of his followers to support anti-gay candidates in recent elections. Besides mobilizing his members to vote for the Christian right, Dobson spreads the following lies about the GLBT community: - Legalizing gay marriage could lead to marriage to donkeys - Gay marriage is connected to the war on terror - Stem Cell research is comparable to Nazi Experiments [All the cute donkeys are already taken. -ed] --------6 of 23-------- From: Candy Hadsall <candhad55 [at] tcinternet.net> Subject: LaVie's loving arts 10.03 6pm Ms. LaVie¹s School of Loving Arts offers courses, special events, and weekend retreats for adults on topics pertaining to sexuality, love and relationships starting in October. Ms. LaVie¹s School of Loving Arts will offer a sex-positive learning environment for individuals interested in exploring ways to become more loving with themselves and the significant people in their lives. Like-minded people will be able to come together for discussion in an environment that is positive, joyful, non-shaming, healing and informational. The first Introductory Course, "Getting To Know Your Sexual Self", begins Monday, October 3 at 6pm. Classes are held in a lovely home in South Minneapolis. For more information on the courses offered by Ms. LaVie¹s School of Loving Arts, fees, location and how to sign up, please call 612-825-0886 and leave your contact information. --------7 of 23-------- From: Patty Guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon runs amok 10.03 6:30pm Tuesday, October 3, the salon will be Open Discussion. As I am listening to CSPAN right now and the debate on torture, for God's sake, Torture!! , It seems like we will have lots to talk about and do. The next week, October 10, our guest will be John Kolstad (Papa John). His topic will be Single Payer Health Insurance. He will also tell us about his race for Minnesota Attorney General. Also, will give us a glimpse of what is happening with Small Businesses. Please come, thanks, patty Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): 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. --------8 of 23-------- From: Ken Pentel <kenpentel [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Anoka Greens 10.03 6:30pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD- Anoka Co. Greens Meeting ant the Anoka County Blaine Library. 6:30pm. Joining Leroy Schaffer Candidate for St. Francis City Council. Across from Northtown Mall --------9 of 23-------- From: Coreopsis Poetry Collective <coreopsispoetry [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Coreopsis poetry 10.03 7pm Erin: 612-501-9427 Coreopsis Poetry Collective (coreopsispoetry [at] yahoo.com) Presents an evening of poetry Tuesday, October 3, 2006 7:00 p.m. Featuring: Lorena Duarte Bradley Liening Anna Meek Short question and answer period to follow donations graciously welcomed at Black Dog Café 308 Prince Street lower town St. Paul *Coreopsis Poetry Collective* We exist to cultivate a community of diverse local artists and poets which integrates all art forms centered around poetry. --------10 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Gumbleton/justice 10.03 7pm Tuesday, 10/3, 7 pm, peace and justice advocate Bishop Gumbleton talks on "Is There Room for Me in this Church?" Basilica of St Mary, Mpls. --------11 of 23-------- From: lawvalue <lawvalue [at] umn.edu> Subject: Nutraceuticals 10.04 11:30am The Lecture Series on Law, Health, & the Life Sciences will present Mark Blumenthal, PhD (American Botanical Council) on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Dr. Blumenthal will lecture on "Nutraceuticals: Dietary Supplements, Botanical Drugs, and Natural Products-Science, Safety, and Efficacy." Continuing education credit is offered (see below). The series is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, & the Life Sciences and Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, & the Life Sciences Dr. Blumenthal will assert that the U.S.'s herbal dietary supplements market reveals a direct correlation between the level of clinical testing for an herb category and its market success. A significant amount of clinical research on a specific herb (e.g., garlic, ginkgo, ginseng) usually pertains to one or two leading proprietary products, even though some competing manufacturers may "borrow" the results of these clinical trials to substantiate claims made for untested competitive or generic products. To assist health professionals in identifying potentially reliable herbal preparations, Dr. Blumenthal will showcase specific brands of herb products that have been shown safe and effective in published clinical trials to acknowledge that the vast majority of published clinical literature frequently pertains to one or a few clinically-tested products or materials. Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC); an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. He is the Editor/Publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal, the contents of which reflect the educational goals of ABC. For six years he was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching a course entitled "Herbs and Phytomedicines in Today's Pharmacy". Mr. Blumenthal is also the senior editor of the English translation of The Complete German Commission E Monographs - Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines (1998), a rational system developed by German regulatory authorities for evaluating the safety and efficacy of herbal medicines. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required if you wish to receive continuing education credits (CLE, CME, or CNE). RSVP to lawvalue [at] umn.edu or 612-625-0055. Coffman Union parking is available in the East River Road Garage on Delaware Street behind Coffman Union. Maps may be found at http://onestop.umn.edu/Maps/index.html. This lecture is intended for students, faculty, researchers, scientists, policymakers, patients, health care professionals and organizations, and interested members of the community. Following this lecture, participants should be able to: * Discuss the difference between a food and a drug and identify categories under which certain dietary supplements, botanical drugs, and natural products fall. * Understand the role of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in regulating dietary supplements, botanical drugs, and natural products. Applications for CME and CNE credits have been filed with the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education. Determination of credit is pending. Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys will be requested (1 hour). This lecture is the first lecture in the 2006-07 Lecture Series. This year's Lecture Series focuses on nutrigenomics, nutraceuticals, and direct-to-consumer marketing of genomic nutritional profiling. For more information on upcoming events, visit http://www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/conferences/. --------12 of 23-------- From: barbara Vaile <barbara [at] organicconsumers.org> From: caquilt51 [at] aol.com [mailto:caquilt51 [at] aol.com] Subject: Grannys/bioneers 10.04 12:45pm Grandmothers for PEACE Wednesday, October 4. 2006 Edina Community Library Grandview Square 12:45 pm Are You A "Bioneer?" Their Mission: To inspire individuals to utilize natural systems in developing and resoring our communities. We will view presentations highlighting solutions to our problems that we accrue when we work with the energy of nature's systems - not fossil fuel. For a jolt of transformative possibilities that will profoundly affect our lives and those of our grandchildren, come see! You might just leave a Bioneer! --------13 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Color/wealth 10.04 2pm Wed.Oct. 4: Color of Wealth @ U of M, East Bank As the 'wealth gap" widens, elites escalate the ancient tried and true 'divide and conquer' techinques: anti-immigrant sentiment(primarily against Mexicans), demonizing the poor and resurgent racism, especially against African-Americans. A new book "The Color of Wealth" is provides crucial clarity on the historical and current realities of race and class in America. You can hear co-author,U of M African-American Studies Professor Rose Brewer, a brilliant analyst and searing speaker. FREE Wed. Oct. 4, 2pm, U of M Bookstore, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Eaast Bank campus U of M, Minneapolis (Lydia Howell) --------14 of 23-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Woman/color/leader 10.04 3pm October 4 - What Does It Mean To Be A Woman of Color Leader?. 3-6pm. Cost: Registration required: $40 Regular Rate, $10 Student Rate. Join us as we bring together a panel of experts to talk about what it means today to be a woman of color leader. Hear strategies and life lessons from women leading the way in corporate, education, government, and small business settings. In small groups following the panel, the discussion continues on the process of integrating one's individual, cultural, organizational, or leadership self. Where is your power? What are the possibilities? This is a great opportunity to meet women from other organizations and learn how they are defining their leadership role as they evolve into the complete person they were intended to be. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Women's Council and College of St. Catherine Leadership Institute. PANELISTS Rosa Miller, MBA, Vice President, Latin America, 3M Company Rosa was born in Peru and her career spans 34 years at 3M . Rosa has had increasing roles from her start as an Advanced Engineer in R&D, to International Director of Latin America, Africa and Canada in the Health Care area, Managing Director of 3M Philippines, Division Vice Presidents of Surface Conditioning and Abrasives Systems Divisions to her current role as Vice President of Latin America. Rosa's affiliations include Society of Hispanic Engineers, to Board of Director positions for the Childrens Home Society, Minnesota Independent School forum and HealthEast foundation. Miriam Vaughn-Lee, M.S., Director, Diversity and Workforce Strategies for the City of Minneapolis. Miriam is a compelling veteran trainer and founder of Vaughn-Lee and Associates Consulting. Her human resource background includes management development, employee relations, career planning and employee selection. She has taught at the secondary and post secondary level, and is currently teaching as the University of Minnesota. She is a member of several professional development organizations. Kazoua Kong-Thao, Vice Chair, St. Paul Board of Education. Kazoua is a firm believer in personal power and in using that power to enhance yourself and influence others. As a former refugee child, speaking no english and living in the "projects," she has come a long way. Today she is a community leader, motivational speaker, trainer, consultant and life coach. She has dedicated her life to making a difference in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, civil rights and other diversity issues. FACILITATOR Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, President, J. Cameron and Associates. Dr. Verna Cornelia Price is an innovative person known for creating programs and processes that increase organizational effectiveness and individual performance. Dr. Price is a consultant, professional trainer, motivational speaker, coach and author of "The Power of People - Four Kinds of People Who Can Change Your Life." At the University of Minnesota, where is is currently adjunct faculty, her leadership resulted in the creation of the First-Year experience and Undergraduate minor in Leadership programs. To register by phone please call Jennifer Foth at 651-690-6819. Location: Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Hall (Ballroom), Coeur de Catherine, College of Saint Catherine, St. Paul Campus --------15 of 23-------- From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: All GP campaigns 10.04 6pm Hi MN Greens! Wednesday, October 4, we will be meeting to do some lit dropping in the Hamline Midway area for all GP campaigns! Meet Kristen and Mahi at Ginkgo Coffee (NW corner of Snelling and Minnehaha) at 6:00 pm. We'll have some coffee and meet new volunteers and then head out to distribute candidate lit and Sample ballots. First time and seasoned lit droppers are very much encouraged and welcome to join us. As election day draws nearer, we have to work together to bring the Green Party campaigns to the people of Minnesota. Democracy begins when YOU arrive. If you have any sidewalk chalk -- bring it along! See you Wednesday! Kristen Olson CCC associate 651-210-0789 --------16 of 23-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Global inequality 10.04 6:30pm October 4 - P Sainath: Nero's Guests: Globalization and the Age of Inequality. 6:30pm Indian journalist P. Sainath gives free talk on "Nero's Guests: Globalization and the Age of Inequality." FFI: http://aidmn.org/sainath Location: 425, blegen Hall, U of M West Bank, 269 - 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 --------17 of 23-------- From: Jess Sundin <jess [at] antiwarcommittee.org> Subject: LatAm revolt/socialism 10.04 7pm Revolution & Socialism in Latin America Wednesday, 10/4 @ 7pm @ May Day Bookstore, 301 Cedar Ave – 1 block west of the Carlson School of Mgmt, on the West Bank of the U of M, Mpls Every week in the news the topics of revolution & socialism are raised in discussion of the Caribbean, Central & South America. Come hear from Meredith Aby, Jessica Sundin, & Erika Zurawski, who have recently returned from meeting with revolutionaries in Colombia, Ecuador, & Venezuela, on the prospects for revolutionary socialism in Latin America. www.frso.org --------18 of 23-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Immigrants among us 10.04 7pm October 4 - Barbara Frey: Crossing Borders: Immigrants Among Us. 7pm University of Minnesota Professor Barbara Frey speaks on "Crossing Borders: Immigrants Among Us". FFI: 612-339-3023 or office [at] cabrinimn.org Location: St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis --------19 of 23-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Press/security 10.04 7pm October 4 - 21st Annual Silha Lecture: The Freedom of the Press v. The National Security. 7pm. Cost: Free and Open to the Public. Geoffrey Stone has been a member of the University of Chicago law faculty since 1973. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Stone served as dean of the University of Chicago Law School, and from 1993 to 2002 he served as Provost of the University of Chicago. Mr. Stone received his undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1971 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Mr. Stone served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Stone was admitted to the New York Bar in 1972 . Mr. Stone teaches primarily in the areas of constitutional law and evidence, and writes principally in the field of constitutional law. His most recent book, Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for 2005, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 2004 as the Best Book in History, and was a Finalist for the American Bar Association's 2005 Silver Gavel Award. It was also hailed as among the most notable books of 2004 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Stone is currently chief editor of a fifteen-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which will be published by the Oxford University Press between 2006 and 2010. He is working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution. His past works include Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era (2001), The Bill of Rights in the Modern State (1992) (with Mr. Epstein and Mr. Sunstein), Constitutional Law (5th ed. 2005) (with Mr. Sunstein), and The First Amendment (2d ed. 2003) (with Mr. Sunstein). Mr. Stone also serves as an editor of the Supreme Court Review (with Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Strauss). Among his many public activities, Mr. Stone is a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, Vice-President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of the Renaissance Society, and Chair of the Board of the Chicago Children's Choir. In the past, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the Board of Advisers of the National Association of Public Interest Law, a member of the Advisory Board of the Legal Aid Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Chicago Hospitals, a member of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. This year's lecture will be followed by reception and book signing. Copies of "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism" will be available for purchase. Silha Center activities are made possible by a generous endowment from the late Otto Silha and his wife, Helen. FFI: The Silha Center, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication: 612-625-3421 OR www.silha.umn.edu Location: Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 --------20 of 23------- From: joel michael albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: Health care 10.04 7pm Dear Health Care Activists, Next MN UHCAN meeting Wednesday, Oct 4, 7PM-9PM Walker Church Lower Level Lounge, 3104 16th ave s. (near lake street and bloomington ave in Mpls) Items: 1. Welcome new people, intros, background 2. Reportbacks: . - Thanks to MN UHCAN Participants in The Headwaters Walk for Justice on Sept 17th: Carol, Stephanie,Kristine, - Progress on our our new film, Everybody In, Nobody Out (Greg, Neil, Sanat, Joel) - Walker Church's support of MN UHCAN - Single-Payer t-shirts still available to buy or sell, $10.( 82 of 100 sold) 3. Upcoming Forum Saturday, Oct 7, 1-3PM, How Corporations Kill Real HC Reform and Buy-Off Candidates. See flyer below. Pls attend, distribute flyer, get the word out. 4. Upcoming Forum Monday Oct 9, 7-9 PM in Prior Lake Library, Public Policy and Politics of Health Care Reform; Are the Candidates Accountable? organized by Art Yeske, and how he has formed a model for others intested in bringing one together in their community. 5. Forming our own HC Coop Pool: for uninsured,self-employed, small businesses, artists etc. Buying equipment to do health screenings for the pool and communities. 6. Solving Medicare Part D Disaster: Big issue for upcoming, Nov election. 7. other items, ideas ? Come on down, bring a friend. Hope to see you there. 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 --------21 of 23-------- Fatal Vision: The Deeper Evil Behind the Detainee Bill By Chris Floyd, TO UK Correspondent t r u t h o u t | Perspective Monday 02 October 2006 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100206A.shtml There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country - if the people lose their confidence in themselves - and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. - Walt Whitman 1. It was a dark hour indeed on Thursday when the United States Senate voted to end the constitutional republic and transform the country into a "Leader-State," giving the president and his agents the power to capture, torture and imprison forever anyone - American citizens included - whom they arbitrarily decide is an "enemy combatant." This also includes those who merely give "terrorism" some kind of "support," defined so vaguely that many experts say it could encompass legal advice, innocent gifts to charities or even political opposition to US government policy within its draconian strictures. All of this is bad enough - a sickening and cowardly surrender of liberty not seen in a major Western democracy since the Enabling Act passed by the German Reichstag in March 1933. But it is by no means the full extent of our degradation. In reality, the darkness is deeper, and more foul, than most people imagine. For in addition to the dictatorial powers of seizure and torment given by Congress on Thursday to George W. Bush - powers he had already seized and exercised for five years anyway, even without this fig leaf of sham legality - there is a far more sinister imperial right that Bush has claimed - and used - openly, without any demur or debate from Congress at all: ordering the "extrajudicial killing" of anyone on earth that he and his deputies decide - arbitrarily, without charges, court hearing, formal evidence, or appeal - is an "enemy combatant." That's right; from the earliest days of the Terror War - September 17, 2001, to be exact - Bush has claimed the peremptory power of life and death over the entire world. If he says you're an enemy of America, you are. If he wants to imprison you and torture you, he can. And if he decides you should die, he'll kill you. This is not hyperbole, liberal paranoia, or "conspiracy theory": it's simply a fact, reported by the mainstream media, attested by senior administration figures, recorded in official government documents - and boasted about by the president himself, in front of Congress and a national television audience. And although the Republic snuffing act just passed by Congress does not directly address Bush's royal prerogative of murder, it nonetheless strengthens it and enshrines it in law. For the measure sets forth clearly that the designation of an "enemy combatant" is left solely to the executive branch; neither Congress nor the courts have any say in the matter. When this new law is coupled with the existing "Executive Orders" authorizing "lethal force" against arbitrarily designated "enemy combatants," it becomes, quite literally, a license to kill - with the seal of Congressional approval. How arbitrary is this process by which all our lives and liberties are now governed? Dave Niewert at Orcinus has unearthed a remarkable admission of its totally capricious nature. In an December 2002 story in the Washington Post, then-Solicitor General Ted Olson described the anarchy at the heart of the process with admirable frankness: "[There is no] requirement that the executive branch spell out its criteria for determining who qualifies as an enemy combatant," Olson argues. "'There won't be 10 rules that trigger this or 10 rules that end this,' Olson said in the interview. 'There will be judgments and instincts and evaluations and implementations that have to be made by the executive that are probably going to be different from day to day, depending on the circumstances.'" In other words, what is safe to do or say today might imperil your freedom or your life tomorrow. You can never know if you are on the right side of the law, because the "law" is merely the whim of the Leader and his minions: their "instincts" determine your guilt or innocence, and these flutterings in the gut can change from day to day. This radical uncertainty is the very essence of despotism - and it is now, formally and officially, the guiding principle of the United States government. And underlying this edifice of tyranny is the prerogative of presidential murder. Perhaps the enormity of this monstrous perversion of law and morality has kept it from being fully comprehended. It sounds unbelievable to most people: a president ordering hits like a Mafia don? But that is our reality, and has been for five years. To overcome what seems to be a widespread cognitive dissonance over this concept, we need only examine the record - a record, by the way, taken entirely from publicly available sources in the mass media. There's nothing secret or contentious about it, nothing that any ordinary citizen could not know - if they choose to know it. 2. Six days after the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush signed a "presidential finding" authorizing the CIA to kill those individuals whom he had marked for death as terrorists. This in itself was not an entirely radical innovation; Bill Clinton's White House legal team had drawn up memos asserting the president's right to issue "an order to kill an individual enemy of the United States in self-defense," despite the legal prohibitions against assassination, the Washington Post reported in October 2001. The Clinton team based this ruling on the "inherent powers" of the "Commander in Chief" - that mythical, ever-elastic construct that Bush has evoked over and over to defend his own unconstitutional usurpations. The practice of "targeted killing" was apparently never used by Clinton, however; despite the pro-assassination memos, Clinton followed the traditional presidential practice of bombing the hell out of a bunch of civilians whenever he wanted to lash out at some recalcitrant leader or international outlaw - as in his bombing of the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory in 1998, or the two massive strikes he launched against Iraq in 1993 and 1998, or indeed the death and ruin that was deliberately inflicted on civilian infrastructure in Serbia during that nation's collective punishment for the crimes of Slobodan Milosevic. Here, Clinton was following the example set by George H.W. Bush, who killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Panamanian civilians in his illegal arrest of Manuel Noriega in 1988, and Ronald Reagan, who killed Moamar Gadafy's adopted 2-year-old daughter and 100 other civilians in a punitive strike on Libya in 1986. Junior Bush, of course, was about to outdo all those blunderbuss strokes with his massive air attacks on Afghanistan, which killed thousands of civilians, and the later orgy of death and destruction in Iraq. But he also wanted the power to kill individuals at will. At first, the assassination program was restricted to direct orders from the president aimed at specific targets, as suggested by the Clinton memos. But soon the arbitrary power of life and death was delegated to agents in the field, after Bush signed orders allowing CIA assassins to kill targets without seeking presidential approval for each attack, the Washington Post reported in December 2002. Nor was it necessary any longer for the president to approve each new name added to the target list; the "security organs" could designate "enemy combatants" and kill them as they saw fit. However, Bush was always keen to get the details about the agency's wetwork, administration officials assured the Post. The first officially confirmed use of this power was the killing of an American citizen, along with several foreign nationals, by a CIA drone missile in Yemen on November 3, 2002. A similar strike occurred on December 4, 2005, when a CIA missile destroyed a house and purportedly killed Abu Hamza Rabia, a suspected al-Qaeda figure. But the only bodies found at the site were those of two children, the houseowner's son and nephew, Reuters reports. The grieving father denied any connection to terrorism. An earlier CIA strike on another house missed Rabia but killed his wife and children, Pakistani officials reported. However, there is simply no way of knowing at this point how many people have been killed by American agents operating outside all judicial process. Most of the assassinations are carried out in secret: quietly, professionally. As a Pentagon document uncovered by the New Yorker in December 2002 revealed, the death squads must be "small and agile," and "able to operate clandestinely, using a full range of official and non-official cover arrangements to ... enter countries surreptitiously." What's more, there are strong indications that the Bush administration has outsourced some of the contracts to outside operators. In the original Post story about the assassinations - in those first heady weeks after 9/11, when administration officials were much more open about "going to the dark side," as Cheney boasted on national television - Bush insiders told the paper that "it is also possible that the instrument of targeted killings will be foreign agents, the CIA's term for nonemployees who act on its behalf. Here we find a deadly echo of the "rendition" program that has sent so many captives to torture pits in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere - including many whose innocence has been officially established, such as the Canadian businessman Maher Arar, German national Khalid El-Masri, UK native Mozzam Begg and many others. They had been subjected to imprisonment and torture despite their innocence, because of intelligence "mistakes." How many have fallen victim to Bush's hit squads on similar shaky grounds? So here we are. Congress has just entrenched the principle of Bush's "unitary executive" dictatorship into law; and it is this principle that undergirds the assassination program. As I wrote in December, it's hard to believe that any genuine democracy would accept a claim by its leader that he could have anyone killed simply by labeling them an "enemy." It's hard to believe that any adult with even the slightest knowledge of history or human nature could countenance such unlimited, arbitrary power, knowing the evil it is bound to produce. Yet this is exactly what the great and good in America have done. But this should come as no surprise. They have known about it all along, and have not only countenanced Bush's death squad, but even celebrated it. I'll end with one more passage from that December article, which sadly is even more apt for our degraded reality today. It was a depiction of the one of the most revolting scenes in recent American history: Bush's state of the Union address in January 2003, delivered live to the nation during the final warmongering frenzy before the rape of Iraq: Trumpeting his successes in the Terror War, Bush claimed that "more than 3,000 suspected terrorists" had been arrested worldwide - "and many others have met a different fate." His face then took on the characteristic leer, the strange, sickly half-smile it acquires whenever he speaks of killing people: "Let's put it this way. They are no longer a problem." In other words, the suspects - and even Bush acknowledged they were only suspects - had been murdered. Lynched. Killed by agents operating unsupervised in that shadow world where intelligence, terrorism, politics, finance and organized crime meld together in one amorphous, impenetrable mass. Killed on the word of a dubious informer, perhaps: a tortured captive willing to say anything to end his torment, a business rival, a personal foe, a bureaucrat looking to impress his superiors, a paid snitch in need of cash, a zealous crank pursuing ethnic, tribal or religious hatreds - or any other purveyor of the garbage data that is coin of the realm in the shadow world. Bush proudly held up this hideous system as an example of what he called "the meaning of American justice." And the assembled legislators ... applauded. Oh, how they applauded! They roared with glee at the leering little man's bloodthirsty, B-movie machismo. They shared his sneering contempt for law - our only shield, however imperfect, against the blind, brute, ignorant, ape-like force of raw power. Not a single voice among them was raised in protest against this tyrannical machtpolitik: not that night, not the next day, not ever. And now, in September 2006, we know they will never raise that protest. Oh, a few Democrats stood up at the last minute on Thursday to posture nobly about the dangers of the detainee bill - but only when they knew the it was certain to pass, when they had already given up their one weapon against it, the filibuster, in exchange for permission from their Republican masters to offer amendments that they also knew would fail. Had they been offering such speeches since October 2001, when the lineaments of Bush's presidential tyranny were already clear - or at any other point during the systematic dismantling of America's liberties over the past five years - these fine words might have had some effect. Now the killing will go on. The tyranny that has entered upon the country will grow stronger, more brazen; the darkness will deepen. Whitman, thou should'st be living at this hour; America has need of thee. Chris Floyd is an American journalist. His work has appeared in print and online in venues all over the world, including The Nation, Counterpunch, Columbia Journalism Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Il Manifesto, the Moscow Times and many others. He is the author of Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, and is co-founder and editor of the "Empire Burlesque" political blog. He can be reached at cfloyd72 [at] gmail.com. [Of what use or value is the national Democratic Party if it always goes along with/surrenders to the Republican Party/dictator wannabe Bush/the quasi-fascist ruling class? It makes us feel good to think there is a defender there; it takes us off the hook; we don't have to do anything. But there is no defender there, and if we do nothing we're in for hell on earth. We have to defend ourselves; no one else will do it for us; certainly not the national Dems. In what way are they a lesser evil? -ed] --------22 of 23-------- The Antiwar Struggle, UFPJ and the Democrats Where Are the Mass Protests? By JOE ALLEN CounterPunch September 27, 2006 By every conceivable measure, the antiwar movement in the United States should be a vibrant, mass movement. Forty percent or less of the U.S. population gives the Bush administration a favorable job rating; other polls show that two-thirds of Americans think the Iraq war was a "mistake"; and, most importantly, 80 percent of Iraqis want the U.S.-British occupation of their country to end. The increasing number of U.S. war dead and the inadequate treatment of injured and disabled veterans has infuriated many people in the U.S., while the exposure of torture and war crimes by U.S. military personnel has wiped away any "moral superiority" the U.S. claimed over its former client Saddam Hussein. When one adds this list to the mounting social cost of paying for the war with increasing cuts in social welfare programs, one has to ask: why is our antiwar movement so passive? The reasons for this are many. The Democrats - the so-called "opposition" party in the U.S. - have provided crucial support for the war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. There's also the hold of liberalism - which from the time of FDR through Clinton has always supported an aggressive U.S. foreign policy - on the U.S. left. The low level of class struggle, despite the huge inequalities of U.S. society and workers' growing alienation from the political establishment, is another factor. Another crucial reason for the weakness of the antiwar movement is the political course chosen by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the largest and most visible antiwar coalition in the U.S. UFPJ's main claim to leadership was the role it played in organizing the U.S. end of the worldwide antiwar protests on February 15-16, 2003, a month before the invasion took place. Yet in the three-and-a-half years since, UFPJ has organized only a very small number of national mobilizations. And even these have not always been unambiguously antiwar demonstrations. For example, the clear target of UFPJ's protest outside the Republican National Convention in August 2004 was George Bush, not the war on Iraq, which has taken place with bipartisan support. This past spring, meanwhile, some coalition leaders explicitly described the New York City demonstration on April 29 - which UFPJ cosponsored with a wide array of liberal groups - as part of a broader mobilization behind the Democrats in the 2006 election. UFPJ's response to the major crisis points for U.S. policy since the invasion - the leveling of Falluja, the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, the threats to attack Iran, the recent Israeli-U.S. assault against Lebanon - has been feeble in terms of protest, while its emphasis on building support for the so-called antiwar Democrats in Congress has grown more distinct. * * * ONE FACTOR in this strategic orientation is the influence of the Communist Party (CP) USA, which plays an important part in shaping the direction of UFPJ. One of UFPJ's co-chairs and most active leaders is Judith LeBlanc, who is publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party. For the past 70 years, with few exceptions, the CP has argued that it is essential for progressive movements hoping to win social change in the U.S. to support the Democratic Party against the Republicans. Recently, Sam Webb, the national chair of the CP, put forward the party's views on antiwar activism and the 2006 election in an article titled "Ending the occupation, the 2006 elections and tactics," published in the CP's newspaper, People's Weekly World. Webb devotes most of article to attacking "some on the left" who "are against any kind of strategy that isn't immediate'" - an argument apparently directed at organizations such as the International Socialist Organization, the publishers of Socialist Worker, and other voices of the antiwar far left, such as the CounterPunch Web site. This is not the first time that Sam Webb has put pen to paper to criticize other left organizations. In the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, Webb declared, "The responsibility of left and progressive people is not to spend their time bellyaching over [John] Kerry's shortcomings." Webb seems to be referring to those who argued that it was disastrous for antiwar activists to support John Kerry, the Democratic Party's pro-war candidate for president. Like Bush, Kerry argued for "pre-emptive" war - "Every nation has a right to act pre-emptively if it faces an imminent and grave danger," he said. Kerry voted for a war resolution pushed by the White House in October 2002, then later attempted to claim that he didn't vote to give Bush the authority to wage a unilateral war - even though the resolution he voted "yes" on was called the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq." During the campaign, Kerry called for 25,000 more U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq. He voted for every funding bill for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and is an ardent supporter of Israel. He could by no stretch of the imagination be called an antiwar candidate. But Webb and the Communist Party's support for Kerry in 2004 went beyond the traditional "lesser evil" reasoning of the U.S. left - and the millions of working-class Americans who see little difference between the Democrats and Republicans, but hold their noses and vote for the candidate they think will be "least harmful." Webb demanded that the left present Kerry as a "positive choice" - as he put it, "to convince millions that there is a choice," because the "biggest danger in this election isthat a substantial section of voters still believe that it doesn't make much of a difference who they vote for on November 2." Far from being a "positive choice," Kerry's campaign was so right wing and inept that Bush - who four years before had to steal the vote in Florida to take the White House - won easily with a 3 million vote margin. The Democrats - who, before and since the 2004 election, ducked every opportunity to challenge the Bush administration's policies - got the unswerving support of a large section of the left, including the Communist party, to the detriment of the struggle against the Bush agenda. * * * NOW, TWO years later, with Bush's policies sinking still lower in public support - when the anti-war movement should be pressing both parties for immediate withdrawal from Iraq - Webb is arguing against it. Instead, he proposes that antiwar activists should support what he calls an "anti-occupation bloc" in Congress and the various proposals put forward by its members for "redeployment" of U.S. troops or setting a deadline for their withdrawal from Iraq. This "anti-occupation" bloc is an interesting group of people. When the Republicans called the Democrats' bluff and put forward a resolution last spring calling for immediate withdrawal, only three House Democrats voted for it. The rest voted against it - including Rep. John Murtha, whose "redeployment' plan has been supported by UFPJ, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), an "antiwar" candidate in the 2004 Democrat primaries, who said the Republican resolution was "a trick." While Webb concedes that the demand for "immediate withdrawal" position "may be correct in the abstract, it is too inflexible as a political approach." Webb proposes that the antiwar movement follow the lead of Democrats, whom he describes as "center" and "progressive" forces. "The most advanced demands of the progressive and center forces - not the demands of the left - are the basis for building the broadest possible mass unity and a congressional majority to end the occupation," he writes. But most congressional Democrats are opposed to setting a deadline for withdrawal, and even the "antiwar" resolutions put forward by the "out of Iraq" caucus contain qualifications and vague timetables. The demands that Webb would have antiwar activists embrace, in reality, are not to "end the occupation," but to continue it in a different form. Meanwhile, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), one of the three Democrats to vote for the resolution for immediate withdrawal, was defeated in the recent Democratic primaries by Hank Johnson, a virtual unknown. Johnson was supported by a coalition of conservative Democrats like former Georgia Gov. Roy and prominent Republicans like Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. * * * Contrast this Democratic opposition to McKinney with the lavish support - from the likes of Bill Clinton and rising liberal star Sen. Barack Obama - for Bush clone Sen. Joe Lieberman in his failed campaign to win the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut. What sense does it make for antiwar activists to support a party that worked to defeat one of tiny number of opponents of the Iraq War among its ranks? The antiwar movement in the United States needs to oppose the various phony "exit strategies" put forward by the Democratic Party. Some are just election-year posturing to fool voters disgusted by Bush and Rumsfeld, while others - for example, Rep. John Murtha's "redeployment" plan - are schemes for continuing the war on Iraq from outside its borders, most likely by intensified bombing. The demand for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan is the only principled and practical position that the antiwar movement can take to end the misery brought to the region by the United States. Support for the Democratic Party is pulling antiwar organizations further from this principled position - and must be rejected. Joe Allen writes regularly for CounterPunch, the Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. He lives in Chicago. Email: joseph.allen4 [at] att.net --------23 of 23-------- It's lemming season. O what so glorious as plunging off this cliff? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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