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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.09.07 1. Stem cell research 10.09 12noon 2. Pakistan/women 10.09 12noon 3. Iran/US/CTV 10.09 5pm 4. StPaul broadband 10.09 5pm 5. YAWR 10.09 5:30pm 6. MN justice system 10.09 6:30pm 7. Recruiting/schools 10.09 6:30pm 8. Uhcan-mn 10.09 7pm 9. Nonprofit class 10.09 10. Richard Rhames - When the party goes up in smoke: a Democrat's lament 11. David A Love - Academic McCarthyism threatens democracy 12. Ray McGovern - So who's afraid of the Israel lobby? 13. Howard Zinn - Zionism & free speech 14. ed - Capitalist armies are on the move (song) --------1 of 14-------- From: Center for Bioethics/Consortium on Law and Values <bioethx [at] umn.edu> Subject: Stem cell research 10.09 12noon "Stem Cell Research: At the Intersection of Science, Politics, Law and Culture" By Zach W. Hall, PhD, Founding President California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2005-07) Tuesday, October 9, 2007 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Coffman Theater, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus Commentators: Jonathan Slack, PhD, Stem Cell Institute Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, Center for Bioethics Moderator: Susan M. Wolf, JD, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required if you wish to receive continuing education credits. (CEU, CLE, CME). To register and for more information on this event, visit: www.bioethics.umn.edu/zachhall [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=ntziefcab.0.5pgclecab.pzam49bab.2056&ts=S0285&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bioethics.umn.edu%2Fzachhall]. --------2 of 14-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Pakistan/women 10.09 12noon Tuesday, 10/9, noon to 1 pm, social activist Dr Fouzia Saeed talks on "The Women's Movement in Pakistan," Briggs & Morgan, Minnesota Room, 2200 IDS Center, 30 S 8th St, Mpls. Free but registration required by 10/5 with cjones [at] briggs.com or 612-977-8126. --------3 of 14-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Iran/US/CTV 10.09 5pm St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts in St. Paul on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. All households with basic cable can watch! 10/9 5pm and midnight and 10/10 10am "Iran and the US: Myths and Reality" Interview of Nasrin Jewell, Iranian born professor at the College of St. Catherine. Co-hosted by Karen Redleaf and Eric Angell. --------4 of 14-------- From: mary treacy <mtreacy [at] onvoymail.com> Subject: StPaul broadband 10.09 5pm Connect with America's "Most Connected City" The long-awaited report of St. Paul's Broadband Advisory Committee (St. Paul: America's Most Connected City) is out! Andrea Casselton, Director of Technology and Communications for the City of St. Paul, will discuss the issues and options at a public forum on Tuesday, October 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Rondo Community Outreach Library, University and Dale in St. Paul. The presentation is for residents, nonprofits, city, regional and state government staff - and for St. Paul's neighbors who are affected by decisions made here. Free and open. Following the discussion volunteers from St. Paul E-Democracy will open their virtual video kiosk so participants can record their impressions for the world on YouTube. Sponsored by the Telecommunications & Information Policy Roundtable, MN Coalition on Government Information and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. --------5 of 14-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: YAWR 10.09 5:30pm Tuesday, 10/9, 5:30 (meeting), 5:45 pm (public commentary), Youth Against War and Racism asks for public help in restricting military recruiters access in schools, Mpls School Board meeting, Educational Services Center, 807 Broadway NE, Mpls. http://www.yawr.org --------6 of 14-------- From: Abbie Haluska <haluskaa [at] crimeandjustice.org> Subject: MN justice system 10.09 6:30pm The Council on Crime and Justice, an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that has been a leader in the field of social and criminal justice in Minnesota since 1957, will host two major events in October 2007, in celebration of our 50th Anniversary. Both events will be extraordinary, both will draw significant audiences, and will undoubtedly attract considerable media attention. On Tuesday, October 9th, at 6:30 p.m., Malcolm Gladwell, the award-winning author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point", will speak at the Council's annual Equal Justice Benefit at the Pantages Theater * in Minneapolis. Gladwell's speech will be based on a major study undertaken by the Council on the occasion of our 50th year, and will focus on Minnesota's Tipping Point. On Wednesday, October 10th, at an all day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) public Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center * , the findings of the study addressed in Gladwell's speech will be fully unveiled. The study examines policy shifts, changes in societal attitudes and other key developments in Minnesota over the past 50 years that have influenced the way our justice system works today. It will also consider changes that need to occur to improve our justice system. At the Forum, we will develop a Framework for Minnesota's Future, one that will enhance both justice and public safety over the next 50 years. For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Katie Fitzpatrick at 612-596-9473 or fitzpatrickk [at] crimeandjustice.org or visit our website at www.crimeandjustice.org <http://www.crimeandjustice.org/> . For general information, please contact Guy Gambill at 612-596-7628 or gambillg [at] crimeandjustice.org. * The Pantages Theater is located at 710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. * The Minneapolis Convention Center is located at 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The Council on Crime and Justice is located at 822 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Abbie Haluska Council on Crime and Justice 612-348-7874 ext. 242 haluskaa [at] crimeandjustice.org --------7 of 14-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Recruitment in schools 10.09 6:30pm The Salon Tuesday, Oct. 9, will have as its guest, Tyrus Thompson. Tyrus is a full time staff organizer with Youth Against War and Racism. He is the leading organizer in area schools against military recruitment. We can be of help with the counter-recruitment campaign that is being waged here. 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 14-------- From: Joel Albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: Uhcan-mn 10.09 7pm Please note, the regularly scheduled first Tuesday UHCAN-MN mtg has been RESCHEDULED to Tuesday Oct 9, (NOT TODAY), 7PM at Walker Church,3104 16th ave S.,Mpls, in the Gallery, Lower Level. Proposed agenda items to follow. Joel Albers Clinical Pharmacist, Health Economics Researcher Universal Health Care Action Network - MN www.uhcan-mn.org email: joel [at] uhcan-mn.org phone: 612-384-0973 address: 1520 10th ave South #2 Mpls, MN, 55404 --------9 of 14-------- From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Nonprofit class 10.09 I just heard about a series of free workshops in nonprofit leadership offered by Hamline University and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Registration is required but there's no fee. Word following the first on Tuesday is that it was excellent. More info: http://gmcc.org/Compassionworkshops.htm Here are some of the sessions coming up: Oct 9 - Finance - what the law requires Oct 16 - Nonprofit ethics Oct 23 - Human resources performance appraisals Oct 30 - Marketing & communications Nov 6 - Nonprofit accountability & transparency Nov 13 - Strategic planning for board & management Nov 20 - Conflict resolution Nov 27 - Nonprofit fundraising: research methods Dec 4 - Grant writing --------10 of 14-------- When the Party Goes Up in Smoke A Democrat's Lament By RICHARD RHAMES CounterPunch October 8, 2007 " ... my father protested, 'ALL Democratic candidates are unintelligent and corrupt. Do you want the Republicans to win?' He meant to say that intelligent voters favored the party that best represented their economic interests and sociological perspective ... He never doubted that there were good men among Republicans. He merely understood that they did not speak for his class." Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, 1984 On October 3, White House Occupant (WHO?) Bush vetoed a Democratic bill that would have somewhat expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). He told the GOP-friendly Lancaster (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, "I believe in private medicine, not the federal government running the health care system." Over five years the extra $35 billion proposed would have covered an additional 4 million children. Economist Dean Baker recently noted that the rather tiny funding increase required (0.2 percent of projected federal spending - $23 per person/per year) was dwarfed by Mr. Bush's 2008 Iraq incineration project. There, the WHO proposes to spend $190 billion or $630 per person. Baker observes dryly that the extra $7 billion in SCHIP funding per year would be "approximately equal to what ... Bush will spend on the war in Iraq in two weeks." Baker's point about the relative size of federal expenditures is an important one. But of course there's more to questions of public finance than the size of various allocations. The central question of politics is always, "Who benefits and who pays?" And in the case of the now vetoed SCHIP expansion the Democrats, cloaked in their bipartisan finery proposed that the poor and the addicted should pay. Currently cigarette smokers cough up 39 cents to the feds per pack. That would have been increased to $1.00 if the SCHIP bill passed. In a rare burst of (Bush-inspired) economic analysis, the AP reported on October 1st that, "Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children's health coverage: people with little money and education." The AP continued, "Low-income people smoke more heavily than do wealthier people ... making cigarette taxes a regressive form of revenue." Since "both political parties seem inclined" to stick it to the poor and uneducated this was a natural of course. Here in Maine, we've seen the same tendency for "New" Democrats to punish their base with so-called "sin taxes" rather than increase levies on the rich and the corporate. The standard line is that raising taxes on smokers will maybe "help" people quit. Of course, the pols are somewhat less inclined to "help" Humvee hostages kick their planet-strangling/coastal-flooding habit by raising fuel taxes. Neither are they eager to economically "burden" the corporations that shut down US-based production and roam the third world seeking ever cheaper and more powerless workers to exploit. No, that behavior is rewarded, and the CEOs who do it get the taxes forgiven on their ballooning incomes. Wall Street loves class war. The speculators dote on every downsizing, off-shoring, union-busting rollback. If stock prices are to rise, then the power-lunchers want to see "cost-cutting." That generally means that a bunch of ordinary people have to get screwed. "Creative destruction" they call it. Others might see it as wagering and profiting from the pain of others. Whatever you call it, the political class is in no mood to therapeutically "help" the Wall Street crowd clean up their act. Back in the 1970s economist James Tobin modestly proposed a small tax on short-term currency speculation. Inspired by Richard Nixon's 1971 decision to end the gold-standard/dollar-based Bretton Woods system, the Nobel Prize winner suggested a small tax (0,1 to 0.25 percent) be placed on short-term speculation to promote "stability" in national currencies. Given the power of these well-connected gamblers, the idea was not immediately embraced. But because of the vast sums (in the trillions of dollars) that such a progressive tax on the wealthy would raise, the idea has never quite been killed. In 1999, for instance, Canada's House of Commons resolved to "enact a tax on financial transactions in concert with the international community." But then Bush was selected, 9/11 "changed everything," and the US Democratic party devoted itself full-time to organized murder and sucking up to rich people. One might think that, if the US political system wasn't so whored-out, and with the dollar threatening to set off on a thrill and spill-packed roller coaster ride, the old Tobin Tax idea would be new again. The 1990s Labor Party organizing drive featured a Single-Payer universal health care plan that included a Tobin Tax-inspired levy on the Wall Street Big Casino Crowd to help pay for a civilized medical insurance system. Theirs was a well crafted and rational plan but sadly, it benefitted the "wrong" people and was to be paid for largely by "The Right People." It was doomed. Now comes the Conyers bill, HR 676, the latest single-payer plan, currently languishing in a theoretically Democrat-controlled congress. This modest proposal would end the pitiless reign of private insurers and cruel cost-shifters over the population's health. It would cover everyone, for most everything, for less. HR 676 is no SCHIP-style baby-step toward civilization. Best of all, most of the funding is a throwback to a simpler time when it was not heresy to propose imposing taxes on the rich. Among the suggested revenue streams Conyers projects raising $251 billion annually from a reversal of the 01-02 Bush tax cuts, $200 billion from a 5 percent surcharge on the wealthiest 5 percent, and 10 percent on the richest 1 percent - in other words - Bush's base. He proposes to lightly trim a few corporate subsidies to raise $100 billion. There's also a proposed "Stock Transfer Tax" in the mix ("0.25 percent on buyer and seller") which raises $150 billion. There was a time when the Ds might have ridden 676 to super-majority status. Sadly, that time has apparently passed. Richard Rhames is a dirt-farmer in Biddeford, Maine whose place is just north of the Kennebunkport town line. Since 1990, Rhames has been the chair of the Biddeford Democratic City Committee, an organization charged with "promoting the ideals of the Party." He can be reached at: rrhames [at] xpressamerica.net --------11 of 14-------- Academic McCarthyism Threatens Democracy by David A. Love The Black Commentator - October 8,2007 http://www.blackcommentator.com/247/247_color_of_law_academic_mccarthysism.html Distributed by Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/10/08/4388/ Columbia University President Lee Bollinger recently took a lot of heat when he allowed Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to make a speech at the Ivy League institution. Bollinger, a First Amendment legal scholar, understands the importance of free speech in a democratic system. And these days, free speech is under attack on college campuses throughout the nation. Professor Norman Finkelstein, son of Holocaust survivors and the most prominent critic of Israeli policy in American academia, was denied tenure by DePaul University, even though the political science department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommended tenure. Harvard law school professor Alan Dershowitz lobbied against tenure for Finkelstein, an act described by MIT professor Noam Chomsky as a "jihad" designed "simply to try to vilify and defame him, in the hope that maybe what he's writing will disappear." Finkelstein told the Democracy Now! program: "I met the standards of tenure DePaul required, but it wasn't enough to overcome the political opposition to my speaking out on the Israel-Palestine conflict." The late Raul Hilberg, dean of Holocaust historians and a Finkelstein supporter, had said: "I have a sinking feeling about the damage this will do to academic freedom." Professor Ward Churchill was fired by the University of Colorado at Boulder, ostensibly because of research misconduct, a pretext, many believe, for his unpopular views. Churchill has written extensively on the genocide of Native Americans and the federal government's COINTELPRO program. The trouble started when Churchill characterized the 9-11 attacks as a response to years of U.S. abuses, and called the victims of 9-11 "little Eichmanns" who formed a "technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire." Then there is Erwin Chemerinsky, constitutional scholar extraordinaire who has argued for judicial review for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and represented Valerie Plame, the CIA agent outed by the Bush administration. He was chosen to become dean of the new University of California-Irvine law school. Then, the chancellor of Irvine rescinded the contract - allegedly due to pressure from conservative groups - then reinstated Chemerinsky. Meanwhile, Andrew Meyer, a student at the University of Florida, was tasered by police during a speech by Sen. John Kerry, while he asked questions that were critical of Bush. And there are calls by the College Republicans for the resignation of David McSwane, the editor-in-chief of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State University's student newspaper, who wrote an editorial in which he said "Taser this. F*** Bush." Conservative pressure groups, including David Horowitz and his Students for Academic Freedom (in classic Orwellian fashion, they purport to stand for academic freedom, the opposite of that which they really advocate), are trying to muzzle free speech in academia. In their warped worldview, there is a leftwing conspiracy to control the college campuses and enforce liberal, politically-correct thinking. They are kindred spirits with those political hacks in the Bush administration who cried liberal bias in public broadcasting, and attempted to recreate PBS in the image of Fox News. And professors are strong-armed and vilified in the process. Horowitz has compiled a list of the "101 Most Dangerous Academics in America," which includes Finkelstein; Chomsky; Kathleen Cleaver of Emory University; Howard Zinn of Boston University; Manning Marable, Eric Foner and Victor Navasky of Columbia; Angela Davis of the University of California, Santa Cruz; David Cole of Georgetown; Derrick Bell of NYU; Amiri Baraka of Rutgers; Robert McChesney of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ron (Maulena) Karenga of the California State University, Long Beach, bell hooks and Leonard Jeffries of the City University of New York, Juan Cole of the University of Michigan, and others. [Hmm - sounds like a good reading list - ed] Horowitz claims most college professors are left-leaning, which is hardly the point. I am inclined to believe that free thinking, open-mindedness and flexibility are more compatible with the purpose of the university. Ideological conservatism stands for black or white, right or wrong, friend or enemy, with no shades of gray. One is not supposed to challenge conventional wisdom, authority, the laws, the status quo or longstanding institutions. It is worth noting that in a recent study, psychologist David Amodio and others found that conservatives tend to be more rigid and closed-minded, less tolerant of ambiguity and less open to new experiences. And as far as the Ahmadinejad speech at Columbia is concerned, certainly, those chickenhawk Americans who are beating the drums of war with Iran are dying to be provoked by the words and actions of the Iranian bogeyman. And denying the existence of the Holocaust, and presiding over a government that disregards women's and gay rights, and executes juveniles is reprehensible at the very least. Is he a petty dictator, as Bollinger suggests? Perhaps. But he is also a politician who is playing to his base. And there are many would-be petty dictators in this country who, in playing to their base, support the most outrageous and unconscionable policies, such as the criminalization of women's rights, including abortion, even in the case of rape and incest, guns for everyone, the teaching of creationism mythology in the schools, homophobia, criminalization of Latino workers, and the elimination of civil rights and civil liberties. Our own President Bush is responsible for the deaths of 1 million Iraqis and thousands of U.S. citizens, all from a war based on lies, for the purpose of protecting his and his friends' oil interests. His administration, detested by millions, acts with a total disregard for the law, on a daily basis. Yet, he is allowed to give speeches everyday - albeit with the aid of teleprompters displaying phonetically-spelled words - unimpeded, and without impeachment, for that matter. Free speech dictates a higher standard than merely giving a pass to those whose ideas are acceptable, those with whom we agree, whoever "we" are. It is better to have all of the ideas out there in the marketplace, save those which amount to yelling fire in a crowded room or inciting violence. If the Constitution is not durable or inclusive enough to protect dissident views and unpopular statements, maybe it is not worth keeping. Perhaps it is not worth the paper on which it is written, and it is time for us to find another plan. So, enough of this academic McCarthyism. Words are powerful, as they can liberate bodies and minds, spur revolutions, and change history. Indeed, the pen is mightier than the sword. But free speech is supposed to be feared by a dictatorship such as Burma or China, not a democracy. Which one are we? BlackCommentator.com Columnist David A. Love is a lawyer based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to the Progressive Media Project and McClatchy-Tribune News Service. He contributed to the book, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention and Prisons (St. Martin's Press, 2000). Love is a former Amnesty International UK spokesperson, organized the first national police brutality conference as a staff member with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and served as a law clerk to two black federal judges. His blog is at davidalove.com. (c) 2002-2007 www.BlackCommentator.com --------12 of 14-------- New Revalations About the Attack on the USS Liberty So Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby? By RAY McGOVERN CounterPunch October 6 / 7, 2007 Virtually everyone: Republican, Democrat-Conservative, Liberal. The fear factor is non-partisan, you might say, and palpable. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) brags that it is the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, and has demonstrated that time and again - and not only on Capitol Hill. Seldom has the Lobby's power been as clearly demonstrated as in its ability to suppress the awful truth that on June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War: o Israel deliberately attacked the intelligence collection ship USS Liberty, in full awareness it was a U.S. Navy ship, and did its best to sink it and leave no survivors; o The Israelis would have succeeded had they not broken off the attack upon learning, from an intercepted message, that the commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet had launched carrier fighters to the scene; and o By that time 34 of the Liberty's crew had been killed and over 170 wounded. Scores of intelligence analysts and senior officials have known this for years. That virtually all of them have kept a forty-year frightened silence is testament to the widespread fear of touching this live wire. Even more telling is the fact that the National Security Agency apparently has destroyed voice tapes and transcripts heard and seen by many intelligence analysts, material that shows beyond doubt that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing. The Ugly Truth But the truth will out - eventually. All it took in this case was for a courageous journalist (of the endangered species kind) to listen to the surviving crew and do a little basic research, not shrinking from naming war crimes and not letting senior U.S. officials, from the president on down, off the hook for suppressing - even destroying - damning evidence from intercepted Israeli communications. The mainstream media have now published an expos based largely on interviews with those most intimately involved. A lengthy article by Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter John Crewdson appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun on Oct. 2 titled "New revelations in attack on American spy ship." the subtitle goes the prize for understatement of the year: "Veterans, documents suggest U.S., Israel didn't tell full story of deadly 1967 incident." Better 40 years late than never, I suppose. Many of us have known of the incident and cover-up for a very long time and have tried to expose and discuss it for the lessons it holds for today. It has proved far easier, though, to get a very pedestrian Dog-Bites-Man article published than an article with the importance and explosiveness of this sensitive story. A Marine Stands Up On the evening of Sept. 26, 2006, I gave a talk on Iraq to an overflow crowd of 400 at National Avenue Church in Springfield, Missouri. A questioner asked what I thought of the study by John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard titled "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." The study had originally been commissioned by The Atlantic Monthly. When the draft arrived, however, shouts of "Leper!" were heard at the Atlantic. The monthly wasted no time in saying thanks-but-no-thanks, and the leper-study then wandered in search of a home, finding none among American publishers. Eventually the London Review of Books published it in March 2006. I had read that piece carefully and found it an unusual act of courage as well as scholarship. That's what I told the questioner, adding that I did have two problems with the study: o First, it seemed to me the authors erred in attributing virtually all the motivation for the U.S. attack on Iraq to the Israel Lobby and the so-called "neo-conservatives" running our policy and armed forces. Was Israel an important factor? Indeed. But of equal importance, in my view, was the oil factor and what the Pentagon now calls the "enduring" military bases in Iraq, which the White House and Pentagon decided were needed for the U.S. to dominate that part of the Middle East. o Second, I was intrigued by the fact that Mearsheimer and Walt made no mention of what I believe to be, if not the most telling, then perhaps the most sensational proof of the power the Lobby knows it can exert over our government and Congress. In sum, in June 1967, after deliberately using fighter-bombers and torpedo boats to attack the USS Liberty for over two hours in an attempt to sink it and kill its entire crew, and then getting the U.S. government, the Navy, and the Congress to cover up what happened, the Israeli government learned that it could - literally - get away with murder. I found myself looking out at 400 blank stares. The USS Liberty? And so I asked how many in the audience had heard of the attack on the Liberty on June 8, 1967. Three hands went up; I called on the gentleman nearest me. Ramrod straight he stood: "Sir, Sergeant Bryce Lockwood, United States Marine Corps, retired. I am a member of the USS Liberty crew, Sir." Catching my breath, I asked him if he would be willing to tell us what happened. "Sir, I have not been able to do that. It is hard. But it has been almost 40 years, and I would like to try this evening, Sir." You could hear a pin drop for the next 15 minutes, as Lockwood gave us his personal account of what happened to him, his colleagues, and his ship on the afternoon of June 8, 1967. He was a linguist assigned to collect communications intelligence from the USS Liberty, which was among the ugliest - and most easily identifiable - ships in the fleet with antennae springing out in all directions. Lockwood told of the events of that fateful day, beginning with the six-hour naval and air surveillance of the Liberty by the Israeli navy and air force on the morning of June 8. After the air attacks including thousand-pound bombs and napalm, three sixty-ton torpedo boats lined up like a firing squad, pointing their torpedo tubes at the Liberty's starboard hull. Lockwood had been ordered to throw the extremely sensitive cryptological equipment overboard and had just walked beyond the bulwark separating the NSA intelligence unit from the rest of the ship when, he recalled, he sensed a large black object, a tremendous explosion, and sheet of flame. The torpedo had struck dead center in the NSA space. The cold, oily water brought Lockwood back to consciousness. Around him were 25 dead colleagues; but he heard moaning. Three were still alive; one of Lockwood's shipmates dragged one survivor up the hatch. Lockwood was able to lift the two others, one-by-one, onto his shoulder and carry them up through the hatch. This meant alternatively banging on the hatch for someone to open it and swimming back to fish his shipmate out of the water lest he float out to sea through the 39-foot hole made by the torpedo. At that Lockwood stopped speaking. It was enough. Hard, very hard-even after almost 40 years. What Else We Know John Crewdson's meticulously documented article, together with the 57 pages that James Bamford devotes to the incident in his book "Body of Secrets" and recent confessions by those who played a role in the cover-up, paint a picture that the surviving crew of the USS Liberty can only find infuriating. The evidence, from intercepted communications as well as testimony, of Israeli deliberate intent is unimpeachable, even though the Israelis continue to portray the incident as merely a terrible mistake. Crewdson refers to U.S. Navy Captain Ward Boston, who was the Navy lawyer appointed as senior counsel to Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, named by Admiral John S. McCain (Sen. John McCain's father) to "inquire into all the facts and circumstances." The fact that they were given only one week to gather evidence and were forbidden to contact the Israelis screams out "cover-up." Captain Boston, now 84, signed a formal declaration on Jan. 8, 2004 in which he described himself as "outraged at the efforts of the apologists for Israel in this country to claim that this attack was a case of 'mistaken identity.'" Boston continued: "The evidence was clear. Both Admiral Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack...was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew...Not only did the Israelis attack the ship with napalm, gunfire, and missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned three lifeboats that had been launched in an attempt by the crew to save the most seriously wounded - a war crime...I know from personal conversations I had with Admiral Kidd that President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken identity' despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary." Why the Israelis decided to take the draconian measure of sinking a ship of the U.S. Navy is open to speculation. One view is that the Israelis did not want the U.S. to find out they were massing troops to seize the Golan Heights from Syria, and wanted to deprive the U.S. of the opportunity to argue against such a move. Another theory: James Bamford, in "Body of Secrets," adduces evidence, including reporting from an Israeli journalist eyewitness and an Israeli military historian, of wholesale killing of Egyptian prisoners of war at the coastal town of El Arish in the Sinai. The Liberty was patrolling directly opposite El Arish in international waters but within easy range to pick up intelligence on what was going on there. And the Israelis were well aware. As for the why, well, someone could at least approach the Israelis involved and ask, no? The important thing here is not to confuse what is known (the deliberate nature of the Israeli attack) with the purpose behind it, which remains a matter of speculation. Other Indignities Bowing to intense pressure from the Navy, the White House agreed to award the Liberty's skipper, Captain William McGonagle, the Medal of Honor....but not at the White House, and not by the president (as is the custom). Rather, the Secretary of the Navy gave the award at the Washington Navy Yard on the banks of the acrid Anacostia River. A naval officer involved in the awards ceremony told one of the Liberty crew, "The government is pretty jumpy about Israel...the State Department even asked the Israeli ambassador if his government had any objections to McGonagle getting the medal." Adding insult to injury, those of the Liberty crew who survived well enough to call for an independent investigation have been hit with charges of, you guessed it, anti-Semitism. Now that some of the truth is emerging more and more, others are showing more courage in speaking out. In a recent email, an associate of mine who has followed Middle East affairs for almost 60 years, shared the following: "The chief of the intelligence analysts studying the Arab/Israeli region at the time told me about the intercepted messages and said very flatly and firmly that the pilots reported seeing the American flag and repeated their requests for confirmation of the attack order. Whole platoons of Americans saw those intercepts. If NSA now says they do not exist, then someone ordered them destroyed." Leaving the destruction of evidence without investigation is an open invitation to repetition in the future. As for the larger picture, visiting Israel this past summer I was constantly told that Egypt forced Israel into war in June 1967. This does not square with the unguarded words of Menachem Begin in 1982, when he was Israel's prime minister. Rather he admitted publicly: "In June 1967, we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that [Egyptian President] Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him." Israel had, in fact, prepared well militarily and mounted provocations against its neighbors, in order to provoke a response that could be used to justify an expansion of its borders. Israel's illegal 40-year control over and confiscation of land in the occupied territories and U.S. enabling support (particularly the one-sided support by the current U.S. administration) go a long way toward explaining why it is that 1.3 billion Muslims "hate us." Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990 and Robert Gates' branch chief in the early 1970s. McGovern now serves on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). He is a contributor to Imperial Crusades, edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. He can be reached at: rrmcgovern [at] aol.com A shorter version of this article appeared originally on Consortiumnews.com --------13 of 14-------- Reply-To: Jeff Blankfort <jblankfort [at] earthlink.net> Subject: ZINN:: Zionism & Free Speech This is one of the most important battles in the war now going on with the Israel lobby and its determined efforts to slash and burn the 1st Amendment of those who have had the temerity to criticize Israel and expose the truth about Zionism. That the distinguished historian Howard Zinn, too long invisible on issues concerning Israel and Palestine, has become involved in this struggle is to be welcomed.-Jeff Blankfort, activist-journalist Jeff Blankfort <jblankfort [at] earthlink.net> Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism * Home <http://www.codz.org/> * Contact <http://www.codz.org/codz-contact.html> * About the Book <http://www.codz.org/about-book.html> * About Pluto Press <http://www.codz.org/about-pluto-press.html> * Send letter to UMP <http://www.codz.org/send-letter.html> * Letter From Howard Zinn <http://www.codz.org/zinn-letter.html> Solicitation letter from Howard Zinn <http://www.codz.org/zinn-letter.html#> *A Message from Howard Zinn on behalf of the Committee for an Open Discussion of Zionism* Dear Friend: As you may have heard, in late August of this year, The University of Michigan Press, after receiving a series of complaining and threatening emails and letters from an ultra-Zionist group called StandWithUs, an offshoot of Campus Watch, withdrew from distribution Prof. Joel Kovel's book Overcoming Zionism, published by Pluto Press in London, United Kingdom. Since then, following numerous protests by fellow academics and scholars, The U. of M. Press Executive Board has restored the book to its distribution listings. But, ominously, the Board has indicated its intention to reconsider its contract with Pluto Press in mid October. Overcoming Zionism is a serious, well researched work espousing a humanistic resolution. It is a valuable addition to the growing debate, in and out of American academia, that is re-examining long held assumptions about the sources of conflict in the Middle East. It should be discussed - supported or refuted - but not suppressed. But even more serious is the University's threat to cancel its distribution contract with Pluto Press. Pluto is a valuable and unique intellectual resource, publishing progressive books of a consistently high quality. It provides an alternative viewpoint essential to discussion and debate of important social issues, such as those concerning Israel/Palestine and the Middle East. The cancellation of Pluto's contract with the University would be a serious blow to the principles of pluralism, academic freedom and free speech. We urge you to add your voice to those of the many professors and authors that have vigorously protested these actions. We ask that you send a letter or, better yet, an email to U. of M. Press Executive Board Chair Peggy McCracken with copies to University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Dean Janet A Weiss; and Provost Teresa Sullivan, demanding that the University of Michigan Press continue its contract with Pluto Press. Further, we ask that you forward this request for support and suggested support letter to those on any list that you may maintain or have access to. We have prepared a sample email or letter together with emails and postal addressees of University of Michigan Press committee members below but also feel free to compose your own. Time is of the essence so please act quickly. Thank you for your kind support. Sincerely, Howard Zinn For the Committee for an Open Discussion of Zionism www.CODZ.org Click this link <http://www.codz.org/send-letter.html#one> to view the sample letter and UM Press committee member details. © 2007 Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism / Technical <http://www.codz.org/technical.html> --------14 of 14-------- (sing to the tune of London Bridges falling down) Capitalist armies are on the move on the move, on the move Capitalist armies are on the move Boom boom bang bang Non-capitalist swine they die like pigs die lie pigs, die like pigs Non-capitalist swine they die like pigs skree skree oink oink ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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