Since late 2005, the federal government, through a number of agencies, has been engaged in a crackdown on environmental activists who engage in direct action. This crackdown has come to be known as the 'Green Scare', as a throwback to the 'Red Scare' of the 1950s and 60s, in which thousands of innocent people were accused by the Federal government of being communists, and persecuted for their alleged political beliefs.
September 17th, 2008 is the second anniversary of the death of James Chasse Junior, Jim Jim, an early fixture in the Portland Punk Scene, a schizophrenic man living independently in Downtown Portland, and the victim of a brutal and fatal police beating. Two years ago James Chasse was attacked and beaten to death by Multnomah County Sheriff deputy Bret Burton, Portland Police officer Christopher Humphreys and Portland Police Sargent Kyle Nice. on NW 13th and Everett before a dozen eyewitnesses. Chasse was not suspected of a crime, he had not committed a crime, and had no criminal record. The officers beat him, kicked him, tasered him repeatedly, and broke 17 ribs and his shoulder.
When will the pursuit of justice finally come to end after September 11--that's September 11, 1973, in Chile. 35 years ago, a coup supported by the US brought General Agusto Pinochet to power and what followed were years of state-sponsored disappearances, torture and executions. The story of the arrest and murder of Joyce Horman's husband, Charles, was told in the Costa Gavras film, Missing. In the decades since her husband's murder, Joyce Horman has worked tirelessly to bring the truth to light. She has just donated the archives of her investigation to the Benson Latin American collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
KBOO is holding its an election for board members. This year, we have seven open seats; four seats with three year terms and three seats with single year terms. The four candidates receiving the largest number of votes will receive three year terms. This page contains the recording of an on-air forum where candidates provided answers to a variety of questions related to KBOO. Also note that there are two proposed revisions to the KBOO Foundation bylaws for your review. They must be approved by two thirds majority of members voting to pass.
Andy Worthington the author of The Guantanamo Files; The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison hosted by Linda Olson-Osterlund gives an update on Guantanamo. Who's still there and what is happening to them now. They also talk about the important role of the prisoners, lawyers, civil liberty activists and independant media in bringing this story to light.
For more from Andy Worthington go to andyworthington.co.uk
How do we restore our civil liberties? What would this country look like if habeas corpus was restored or if the FBI was restricted from spying on Americans? What does it mean to have a free press? We discussed this live on the air on September 11th for a special, call-in edition of We The People.
How do we restore our civil liberties?What would this country look like if habeas corpus was restored or if the FBI was restricted from spying on Americans?What does it mean to have a free press?We discussed this live on the air on September 11th for a special, call-in edition of We The People.
Stephen Soldz is a psychoanalyst, psychologist and faculty member at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is a founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychlogy and organization leading the struggle to change the American Psychological Association policy on participation in abusive interrorgations. He discusses with host Linda Olson-Osterlund the role psychologists have played in the use of torture by the U.S. Military and Intelligence agencies and the current struggle inside the American Psychological Association to end this role.
You can visit his blog Psyche, Science, and Society and at the web site Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice
Eric Lichtblau is the Justice Department beat writer for the New York Times newspaper. He and his partner in writing, Jim Risen were the recipients of the 2006 Pullitzer Prize fpr national reporting for their story that revealed the secret, warrantless wiretapping program of the National Security Agency. He talks about the Bush Administrations secret actions to rewrite or circumvent Civil Liberty protections most Americans consider the bedrock of our freedom.
His compelling and important book is Bush's Law; The Remaking of American Justice