Our guest was released just two weeks ago. Ruth Kovacs and Matt talk about the joys of being released, the dinner his mom fixed, and the welcome from his girl, family and friends. Matt also talks abut why he feels sure that he will not be returning to prison. His own decision as well as help from Phoenix Rising Transitions have helped him make a plan to stay on a path that will avoid recidivism.
A number of activist groups in Eugene are pulling togerther with the hope of turning Eugene into a “Human Rights City”—a city that places human rights above all, and doesn’t wait for government mandates to do it.
KBOO’s Sue Supriano spoke to Ken Neubeck of the Human Rights City Project earlier today.
This past week has seen developments in several Civil Liberty issues, including the on-air admission of Vice President Cheney to the authorization of torture in an interview with the ABC news. His admission has led to even mainstream media asking if Cheney is a War Criminial. An ACLU press release repudiated Cheney and the Bush administration's torture policy and encourages individuals to sign a petition to close Guantanamo.
In other torture news the US Supreme Court issued a rulingmoving forward an important case charging Donald Rumsfeld and Generals in the chain of command with responisbility for their detention and torture in US custody at Guantanamo. In a pre-trial hearing the case of Omar Khadr took a step forward as attorneys for Khadr revealed their intention to put on the witness stand a soldier whose testimony casts further doubt on the governments case.