Vincent Warren speaks on Guantanamo, Litigation and Where to Next. Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He discusses the Prison at Guantanamo, the detainees and how CCR got information.
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
• How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
• the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
• the dying death penalty; and
• why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the Republicans fear.
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.
Ruth was joined Thai. He’s been out of prison for a few years and they talked about the problems of trying to get a life again. Fortunately he has a few friends that help him, but finding employment has been a struggle. Thai shared his insights about what it is like to be an ex-con.
Financial analyst Catherine Austin Fitts with the Community Business Report, an eyewitness report of Israeli settler and military violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and an update on the case of death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis.
Guest, Shaun Carnahan and Ruth Kovacs talk about December 9 when KBOO co-sponsors a Strugglebration event for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Folks will gather at the Cultural Center of Portland State University, from 6 to 9 pm, Tuesday, December 9. There will be music, speakers and films. Portland has not forgotten Mumia.
Patrick O’Connor, author of “The Framing of Mumia”, talked about his book and shared information that has not been presented before the publication of his book. He described part of the injustice of the trial, the lies about a so-called confession—which did not exist, and the bias of Judge Sabo. After his in depth study of Mumia’s case, O’Connor seemed convinced that Mumia will never be executed and that there is still a possibility of a new trial.
Watch for Portland’s event supporting Freedom for Mumia, December 9, 2008, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Portland State University – Cultural Center!
Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia’s case. The prosecution is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations and rallies will take place all over the world. Saturday Dec. 6, there will be events in Philadelphia and New York City, and Monday, December 9, Portland will gather at the PSU Multicultural Center, for a rally.