War & Peace

Punk'd?

Hmm. So after a resounding electoral victory, an inauguration the likes of which we've never seen, and an odd new empathic burst of shared purpose, President Obama did what now?

He followed Bush's lead on civil liberties.

 

Obama Administration Maintains Bush Position on 'Extraordinary Rendition' Lawsuit

The Obama Administration today announced that it would keep the same position as the Bush Administration in the lawsuit Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.

A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn't changed, that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

It's because of that last item I listed above -- that sense of shared purpose, of belief that all of us are going to get pointed in the right direction -- that this stings so much. "Extraordinary rendition" was one of the most galling of the Bush junta's excesses. Ashcroft, Gonzales & Co. had relied upon "state secrets" privilege to prevent courts from ruling on cases like Mohamed, in which five plaintiffs had been forcibly deported to other countries (we still don't know where) and tortured.

On one of its first chances to turn away from the dark side, the Obama administration has stepped right in the footprints set down by Bush. "State secrets" still prevent the tortured from having their day in court. It's a disgrace.

The only hope I hold out -- and it's a thin one -- is that the situation around rendition is as convoluted as that surrounding the prosecutorial cases for the Guantanamo detainees. Perhaps on this issue, too, the Bushies left such a scorched landscape in their wake that the Obama Justice Dept. is having trouble making head or tail of what went on in the course of "extraordinary rendition." Perhaps they will do the right thing and revisit Mohamed again down the road.

I hope so. I hope Obama is not the Manchurian candidate I feared he might be.

H/T Glenn Greenwald

Life During Wartime playlist for 02/04/2009

Program name: 
Life During Wartime
Air date: 
02/04/2009

Diskords – LDW

The Fall – City Hobgoblins
Fellini – Rock Europeu
Animals and Men – We are Machines
The mekons – 32 Weeks
The Jam – London Traffic

Sam & Joe
The Feederz- Taking the Night
Inepsy- Street City Kids
Rikk Agnew- Falling Out
The Wipers- Image of Man

Mass Hysteri – Istiden
Vast Majority – Poor Sid
Hans a Plast – Starfighter
Psycho – Gun Out of Control
Walter Wolff – Placebo World
Ultimo Resorte – Una Guerra Sin Fondo

In loving memory…Lux Interior
The Cramps- The most exaulted potentate of love
The Cramps- Her love rubbed off

Movin' On on 02/06/09

Program: 
Movin' On
Air date: 
Fri, 02/06/2009 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Short Description: 
Who Was There and What Were They Up To? Part one!

Howard Wade, lead guitarist of Portland's Sons of Bernard, sits in with host Laurie Sonnenfeld as they explore folk music and musicians of the early 60s who were drawn to the scene in Greenwich Village.

Circle A Radio on 02/04/09

Air date: 
Wed, 02/04/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
An interview with the Dicentra Collective

The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Tonight on Circle A Radio we talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, their ideas for radical caregiving, and more. Stay Tuned.

If You Love This Planet on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Bob Herbert, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, about the changing political landscape in the U.S. and the new Obama Administration.

Alternative Radio on 02/04/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 02/04/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Michael Eric Dyson on "Dr. King and the American Dream." (lecture)

Michael Eric Dyson is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches theology, English and African American studies. He is also an ordained Baptist minister and the author of sixteen books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America and Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.

Radiozine on 02/06/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 02/06/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Lenni Brenner, longtime activist and author of "Zionism In the Age of the Dictators," about the history of Zionism.

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 01/29/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

An interview with Ali Abunimah on the future of Palestine and Isreal and Catherine Austin Fitts returns with Community Business.

Presswatch

Program: 
Presswatch
Air date: 
Thu, 01/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Host Theresa Mitchell speaks with Jack D. Forbes, author of "Columbus and Other Cannibals." Forbes is professor emeritus and former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. He was instrumental at the start of the Native American Movement in 1961, and went on to found Native American Studies programs across the country as well as an indigenous university.

One Land Many Voices

Air date: 
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Hosts Hala Gores and Will Seaman welcome Melinda Borne, Director of Programs for the United Palestinian Appeal, to talk about humanitarian aid for Gaza and local Palestine solidarity organizer Peter Miller to talk about long-term work to bring a just peace to the Palestine/Israel conflict.
 

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