War & Peace

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyer's Guild speaks about the use of rendition under the Obama administration.

Cohn, professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, says that instead of leaving the door open for the CIA to continue to engage in the rendition of terrorism suspects to other countries so long as the process is somehow handled "humanely", the Obama administration should end renditions altogether and prosecute those who have ordered renditions since 2001.

What gives?

 Huh. Apparently, during the Bush administration's waning days, Cheney lobbied ferociously for a pardon of Scooter Libby. And Dubya wouldn't budge.

 

In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge.

Sources close to Cheney told the Daily News the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration - even though Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence.

"He tried to make it happen right up until the very end," one Cheney associate said.

Again, huh. I wonder what's up there? Come to think of it, I didn't hear anything at all about Bush pardons. Anybody know what's going on?

-A

 

Circle A Radio

Air date: 
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
We spend the hour with Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist

Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist talks about her life as an Activist/Organizer, the nearly 20 years she spent in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy, her presidential pardon, and her advice to the younger generation.

Radiozine on 02/17/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Toni Tabora Roberts interviews Edwin Santiago, producer and editor of Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation, which will be shown as part of the Cascade Festival of African Films this Friday, February 20th. Based on the autobiography of Sam Nujoma, Namibia's first president and former leader of SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization), the film depicts the long struggle waged by the people of Namibia for their independence that was ultimately won with the help of Cuban military volunteers fighting in Angola.

 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/17/09

Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Clarifying last week's remarks on our new president

 Several listeners have let us know that they thought we were too hard on President Obama last week. Give him a break, they said. He's only been on the job a little while.

This week we aim to clear the air. Let's start by saying unequivocally that we're still in the president's camp, emphatically so. But we're still going to do what we said we would during the campaign -- call for Obama to do the right thing.

More Talk Radio on 02/16/09

Program: 
More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 02/16/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with journalist and author Norman Soloman about the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. military budget.

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 02/11/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

A special report on Israel's general election and excerpts from the documentary "Occupation 101".

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

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