Plz GO here ASAP and be sure to read the Comments under this post as well.
Two Suggested ACTIONS:
One) Support Andy Worthington as he's way at the top of our Gitmo/Human Rights writers today
Two) Let's work to defeat the passing of US Senate bill S.968
See the conversation among the Comments to this post by Andy:
See here Evidently, if this bill passes this would extend the already permissive legalities re. torture by our nation...Andy said: I do recommend readers to check out the bill, which, as OpenCongress describes it:
Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be “dedicated to infringing activities.” The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.
The OpenCongress page is:
And this is the text of the bill:
Andy added "...what’s absolutely certain is that what’s said on the campaign trail is essentially meaningless, as vested interests dictate what actually happens when people are in power. It’s why we truly do need a revolution in political and economic thinking, so that we the people can be represented, instead of our enemies —the corporate interests who place shareholders’ interests and profits above everything else.
Allison Lee-Clay wrote:
I heard rumors that gulag ships are being used more frequently now to circumvent even rudimentary GITMO oversights & documentation.
Andy Worthington said:
It may be so, Allison, after the emergence of the story about the Somali, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, who was held on a ship for two months before being brought to New York to face a federal court trial. I haven’t had time to write about this yet. For a compromised, supposedly “objective” account of the issues at stake see this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/world/africa/07detain.html