The Pdx Peace Coalition has called on the Portlland City Council to consider declaring Portland a Sanctuary City for GI resisters.
If passed the resolution would prevent Portland Police from executing Federal warrants for soldiers absent without leave from the Military.
The activists spoke of the toll that the wars in Iraq and Afghaniatan are having on soldiers and the courage it takes to refuse to go. Over 5000 veterans are expected to committ suicide this year alone.
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.
On January 26th, just six days after his inaugeration, President Obama
will face his first scheduled Guantanamo Tribunal. The trial of Canada born Omar Khadr
just 15 years old when captured by US forces following a firefight in
Aphghanistan is scheduled to begin. Michelle Shepherd, Toronto Star National Security writer, and author
Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Siddharth Kara author of the new book Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. His book chronicles his
travels around the globe to investigate the business of sex slavery in the world today.
He brings us the stories of escaped slaves from Nepal to Albania and he details the
economics of one of the most profitable businesses in history.
Madame Prosecutor: Confronting Humanities Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity is the memoir of Carla Del Ponte, former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals on Yugoslavia and on Rawanda. As the current Ambassador to Argentina for Switzerland she has been banned from talking about her own book due to its' allegedly inflammatory contents. In her job as chief prosecutor over the first International War Crimes Tribunals since WWII, she confronted the culture of impunity that allows leaders to incite and commit acts of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing without fear of being held accountable.
On his second day in Office, President Obama issued an executive order
to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. As part of that order he gave
Secretary of Defense Gates thirty days to conduct a thorough review of
the prisoners held there and the conditions of their confinement.
All Prisoners were to have "Humane standards of confinement" in
conformity with all applicatable laws National and International. The report
A February, United States Supreme Court Ruling has sent rumbles through Indian Country. The ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar handed down by the Roberts court throws into dispute the sovereignty of land recovered by tribes not recognized before the 1934 enactment of The Indian Reorganization Act. The decision turns on its head over 70 years of legal interpretation by the courts and by the Department of the Interior. The Narrangasett Tribe inside Rhode Island are the immediate losers in the case but have vowed to fight what they see as the " latest attempt at Judicial Termination" referring to the illegal state dissolution of the tribe in 1810.
Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews London based Journalist, Author and Human Rights activist Andy Worthington. He has released the most comprehensive list of all of the men who have been locked in Guantanamo. How they were picked up, what they were accused of, if they have been released and what's happening to them now. They also discuss the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners under the Obama Administration.
The Obama Department of Justice has put forth a claim of
“Sovereign Immunity” in a motion to dismiss in the domestic
spying case of Jewell v. NSA. The lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the National
Security Agency for spying on tens of thousands of citizens
without a warrant, during the Bush Administration. The
spying utilized the telecom company AT&T's fiber optic
network to access the communications of unsuspecting
Americans. The claim of Sovereign Immunity is unprecedented
Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Ronault L.S. Catalani, author, poet immigrant rights attorney and the the City of Portland's Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Coordinator. In his evocative new book Catalani also known as "Polo" writes a series of essays from familiar cafes. Each one gives a new and startlingly intimate experience of one mans life as an immigrant. The interview springboards from the book to the political forces underpinning his experience of "ethnic Cleansing" to the effects of those forces in the life of refugees today. The wide ranging discussion touched on the value of war crimes tribunals to the camaraderie immigrants from different cultures find in each others company.