Law and Disorder
Air Cascadia and Flashpoints are off today. Instead we'll hear Law and Disorder featuring lawyers Michael Ratner, Heidi Boghosian, and Michael Steven Smith.
In this edition host Michael Ratner marks the Center for the Constitutional Rights Case of Rasul v Bush: Courage To Stand Up At The Right Time. He explains the timeline of how the Supreme Court, over the administration's objections, agreed in November 2003 to hear the cases of the Guantanamo detainees, and also the case of al Odah v. Bush. This week's anniversary marks the historic ruling on June 28th, 2004 that detainees have access to U.S. Courts to challenge their detention.
And later guest Dr. Jeff Halper, co-founder and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, talks about the increase in the demolition of Palestinian homes.
In the past few months, the Israeli government has stepped up its campaign of Palestinian home demolitions, specifically in the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Maale Adumim settlement. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions estimates since 1967, nearly 29 thousand Palestinian homes and livelihood structures were demolished in the Occupied Territories. However, at the same time the Israeli government has announced the construction of thousands of homes and buildings in the settlements of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.