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“9/11 in the Academic Community” Movie Live-Stream from Berkeley!

March 30, 2014 Post Event Update Notice: “NOW ARCHIVED”!

The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance (NCA911Truth) Live-Stream event from Berkeley’s Historic Fellowship Hall on MARCH 27, 2014 is now archived on No Lies Radio! 

The idea of the live-stream event was to promote the screening of the film, “9/11 in the Academic Community”, at campuses and communities world-wide in 2014. See the link to the film if you wish to organize an event in your area. The featured film is not in the archive since it was a one-time publicity agreement with the film maker, Adnan Zuberi. The short film titled “The San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11” was shown, and the 10th Anniversary of that event organized by NCA911Truth was celebrated. Truth Troubadour Vic Sadot sang “Cheney’s in the Bunker” and “Trouble in the Rubble”, and the first of those two songs is in this archived segment. The sponsors were Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Project Censored, the BFUU Social Justice Committee, and No Lies Radio. Trailers to the featured film and links to purchase it are also listed at this link at NoLiesRadio. Watch it for free and make a donation if you want to support our work! noliesradio.org/archives/76644

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The Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance presents “9/11 IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY” by Live-Stream on No Lies Radio.  “San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11” will also be shown to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of that event. THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 at 7 PM Pacific Time from Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 on No Lies Radio.

Five Northern California-based groups have teamed up to publicize the new film titled “9/11 in the Academic Community”. The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Project Censored, the BFUU Social Justice Committee, and No Lies Radio have teamed up to create a Live-stream Internet Event that anyone can watch from anywhere! If you cannot be with us in person at Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, then you can be there in spirit by watching both movies and the discussion by live-stream. Wherever in the world you may be, you can join us in real time at this No Lies Radio link: www.noliesradio.org/archives/76644

Berkeley Calling! "9/11 In The Academic Community" Movie Live Stream on March 27 2014 at 7 pm from Historic Fellowship Hall by No Lies Radio!

Berkeley Calling! “9/11 In The Academic Community” Movie Live Stream on March 27 2014 at 7 pm from Historic Fellowship Hall by No Lies Radio!

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth posted a review that said: “9/11 In The ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, a winner at the University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique film that documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11. It explores the taboo that has been effective in shielding the American government’s narrative of the events of 9/11 from scholarly examination. Through a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the purpose of academia, the film aims at changing intellectual discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror… As well as probing the repercussions several scholars have endured due to their individual investigations into 9/11, this documentary provides an analysis of impairments in professional inquiry, ranging from the failure to critically reflect on terms that function as “thought-stoppers” (such as “conspiracy theory”) to the structural approach that restricts inquiry to the broad implications of 9/11 while shutting out enquiry into the events of the day itself.” http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/57-news-releases-by-others/795-new-film-takes-on-911-in-the-academic-community.html

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To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of one of the most important events organized by Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance March 26-28, 2004, a short film titled “San Francisco International Inquiry into 9/11”. Two of the founders of the organization that created that event 10 years ago will be at Fellowship Hall to speak, Carol Brouillet, and Ken Jenkins, who will be our evening MC.

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Vic Sadot will sing a song from his CD “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”.  www.vicsadot.com

Vic Sadot is Truth Troubadour at YouTube, Blogspot, and Twitter. He is the current chair of the Social Justice Committee and a long time movement singer-songwriter. www.youtube.com/truthtroubadour

Vic Sadot is Truth Troubadour at YouTube, Blogspot, and Twitter. He is the current chair of the Social Justice Committee and a long time movement singer-songwriter. www.youtube.com/truthtroubadour

Official site of the movie “9/11 in the Academic Community” directed by A. Zuberi. http://911inacademia.com The main thesis of the film concerns the silence of the academic community on this vital issue. I think it is extremely important and very well produced.” Morton Brussel, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign To help promote this event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/553167108114974   Co-Sponsors and Links to their websites: Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance www.sf911truth.org Project Censored www.projectcensored.org No Lies Radio www.noliesradio.org Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth www.ae911truth.org Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists www.bfuu.org/events/social-justice

Québec – California Solidarity Shines in Richmond

Group photo outside the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond after the gathering organized by the Sunflower Alliance. "Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster! - Starting Fossil Free Solutions!" From Lac-Mégantic, Québec to Richmond, California! SATURDAY, March 1, 2o14 at Bobby Bowens  Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA

Group photo outside the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond after the gathering organized by the Sunflower Alliance. “Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster! – Starting Fossil Free Solutions!” From Lac-Mégantic, Québec to Richmond, California! SATURDAY, March 1, 2o14 at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA. Photo by Brooke Anderson. Hit the photo to see her Facebook page: “Stills of Our Stories & Struggles”

A devastating and tragic oil train derailment, explosions, and intense raging fires came crashing into the little town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, Canada on the night of July 6, 2013. In the aftermath, citizens from the town began to find their collective voice and to organize themselves. One of them spoke in Richmond to a large crowd at the Barry Bowers Center in Richmond, CA on March 1, 2014.

A train rolling throught lovely downtown Lac-Megantic sometime before the oil train derailment, explosions and fires of July 6, 2013. Photo Montreal CTV News

A train rolling throught lovely downtown Lac-Megantic sometime before the oil train derailment, explosions and fires of July 6, 2013. Photo Montreal CTV News

Marilaine Savard told the story and showed photos from her home town tragedy. An unattended 74-car freight train transporting the most volatile of crude oil was parked at night on a steep incline a few miles from town. Somehow the train’s brakes failed and it ran away and picked up speed until it derailed as it took a curve in the center of the quaint little town located in the Eastern Townships of the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s very close to the border of Maine and next to a beautiful lake also named Lac-Mégantic. The train derailed, resulting in such intense fires and explosions of multiple tank cars that it killed 47 people who were “vaporized”. More than 30 buildings in the town’s center were destroyed turning the quaint Québec town into an inferno and into a wasteland. See the photo from before above and the photo after below.

The Sainte-Agnès Catholic Church stands unscathed next to the derailment and blast site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Pope Francis on Tuesday extended an apostolic blessing to victims, families and everyone affected by the tragedy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

The Sainte-Agnès Catholic Church stands unscathed next to the derailment and blast site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Pope Francis on Tuesday extended an apostolic blessing to victims, families and everyone affected by the tragedy. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

Such was the story told by a young mother named Marilaine Savard from Lac-Mégantic, who fate cast as the spokesperson for the people of the town’s effort to respond to Big Oil and it’s conduct of criminal neglect and irresponsibility. Marilaine Savard was emotionally distraught at times. Yet she was stalwart and inspired by the outpouring of good will and “Solidarity” that she received from her new-found friends in the Chevron Oil Refinery town of Richmond, California. If any California town can feel for Lac-Mégantic it would be Richmond, which has suffered the effects of the huge oil refinery in its midst. 

Marilaine Savard, Baraka, and Pennie Opal Plant relax after the inspiring gathering in Richmond. Photo by Vic Sadot

Marilaine Savard, Baraka, and Pennie Opal Plant relax after the inspiring gathering in Richmond. Photo by Vic Sadot

Marilaine Savard, spokesperson for the Citizens Committee of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, was in the San Francisco Bay area for about a week of local speaking and organizing for alternatives to the fossil-fuel industry as well as to tell the story of her community. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin gave a fiery speech and read a formal Solidarity Proclamation from the City of Oakland to the city of Lac-Mégantic. 

Richmond, CA Mayor Gail  McLaughlin and City Council member Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles read and present the Proclamation of Solidarity to Marilaine Savard on behalf of their respective communities. Photo by Vic Sadot

Richmond, CA Mayor Gail McLaughlin and City Council member Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles read and present the Proclamation of Solidarity to Marilaine Savard on behalf of their respective communities. Photo by Vic Sadot

Mayor McLaughlin is part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance which has transformed Richmond from an oil “company town” to a leading city standing up to Wall St bank foreclosures and Chevron corruption and pollution. Her second term as mayor is currently dealing with the aftermath of the damages for the August 6, 2013 Chevron refinery explosion and fire that resulted in 15,000 going to the hospital.

Photo by David Charron in Maclean's Canadian National Weekly

Photo by David Charron in Maclean’s Canadian National Weekly

Also speaking: Antonia Juhasz, leading oil industry expert, policy-analyst, award winning journalist, and author of three books: including ‘The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must do to Stop It.’  George Monterrey, a grassroots community leader of the Pittsburg Ethics Council, which is fighting the Wespac crude mega-transfer-storage facility in Pittsburg, CA to supply expanding Bay Area refineries with fracked and tar sands crude oil by rail, pipeline and tanker. Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay Solidarity, from Richmond, CA “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honor Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water”. The MC was Andres Soto, KPFA’s Morning Mix host, writer at Richmond Confidetial, and Communities for a Better Environment Richmond organizer. David Solnit of Arts for Change talked about how some discussions months ago led to these connections with newly activated people in Québec.

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The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson & Montreal CTV News Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Fires & Explosions Disaster 07-06-13

Publicity for the event stated that “Fossil Fuels are a disaster, from fracking and tar sands extraction to transport in rail cars, pipelines and tankers; to refining; to burning; to climate change-caused drought, heatwaves, fires, floods, and super-storms that are wrecking our communities and planet”. The panel addressed questions related to this theme: “How can we move from “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) to “Not On Planet Earth” (NOPE)? How can we STOP fossil fuel disasters and START fossil-fuel free solutions?”

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Lac-Mégantic wide angle photo Montreal CTV News Oil Train Fires & Explosions Disaster 07-06-13

Sponsored by Sunflower Alliance. Cosponsored by Richmond Progressive Alliance, Bay Area 350.org, and Communities for a Better Environment.

The Facebook event page was titled “Stopping Fossil Fuel Disaster–Starting Fossil Free Solutions” From Lac-Mégantic to Pittsburg to Richmond, CA. How do we create connectedness and solidartity and an end to the attitude of “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) to a wiser and more engaging attitude of “Not On Planet Earth” (NOPE). A lively teach-in it was! 

A gathering earlier in the week when the Solidarity Banner was unfurled. People signed their names and short statements on the banner to be taken back to Québec. I wrote "Bon Courage!"

A gathering earlier in the week when the Solidarity Banner was unfurled. People signed their names and short statements on the banner to be taken back to Québec. I wrote “Bon Courage!

 

Berkeley Art House: Rovics-Drooker Concert for Tristan Anderson

Berkeley Art House Hosted a David Rovics – Eric Drooker Concert for Tristan Anderson

Click here to see Justice for Tristan on Facebook for Updates. There is a rally scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland from 4-7 pm: 4 pm Free Feast!; 5 pm Speakers; 6 pm 5th Anniversary March in Solidarity with Tristan Anderson & Palestine! Oscar Grant Plaza is a a 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) public space formerly known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and it was the home of Occupy Oakland. It is located where San Pablo Avenue converges with Broadway and 14th Street. Justice4Tristan@gmail.com 

Berkeley’s Art House, formally known as “Art House Gallery & Cultural Center” is an institutional gem of an asset for Berkeley. It was founded by Harold Adler, who is well-known for his photography. Although the Art House Gallery seems to be situated in a very commercial area at 2905 Shattuck Ave, the city has lately required that the sound system be cut off at 8 pm. So the concerts of yesteryear with full bands amplified are no longer held in the evening. Singers just have to project as loud as they can in the room that seems capable of seating 30-50 people by my guess. Audiences there tend to be quiet and attentive during the performances anyway. Upcoming shows listed at the Art House Gallery website show Poetry Unbounded #10 set for Sunday March 2 from 5-8 pm with Joan Gelfand,  David Shadduck, and Todd TemkinRon Thompson is scheduled for a concert on Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm. You can follow or subscribe at http://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com

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The event held yesterday, Sunday, Feb 23, was a benefit for activist Tristan Anderson that featured David Rovics and Eric Drooker, who also happen to be old friends from New York. Tristan delivered a short slide show about his Central American travels that predated his injury in Palestine by an Israeli soldier firing a tear gas grenade into his skull. It is easy to overlook that Tristan was a long-time rights activist before he became more widely known as a result of his injuries in Palestine. He is partially paralyzed now. He sat in a wheel-chair in his hoodie. Nonetheless, his recovery was described as “miraculous considering the extent of his injuries”, according to his stalwart friend Ayre. A law suit is proceeding, and it was mentioned that, so far, they have been unsuccessful in discovering which Israeli troop fired the shot at Tristan’s head. It happened after a demonstration was well finished and was therefore considered quite intentional, stated Ayre. There is an ongoing civil case against the State of Israel and they need funds to push that forward.

David Rovics with his daughter Leila and pet rabbit having a chat with Tristan Anderson after the concert at Art House 2-23-14

David Rovics with his daughter Leila and pet rabbit having a chat with Tristan Anderson after the concert at Art House 2-23-14

David Rovics gave a stellar performance of original topical songs. He is the closest artist to a Broadside Balladeer like Phil Ochs that I can think of today in that he is incredibly prolific on a broad swath of controversial subjects and not afraid to take them on. The songs he performed at Art House included a couple of songs shouted out to him by his little daughter Leila who is traveling with him on this California road trip. She wanted to hear the song about the famous Greek protest dog, “Riot Dog”. There’s an article in David’s “Songwriter’s Blog” titled “Travels With Leila” that shows the fatherly role that David enjoys.  In “Prism”, the name of a surveillance program of the NSA, he says, “I looked into a prism and what did I see? I saw a police state looking back at me.”    

Eric Drooker and Harold Adler enjoy talking after the concert

Eric Drooker and Harold Adler enjoy talking after the concert

Eric Drooker combined singing, banjo playing and occasionally harmonica, to accompaniment of a highly captivating slide show of scenes from his own art, which reminded me of the old wood prints. He is known for getting his art on the New Yorker magazine while also contributing art to various causes, such as Occupy Oakland and the cover of David Rovic’s latest CD. Find out more about the amazingly multi-talented Eric Drooker and see the prints that has to sell right here: http://www.drooker.com

 Drooker played one set between two by David Rovics and after Tristan’s slide show. Food was provided by Food Not Bombs. See http://www.foodnotbombs.net

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement with Palestine speaking at Art House on 2-23-14 in Berkeley

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement with Palestine speaking at Art House on 2-23-14 in Berkeley

Paul Larudee, a veteran of the Gaza Flotilla attempts to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip, and many other actions with the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, spoke briefly about the continuing human rights violations and terrible conditions in Palestine under occupation. You can read his blog here: http://www.palestinefreedom.org/speakers/paul-larudee

“Spies Are Reading My Blog” comes from his real life experience in trying to play a gig in New Zealand and being prevented from entering. Someone obviously does not like what he is singing about. “Everything Can Change” was a fitting last song. David may sing about some depressing troubles, but he is not singing for any reason other than to inspire people to participate in meaningful social change aimed at peace through justice. You can follow David Rovics by subscribing to his mailing list at his web site. http://davidrovics.com

Photo display by Harold Adler of his 2005 travels in Nicaragua

Photo display by Harold Adler of his 2005 travels in Nicaragua

Harold Adler told me about his travels in Nicaragua in 2005 when I asked him about the photo display on the inside side wall of Art House. He found it very depressing, but inspiring to see how people struggle in the most adverse conditions.

Support Berkeley Art House Gallery & Cultural Center by checking out the schedule and by subscribing to the mailing list: http://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com

There was also a conversation that I had with some Oakland activists that will motivate me to post a short blog next about something they called the Oakland wiki on  “Domain Awareness Center”. Very disturbing indeed! The post about the new Homeland Security funded corporate outsourced surveillance program coming to Oakland is now posted here in BERKELEY CALLING.

Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights

BERKELEY CALLING! The living Free Speech tradition of Berkeley, CA, the home of one of the University of California’s most famous universities and communities, was shining like a beacon to the world once again. An eloquent and heart-felt call to Defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States was issued by a group of distinguished and experienced speakers.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 over 400 Bay Area residents were treated to a panel of civil liberties leading activists at John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley California titled “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State.” It was a packed house with a very lively panel discussion. It was also live-streamed.

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Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, was one of the main speakers at the forum. Shahid Battar was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, the iconic whistleblower of The Pentagon Papers fame, a national hero described by President Nixon as “the most dangerous man in America”; Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org and producer of the film “War Made Easy”; Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”. Left to right seated are Daniel Ellsberg, Shahid Buttar,  Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon. Photo by Vic Sadot

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and BORDC board member, kicked off the event with brief remarks. The moderator was Robert Jaffee, seated behind at right of Reitman, is a volunteer attorney on the Hedges v. Obama case challenging “indefinite detention without due process”. Left to right seated at the long table: Daniel Ellsberg, Shahid Buttar, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon. Photo by Vic Sadot

Shahid Buttar sounded the call to Defend the Bill of Rights! He denounced Senator Feinstein D-CA for her role not protecting the American people against the crimes against the Constitution and the attempt to keep the crimes secret until 2038. He asked people to sign and promote the “Shame on Feinstein” statement, which demands that and to tell Senator Feinstein D-CA to withdraw her bogus bill to codify continuing unwarranted, untargeted, and unsubstantiated surveillance of citizens and to resign from the Senate oversight committee on Intelligence for trying to cover up instead of stopping the vast illegal spying on Americans by the NSA. Solomon earlier exposed in an open letter that Feinstein had made a secret deal to keep that level of Total Information Awareness surveillance a secret until 2038. There is a Shame on Feinstein Facebook Page. And the petition is here: https://shameonfeinstein.org

For the more comprehensive report on the forum read Matthew Kellegrew inThe Peoples’s Blog For the Constitution” by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC). http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/#.UuYabNLTlkg

 Kellegrew reports, “The panel often focused on the positive, presenting examples of creative ways local communities can engage with the issue of over broad surveillance. Members of the Shame On Feinstein coalition passed out flyers and BORDC’s Shahid Buttar commended the effort from the stage. Buttar put the struggle for a truly accountable government in the context of broader historical struggles for liberty and freedom.”

Executive Director of BORDC, Shahid Buttar, issued the call for a vigorous grass roots citizen campaign to Defend the Bill of Rights. Seated left to right at the table: Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon.

Executive Director of BORDC, Shahid Buttar, issued the call for a vigorous grass roots citizen campaign to Defend the Bill of Rights. Seated left to right at the table: Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Cohen, and Norman Solomon.

Cindy Cohn provided an update on the legal challenges to NSA spying. Norman Solomon shared his analysis of mass media coverage of the NSA controversy. Daniel Ellsberg addressed the role and history of whistleblowers and the institutions they confront. Shahid Bhuttar focused on grassroots action opportunities at the state level, including the “Shame on Feinstein” initiative calling for Senator Feinstein’s resignation as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the bi-partisan “Off Now Coalition” policy proposed in Sacramento, CA, and in other states, such as Utah, cut off the NSA from state resources. See US News & World Report article by Steve Nelson: “Some NSA Opponents Want to ‘Nullify’ Surveillance With State Law – Activists say legislation can cut water, kill snooping at Utah Data Center”.

Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee announces “tool kits” available to citizens in the ongoing campaign against criminal violations of the Constitution by the NSA. Short video at BORDC YouTube Channel (2:33).

Watch the entire forum in the video below! “Our Almost Orwellian State & NSA Surveillance Forum” Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of Rights in the Sanctuary of St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Posted by Bright Path Video YouTube Channel.

Abby Martin, RT TV Host of “Breadking the Set”, explains “Why Obama Speech Spells No Change to Global Surveillance” in her latest “Brainwash Update”. Abby Martin is “Breadking the Set” of the corporate media’s constrained parameters of allowed thinking! 

Full Spectrum Dominance: Lyrics and link to the free SoundCloud song posted at Global Network Against Nuclear Weapons and Power in Space! 

Are You A Citizen Or Are You A Slave? (5:11) Vic Sadot video at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel – “Are You A Citizen” is an anthem salute to struggle that is done in strident Cajun waltz style. The song was written by Vic Sadot and Cindy Hubschmidt. It challenges citizen apathy and cynicism. In reciting the successful parts of the historical record, the song confronts the notion that we cannot change anything. Yet the the historical record of struggle says otherwise. Colonialism, slavery, and debtor prisons were defeated. A Bill of Rights, the right to organize unions, civil rights, and womens voting rights were all won through struggle. As Thomas Paine once said, “Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another.” Rights are inalienable and not granted by the political powers that be. As the song says, “You’ll use your Bill of Rights ’til your struggles are won!”

Twit Wit Radio 1-26-14 Archive – Berkeley Political Comedy Radio Show Every Sunday Evening on KPFA Pacifica. Activists need to laugh sometimes! And that takes smart humor like Twit Wit delivers! 

Release the Cleared Prisoners and Close Guantanamo Prison!

Berkeley City Hall “Hunger Strike Solidarity” Rally says: “Release the Cleared Prisoners and Close Guantanamo Prison!” Rita Maran Reiterates Official City Welcome of a Cleared-Detainee to Re-settle in Berkeley.

Cynthia Papermaster of Berkeley No More Guantanamos and Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter 5-21-13 Press Release: “A Gathering to Declare that “Berkeley Says NO to Indefinite Detention and Torture!”

Marking 100 days of an ongoing hunger strike by Guantanamo prisoners, Codepink, Berkeley No More Guantanamos, and others gathered at Old City Hall in Berkeley to hear from City of Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner Rita Maran (Sunday, 5-19-13). Rita Maran spoke on behalf of City Council member Linda Maio about the critical life or death human rights situation for Guantanamo prisoners. Rita Maran talked about the standing October 2011 Berkeley City Council Resolution welcoming cleared-for-release detainees to settle in Berkeley using private funds. She addressed the concern that Congress lift the current ban on their entry to the USA. Janet Weil of Code Pink spoke for an end to this ongoing madness.

Peace and Justice Commissioner Rita Maran spoke on behalf of City Council member Linda Maio about the critical life or death human rights situation for Guantanamo prisoners and the October 2011 Berkeley City Council Resolution welcoming cleared-for-release detainees to settle in Berkeley using private funds and the concern that Congress lift the current ban on their entry to the USA.

Rita Maran, Ph.D. Human Rights Lecturer & Member, Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission 5-19-13 at Berkeley City Hall. Cynthia Papermaster of Berkeley No More Guantanamos at left.

Cynthia Papermaster of Berkeley No More Guantanamos spoke about the 86 cleared-for-release prisoners still in Guantanamo – up to 7 years after their cases were dismissed by the Bush and Obama administrations. She announced a “Guantanamo Freedom Fund Pledge Drive” for donations to pay expenses such as psychiatric care, housing, food, etc. for the prisoners who will be invited to resettle in Berkeley. The crowd was thrilled to welcome U.S. torture policy architect “John Yoo” (bubble-head actor), a tenured professor at UC Law School and darling of the Wall Street Journal, the Tea Party, Young Republicans, American Enterprise Institute, and the Federalist Society. Mr. Yoo, played to the hilt by Toby Blome, handed Ms. Papermaster a giant “check” pledging $250,000 to help cleared-for-release Gitmo prisoners with living expenses in Berkeley. Papermaster told Yoo she appreciated the donation, but that she still hoped he would be prosecuted for his unethical, illegal and immoral role in torture, destruction of civil rights, and pre-emptive war.

Vic Sadot, Chair of the Berkeley Fellowship Social Justice Committee spoke about our need to stand here to express the conscience of Berkeley and US citizens. He led the crowd in singing “Tell John Yoo That Torture Is A Crime”, a song recorded with the Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus and released on 9/11/11 on a CD titled “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs”, which is available at CD Baby and for which a video was made using photos from David Swanson’s WarIsACrime site. 

All attendees were invited to write postcards to the illegally held Guantanamo “detainees” (prisoners), to President Obama to ask him to use his authority to free the cleared-for-release prisoners, and to write to John Yoo to mock-thank him for his generous pledge to help the men that he conspired to torture by writing bogus legal briefs to justify the use of torture, and to violate the Geneva Conventions, which are by treaty also the law of the United States.

This Guantanamo Hunger Strike Solidarity Action and the issue of closing Guantanamo peranently was the lead story on the Berkeley-based KPFA evening news that day. That segment begins at 2:32 and ends at 8:00 on this archived recording): http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/91701

BERKELEY CALLING! “Inviting Gitmo Detainees to Berkeley”

Rita Maran explained the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission proposal to the City of Berkeley, and why it was passed. These “indefinite detainees” have been tortured but were never charged with a crime. Many have been cleared by the Bush and Obama administrations. But the advocates of a “war on terror” need some real life people to populate that policy. They apparently prefer to conduct their “war” outside of US Constitutional law, due process, and habeas corpus rights established by Magna Carta. The prisoners known in the corporate media as “detainees” have been kept from their families for 11 years and counting. This is not American justice! Guantanamo torture testimony was used in the 9/11 Commission report to support the “official conspiracy theory” that 19 Muslim men, mostly from Saudi Arabia, were led in the successful attacks of 9/11/01 by Osama bin Laden from a cave in Afghanistan. At this time (5-20-13) over 100 of them have gone past 100 days in a hunger strike as an attempt to call their plight to the attention of people of conscience all over the world. On Sunday, May 19 a small group gathered to call for the release of all the cleared detainees and once again Dr. Rita Maran was there to speak out. Posted on May 16, 2013. 

Berkeley Welcomes Guantanamo Prisoners – Holly Harwood of Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter takes on Shaun Hannity and Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice Uploaded on Feb 16, 2011

The issue of permitting terrorist detainees released from Guantanamo Bay to settle in U.S. cities is front and center in Berkeley, CA. Jay Sekulow appeared on Fox News’ Hannity Show to debate the issue with Holly Harwood of the Golden Gate Chapter of CODEPINK.

100 Days of Guantanamo Hunger Strike: Special Coverage- RT TV (15:45)

May 16, 2013 marks a dark milestone in one of the world’s most horrific prisons – The 100th day of a mass hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. Out of 166 inmates at this time 130 are on hunger strike, according to prisoners, while the military only admits to 102. At least a third of them are being force fed through tubes, a procedure recognized by various medical organizations as painful enough to constitute another form of torture. And by all accounts – there’s no end in sight to the strike. RT discusses the stand-off with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg in Birmingham UK, who is now the Director of the “Cage Prisoners Activist Group”, Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei of the Center for Constitutional Rights who serves as the legal representative of 8 current Guantanamo “detainees”, military attorney Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, Judge Advocate General of the US Air Force, speaks out quite forcefully on behalf of his client. Wingard thanks RT for their consistent coverage of the prisoners’ plight. He sharply denounces American media “who are more than willing to forget about the whole situation”. He denounces CNN saying, “They’re doing a real fine job this week not interviewing a single prisoner, and regurgitating exactly what the camp officials want you to hear… There’s a two-part strategy, one is the public relations strategy and the behind the scenes crackdown that they are trying to hide…The President has the authority to sign a waver to get these men out of here. He can sign a waver… Indefinite detention is both illegal and immoral.”

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Prisoner Transported Force-feeding

No Matter What Hollywood Propaganda Movies like “Zero Dark Thirty” say, Torture is a Crime, and “Questions about the Death and Dumping at Sea of Osama bin Laden Remain!” Published 3-30-13 Truth Troubadour Blog: Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? If he is dead, when did he die? Was he really the “mastermind of 9/11”, or not? How can we know the truth? An exploration of these subjects by Truth Troubadour Vic Sadot, a member of the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance.

http://truthtroubadour.blogspot.com/2013/03/questions-about-death-dumping-at-sea-of.html

Zero Dark Thirty CIA Director's Cut

ZERO DARK THIRTY FILM EXPOSED AS OVERT PRO TORTURE PROPAGANDA

The Political Film Blog: Declassified Memo Shows ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers Played Role of Willing Propagandists for CIA – Newly Declassified Memo Shows CIA Shaped Zero Dark Thirty’s Narrative – Torture is:
1. Felony crime under US Law, 20 year penalty and death penalty if victim dies.
2. International War Crime.
3. A conspiracy to torture when multiple parties engage in it.
4. Conspiracy extends to those covering up these felonies and war crimes … do the math!

http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/memo-zero-dark-torture-scandal/

“CIA requested Zero Dark Thirty rewrites, memo reveals – Document shows agency requested removal of interrogation scene with dog, and shots of operatives partying with AK47.” Ben Childs, The Guardian, 5-7-13. The UK Guardian exposes CIA role in Zero Dark Thirty, a fiction movie that justifies the use of torture.http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/may/07/zero-dark-thirty-cia-memo

A substantial number of people in Gitmo were basically sold to the CIA/ US in return for the reward offered for ‘terrorists’: basically, someone from a hostile family in Afghanistan would kidnap a shepherd and hand him in as a suspect. Once you’re in the system you’re a terrorist because you wouldn’t be in the system otherwise. It’s intelligence gathering turned on its head, and hill-clans in Afghan made a tidy profit out of settling personal scores. This is fact, not supposition.” Comment by reader Sam Russel after watching a UK Documentary on subject. Torture: The Guantanamo Guide Book (49:28) 

John Kiriakou on RT

John Kiriakou on RT

CIA whistleblower imprisoned despite prosecutor’s promise RT 5-30-13

May 30, 2013. John Kiriakou: “I never tortured anybody, but I’m heading to prison while the torturers and the lawyers who papered over it and the people who deceived it and the men who destroyed the proof of it–the tapes– will never face justice.”…Then-CIA director David Petraeus hailed the conviction, “This case yielded the first IIPA (Intelligence Identities Protection Act) successful prosecution in 27 years, and it marks an important victory for our Agency, for our Intelligence Community, and for our country,” Petraeus said. “Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws.” “Tell the Whole World that Torture is a Crime” by releasing John Kiriakou and by prosecuting those who approved the “enhanced interrogation techniques” (Rumsfeld, Rice, Cheney), “indefinite detention” (imprisonment for more than 11 years under these cruel “techniques” without charges), and by prosecuting those who prosecuted this man instead of the real criminals.

http://rt.com/usa/whistleblower-kiriakou-writes-prison-013/

Peace Poets & Witness Against Torture: Hunger Strike Song

Hunger Strike Song by The Peace Poets and Witness Against Torture, posted Johnny Barber at YouTube. See link to the post by World Can’t Wait 166 men remain trapped at Guantánamo. The vast majority have never been, and will never be, charged with any crime. Of these, 86 have been cleared for release. Almost all of the men are on hunger strike since Feb 6, 2013. http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/media-files-mainmenu-28/audio-mainmenu-30/8244-song-for-the-guantanamo-hunger-strikers

http://youtu.be/WKFqCI6bIs0

Prison-wide hunger strike still rages at Guantánamo 4-15-13 San Francisco Bay View by Andy Worthington 

Andy Worthington, author ofThe Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal PrisonandThe Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and co-director of the documentaryOutside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” can be reached on FacebookTwitterFlickr and YouTube. Consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign.”

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