Phil Ochs 1973 Interview Audio to Video Project Gets Promoted at Celebrating Phil Ochs

New Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel post gets promoted by webmaster Shannon Hammock at the new web site to celebrate Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th birthday on Dec 19, 2015.

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. 

SUMMARY OF CONTENT: This interview took place in Washington, DC on WGTB Radio with Rich Lang, Host of Interface, a WGTB Public Affairs Program; Vic Sadot, Interviewer; Sound Engineer: Skip Pizzi. (Total time interview: 28 min, 54 sec)
Rich Lang announces “Interface” show and introduces Phil Ochs and Vic Sadot. Vic explains that Phil is in DC for a week long engagement at The Cellar Door. He then asks Phil about Watergate and what the Senate and the press are doing. Phil talks about “the Watergate conspiracy”, the possibility of impeachment of President Richard Nixon; Rich asks Phil what about Vice President Spiro Agnew; Nixon in the polls, the significance of Attorney General John Mitchell admitting to breaking the law. Phil expresses surprise that Judge Sirica pursued the Watergate case thus far, talks of the lack of character of Eliot Richardson, quotes John Lennon’s song, Working Class Hero, refers to “crooks” and “creeps” (Committee to Re-Elect the President), mentions FBI Director L. Patrick Gray admitting to having destroyed evidence, refers to the break-in to the office of Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg. Phil talks about his appearance on a TV show called “Panorama” the day before and what members of the international press, who were also on that show, were saying about the “Nixon scandal”. Phil comments on the superior nobility and utility of a parliamentary vote of no confidence compared to the impeachment process offered in the US Constitution.

Phil Ochs sings Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon, an update of a song he had previously written and released as Here’s to the State of Mississippi. Only Lyrics in white text on black background during the song segment.

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Vic Sadot asks Phil Ochs about his travels in recent years. Phil covers the globe with his commentary on Vietnam and Cambodia, and his report on his most recent travels to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Thailand, the Phillipines, “and Philadelphia”. Phil describes the struggle going on in Chile. Salvador Allende, a socialist who nationalized the copper mines, a great national asset of Chile, that had come to be owned by ITT Anaconda. This interview is in May 1973, 4 months before the coup by General Pinochet, when ITT and CIA activities against the Chilean government are being discussed. The coup came on September 11, 1973. Phil cites the assassination of the head of the Chilean Armed Forces (General René Schneider) as a “false flag” operation to make it seem like the newly elected socialist government was attacking the Chilean military. Phil talks about the movie “State of Siege” and the nature of the movement in South America. He describes the tactics of the Tupamaros in Uruguay, and tells the story of being at a university in Uruguay when it was surrounded by the army and shots were exchanged. Phil tells about being tracked and interfered with by Interpol and being taken to a prison. We discuss the role of universities in South America. He says that folk singers make the juke box but it is still mostly romantic subjects rather than political. Phil talks about the CIA financing of a spiritual movement in Chile to drain youth from the revolutionary political movement in Chile. (There may have been more in this interview, but it appears that WGTB’s reel to reel tape ran out here.)

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Getting Real About Richard Clarke by Kevin Ryan

“Getting Real About Richard Clarke” by Kevin Ryan at Dig Within Blog 2-02-14.

Kevin Ryan is the author of “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”, which I, Vic Sadot, reviewed in my “Truth Troubadour” Blog. The kind of information documented this many years after 9/11 has many people thinking that we should not be calling for a “new investigation” anymore. Rather that charges and prosecutions move forward and tie together the revelations of the Senate Report on Torture, the known facts of the anthrax case used to push the Patriot Repression Act through Congress at locomotive speed, and the kind of court-worthy evidence gathered in hundreds of books and documentaries, such as Kevin Ryan’s writings reveal. The fact is that the torture testimony was needed to actually have a story for 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow to tell. There are many areas of focus being established as the basis for genuine judicial process in the interest of 9/11 Truth and Justice. Rock and Roll Revolutionary John Lennon said, “You can live a lie until you die! But one thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside!”

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Ryan Excerpts from his “Dig Within” Blog  that bring 9/11 into the Context of Today:

“President Obama’s 2013 advisory panel on NSA spying included some interesting people considering that the justification for such crimes against democracy always go back to 9/11. One member was Cass Sunstein, who had previously advised the president to “cognitively infiltrate” citizen groups that sought the truth about 9/11. Another panel member was Richard Clarke, the former “counterterrorism czar,” whose opinions on the subject continue to be widely publicized despite suspicions that Clarke might have been in league with the 9/11 terrorists…. Clarke suggested that Osama bin Laden was never worried about being caught before he was killed because he “thought he’d get tipped.” Clarke meant that Bin Laden was helped by retired intelligence officials and would be tipped off to any operation. In the same interview, Clarke told Maher that Afghanis were pathetic and that Pakistanis were “pathological liars.” However, there are good reasons to believe that it is Clarke who is a pathological liar. Those reasons include that it was Clarke who tipped off Bin Laden’s friends in the years before 9/11, effectively preventing the capture or killing of that alleged terrorist mastermind. Clarke later promoted lies about a man called Abu Zubaydah, whose torture testimony is behind much of the 9/11 Commission Report. People need to know more about Richard Clarke before taking any more of his comments at face value. The following excerpts from my book Another Nineteen might make that point a little more obvious. http://digwithin.net/2014/02/02/real-clarke

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Dig Within

President Obama’s 2013 advisory panel on NSA spying included some interesting people considering that the justification for such crimes against democracy always go back to 9/11. One member was Cass Sunstein, who had previously advised the president to “cognitively infiltrate” citizen groups that sought the truth about 9/11. Another panel member was Richard Clarke, the former “counterterrorism czar,” whose opinions on the subject continue to be widely publicized despite suspicions that Clarke might have been in league with the 9/11 terrorists.

Clarke MaherIn one of several “Real Time” interviews with TV host Bill Maher, a supporter of NSA spying, Clarke suggested that Osama bin Laden was never worried about being caught before he was killed because he “thought he’d get tipped.” Clarke meant that Bin Laden was helped by retired intelligence officials and would be tipped off to any operation. In the same interview, Clarke told Maher that Afghanis…

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Standing On the Side of Love – Free Chelsea!

BERKELEY CALLING! Stand on the Side of Love, Truth, and Justice! Free Chelsea Manning! Prosecute the War Criminals! Not the Whistle-Blowers!

  • COURAGE TO RESIST.ORG Plans Speaking Tour for CHELSEA MANNING Attorney David Coombs with Oakland event at Humanist Hall on Dec 9 at 6:30 pm!
  • BFUU SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE ISSUES A STATEMENT ON MANNING: THE “STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE” RESOLUTION.
  • VIC SADOT UPDATED HIS MANNING SUPPORT SONG TO THE FEMININE AS REQUESTED. “COURAGE TO RESIST – FREE CHELSEA!” IS A FREE DOWNLOAD AT SoundCloud! USE IT TO FREE WAR CRIMES WHISTLE-BLOWER CHELSEA MANNING!
  • Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple”, released a Statement denouncing the 35 year sentence and praising Chelsea Manning’s humanism and bravery. ALICE WALKER STATEMENT ON MANNING

  • New 2015 Video Update: Courage To Resist – Free Chelsea Manning (4:52) at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel.  This video is an update from the original 2009 “Courage To Resist” video about war crimes whistle-blower Bradley Manning. This 2015 version is gender updated to show respect and support for Chelsea Manning. She received a 35 year prison sentence for exposing U.S. war crimes, including the “collateral murder” video of U.S. helicopter pilots attacking a group of Iraqi children, civilians, and professional journalists.“We stood with you as ‘Bradley’! We’re gonna stand with you as ‘Chelsea’ too!” – A line in the last verse of the new version of the song called “Courage To Resist” now posted at SoundCloud.com/BroadsideBalladeer

Justice Denied: Chelsea Manning Gets 35 Year Sentence

COURAGE TO RESIST – FREE CHELSEA MANNING VERSION (4:47) – Free mp3 at SoundCloud by Broadside Balladeer! Use it to support war-crimes whistle-blower Chelsea Manning! Exposing war crimes is a duty, not a crime! Support the organization that stands with GI’s who grow in awareness and conscience and who stand for peace through justice while under military servitude! Berkeley-based singer-songwriter Vic Sadot is on vocals and acoustic guitar, and Eric Golub is on the evocative and moving viola. Sammy Fielding was the sound-engineer for all sessions at Robot Envy Studio.

Cynthia Papermaster joins VicSadot in singing his song, Courage To Resist, in support of Private Bradley Manning in San Francisco at Justin Herman Plaza as the crowd reacts to the announcement that war crimes whistle-blower Manning was given a 35 year sentence by the US military court. This rally was on 8-21-13. Photo by Peter Menchini

Cynthia Papermaster, with faithful “fellow traveler” and stalwart activist dog Jimminywinks, joins Vic Sadot in singing his song, Courage To Resist, in support of Private Bradley Manning in San Francisco at Justin Herman Plaza as the crowd reacts to the announcement that war crimes whistle-blower Manning was given a 35 year sentence by the US military court. This rally was on 8-21-13. Photo by Peter Menchini

Manning Legal Defense Led by David Coombs. Jeff Paterson of Courage To Resist organization is to the right of Coombs.

Manning Legal Defense Led by David Coombs. Jeff Paterson of Courage To Resist organization is to the right of Coombs.

As current Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the BFUU, I am pleased to make this public announcement that on September 1, 2013 The Social Justice Committee of The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists unanimously passed a resolution to remain resolute in support of Bradley Manning after he was unjustly sentenced to 35 years in prison for documenting war crimes as the law requires a soldier to do, and after publicly declaring that “she” is a woman and that she requests that we refer to “her” as Chelsea Manning.

It is clearly in the spirit and the meaning and the calling as described in “Our Unitarian Universalist Principles” that we declare this “Standing on the Side of Love” Resolution. It reads as such:

 “We stand by Chelsea Manning as a war-crimes whistle-blower who should be freed. Instead of prosecuting Manning, war criminals should be put on trial under the Nuremberg Principles. We also stand with Manning in her right to choose her gender.”

CNN reports on Manning statement made after his sentencing

The injustice of the saga of Chelsea Manning continues to confront all people of conscience and good will within the context of the larger system of oligarchy and militarism parading as “democracy” and being given constant cover by a criminally complicit corporate media. It is treasonous to engage in the cover up of crimes, in violations of the Constitution, and in the deliberate distortion of reality to suit the most cruel and cynical of motives to destroy and dominate people everywhere. It’s thuggery!

The movement in support of Bradley Manning understands this larger context and it is probably sophisticated enough to process the new challenges that Manning’s gender choice present. It is precisely because the movement for Social Justice in this country is a principled movement that it will remain stalwart and steadfast in support of Private Chelsea Manning.

On Oct 23, 2013 the Private Bradley Manning Support Network published the letter of support from famous author and social justice activist Alice Walker. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan has the power to reduce Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence to time served, as commander of the Military District of Washington. We need an outpouring of public support for Manning’s freedom to compel Maj. Gen. Buchanan to do the right thing.Hundreds have already written letters to Maj. Gen. Buchanan, explaining why Manning deserves clemency. Alice Walker is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. Read the Alice Walker Statement in which she praises Manning’s humanism here!

SF-BMcontingent-2013-banner-Pride-our-whistle-blowerThe Bradley Manning Contingent 7-01-13 at San Francisco Pride Parade

This presented a challenge to me as a songwriter as well since my original “Courage To Resist” song was about Bradley and two other GI’s supported by the organization known as CourageToResist.org. I am pleased to announce that a new Chelsea version of the song has been recorded and posted as a free mp3 download at SoundCloud.com/BroadsideBalladeer

The San Diego Coalition To Free Manning issued a call for people to hit the streets and demonstrate their reaction to the draconian sentence of 35 years in prison given to army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Along with the Obama regime's unprecedented war on whistleblowers and journalists, the revelations of illegal Unconstitutional spying on Americans in violation of the 4th Amendment right of the people to be secure in their houses and effects, people had much to say. Supporters of truth, justice & transparency rallied to speak out and raise awareness in San Diego.

The San Diego Coalition To Free Manning issued a call for people to hit the streets and demonstrate their reaction to the draconian sentence of 35 years in prison given to army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Along with the Obama regime’s unprecedented war on whistle-blowers and journalists, the revelations of illegal Unconstitutional spying on Americans in violation of the 4th Amendment right of the people to be secure in their houses and effects, people were motivated to protest. Supporters of truth, justice & transparency rallied in many cities.

Daniel Ellsberg 2013 Berkeley Justice Awards Speech Posted at No Lies Radio

Daniel Ellsberg Speaks in Berkeley, California at the Annual BFUU Hal Carlstad Social Justice Awards Dinner in Historic Fellowship Hall on July 20, 2013. Listen to the audio at No Lies Radio(Total Time 1:31:19)

Daniel Ellsberg speaking to his hometown Berkeley  crowd at Fellowship Hall

Daniel Ellsberg speaking to his hometown Berkeley crowd at Fellowship Hall on July 20, 2013 Annual Hal Carlstad Social Justice Awards. Photo by Vic Sadot

It was a bright shining moment when a faithful Bay Area activist community gathered to hear the legendary Pentagon Papers whistle-blower speak at Historic Fellowship Hall at the Annual BFUU Hal Carlstad Justice Awards & Benefit Dinner on 7-20-13. BFUU member and Social Justice Committee activist Phoebe Sorgen described how “uplifting” Daniel Ellsberg’s speech was and she described Patricia Ellsberg’s presentation as “empowering the audience, lifting us all up as heroes.” Photo by Vic Sadot. See also the photo album of the event at the BFUU Facebook Page.

Sherri Maurin photo from CloseGitmo.net

Sherri Maurin photo from CloseGitmo.net

The first speaker that we hear in this 1:31:19 recording is Sherri Maurin of Nuremberg Actions (00:00:01 – 00:09:57). This group was born out of the struggles to stop the arms trains going through Concord, California, to be sent to Central America. The galvanizing incident of those days happened when the train conductor sped up and ran over US Army Vietnam War veteran-turned-peace activist Brian Willson, who was on his very first non-violent direct action. He continues his activism to this day in opposition to US wars.

Andrés Thomas Conteris photo from CloseGitmo.net

Andrés Thomas Conteris photo from CloseGitmo.net

You can move sound bar forward in the No Lies Radio archive if you like. The Dan Ellsberg segment starts at 00:36:50. At the 00:10:00 minute mark, Andre Conteros, who was on a water-only hunger strike, talks about the connections between the hunger strikes in California prisons, especially in Pelican Bay Prison, and at Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba. Indefinite solitary confinement is a reality in both places and a prisoner never knows when they will ever get out of that complete cut off from human interaction. He encouraged everyone to follow and support the hunger strikers at CloseGitmo.net

MC Cynthia Jean Johnson consulting with Dan Ellsberg at Fellowship Hall on July 20, 2013

MC Cynthia Jean Johnson consulting with Dan Ellsberg at Fellowship Hall on July 20, 2013. Photo by Leland Johnson

At 17:45 Cynthia Jean Johnson, former chair of the Social Justice Committee, current vice-chair, served as the MC of the evening. She spoke about the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Awards and his involvement with Nuremberg Actions. At the time of this event and even now at this post time, there is an on-going hunger strike in both Guantanamo Bay Prison and in California Prisons, most notably at Pelican Bay Prison. It was day 36 for Cynthia Papermaster and day 34 for Cynthia Jean Johnson for their participation in a liquid fast in solidarity with the Hunger Strikers at Guantanamo Bay and California Prisons.

Poster by Doug Minkler calling for Chef Djamel to be sent from Guantanamo Prison to Berkeley, CA as per the city's invitation to a cleared  "detainee".

Poster by artist Doug Minkler calling for Chef Djamel to be sent from Guantanamo Prison to Berkeley, CA as per the city’s invitation to a cleared “detainee”.

Cynthia Papermaster of No More Gitmos  and Code Pink for Peace is introduced at 19:00. She spoke about Chef Djamel Ameziane being held in Guantanamo for 11 years and being tortured. She explained that Chef Djamael is among the 86 prisoners still being held after both the Bush and Obama administrations had cleared them. Cynthia displayed the Poster Art created by artist Doug Minkler to promote sending Chef Djamel, an Algerian-born, Paris trained chef, to Berkeley, CA. In 2011 the City Counsel passed a resolution inviting a Guantanamo “detainee” to come here to live and to have his dignity and well-being restored. (Recent June 2013 coverage in Berkeley Calling Blog)

Cynthia Papermaster at the Fellowship Hall podium July 20, 2013 with Occupella and Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus singers

Cynthia Papermaster at the Fellowship Hall podium July 20, 2013 with Occupella and Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus singers. Photo by Vic Sadot

Next, the Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus and members of Occupella sang “It Isn’t Nice”, a song by legendary Berkeley “Broadside Balladeer” Malvina Reynolds, who had 70 songs published in the pages of “Broadside: The National Topical Song Magazine”. (23:00)

At 26:57 Cynthia Papermaster talks about Bradley Manning and the fight to Save the Berkeley Post Office, a demo against Chevron Oil in Richmond, VA, and how the Nuremberg principles apply to UC Berkeley professor John Yoo, who wrote the legal briefs for the Bush-Cheney regime to justify the U.S. use of torture. Cynthia Papermaster saluted other Code Pink Golden Gate Chapter activists in the hall, such as Janet Weil who won the Patriot Award for Aug 2013 from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Jane Miller, Holly Harwood, Lisa Geduldigand Susan Harman.

Susan Harmon confronting GW Bush torture legal brief team writer promoted to Judge Bybee

Susan Harmon confronting GW Bush torture legal brief team writer promoted to “Judge” Jay Bybee

Susan Harman (30:00) speaks specifically about the “war criminals living in the Bay Area”: John Yoo at Boalt Law School; Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University; Jay Bybee was appointed for life to the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals; William Haynes is now chief counsel at Chevron in San Ramon. Some people shout out, “What about Nancy Pelosi? What about Diane Feinstein?”

Then Cynthia Jean Johnson introduces Daniel Ellsberg (35:00) to his Berkeley hometown crowd. Daniel Ellsberg (36:50 – 1:08:00) measures the passage in time becoming apparent when he spoke with young activists who did not know who Joan Baez is. Ellsberg comments that this is the 5th year of the Presidency of the man who swore in pre-election speeches to close Gitmo. He pointed to CIA whistle-blower John Kiriakou going to prison for exposing US crimes of torture. He questioned why the Obama Justice Department prosecuted him instead of the torturers. Likewise, Bradley Manning exposed war crimes in Iraq. Yet he was the one prosecuted and given 35 years by the deep secrecy state, not the perpetrators of the war crimes, some of which were caught on photos and videos! Ellsberg relates the history of his own transformation from a high ranking pro-Vietnam War Pentagon Army colonel to many years as a peace and justice activist. He credits his wife Patricia for helping him to make that transformation and to make “The Pentagon Papers” public. As always, Daniel Ellsberg spoke appreciatively about Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) for publishing the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record. He always fondly recalls how the Unitarian Universalist publishing house, Beacon Press in Boston, boldly published the Pentagon Papers. Just 4 days later Ellsberg told Democracy Now! how Beacon Press came forward to publish the secret Pentagon history when all other publishing houses had refused to do it out of fear or out of a complete lack of understanding of the historical significance in revealing without any doubt whatsoever that the American people had been lied to by their President, their military, and most of their Congressional leaders. He talked about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and how remarkable it is that young people are becoming whistle-blowers because they “don’t want to live in a world” that the surveillance state wants to impose on everyone. He quotes a more extensive statement by Edward Snowden on that matter. He states his unequivocal support for Edward Snowden and accepts his Hal Carlstad Social Justice Award in the name of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

 Patricia and Dan Ellsberg attending the 2010 Oscars for the release of The Most Dangerous Man in America

Patricia and Dan Ellsberg attending the 2010 Oscars for the release of The Most Dangerous Man in America

Cynthia Jean Johnson mentions Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle-blower who exposed the secret Israeli nuclear weapons program, and how Daniel Ellsberg supported him. She mentions the documentary about Daniel Ellsberg, “The Most Dangerous Man in America” (1:32 minutes long) Patricia Marx Ellsberg (1:10:00 – 1:16:30) lead the crowd in some deep breath conspiring and she called the folks there “a room full of heroes”. Cynthia Johnson gives a salute to Ann Fagan Ginger of the Meicklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley before introducing the last speaker. 

Maxina Ventura with Cynthia Jean Johnson 7-20-13 Hal Carlstad Justice Awards Dinner

Maxina Ventura with Cynthia Jean Johnson 7-20-13 Hal Carlstad Justice Awards Dinner. Photo by Vic Sadot

The last award went to Maxina Ventura (1:18:50), another long-time activist from peace actions to “Occupy Berkeley” Maxina speaks about some of the things she has experienced as an activist getting arrested for non-violent direct actions. Max closes out closes out the evening with her beautiful accapella “Nightingale” song. Vic Sadot had opened the evening with his Bradley Manning “Courage To Resist” song, but the recording had not yet begun.

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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