- Co-hosts Michael Ratner and Dalia Hashad discuss the key elements of the David Hicks military tribunal. They describe how two of the three lawyers representing were dismissed by the judge leaving attorney Major Michael Mori as counsel. David Hicks has become the first Guantanamo prisoner to plead guilty under the Military Commissions Act passed last year.
- Hosts describe the plea deal that was made with military prosecutors and Hick’s role training with the Taliban under the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence ISI.
An International Witchhunt: Police Spy on Protestors Before RNC Convention in New York City
A national and international effort was launched by police and intelligence to spy on protesters before the Republican National Convention in 2004. According to the New York Times, teams of undercover officers were sent across the US, Canada and Europe to spy on groups and individuals planning to take part in the protests in New York. Specially trained officers part of the “RNC Intelligence Squad,” posed as activists as they targeted anti-war organizations, environmentalists and artists.
Guest – Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU
Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History
Co-host Michael Ratner, reads from Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History. These are what people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had to keep a straight face while these exchanges took place. Get ready to laugh.
2006 Study Shows Half A Million People Stopped on New York City Streets
Last year New York City police stopped more than 500 thousand people on city streets. 2006 statistics show a near doubling in the average number of arrests as a result.
Of those stopped last year a disproportionate 55 percent were black and 30 percent were Hispanic. As mentioned here at length on previous Law and Disorder programs, the NYPD continues to build a database on each street stop. A database with information most likely shared with intelligence agencies around the world.
- Click here to read the NYCLU’s letter and the NYPD order (PDF)
- Click here to read the NYCLU’s palm card “What to Do If You’re Stopped by the Police”
Guest – New York Civil Liberties Executive Director Donna Lieberman
Guest – Deborah Small, Executive Director of Break the Chains, an organization that seeks to build a national movement within communities of color against punitive drug policies