Supreme Court Justice Scalia Calls Justice Ginsburg “Goldberg”
Law and Disorder hosts remember Ellen Ray. She was a documentary filmmaker, publisher, journalist and activist. Ellen Ray was co-publisher of the magazine Covert Action Information Bulletin, which exposed CIA covert actions around the world, publishing the names of hundreds of CIA agents. As a result, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 made revealing the names of covert agents illegal. As head of Sheridan Square Press, Ellen Ray published the memoir of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, which became the basis of Oliver Stone’s film JFK. Ray is survived by her husband, attorney Bill Schaap. She was 75.
Law and Disorder Co-host Michael Ratner describes the meaning behind “Freedom Under Law” inscribed on a plinth that’s erected at the site commemorating the signing of the Magna Carta in England. Michael references past guest Peter Linebaugh and his books including The London Hanged when discussing the sister document, the Charter of the Forest. The Charter of the Forest formed the protection of subsistence rights for people to the woodlands. The woods was the form that hydrocarbon energy took. There’s a parallel with the protection of woodlands for all, back then, and our own oil economy.
Academic Freedom Case Update: Professor Steven Salaita
Today we want to bring you important updates on the case of Professor Steven Salaita. Steven Salaita was about to take his tenured job at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign when he was fired because of his impassioned defense of Palestinians and his criticism of the massive Gaza war that was killing thousands of Palestinians. He brought a lawsuit and is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and a firm in Chicago, Loevy and Loevy. As part of the process of fighting back against the University of Illinois, lawyers filed a FOIA request for all the letters sent to the University of Illinois regarding Steven Salaita. A lot of these most likely came from donors who were objecting to the hiring of Steven Salaita. We don’t know yet, but the court recently gave an order to release 9,000 emails to Steven Salaita and his lawyers. We’ll talk about that victory. In addition, there was a meeting last week of the AAUP, the American Association of University Professors, and they censured the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for firing Steven Salaita.
Guest – Maria LaHood is the Deputy Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), with expertise in constitutional rights and international human rights. She works to defend the constitutional rights of Palestinian human rights advocates in the United States in cases such as Davis v. Cox, defending Olympia Food Co-op board members for boycotting Israeli goods; Salaita v. Kennedy, representing Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured position for tweets critical of Israel; and CCR v. DOD, seeking U.S. government records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding Israel’s 2010 attack on the flotilla to Gaza. She works closely with Palestine Legal to support students and others whose speech is being suppressed for their Palestine advocacy around the country. She also works on the Right to Heal initiative with Iraqi civilians and Iraq veterans seeking accountability for the lasting health effects of the Iraq war.