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Michael Ratner and Michael Smith Discuss Jeremy Hammond Court Case
- Jeremy Hammond is charged with hacking into the computer system of intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting Inc.
- Hammond is one of five charged with conspiracy to commit computer hacking and other charges.
- Michael Smith and Michael Ratner visited him in prison.
- November 20, 2012 – Michael Ratner and Michael Smith go to federal court – Jeremy Hammond’s case.
- Defense Council, Liz Fink, Margie Ratner Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler and a couple of other people were at the table.
- Emily Kunstler was there as a paralegal.
- Jeremy came into the room, he looked very good – in a blue jumpsuit.
- Then the hearing happened, an hour and a half on getting bail. It’s up to the government to prove, why shouldn’t this person be out on bail? You haven’t been convicted of anything so you should be out on the street.
- The government has to prove you will abscond, not come back to trial. The other thing they have is the burden of proof on is that you’re a danger to the community. Michael Smith offered a spare room for Jeremy Hammond to stay.
- It was a hostile hearing and the judge read her decision denying bail. It was obvious it was prepared way in advance.
- Jeremy’s lawyer Liz Fink: He’s got to out on bail in order for us to work together to prepare his defense.
- Factor 1: Is he going to flee if he gets out on bail? Factor 2: He flaunts legal authority.
- Liz Fink said to the judge, he doesn’t have a passport and his parents are putting up their home for bail.
- He could get 39.5 years. FreeJeremy.net
Iyad Burnat, Head of the Popular Committee in Bil’in, Palestine
We hear excerpts of the presentation by Iyad Burnat, head of the Bil’in Popular Committee and a leader in the village’s nonviolent popular resistance movement. Since 2005, citizens of Bil’in have held weekly demonstrations against the building of the Israeli separation wall through the community’s agricultural lands, and the steady encroachment of illegal settlements. The demonstrators are joined by Israeli and international peace activists, and have maintained a commitment to nonviolent methods of resistance in spite of armed, military opposition that has resulted in many injuries and some deaths.
These demonstrations are the subject of the recent award-winning documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat. Iyad was born in Bil’in in September of 1973. He is married and has four children. He became involved in popular resistance as a teenager, and was arrested by the Israeli military for the first time at age 17. He was accused of throwing stones, and imprisoned for two years. Since then he has been arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military several more times. This event was recorded at Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan.
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by Jim Douglass
JFK and the Unspeakable is the first book of 3 on the assassinations of the 1960s. Orbis Books has commissioned author James W. Douglass to write about the murders of JFK, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, and his third will be on the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. The heart of JFK and the Unspeakable is not how Kennedy was killed or how Kennedy became a threat to the systemic war machine, but why DID Kennedy die? Author James Douglass says Kennedy knew that he would die and had the guts to stand up to the system and take the hit. This narrative was lost for decades, obscured by disinformation about Kennedy’s character and the conspiracy of his assassination. One review summarizes Douglass’s book in this way: “JFK’s belated effort to turn America from an armed culture of victory to a member of an international peaceful world was shot down in Texas for a reason.”
John F. Kennedy’s experience in WWII: He was in the South Pacific, he volunteered. He was on that PT boat.
What happened on that PT boat, is that it got split into two by a Japanese destroyer. He lost brothers and friends at that time. An extraordinary experience being adrift on the ocean warning other PT boats. The experience create a distrust in military authority.
He said that he wanted to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter to the winds.
As Kennedy said to his friends, “they figured me all wrong.”
The Unspeakable: the kind of evil and deceit that seems to go beyond the capacity of words to describe. The midst of war and nuclear arms race, the assassinations of Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcom X that the term was used.
JFK’s vision is articulated in the address June 10, 1963, arising from the turnaround of the missile crisis and Bay of Pigs.
He wanted to move step by step into a disarmed world. Nikita Khrushchev put that speech all over the Soviet Union. The Cuban Missile Crisis is a deeply misunderstood part of our history, because it’s usually portrayed as Kennedy going to war with Nikita Khrushchev and beating him.
The truth was that Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev were in over their heads; the US generals wanted nuclear war, because they had more warheads than the Soviets.
Nikita Khrushchev: We now have a common enemy from those pushing us toward war.
At that point the Cold War turned upside down because Kennedy and Khruschev became closer to each other than either was toward their own military power system.
Vietnam: Kennedy’s military people would not give him an exit policy. He signed the withdrawal order from Vietnam before he was assassinated.
His friends said that he had an obsession with death. It was not an obsession but a real assessment that he was going to die. If you try to turn around a national security state that is dominating the world, and you do so as president of the United States, of course you’re going to die. Kennedy knew that.
The book is a story on the deliberate destruction of hope, the vision of change, a turning of this country all of which was happening and had to be stopped. US Agencies killed Dr. Martin Luther King – 1999 Verdict
We’re in the same scene right now with Petraeus and McChrystal setting up Obama. They were dictating terms to Obama, unlike Kennedy, he did not face them down.
We need to get out ahead of Obama so that he can do something.
Guest – author James W. Douglass. He’s a longtime peace activist and writer. James and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington, and Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Alabama.