Days after the 20th anniversary of the arrest of the so-called Los Angeles Eight, on January 31, Immigration Judge Bruce Einhorn ordered an end to deportation proceedings against Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh, members of the LA 8. The government has been seeking to deport Hamide and Shehadeh since January 1987 based on their alleged support for the Popular Liberation Front for Palestine (“PFLP”), a group within the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Judge Einhorn terminated the proceedings because the government’s refused to comply with his 2005 pre-trial order to turn over exculpatory evidence regarding Hamide and Shehadh’s alleged support for the PFLP.
Guest – San Francisco attorney Marc Van Der Hout of the law firm of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale. Marc has been representing the LA8 on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild since the case began 20 years ago.
King Leopold’s Ghost – Adam Hochschild
Hosts Michael Smith and Heidi Boghosian talk with author Adam Hochschild about the similarities between King Leopold’s disastrous invasion of Congo and the war in Iraq. In an interview George W Bush commented that he couldn’t understand why so many people think he doesn’t read books and toward the end of the interview he mentioned having just finished King Leopold’s Ghost.
Guest – Author Adam Hochschild replies to the president in the LA Times. King Leopold’s Ghost is a riveting retelling of the Belgian genocide-for-rubber campaign in the Congo with incredible similarities to war profiteering of today. Read LA Times commentary by Adam Hochschild to the President.
Michael Schwartz – Iraq, Sectarian Violence and Barack Obama
Anti-war activists and students crammed into a small fifth floor abandoned office to confront and discuss the recent escalation of troops and funding of Iraq War. Mostly standing, they listened to Michael Schwartz professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In his talk Schwartz says the United States is fomenting the sectarian violence in Iraq by fighting two sides. Schwartz also comments on a speech Barack Obama delivered regarding Iraq and the withdrawal of troops.
Margaret Prescod – Friends and Family of Lt. Ehren Watada Tour
A military judge in Fort Lewis, Washington, declared a mistrial in the court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer prosecuted for refusing to go to Iraq. A new trial is believed to be unlikely before summer, if at all. The mistrial represents a significant victory for Watada, for the rights of military resisters and for the movement of civil resistance to US war crimes in Iraq. We go now to hear a powerful speech by Margaret Prescod, one of the founders of Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, and campaign coordinator with Friends and Families of Lt. Watada. Law and Disorder caught up with tour in early December. Since then, the tour garnered incredible support from organizations, politicians, actors and luminaries around the world.