Guantanamo/War on Terror/9/11 – Update
Co-host Michael Ratner begins the update in the context of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision – which essentially says that Geneva conventions apply to people picked up during the “war on terror,” meaning fair trials and being treated humanely. This decision also means that the military commissions set up by the US president are no longer lawful and the actions of torturers, such as the CIA and military personnel at Guantanamo and CIA secret sites could now be charged with war crimes. Today, the president is asking Congress to amend Geneva Conventions and allow illegal military commissions to continue.
To find out more and take action please visit the Center for Constitutional Rights and help stop the fast tracking military commissions bill in Congress that would sink the United States into a police state.
Law and Disorder Exclusive – NSA Spying Lawsuit Oral Arguments
A few weeks ago oral arguments were heard in federal court in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights. The suit seeks to stop Bush and government agencies from conducting warrantless surveillance of international communications made from the United States, such phone calls and emails. Arguing the case were CCR attorney Shayana Kadidal (read Shayana’s blog here) and cooperating attorney Michael Avery, president of the National Lawyers Guild. One issue is whether CCR and several of its lawyers has standing to bring the suit. CCR lawyers and Avery have to basically demonstrate a concrete injury from the spying program. CCR lawyers say that their ability to conduct their work has been affected by the chance that their attorney/client communications may be monitored. Meanwhile, government attorneys urged that Judge Gerald Lynch dismiss the case because allowing it to proceed would jeopardize “national security.” It also argued that the government has inherent constitutional power to override national enactments like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Co-hosts Michael Smith and Heidi Boghosian caught up with Shayana Kadidal and Michael Avery right after their three hour argument.
Mexico Election Protests and the Forming of a Shadow Government
Post election street protests and tent cities come to a close in Mexico two months after the razor thing results. An election too close to call had both front running presidential candidates Felipe Calderon and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declaring themselves winners, based on their speeches and a number of private exit-polls. In the initial election count that ended July 3, Calderon had an advantage of more than 400 thousand votes or 1.04 percentage points over Lopez Obrador. For the past six weeks sprawling encampments filled the center of Mexico City. Obrador warned he will never acknowledge defeat and is forming a “shadow government.”
Guest – Jim Cockcroft – bilingual award winning author of more than 30 books and countless articles on Latin America, Mexico globalization, labor migration and public policy. Read Jim’s blog here.
No More Deaths – Border Activists Shanti Sellz/Daniel Strauss Case Dismissed
Here at Law and Disorder we’ve been following the cases of Daniel Strauss and Shanti Sellz, two humanitarian aid activists who work at the Mexican border. More information here at No More Deaths. They provide food and water and if necessary medical assistance to people who are in need crossing the border. In July 2005, they were arrested for transporting three undocumented migrants to a hospital for emergency medical care – for a full background on the case listen to the Law and Disorder interview with Shanti and Daniel here. The case was set to go to trial this October but the judge has recently dropped the case. Co-host Dalia Hashad and WBAI’s Wake Up Call host Deepa Fernandes caught up with Shanti Sellz at the Arizona border.
September 23: Free the Cuban 5: Protest at the White House, DC
Join Law and Disorder hosts in Washington DC to protest the U.S. government releasing terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.