Torture Fan Yoo's Blues: "Hippies Ruined My Career"

John Yoo: UC Berkeley Is a "Magnet for Hippies, Protesters and Left-Wing Activists"
Jason Leopold, (t r u t h o u t | Perspective)
John Yoo doesn't have any regrets about the controversial legal opinions he wrote for the White House - many of which were later withdrawn and repudiated - that gave former President George W. Bush unfettered and unchecked power in the aftermath of 9/11.

In a little known interview with the Orange County Register, published March 3, Yoo said he doesn't "think he would have made the basic decisions differently." However, he said he would have polished the memos up a bit and spent more time on legal research had he known the memos would be released publicly.

"These memos I wrote were not for public consumption," Yoo told the OC Register. "They lack a certain polish, I think - would have been better to explain government policy rather than try to give unvarnished, straight-talk legal advice. I certainly would have done that differently. [...] "I think the job of a lawyer is to give a straight answer to a client. One thing I sometimes worry about is that lawyers in the future in the government are going to start worrying about, 'What are people going to think of me?' Your client the president, or your client the justice on the Supreme Court, or your client this senator, needs to know what's legal and not legal. And sometimes, what's legal and not legal is not the same thing as what you can do or what you should do."

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The Next Chapter: Intifada III?

Intifada: A Third Chapter?
by Ramzy Baroud
Though the dust has settled in Gaza, the rubble from the untold number of demolished buildings, homes and mosques is far from being cleared away. Graves continue to receive victims, young and old alike, from Israel's most recent offensive. And in the midst of this, with the hopes of some respite and recovery on the horizon, rumors of a third Intifada swell among politicians, scholars and everyday people alike.

While the first and second Palestinian uprisings were spontaneous and natural responses to institutionalized injustice, and while they fostered a great sense of community and brotherhood among Palestinians everywhere, the many years of uprisings mark some of the most painful years in Palestinian history.

It's not easy to isolate specific dates and events that spark popular revolutions. Genuine collective rebellion cannot be rationalized through a coherent line of logic that elapses time and space; it's rather a culmination of experiences that unite the individual to the collective, their conscious and subconscious, their relationships with their immediate surroundings and with that which is not so immediate, all colliding and exploding into a fury that cannot be suppressed.
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Police Taught: Informed Citizen = Terrorist Threat

Police Trained Nationwide That Informed Americans Are Domestic Terrorists
by Paul Joseph Watson, Kurt Nimmo & Alex Jones
Law enforcement across the country are being educated that informed Americans who know their rights are dangerous and that cops are their enemy.
"Papers, please." 
A secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.
This is merely the latest example in an alarming trend which confirms that law enforcement across the country is being trained that American citizens are a dangerous enemy.
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Little Jason Kenney Roars for Likud Lobby in Galloway Ban

Of MP's and Pipsqueaks: Little Jason Kenney Roars for Likud Lobby in Galloway Ban
by C. L. Cook
Jason Kenney, the current minister for citizenship and immigration has gone "over the edge" writes Thomas Walkom in today's Toronto Star.
"Over the edge"? - Immigration and citizenship minister Jason Kenney
Kenney, Walkom explains, has become increasingly erratic, last week cutting off federal funding to the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), and yesterday refusing to question the Canadian Border Services decision to bar British MP George Galloway entry into Canada. Galloway, says the increasingly erratic border crew, poses a threat to Canada because he supports terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah, and that's good enough for the federal government.
Though I agree with the tone of Walkom's piece, which correctly depicts Kenney and the Conservatives as the idiotic provincials they are, there is nothing "erratic" about the direction Canada has moved under Stephen Harper's leadership. Canada's border police consistently bar anti-war voices from being heard in this country, and their antipathy to any that would criticise the Harper world view, a world view now entirely in disrepute, is unswerving.
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'Street-Corner Cromwell' Galloway Gets No Special Treatment: Kenney Spokesperson

by CAF
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney has just announced:
1) FUNDING CUT TO CANADIAN ARAB FEDERATION: Cutting the funding to the Settlement Service of the Canadian Arab Federation alleging CAF promotes terror. According to a release by CAF "This arbitrary decision made by the
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, under the Harper leadership is an attempt to silence any dissenting voice and is being used as disciplinary action for CAF’s political stand which is contrary to their own. Furthermore, this is a warning to other non-profit, anti-racist organizations not to criticize members of the Canadian government or they may face a similar fate."

2) BANNING OF ANTI-WAR UK MP GEORGE GALLOWAY: Well known Respect Party MP from the UK George Galloway has been deemed "inadmissible on national security grounds" and been denied entry into Canada where he was scheduled to speak at a series of public forums. A minister's spokesman told reporters in the U.K that the Galloway is inadmissible on national security grounds because of his views on Afghanistan and the presence of Canadian troops there.
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Israeli Soldiers Tell Tales of Civilian Killings in Gaza

Tales of Civilian Killings in Gaza
by C. L. Cook
Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz released today statements made last month at the Rabin Military College by IDF veterans of the December-January assault on Gaza. The statements confirm accounts of civilian targeting by Israel's forces during the 22 day invasion of the Strip.
IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead.
(IDF Spokesman's Office)

According to Ha'aretz, the soldiers are "graduates of the Yitzak Rabin pre-military preparatory course at Oranim Academic College in Tivon" and their report includes the testimony of, "combat pilots and infantry soldiers."
Their accounts run contrary to the official IDF line, which states the Gaza operation "observed a high level of moral behaviour."
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Four Canadians Killed, Eight Injured During Afghanistan Raids

Four Canadians Killed, Eight Injured During Afghanistan Raids
by C. L. Cook
The four soldiers died in two separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks Friday while patrolling the Zhari district, just west of Kandahar, and in the Shah Wali Kot district to the north of the city.
Master Cpl. Scott Francis Vernelli, Cpl. Tyler Crooks, Trooper Jack Bouthillier and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes were killed on Friday in two separate roadside bomb blasts in Kanadahar province on Friday. Eight Canadian soldiers were also wounded in the attacks. (Department of National Defence)

The deaths bring to 116 the number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since its "Mission" there began in 2001. Two Canadian aid workers, and a Canadian diplomat have too lost their lives in the embattled country.
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Pitchforks and Protests: The Fury Down Below

Will Public Anger With The Ongoing Rip-off Have An Impact?
by Danny Schechter (Author of PLUNDER)
It took a little time but the American public is in a state of growing fury, looking for who to blame for their declining economic fortunes.  It’s being called a “populist fury.”

Jon Stewart has a hilarious graphic of angry citizens armed with sticks moving across his TV screen to represent the protests he knows will be coming.
Three million marchers in France this past week can’t be all wrong. What has been someone else’s crisis is now everyone’s problem and the public is pissed off.
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Canadian Border Services Welcome War Criminal Bush, Ban Anti-War MP Galloway

Civil Liberties Association Decries Shameful Banning of British MP on “National Security Grounds”
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is calling on the Canadian Immigration Minister to immediately overturn the outrageous decision by the Canadian Border Services Agency to ban British MP George Galloway from Canada for his anti-war views. 
Minister Jason Kenney, Harper's water-carrier for the Likud lobby in Canada
Today the British media reported that Mr. Galloway has been deemed inadmissible to Canada on national security grounds under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.  Government spokespersons have apparently declined to cite what precise “threat to national security” is posed by Mr. Galloway who is about to start a North American speaking tour and is due to speak at a public forum entitled Resisting War from Gaza to Kandahar, hosted by the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War. 
BCCLA Policy Director, Micheal Vonn: 
“This is shameful conduct from our government.  We could not agree more with Mr. Galloway that this is a dismal reflection on Canada.  It strikes at the core of the essence of our democratic rights.  If the government or some border agent is allowed to determine what speech Canadians get to hear, one of our most precious freedoms will be shredded.  This  decision is clearly ideologically motivated and has nothing whatsoever to do with national security.  It is yet another in the seemingly endless list of abuses and violation of our fundamental freedoms that the rhetoric of national security has spawned.” 
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Palestine in Victoria: Relief Fundraiser

Two Arab Children Get Treatment in Texas
In early March, two children from the Middle East arrived in Texas for treatment that was not available to them in their homelands. 
15-year-old Latifa Hemran from the West Bank town of Jenin will have orthopedic surgery at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas. 
Latifa suffered a gunshot wound to her right shoulder last year and has significant scarring and bone deformities as a result. 
KinderUSA is helping with the local logistics in Dallas for her housing and appointments. 12-year-old Nasser Hamad Ibrahim from Al-Anbar in Iraq had heart surgery at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.  The boy was born with congenital heart disease and could not be treated adequately in his war-torn country.  Both children are charity cases sponsored by the PCRF. 
There will be a CAIA dinner on March 29 in aid of the Palestinian ChiIdren's Relief Fund.
St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 1806 San Juan Road, Saanich
(at the corner of San Juan and Tyndall),  Sun. March 29, 5pm – 8pm
Speaker: Ramzy Baroud, will inform us about the situation in Gaza.  
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Sir Bono's Undignified Retreat

Sir Bono: the Knight Who Fled From His Own Debate
by Dave Marsh
As CounterPunch and Rock and Rap Confidential disclosed in September, last May U2’s Bono confronted Irish journalist Gavin Martin and myself in the lobby of Dublin’s Merion Hotel. He asked what I’d been working on. I said “the premise that celebrity politics has been a pretty much complete failure.” Bono replied that he wanted to debate the topic in public. He reiterated the challenge the next evening. The witnesses included U2’s manager Paul McGuinness and my wife, Barbara Carr, among others.

I made sure that Sirius Satellite Radio, which was to broadcast the debate, knew about Bono’s invitation. By mid-June, U2’s New York office confirmed the plan, asking only that it be delayed until U2 finished recording its next album. I kept it public via RRC and my Sirius show, Kick Out the Jams.

In November, U2 manager Paul McGuinness rang me. After some brief personal palaver—I like Paul even though I know he’s alluded to me as a “Trotskyist” behind my back—McGuinness sheepishly said “Bono has asked me to ask you if he can withdraw” from the debate.
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Wash. Post: Return of the Right Wing Rant in 'Mainstream Media'

Framing Obama - by the WPost
by Robert Parry (A Special Report)
An insidious power of a propagandistic newspaper – especially one with great influence – is how it can “frame” an issue so the assumptions behind a story guide the readers to a preordained conclusion under the guise of presenting a fair journalistic account. As Barack Obama reaches the two-month anniversary of his presidency, he is facing such a problem from the powerful Washington Post, which is creating a negative “frame” for his administration.

The Post’s news pages have been filled with supposedly objective news stories that have portrayed Republican obstructionism not as the GOP’s determination to hobble Obama – much as the Republicans did to Bill Clinton in 1993-94 – but as Obama’s “failure” to achieve the bipartisanship he advocated during the campaign. The Post and other leading news organizations also have suffered from a strange amnesia about the fact that today’s worldwide financial disaster has been in the making for many years and reached a crisis point in 2008 under the “self-regulatory” theories of President George W. Bush.

Instead of that context, the recession is portrayed as an Obama problem, with the Post and other news outlets even forgetting to mention in stories about the 6.2 percent drop in the gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2008 that the startling decline occurred under Bush, not Obama.
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