- Michael Ratner on the Cuban Five, a Cuba Visit, the Uighurs and the Latest on Guantanamo.
- US Drops Charges for 5 GuantÃ¡namo Detainees
- US missiles’ Hit Pakistan school
- Blackwater Sends Warship to Gulf of Aden
- North American Army Created Without OK by Congress
- Guantanamo Guards Struggle With Hunger Striker
- U.S. Helicopters Attack Syrian Village
Monday, October 27 was the day set for the execution of Troy Davis. A third stay has been issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. A 3 judge panel ordered attorneys to draft briefs that address whether Troy Davis can meet requirements for a next round of appeals. Attorneys have 15 days to file briefs.
Two weeks ago the Supreme Court refused to hear Troy Davis’ death penalty appeal, despite broad out pouring of support from former President Jimmy Carter, the European Parliament, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to Jessie Jackson Jr. and this list goes on.
Guest – Jessie Cohn with the Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Amnesty International USA
Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was arrested last week near Tampa Florida on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury. The sixty year old retiree was picked up in his Apollo Beach home for allegedly lying about whether he tortured suspects in Chicago decades ago. According to Peopleâ€™s Law Office Attorney Flint Taylor, torture techniques included electric shocks and dry submarino, (suffocating with bags)
Under Seventh Circuit law if thereâ€™s a conspiracy to cover up the evidence in a civil case to show fraud then you can bring the case again. The Peopleâ€™s Law Office brought the case in 2005 and the city of Chicago refused to settle the case while pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars in that case. Flint Taylor says the city has spent over the 10 million dollars in aiding the defense of Commander Jon Burge.
- Chicago Mayor Daley Issues Sarcastic Apology for Torture
- Prosecutors Widen Chicago Police Torture Probe
- Law and Disorder Chicago Torture Archive
Guest – G. Flint Taylor, attorney at the Peoples Law Office.Taylor, a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern University School of Law and a founding partner of the Peopleâ€™s Law Office.
Luis Posada Carriles: A Tribunal
We hear the last of the speeches from this tribunal. Brian Becker, Director, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition.
From the New York Daily News: â€œIt took years, but he is finally going to be charged in the U.S. for his crimes – even if only symbolically. It will occur here, in New York, when a tribunal composed of scholars and human rights activists take up the case of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, a man who is responsible for a long list of murderous attacks.
Posada, though, is a very lucky man. Despite his dark history, Posada remains free to roam Miamiâ€™s sunny streets and happily lives at home with his family. His rap sheet is long and deadly.Â A convicted terrorist in two countries – he escaped Venezuela and was pardoned in Panama – Posada is considered the mastermind behind the 1976 bombing of Cubana Airlines Fight 455, which killed the 73 passengers on board, including the Cuban national fencing team. He is believed responsible for a string of hotel bombings in Cuba, resulting in the death of Italian tourist Fabio diCelmo. But these are only two examples of his treachery. Posada later boasted about the diCelmo killing in a New York Times interview, which should give everybody a clear idea of what kind of person this man is.
Inexplicably, the Justice Department has refused to classify the former CIA operative as a terrorist. The reason may have to be found in Posadaâ€™s long and extensive ties with the CIA and several other nationâ€™s intelligence agencies.â€