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Law and Disorder March 27, 2006

Muhammad Salah, accused of funding Mideast terrorism, says his confession to Israeli Security Agents is false and actually the end product of 53 days in custody, during which Salah’s lawyers say he was often kept cold and awake, threatened and beaten and forced to sit in painful positions. Another example of coerced confessions through torture.

Guest – Attorney Michael Deutsch from the People’s Law Office. Read the latest story in the Chicago Tribune here


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Storming The Court

Before Guantanamo Bay, Cuba became notorious for its human rights violations against Muslims, it was the holding center for thousands of HIV-positive Haitian refugees. More than ten years ago a team of Yale law students and activists took up this cause. They worked victoriously to stop the US government from detaining these refugees indefinitely at Guant?namo, without charges or access to counsel.

Guest – Lawyer Brandt Goldstein, author of Storming the Court, a look inside the controversy surrounding this story of the US Supreme Court and Haitians who were discharged from Guantanamo.


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Google Refuses To Turn Over Internet Data – The Bush Administration’s effort to scoop up and comb through massive amounts of internet data met the “firewall” when Google refused to turn over search engine data to the NSA. However, several other companies such as Yahoo has complied. A White House subpoena is still seeking the requests made using Google’s search engine.

Guest – Sherwin Siy – Siy works as Staff Counsel through EPIC’s Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program. EPIC – Electronic Information Privacy Center. Siy tells Law and Disorder hosts that while Google refuses to turn over search engine archives, there are privacy implications that loom in the future regarding the privacy of public internet activity.


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Music To Get Tortured By

In our second part of Music To Get Tortured By we’re joined by author and filmmaker Jon Ronson. Jon is the creator of a number of films, radio features and books, but among them is the book “Men Who Stare At Goats” which uniquely explores exotic and horrific interrogation techniques by the US military. Jon Ronson explains how these techniques were collected by the US military from the New Age movement in the 1970s.


Law and Disorder March 20, 2006


  • Hosts open with an update on the Zacarias Moussaoui case. Moussaoui is a French terrorist of Moroccan descent involved in the conspiracy that resulted in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 16, 2001 after attending a flight school in Eagan, Minnesota where an instructor expressed concerns about the abilities and motivations of his student. After the attacks unfolded, he was described as a possible “20th hijacker”, though he maintained that he was uninvolved with that plan up until pleading guilty in April 2005 to charges brought against him. He is the only person in the United States to have been charged in connection with the September 11 attacks.


Patriot Act Renewal

By a vote of 280-138, the House of Representatives has agreed to renew the USA Patriot Act with only minor new safeguards for civil liberties and several troubling new items. The legislation was quickly signed by President Bush, a disturbing new reality awaits citizens and non-citizens in the United States.

Guest – Caroline Fredrickson – the ACLU’s Director of the Washington Legislative Office

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IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. . This New York City subway anti-terror campaign means basically, if you see something suspicious, tell an authority figure. It may seem like an effort to thwart planted bombs left in backpacks or bags in and around the subway, but some activists say it’s not useful in stopping terrorism, in fact, its a civilian psychological operation designed to instill fear as we become suspicious of one another. Joining us are two courageous New York City artists/activists, Laurie and Ann. They’ve taken the fear mongering MTA slogans and turned them into thought-provoking, anti-fear placards. Look out for these brilliant posters and postcards in and around the subway.


Remembering Rachel Corrie – a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled as an activist to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed March 16, 2003 when she was hit and runover by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Caterpillar D9 bulldozer operating in a residential area of Rafah that the IDF had designated a security zone.
Law and Disorder Hosts talk with Rachel Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig about the cancellation of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie. This play is composed from Corrie’s journals and e-mails from Gaza and directed by British actor Alan Rickman, opened in London and ran until April 30, 2005. Following its success the play was to be transported to the New York Theatre Workshop. However, on February 27, 2006, it became clear the play was to be postponed indefinitely. Also in the discussion, an update on the Caterpillar Bulldozer lawsuit in which we’re joined by CCR attorney Maria LaHood. The lawsuit is against Caterpillar Inc. alleging liability over the death of Corrie and in connection with the equipment used in the home demolitions, which they say is a violation of international law.

**We welcome our fourth host Dalia Hashad back to Law and Disorder. Dalia is now Amnesty International’s Director of the USA Program Focusing on Domestic Human Rights**

Law and Disorder March 13, 2006

Paul Craig Roberts – Hosts discuss with former assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration how the Neoconservative movement has dismantled legislation to create a police state.


From New Orleans 1973.. to Guantanamo 2006, A Discussion On Torture At the Hands of the US Government.

We hear excerpts from the two and half hour event. The Center for Constitutional Rights assemble a panel that include Black Panthers, Bill Goodman, Michael Ratner and Gita Gutierrez from CCR. Black Panther, Hank Jones describes how after 30 years, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tracked down former Black Panthers Harold Taylor, Hank Jones and John Bowman to cooperate in a state grand jury proceeding, investigating a police shooting in 1971. Defense attorneys believe that San Francisco Police Department Inspectors Frank McCoy and Ed Erdelatz were on site at the New Orleans police department for the interrogation and torture of the arrested men. Download and listen to the entire event here



Co-Host Michael Smith talks with musician Mat Calahan, author of The Trouble With Music. Eli Smith, New York musician and producer also joins the discussion. Excerpt from AK Press – “There is a crisis facing music. The signs are everywhere, from the saturation of public space by tuneful trivia to the digital downloading controversy. Quantity has replaced quality. The number of units sold is now the criteria by which music is judged, and high-gloss, mass-produced, low-content music is everywhere. You can’t shop, eat, ride a bus, or see a movie without hearing it, as each day you are inundated with enticements to buy it. Like the replacement of essential nutriment by junk food, music lovers are expected to surrender their critical faculties and consume the phony McMusic that can be more effectively controlled and profitably sold. . . “


Law and Disorder March 6, 2006

The Case of the Cuban Five

Update on the oral arguments of the Cuban Five. A few weeks ago, on February 14, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Atlanta in the case of the so-called Cuban Five. Five Cuban men have been serving harsh prison sentences after they infiltrated anti-Cuban right wing (terrorist) groups in South Florida, were arrested by US authorities in 1998, and received a highly-politicized trial in Miami.

Guest – Len Weinglass – Defense attorney for the Cuban Five

Guest – Ricardo Alarcon, President of the Cuban National Assembly – Co-Host Heidi Boghosian talks
with Alarcon about recent breakthroughs regarding the trial of the Cuban Five.


Music To Get Tortured By

Co-Hosts Michael Ratner and Michael Smith deconstruct music used for psychological torture by the US Government. Interestingly, the music was selected from bands thatstarted in the mid nineties, not the Beatles, but Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Metallica, and Barney. Music chosen for torture reveals the demographic of torturers.


Armenian Genocide Debate Panel Cancelled On PBS

Guest – Victor Papakhian


ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST GEORGE W. BUSHThe Center for Constitutional Rights, set out the legal arguments for impeachment in a clear, concise, and objective discussion. In four separate articles of impeachment detailing four separate charges ? warrantless surveillance, misleading Congress on the reasons for the Iraq war, violating laws against torture, and subverting the Constitution’s separation of powers ? it is, say the CCR attorneys, a case of black letter law, with abundant evidence. Get this book!


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