The Syracuse Post-Standard reports (see video)
: "About 30 people were arrested outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base [Sunday] afternoon during a protest against the use of unmanned aerial drones.
"The arrests came at the end of a series of workshops and rallies held in Syracuse this weekend and organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
"[The] rally attracted more than 250 people who ... marched in a funeral like process to the gates of the base, home to the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard. The unit operates unmanned, armed drones thousands of miles away. The drones are used for intelligence gathering and bombing ground targets." Also see pictures of the protests from the Post-Standard.
Hu is an assistant professor at Duke Law School
and author of the forthcoming article “Biometric ID Cybersurveillance” in the Indiana Law Journal. She said today: “Some members of Congress have argued that Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be delayed in light of the Boston bombing. Others will likely call for more surveillance measures through the proposed immigration reform legislation.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Another debate about gay marriage between straight homophobes who think that all queers deserve to burn in hell and self-hating gays who think that all gay people deserve marriage -- really, what’s the difference?
Democratic strategist David Bender talks about gay marriage
The Four Seasons Westlake Village
where CEOs from Edison, PG@E, SDG@E, SMUD, Arizona Public Service and other "smart grid" players including staff, consultants and others will be gathered to discuss the how to further financially exploit the deadly smart/surveillance meters and equally deadly smart/surveillance grid.
Being touted as "green" these new meters and their grid can cause many serious illnesses including cancer, birth defects, heart arrhythmia/heart attack, sever headache, tinnitus, immune system problems and much more (World Health Organization)
NORMAN SOLOMON - founder institute for Public accuracy
“The tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion comes at a time of chilling statements from the top of the U.S. government. Days ago, speaking of possible actions against Iran, President Obama told an Israeli TV reporter: ‘I continue to keep all options on the table.’ , including military force. These statements are similar to the threats uttered by President Bush and Vice President Cheney prior to the invasion of Iraq.”
Executive director of the Praxis Project, a national organization supporting community-based media and policy advocacy to advance equity and justice, Themba said today: "Last night's power outage at the Super Bowl gave the world a glimpse of the daily challenges many New Orleans residents still face in the wake of rebuilding post-Katrina. Thanks to misplaced priorities that place war and partisan politics over our nation's infrastructure needs, cities like New Orleans suffer. From New Jersey to New Orleans and beyond, we have watched recovery dollars spent in discriminatory ways. Suburban, more affluent areas and tourist zones get the lion's share and communities -- especially low resource communities and communities of color -- wait for months and even years for relief. Studies published by the National Housing Institute and others have shown how these historic patterns of racism exacerbate present-day gaps but there has been no significant policy effort to address this inequity. The fact that New Orleans got the lights back on so quickly is a testament to its resilience and know-how. However, cities cannot put the lights back on or undertake the gargantuan task of rebuilding without their fair share of public dollars."
John Kerry is being sworn in as Secretary of State, taking over from Hillary Clinton.
Professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, Zunes recently wrote the piece "The Case Against Kerry." He said today in assessing Hillary Clinton's foreign policy: "It is not unusual for a president to want to be his own secretary of state, but rarely has a secretary so badly wanted to be her own president. Unlike most administrations -- in which the State Department would sometimes challenge the hawks in the National Security Council -- it has been the other way around under Obama, as the NSC was forced to play the moderating voice to the hawkish Secretary of State Clinton and her appointees. Clinton pushed for stronger U.S. support for pro-Western dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain, as well as the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. She successfully convinced the initially critical White House to support the right-wing golpistas in Honduras who ousted that country’s democratically-elected government in 2009. She was a major proponent of NATO’s military intervention in Libya’s civil war and has encouraged a more active U.S. role in the Syrian conflict. ...
"Clinton came to the State Department with a penchant for military solutions to complex political problems and a propensity to exaggerate alleged threats against the United States and its allies. As a senator, she had supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq, attacked the United Nations, opposed restrictions on land mines and cluster bombs, defended war crimes by allied right-wing governments, and largely embraced Bush’s unilateralist agenda. While she moderated her positions somewhat once she became Secretary of State, Clinton was one of the administration’s more hawkish voices."
Matthew Breen is editor-in-chief of The Advocate. He was previously executive editor of Out magazine. Waaay back in the day he worked for the Sundance Film Festival, was a freelance music and film reviewer, and for a time was a lousy publicist.
Gosztola just wrote the piece "CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail, Wears Conviction as ‘Badge of Honor'
," which states: "A former CIA officer, who was the first member of the agency to publicly acknowledge that torture was official U.S. policy under the administration of President George W. Bush, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail. He was convicted in October of last year of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act when he provided the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program to a reporter.
President of Veterans for Peace
, Bolger said today: "It's kind of a civil rights issue, certainly anyone who is capable of doing any job should be able to do it. However, I don't see this as cause for a big celebration. We should be trying to abolish war. The U.S. shouldn't be sending ANY combat troops to these wars." Bolger can also talk about cases of sexual assault and harassment in the military.
Gay author Wade Rouse
Multiple award-winning story teller of minority issues