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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

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  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
  • Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square
  • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

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Chicago%20PD%27s%20Homan%20Square%20.jpgWhile US military and intelligence interrogation impacted people overseas, Homan Square – said to house military-style vehicles and even a cage – focuses on American citizens, most often poor, black and brown. ‘When you go in,’ Brian Jacob Church told the Guardian, ‘nobody knows what happened to you.’ Video: Phil Batta for the Guardian; editing: Mae Ryan

Spencer Ackerman, Guardian US

Tuesday 24 February 2015 The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

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Spencer Ackerman is national security editor for Guardian US. A former senior writer for Wired, he won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Digital Reporting

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LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation, Rory Carroll, Guardian US

  • A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard.
  • Civilian oversight and other reforms have improved the LAPD’s fearsome image … (but) critics say the force remains prone to racism and unneccessary force.
  • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation.

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  • A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard.
  • Civilian oversight and other reforms have improved the LAPD’s fearsome image … (but) critics say the force remains prone to racism and unneccessary force.
  • The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
  • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

Rory Carroll, Guardian US 

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LA%20Police%20Shoot%20Homeless%20Man.jpgPolice officers grappling with two people in Los Angeles on Sunday. One was shot dead.

Monday 2 March 2015 Police officers shot and killed a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday in a dramatic confrontation caught on video. 

Five officers grappled on a pavement with a man known as Africa before shooting him five times in front of horrified onlookers.

The victim, whose full name has not been made public, was pronounced dead shortly after the encounter, which unfolded just before midday in skid row, a neighbourhood of homeless people and shelters close to the financial district.

Rory Carroll is a US west coast correspondent based in Los Angeles.

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' Spencer Ackerman, Guardian US

  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
  • Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square
  • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

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Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch.com

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  • How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • A once-peaceful region has been transformed into a low-intensity war zone. Here's how it went so bad.

Did Bill O’Reilly Cover Up a War Crime in El Salvador?

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  • Brian Williams isn’t the only one telling fibs. 
  • Did Bill O’Reilly Cover Up a War Crime in El Salvador?
  • CBS Has Released the Falklands Protest Footage Bill O'Reilly Asked For. It Doesn't Support His Claims.

SOA Watch

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grandin42577_mp4.pngFebruary 24 | It's a shame how the media has chosen to cover the issue of Bill O'Reilly's war zone reporing.

This whole issue arose because of an article by Greg Grandin (http://www.thenation.com/…/did-bill-oreilly-cover-war-crime…) which looked at O'Reilly's coverage of the Mozote massacre in the context of US coverage of the Salvadoran civil war.

David Corn then cribbed from the article, moving on to the question of where O'Reilly was during the Falklands.

But all this misses the point.

The problem with O'Reilly's record as a war reporter is that he appears to have covered up the SOA graduate-led Mozote massacre -- a tragic and scarcely known crime, for which the US shares culpability. When we become obsessed with the question of O'Reilly's personal bravery, we throw more dirt over that crime.

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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Did Bill O’Reilly Cover Up a War Crime in El Salvador? Greg Grandin, the Nation

Before Bill O’Reilly was, well, Bill O’Reilly, he worked for a time as a foreign correspondent for CBS Evening News, anchored by Dan Rather. O’Reilly talks about that period of his career in two of his books, and in both mentions that in early 1982 he reported from northeastern El Salvador, just after the infamous El Mozote Massacre. When the CBS News bureau chief asked for volunteers to check out an alleged massacre in the dangerous Morazán Territory, a mountainous region bordering Nicaragua, I willingly went.”

El Mozote is a small, hard-to-reach hamlet. The massacre took place on December 11, 1981, carried out by US-trained Atlacatl Battalion, which was not just trained but created by the United States as a rapid response unit to fight El Salvador’s fast-spreading FMLN insurgency. The killing was savage beyond belief: between 733 and 900 villagers were slaughtered, decapitated, impaled and burned alive.

Greg Grandin is the author of Empire's Workshop, Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award, and, most recently, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World.   He teaches at New York University.

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CBS Has Released the Falklands Protest Footage Bill O'Reilly Asked For. It Doesn't Support His ClaimsDavid Corn and Daniel Schulman, Mother Jones

The Fox News host says he was in a "war zone" where police gunned down civilians. The video doesn't show that.

Mon Feb. 23, 2015 | CBS News today posted its reports from Buenos Aires at the end of the Falklands war, in response to a request from Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who has been seeking to counter reports that he mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience. But rather than bolstering O'Reilly's description of the anti-government protest he says he covered as a "combat situation," the tape corroborates the accounts of other journalists who were there and who have described it as simply a chaotic, violent protest.

On his Monday night show, O'Reilly broadcast clips from the CBS video and maintained that the footage proved "I reported accurately the violence was horrific." But the issue has not been whether violence occurred at the demonstration. O'Reilly had previously claimed this protest—triggered when Argentines angry at the ruling junta's surrender to the Brits in the 1982 war gathered near the presidential palace—was a massacre, with Argentine troops gunning down civilians. O'Reilly has relied on that description to support his claim that he was in a "war zone…in the Falklands." The video does not show civilians being mowed down.

David Corn: Washington Bureau Chief,  Corn has broken stories on presidents, politicians, and other Washington players. He's written for numerous publications and is a talk show regular. His best-selling books include Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.

Daniel Schulman: Senior Editor, Mother JonesBased in DC, Dan covers politics and national security. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, the Village Voice, the Columbia Journalism Review, and other publications. He is the author of the new Koch brothers biography, Sons of Wichita (Grand Central Publishing).

CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou: Government Lacks The 'Guts' To Charge U.S. Leaders With Torture

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The only avenue for "justice," CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou explained, is if "courageous" legal officials in foreign countries filed war crimes or crimes against humanity charges.

Kira Brekke, Huffington Post

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02/17/2015 | The human rights abuses revealed in the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report released in December sparked global outrage, leaving some begging for senior officials from the George W. Bush administration to be held accountable. But CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is certain the U.S. government will do nothing of the sort.

Just two weeks after Kiriakou was released from prison after agreeing to a plea deal in which he admitted to violating one count of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, he spoke with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Tuesday about where the accountability should lie.

Kira Brekke is an Associate Editor at HuffPost Live. She graduated from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism from the University of Southern California with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and Human Rights with an emphasis in LGBT studies.

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Special Project | Immigration Reform: Week of February 7, 2015

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  • "Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins
  • 8 New items including:
    • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border
    • Aviva Chomsky | What's at Stake in the Border Debate
    • NCLR President: GOP Will Lose White House If Attitude On Child Refugees Continues
    • Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis
    • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood
    • Tea Party’s winning xenophobia: Why a broadly popular policy is all but dead
    • Immigration Reform
    • Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch.com 

  • How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • A once-peaceful region has been transformed into a low-intensity war zone. Here's how it went so bad.

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Aviva Chomsky | What's at Stake in the Border Debate, Aviva Chomsky, Tom Dispatch

  • America’s Continuing Border Crisis
  • The Real Story Behind the “Invasion” of the Children
  • Washington’s persecution of immigrant children

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NCLR President: GOP Will Lose White House If Attitude On Child Refugees Continues, Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post

  • The President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has choice words for the GOP.
  • "I promise you this," (NCLR President Janet) Murguía said to a cheering crowd. "The road to the White House runs right through the Hispanic community, and you will not see a Republican become president without it."
  • Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis

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Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis, Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post

  • "No government should be in the business of deporting children." --Jorge Ramos
  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

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How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood, Eric Zuesse, OpEdNews

  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

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Tea Party’s winning xenophobia: Why a broadly popular policy is all but dead, Simon Maloy, Salon

  • A new report shows how immigration reform is hostage to a misinformed minority of Fox News-watching wingnuts
  • Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities

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Immigration Reform, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins
  • Part 1: The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis
  • Part 2: No Winners When It Comes to Border Security
  • Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities

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Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities, Kolten Parker, San Francisco (CA) Gate / Popular Resistance

  • “The influx of unaccompanied children across the southwest border has resulted in an urgent humanitarian situation,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said. “It requires a whole of government coordinated and sustained response.”
  • Take Action: End U.S. Military Aid to Colombia's Army

 

Eve And Nashua Stand Trial In Columbus, Georgia And Celebrate Victory For SOA Watch!

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Eve put the SOA on trial, as well as a US culture of militarism when she affirmed, "torture is not a political tool. My own President asks 'is this who we are?'. All of us would like to say no, but if the School of the Americas is kept open, then I am afraid the answer is yes. This is who we are."

María Luisa Rosal, SOA Watch

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eve%20%20nashua%20walk%20out.jpgSaturday, 31 January, 2015 | On Thursday morning, Eve Tetaz and Nashua Chantal stood trial before US District Judge Stephen Hyles in Columbus, Georgia. The prosecution called for Eve, an 83 year-old retired public school teacher and longtime peace activist, and Nashua, a 62 year-old longtime SOA Watch activist, to be incarcerated for the six-month maximum for illegal entry onto Ft. Benning on November 23, 2014. Ft. Benning is home of the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in 2001 (SOA/WHINSEC). 

During their sentencing by judge Stephen Hyles, the courtroom, as well as the JAG attorneys were surprised when Nashua was sentenced to a 5 year probation, and Eve was sentenced to a $5,000 fine. Neither of them was sentenced to prison, something that judge Hyles has been notorious for imposing on nonviolent activists since beginning his tenure in 2010. Represented by Anna Lellelid and Bill Quigley, of the SOA Watch Legal Collective, Eve and Nashua were accompanied by Fr. Roy, Coleman Smith of the Pupetistas, SOA Watch Council Member Ken Hayes, Irene Rodriguez of the SOA Watch Communications Collective, Anton Flores of Georgia Detention Watch/AlternCommunity, members of Nashua's community in Americus, and SOA Watch Field Organizer Maria Luisa Rosal.

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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"Circus of Hypocrisy": Jeremy Scahill on How World Leaders at Paris March Oppose Press Freedom

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"This is a sort of circus of hypocrisy when it comes to all of those world leaders who were marching at the front of it. Every single one of those heads of state or representatives of governments there have waged their own wars against journalists." --Jeremy Scahill

 

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

 

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Monday, January 12, 2015 | An estimated 3.7 million people rallied across France on Sunday in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings and ensuing attacks that left 17 people dead. More than a million people marched in Paris, making it the largest demonstration in French history. More than 40 world leaders traveled to Paris to help lead the march. "What we saw on display on the one hand was very heartening, to see so many people come into the streets," says Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept. "But on the other hand, this is a sort of circus of hypocrisy when it comes to all of those world leaders who were marching at the front of it. Every single one of those heads of state or representatives of governments there have waged their own wars against journalists."

Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of the TheIntercept.org, where his most recent article is "Al Qaeda Source: AQAP Directed Paris Attack." His latest book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, is out in paperback. His film Dirty Wars was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the author of the best-selling book Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

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Sobering Truths About America’s Imperialist Crimes Against Humanity

  • “We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. – Harold Pinter
  • Noam Chomsky | The Long, Shameful History of American Terrorism

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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senatetorturereport-dec2014.jpgDecember 28, 2014 | British playwright Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. His powerful acceptance speech exposed the United States for its fascist, imperialist policies since World War II. His speech (delivered three years before he died in 2008) was an important glimpse into – and a reasonable summary of -- the innumerable documentable US imperialistic crimes that have been secretly facilitated by our multinational corporations, our national security apparatus, our military leaders, our wealthy elites and the craven politicians who are beholden to those four realities that have shaped American foreign policy over the past 60 years.

True American patriots, if they really love the United States, must be honest about the dishonorable, dark side of their nation’s history, a history that the rest of the world, especially Pinter, sees so clearly. Understanding that history will clear up any mystery about why the rest of the world fears and hates us.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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Noam Chomsky | The Long, Shameful History of American Terrorism, Noam Chomsky, Alternet <>

  • It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it.
  • Torture Is Who We Are
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