Standing up to the madness (Amy Goodman) [2008]

Fantastisk bok om man inte är bekant med de här frågorna. Jag har sett så pass mycket av Goodmans’ tal och seminarier att jag hört det mesta. Däremot var storyn om ‘Jena six‘ helt nytt för mig, och chockerande läsning. Det finns tydligen en trend att fängsla var och varannan unge som beter sig illa. De här ungarna råkar förvånansvärt ofta vara svarta.

(USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism).)

‘Pentagon papers’:

Ellsberg recounted on Democracy  Now!, ”There were seven thousand pages of top secret documents that demonstrated unconstitutional behavior by a succession of presidents, the violation of their oath and the violation of the oath of every one of their subordinates.”

President Nixon was incensed by the leak. ”People have gotta be put to the torch for this sort of thing,” he told his national security advisor, Henry Kissinger. ”Let’s get the son of a bitch in jail.” Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, immediately got a restraining order, stopping the Times from printing the report for fifteen days. It was the first time that presses were stopped by federal court order. Ellsberg also leaked the Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post, which began running excerpts on June 18; they, too, were stopped by Mitchell. In the most famous press freedom case in American history, New York Times Co. v. United States, the Times and Post fought the injunction and won in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Military personnel are now overwhelmingly opposed to the occupation. According to a Le Moyne College/Zogby International poll taken in 2006, 72 percent of American troops serving in Iraq thought the United States should exit the country within a year; more than one in for felt the troops should leave immediately.

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