Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media


I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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Responding to the Zika virus, some governments have issued warnings in places where abortion is criminalized.


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The Daily Show Smacks Down Haters Who Can’t Handle Beyoncé’s Blackness


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I’m a Woman and I Will Vote for the Best Feminist for President: Bernie Sanders


 

  I’m a Woman and I Will Vote for the Best Feminist for President: Bernie Sanders
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I won’t vote against Hillary Clinton because she’s female, but I don’t intend to vote for her because I am. We need more fundamental changes in this country.
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If ratified, the TPP would lock in monopolies for certain new medicines, biological medicines that help people like me stay alive.
     
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The Sanders critique of our rigged economy leads directly to challenging this rigged system.
     
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The angrier she, Bill and her other surrogates get, the more you know that Sanders is raising important and substantive issues.
   
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While the virus is the presumptive enemy, it’s an enemy that takes cover in human populations which easily become “military” targets.
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Needed: A Revolution in US Military Education


Needed: A Revolution in US Military Education

by rosecoveredglasses

military-education

“DEFENSE NEWS”

“Education is still based on a 20th century vertical structure based on time in service and experience.

Graduate school, command and staff, and then senior war college assignment depend on seniority and not need.

Hence, while a relatively junior officer serving in a joint assignment in the Middle East or Arabian Gulf where the more advanced education of a war college might be important, he or she would have to wait to become more senior before attending.

As US national security issues become more complicated, interrelated and less amenable to easy or simple solution, and as resources will be subjected to greater constraints, the nation can draw on a not-so-secret weapon to prepare our military for this dynamic new world. That weapon is education on which the Department of Defense spends many billions of dollars a year.

But, while these individual institutions generally work well, they are still often oriented around 20th century practices and methods that do not always capture the demands of the 21st century. A revolution can change that.

From non-commissioned officer and service academies, through command and staff and other technical institutions to senior war colleges, the Department of Defense is the largest bill payer in the world for education (let alone training). Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the best and most advanced weapons and combat systems in world, the advice of Robert Jones, arguably the greatest golfer ever to swing a club, applies.

In golf, it is the 6 inches between the ears where the game is played. And it is this space that must be the strategic center of gravity for preparing service personnel to defend the nation.

This is where the revolution must begin, in the minds of our greatest resource: our people.

Several years ago, at the direction of Gordon England, twice secretary of the Navy and once deputy secretary of defense, a major study of naval education was conducted. That study could be the model for a broader evaluation of DoD education. Three areas for improvement became strikingly apparent.

• Virtually none of the naval institutions were integrated or even closely linked with each other, or worse, within the “joint” world. That meant that any synergies from transfers of knowledge and leverage from joint research and academic curricula were being wasted. Despite the need for service “jointness,” this absence of educational interconnectivity is even more pronounced across the services.
• Much of that education was based on 20th century models and not fully aligned with the information and social media revolutions of the 21st. While textbooks are important, it is the Internet that has become as or more dominant in education and learning. In today’s world, separating useful information and knowledge from the nearly infinite amount of often-useless material that exists on the Internet must be central to teaching and learning no matter the subject matter.

For a revolution to take hold, the secretary of defense and Joint Chiefs must recognize the extraordinary potential education offers. A study based on England’s may be the most effective means of demonstrating this potential. And the private sector must be part of any evaluation in order to expand the intellectual horizon and incorporate the most effective new ideas and teaching methods.

In that regard, we offer three ideas to frame this study.

First, the aim of this revolution must be to enhance greater understanding of these issues through continuous pursuit of knowledge and learning at all points of service and not just during assignments to staff and war colleges.

Second, without greater seniority of educational leaders, the bureaucracy will doom any effort. When we were in the Navy, the chief of education and training was a four star admiral. Today, the nation’s most senior educational institution, the National Defense University, is headed by a two-star. We believe that post should be held by a retired four star or the civilian equivalent. And the service war colleges should be led by officers of at least three star grade.

Third, as the national security environment has expanded well beyond defense, the National Defense University should become the National Security University (NSU). This new NSU should have the principal role of enhancing strategic thinking and analysis at the most senior levels of government. Students and faculty must come from across the whole of government. And we believe that aligning NSU with an equivalent civilian university or universities is needed to broaden intellectual perspectives.

Whether or not Churchill said, “now that we are out of money, we need to think our way clear of danger,” we do. A revolution in education can and must harness this not-so-secret weapon and do so now.”

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/commentary/2015/12/15/commentary-needed-revolution-us-military-education/77053404/

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Do you buy when others fear?


Dear Mr. Stoda,

It is difficult to avoid the news these days on how bad the start of the year has been for financial markets.  Reason being why, is that it has been the worse beginning of a calendar year since records began!  There is a lot of information currently being published in the papers, internet and TV and they mainly concentrate on the negative side, as bad news sells.  Below, I have provided some facts, the negative and the positive ones, along with some comments.  In addition, have attached some useful PDF’s and a web link below for you to peruse.

In short:

  • Oil is down 21% YTD (year to date) and 50% YOY (year on year), due to oversupply and weakening of demand! Please see below link for further info.
  • Hard commodities, such Iron Ore has continued its free fall, and now is below 70% of its previous high value. Reason, slowdown in China!
  • Gold is UP! But if the US Fed continues its rate hike this year, this could stall or reverse. In theory! Please remember that Gold has fallen from just under $2000 in 2011 to just over $1000 recently and now it is at $1193.

To many of us, we think that the Oil price drop is good for economies, which in some cases for large country Oil importers it is, but in general it has made the markets more nervous.  The root cause, is that many pension funds and other large institutions, invest heavily in commodity companies via stocks and bonds due to them paying a high income yield which investors use an income, but ignoring the risk to capital due to over confidence or ignorance or simply they are used to it! We now see the these risks, as stocks have fallen heavily. So, the question is how long will these companies keep up the high income (which they can’t afford), which corporate bonds will default (if they do.. and will, if oil & other commodities continues to fall!)  and  how long will investors stay in? Many pros have different views! If we concentrate on Oil, some say that Oil will rise, some say it will level off, some say that it will fall further.  Who knows and time will tell only…. From what I have read, most are in agreement that it will stabilize, and stay at these levels for some time.

  • Stocks markets have fallen  in general, with Emerging Markets suffering the most, down 25% YOY. China is down approx. 22% YTD… during first half of 2015 it shot up, then till December 2015 lost over 40%.   Apart from Oil, China is a major worry, but they do have over $3.3 trillion in reserves…. Will it be enough? It depends who you talk to. Some Hedge Fund managers, are betting their houses that it will not!  Others are confident that a slowing growing China is still growing at above 6% (according to the Chinese!) and sufficient not to cause a hard landing!  For more news please read the attached information for further information.
  • In developed markets, such as Europe, US and others the stock  markets have followed the rest of worlds trend. The US markets are down 9.8% YTD and YOY it is down 9.3%. If we look at Europe as a whole, it has paired worse than the US.  YTD down 16% and YOY 14% down.

On the positive side:

  • IMF: “Global growth of 3.4 percent in 2016 and 3.6 percent in 2017”. Which shows that the economies in general will be expanding.
  • From what I have read and listened to, in the US and other major corporations (non-commodity) are generating healthy revenues.
  • Europe will continue its quantitative easing policy, which creates liquidity and usually boosts the stock market.
  • BOJ – Bank of Japan have placed interest rates in negative territory to spur the economy. I.e. it forces banks to lend money to businesses, otherwise by keeping cash it costs the banks. This should prop the market.
  • US has recently raised interest rates due to the Fed’s confidence in the US economy.
  • There are many other positives.

Please bear in mind:

  • The first stock exchange dates far back to Amsterdam Exchange in 1602.  Markets have been going up and down and the positive is that they always recover. Some investors would always say that this time it is different. Now due to China, Oil price etc… however, every market correction in the past has been different, but they all shared the same outcome… they recovered over various periods of time.  So, no need to worry unless you need the whole funds now.   If you require an income now, then you are able to draw down and leave the remaining capital in to stay invested.
  • Any investment fall is a paper loss only! You only realise a loss, if you liquidate the investment.
  • When markets fall, as they have now, it is best to continue investing to purchase new shares and units at a much lower cost.  This works and known as Cost Averaging! Please see attached article from Fidelity.

There is plenty more to write about.  I would like end this email, by adding that when stock markets fall, they do not always fall due to the potential worldwide economic collapse, but mainly to the herd mentality where investors sell due to panic. So, in other words a lot is psychological (known as behavioral finance) and also, important to remember that markets are forward looking.  So, if in the near term the overall sentiment is positive for the future, the markets will recover before the positive event… and the first recovery is the sharpest, where most gains are made… if you are not in, then you miss it out! Reason to remain invested is so important!  No one has a crystal ball and it is merely impossible to time the market!

Warren Buffet’s words: “Buy when other are fearful”.

Fidelity oil report:

http://i.emlfiles1.com/cmpdoc/1/2/9/5/5/files/350156_oil_february-2016.pdf?utm_source=Fidelity%20Dubai&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6747736_6-Feb-2016&dm_i=175D,40ML4,I91CY5,EIR4N,1

Boris Barna  ADFS, CWM, MBA (Finance)

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50th Anniversary: What do you really know about Black Panthers, America?


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Beyoncé Wins the Super Bowl: Pop Legend Invokes Black Panthers, #BlackLivesMatter at Halftime Show


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Beyoncé Wins the Super Bowl: Pop Legend Invokes Black Panthers, #BlackLivesMatter at Halftime Show

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DAVE ZIRINsports columnist for The Nation magazine. His latest article is called “The Streets of San Francisco: ‘Super Bowl City’ Meets Tent City.” He is also the host of Edge of Sports podcast.

VINCENT WARRENexecutive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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More than 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 50 last night. In addition to seeing the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, viewers also witnessed one of the most political halftime shows in the Super Bowl’s history as the legendary singer Beyoncé paid tribute to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement. Backstage, Beyoncé’s dancers posed with their fists in the air, recalling the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. Meanwhile, homeless advocates staged a series of protests in recent weeks over San Francisco’s efforts to sweep the homeless from the streets ahead of the Super Bowl. Many of the homeless were supplanted to make way for Super Bowl City, a gated exhibition area for NFL sponsors and fans to participate in game-associated festivities. We speak to sportswriter Dave Zirin.

AMY GOODMAN: We turn right now to the Super Bowl. More than 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 50 last night. In addition to seeing the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, viewers also witnessed one of the most political halftime shows in the Super Bowl’s history, as the legendary singer Beyoncé paid tribute to the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement.

BEYONCÉ: [singing] OK, ladies, now let’s get in formation
OK, ladies, now let’s get in formation
Prove to me you got some coordination
You just might be a black Bill Gates in the making.

AMY GOODMAN: Backstage, Beyoncé’s dancers posed with their fists in the air, recalling the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. Five of the dancers also paid tribute to Mario Woods, an African-American man killed by San Francisco police. The dancers posted a photo on Instagram holding a sign reading “Justice for Mario Woods.”

Meanwhile, homeless advocates staged a series of protests in recent weeks over San Francisco’s efforts to sweep the homeless from the streets ahead of the Super Bowl. Many of the homeless were supplanted to make way for Super Bowl City, a gated exhibition area for NFL sponsors and fans to participate in game-associated festivities.

Dave Zirin joins us from Washington, D.C., sports columnist for The Nation. His latest article, “The Streets of San Francisco: ‘Super Bowl City’ Meets Tent City.”

Thanks so much. His books include The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, which he co-wrote with John Carlos. Your response to all that happened last night, Dave?

DAVE ZIRIN: Well, there’s on the field and off the field. I mean, on the field, you had the Denver Broncos exhibit one of the great defensive performances in Super Bowl history. Off the field, what you had was really an unprecedented sweep of the homeless before a Super Bowl contest. And, you know, every Super Bowl in the host city has a narrative that exists outside the game. In New Orleans, it was “How will the city recover after Hurricane Katrina?” In New York, if you remember—we discussed this, Amy—it was the sweep and harassment of sex workers before the big game that took place in the Meadowlands.

And in San Francisco, it’s the fact that you have this city of only 800,000 people that has a homeless population of 10,000. Sixty-one percent of the homeless in San Francisco were working at the time they lost their homes. And one-third of these 10,000 people are children. And yet, the response from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was: You better get off the street. You better get gone, because we’re about to have a party for the 1 percent. We’re about to have a Woodstock for the wealthy and celebrate the Super Bowl and celebrate our conspicuous consumption. There’s no greater symbol of this year’s Super Bowl, to me, than the fact you could go to the game and buy a delicious hot dog with real gold flakes sprinkled on top, so you could eat gold with your hot dog while people are literally hungry outside the most unequal and, by some metrics, the wealthiest city now in the United States.

AMY GOODMAN: And can you talk about what happened inside, at halftime, Dave Zirin? Can you talk about not only what Beyoncé—

DAVE ZIRIN: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: —did there with her song, the homage to the Black Panthers—

DAVE ZIRIN: It was too short.

AMY GOODMAN: —but also the song she released the day before, on Saturday, about police brutality and Hurricane Katrina?

DAVE ZIRIN: Yeah, sure. First of all, this is Super Bowl 50. It was in the Bay Area. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party in the Bay Area. And that’s what Beyoncé and her background singers—background dancers were paying tribute to. And the song “Formation” is—and people should watch the video. There are more indelible images in the five minutes of this video than any Hollywood film I’ve seen in memory. And I really want to encourage people to go to the blog,New [South] Negress, and read a breakdown of the video by Zandria—that’s the author’s name—because, honestly, for me, as a white guy who’s from the North, I was only getting like 5 percent of what Beyoncé was trying to say. This is a video that’s rooted in Southern black experience, and it’s not only about the Black Lives Matter movement, it is about hundreds of years of black women resisting state violence with a centered approach that’s about mothers protecting their children and also about queer black women stepping up to be able to say, “We are here. We matter, too.” It’s radically audacious in terms of its visuals, in terms of its lyrics. And I’m frankly stunned that we have—that this country, that could serve sausages with gold flakes while people starve in the streets, can also be a country that could produce an artist as audaciously brilliant as Beyoncé and generate that kind of mass following and have her perform this song in an X formation at halftime of the Super Bowl. It’s remarkable.

AMY GOODMAN: Vince Warren, I want to get your response, as well, both to the video released on Saturday, not to be confused with what she did at the halftime performance on Sunday at the Super Bowl.

VINCENT WARREN: Yeah. With the video released on Saturday, it was about black love. It was about black empowerment. It was about women. It was about queer folks. People are saying it was the blackest and the gayest thing that she’s ever done, which is fabulous, which, of course, for anybody that’s working in the movement right now that—you know, being queer and being black and being authentically yourself and being a leader is what it’s all about. It was fabulous. It was wonderful to watch with the images of New Orleans, with the police lines, with the second lines. It just—

AMY GOODMAN: With the kid dancing in front of the police line in riot gear.

VINCENT WARREN: The kid dancing. But even as Dave says, going back a hundred years and really embracing—with Beyoncé embracing her heritage and making that, as it is for millions of black people, a part of what’s happening today was fabulous. And the other—on the Super Bowl thing, I mean, I tweeted this, that Bruno Mars and Beyoncé just killed it. They killed it dead. It was an extremely wonderful show musically. And I was very moved by the black power tribute and by the berets and by everything that was happening. And it didn’t feel to me like it was being fetishized.

DAVE ZIRIN: Right.

VINCENT WARREN: It felt to me like it was being owned and moved forward and presented 50 years later. What we gonna do? It was fabulous.

AMY GOODMAN: Last comment, Dave Zirin, as we wrap up?

DAVE ZIRIN: I mean, only that the struggle goes on for the people in San Francisco. San Francisco PD, they put down about 77 citations a day to the homeless people. It ends up with them being warehoused in prisons.

AMY GOODMAN: Dave Zirin, I want to end on the issue of concussion. We only have five seconds. Will Smith does a movie based on that, doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar—

DAVE ZIRIN: No.

AMY GOODMAN: OscarsSoWhite. But concussions in Super Bowl?

DAVE ZIRIN: Well, just that. We definitely saw some last night. Whether they’ll be—one player couldn’t come back into the game because of a concussion protocol. It doesn’t get discussed nearly enough. The moral calculus of the NFL on the head injuries is beneath contempt, and it’s a fight that’s going to have to be continued to be waged by both the union, by players and by journalists seeking the truth.

AMY GOODMAN: Dave Zirin, we have to leave it there, sports columnist for The Nation. Thanks so much to Vince Warren, as well, the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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France’s Road of the Future Is Paved With Solar Panels


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Pre-Emptive Strike, Mr. Bush< That Didn't Work Out Very Well in Iraq, Did It?


 

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GOP Charge Embracing Torture


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PARDISS KEBRIAEIsenior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She represents current and former Guantánamo detainees.

In the final debate before Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, Republican presidential contenders battled it out Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. While much of the post-debate coverage focused on Marco Rubio for repeatedly reciting the same talking points about President Obama, less attention was paid to how the candidates embraced the use of torture and expanding Guantánamo. We air highlights and speak to Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She represents current and former Guantánamo detainees.

AMY GOODMAN: In the final debate before Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, Republican presidential contenders battled it out Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Taking part in the debate were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Donald Trump, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich. ABC News excluded former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina from the debate despite protests from many Republicans.

Much of the post-debate coverage has focused on Marco Rubio for repeatedly reciting the same talking points about President Obama, even after he was called out by Governor Christie.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: And let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. … But I would add this: Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. … Here’s the bottom line: This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: There it is.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: He knows exactly what he’s doing.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: There it is, the memorized 25-second speech.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: He’s—well, that’s the—

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: There it is, everybody.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: That’s the reason why this campaign is so important, because I think this notion—I think this is an important point. We have to understand what we’re going through here. We are not facing a president that doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows what he is doing. … I think anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn’t doing what he’s doing on purpose doesn’t understand what we’re dealing with here. OK? This is a president—this is a president who’s trying to change this country.

AMY GOODMAN: While headlines about “Robot Rubio” and “MarcoBot” dominated much of the discussion after the debate, a number of other issues did come up during Saturday’s debate, including torture, North Korea, police brutality and eminent domain. We’re going to look at all four of these issues and how the candidates responded on today’s show. We’ll begin with the issue of torture, raised by debate moderator David Muir of ABC News.

DAVID MUIR: We’re going to stay on ISIS here and the war on terror, because, as you know, there’s been a debate in this country about how to deal with the enemy and about enhanced interrogation techniques ever since 9/11. So, Senator Cruz, you have said, quote, “Torture is wrong, unambiguously, period. Civilized nations do not engage in torture.” Some of the other candidates say they don’t think waterboarding is torture. Mr. Trump has said, “I would bring it back.” Senator Cruz, is waterboarding torture?

SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, under the definition of torture, no, it’s not. Under the law, torture is excruciating pain that is equivalent to losing—losing organs and systems. So, under the definition of torture, it is not. It is enhanced interrogation, it is vigorous interrogation, but it does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.

DAVID MUIR: If elected president, would you bring it back?

SEN. TED CRUZ: I would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use. And indeed, I’d join with Senator McCain in legislation that would prohibit line officers from employing it, because I think bad things happen when enhanced interrogation is employed at lower levels. But when it comes to keeping this country safe, the commander-in-chief has inherent constitutional authority to keep this country safe. And so, if it were necessary to, say, prevent a city from facing an imminent terrorist attack, you can rest assured that, as commander-in-chief, I would use whatever enhanced interrogation methods we could to keep this country safe.

DAVID MUIR: Senator Cruz, thank you. Mr. Trump, you said not only does it work, but that you’d bring it back.

DONALD TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what. In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians. We have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before—as a group, we have never seen before what’s happening right now. The medieval times—I mean, we studied medieval times. Not since medieval times have people seen what’s going on. I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.

DAVID MUIR: Mr. Trump, thank you. Governor Bush, you have said that you won’t rule waterboarding out. Congress has passed laws banning the use of waterboarding by the military and the CIA, as you know. Would you want Congress to change that, if you’re elected president?

JEB BUSH: No. No, I wouldn’t. No, I wouldn’t. And it was used sparingly. Congress has changed the laws, and I think where we stand is the appropriate place. But what we need to do is to make sure that we expand our intelligence capabilities. The idea that we’re going to solve this fight with Predator drones, killing people, somehow is a—is more acceptable than capturing them, securing the information—this is why closing Guantánamo is a complete disaster. What we need to do is make sure that we are kept safe by having intelligence capabilities, both human and technological intelligence capabilities, far superior than what we have today. That’s how you get a more safe place, is by making sure that we’re fully engaged. And right now this administration doesn’t do that.

DAVID MUIR: Governor Bush, thank you. Senator Rubio, I do want to ask you, you have said that you do not want to telegraph to the enemy what you would do as commander-in-chief, but for the American people watching tonight who want to know where the next president will stand, do you believe waterboarding is torture?

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: Well, when people talk about interrogating terrorists, they’re acting like this is some sort of law enforcement function. Law enforcement is about gathering evidence to take someone to trial and convict them. Antiterrorism is about finding out information to prevent a future attack. So the same tactics do not apply. And it is true: We should not be discussing wide—in a widespread way, the exact tactics that we’re going to use, because that allows terrorists and others to practice how to evade us. But here’s the bigger part—problem with all this: We’re not interrogating anybody right now. Guantánamo is being emptied by this president. We should be putting people into Guantánamo, not emptying it out. And we shouldn’t be releasing these killers, who are rejoining the battlefield against the United States.

AMY GOODMAN: Senator Marco Rubio at Saturday’s Republican debate in New Hampshire, the eighth debate, the final one before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Joining us now is Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney with Center for Constitutional Rights representing current and former Guantánamo prisoners.

Welcome to Democracy Now!

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Thanks, Amy.

AMY GOODMAN: So, quite a discussion here—

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: —both around the issue of waterboarding and of expanding Guantánamo.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Right. You know, there’s a lot to say, hard to know where to begin. To this—to just the basic point about the fact that we are still debating whether things like waterboarding constitute torture and you have candidates able to say, “No, waterboarding is not torture,” and to sort of redefine those terms, I mean, that is not—redefine the term of “torture,” that’s something that’s not unique to the issue of torture, it’s not unique to a political party. You know, we’ve heard many times administrations and officials say, “We don’t torture, we don’t engage in indefinite detention, we don’t do targeted assassinations”—all of this by sort of unilaterally redefining and gutting terms of their plain meaning under international law. So, it’s not new or unique.

As to whether things like waterboarding constitute torture, clearly, under widely accepted understandings and standards and definitions under international law, it is torture. The U.N. CAT committee, Committee Against Torture, has said it. The—

AMY GOODMAN: Senator Cruz said it wasn’t.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Senator Cruz said it wasn’t. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is an authority on the laws of war and international humanitarian law, has said specifically waterboarding is torture. U.S. courts have said it. U.S.—the United States has prosecuted U.S. and foreign soldiers for engaging in waterboarding. There have been prosecutions domestically for waterboarding domestically. So the idea that this is arguable is just not supported. It is clearly illegal.

I think the troubling thing is the fact that it has been made arguable or is able to be debated, still has in part to do with the fact that there has been zero accountability for torture under the Bush administration. And that’s been something that has been—you know that falls on the Obama administration, I think.

AMY GOODMAN: What could be Obama administration do?

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Well, there have been no—there have been calls for a special prosecutor to investigate clear allegations of crimes committed at least by the CIA, as evidenced by the Senate report on the CIA torture program. I mean, there’s volumes of documented information about at least one piece of torture under the Bush administration. There should at least be an investigation domestically. Politically, you know, that seems very difficult, if not impossible. Those investigations have not been pursued.

We at CCR have—as a result, because of the lack of complete accountability domestically, we’ve turned to foreign courts and have supported or been involved or brought a request for prosecution or accountability in the courts of Spain. We’ve brought—we’re supporting an action in France. There have been actions in Canada or before the CAT committee. So, I mean, we’re trying, at least internationally through universal jurisdiction in foreign courts, to bring to bear some kind of accounting for what’s happened.

But I think the fact that there hasn’t been anything domestically, and the message is sort of “we need to look forward and not backward” by the Obama administration, is part of what has allowed this sort of gray zone and for things like torture and waterboarding, which is sort of the—one the most overt forms of it, to remain arguable and debatable, and cheered on national television—by Republican donors, but, you know, nonetheless.

AMY GOODMAN: The issue of expanding Guantánamo and the mutual outrage of the candidates that it was not being—not just closed, but expanded?

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: Talk about the prisoners that you represent inside Guantánamo.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Well, just one—I mean, there’s a lot to unpack there. You know, when Rubio says that we need to be putting more people back into Guantánamo and the basic problem is we’re not—we’re not interrogating anyone anymore, it is false to suggest that Guantánamo was the only place where the United States or is the only place where the United States is interrogating terrorist suspects. In recent years, for example, there have been operations reported in the media, that we know about, where the United States has snatched suspects off the streets in suburban areas in their own homes. One example is of Abu Anas al-Libi in 2013, snatched in front of his home in a suburb of Tripoli by U.S. military forces, held and interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship without counsel, effectively incommunicado, and then appears in federal court in the United States to face charges and trial. And that entire period of extrajudicial holding, treatment, interrogation is effectively erased once that happens, because of the challenges of—because of the difficulty of challenging that treatment in federal court. But that is one sort of hybrid way the U.S. is relying on wartime authorities—problematic ones—to sort of pick people up far from recognized war zones, hold and interrogate them without charge, without counsel, you know, effectively secretly, and then—and then bring prosecution. So we know that those things are happening. And so the suggestion that we’re not interrogating anymore is just false.

As to, you know, expanding Guantánamo and, you know, what is happening with the prison now, there is a certain momentum in terms of transfers of people. We need to be very clear about who is being transferred. Those are people who U.S. intelligence and defense officials themselves have said do not need to be at Guantánamo.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking not only Obama administration officials—

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Bush administration.

AMY GOODMAN: —but Bush administration officials.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: We have said this ’til we’re red in the face. I mean, it’s just—it’s just a complete distortion to suggest.

AMY GOODMAN: Many of these prisoners held for well over 10 years, cleared for years to be released.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: The first group of people under the Obama administration were approved for transfer in 2009 and ’10. Many of them are sitting in Guantánamo today, including some of our clients—Tariq Ba Odah, nine-year hunger striker, still at Guantánamo; Mohammed al-Hamiri, cleared for release in 2009, sitting in Guantánamo, perhaps even watching this broadcast now. There’s another group of men who have been cleared under more recent administrative reviews, under what’s known as the Periodic Review Board. Those are reviews that were set up and meant to start in 2011, didn’t—nothing happened until 2013. That’s entirely on the Obama administration. That’s something entirely within executive control. There was an executive order that said these reviews need to start in 2011, they need to be done by 2012. Nothing happened until—

AMY GOODMAN: So it’s four years later.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: Four years later. Nothing happened after—until after a mass hunger strike at the prison in 2013. I mean, Guantánamo had really sort of fallen off the administration’s agenda as a priority until after the hunger strike. Slowly, since then, the reviews have started. But there are still dozens of people who are waiting for their first review. One of my clients—two of my clients, Zahir Hamdoun, just went through his review, was approved for transfer; another, Ghaleb al-Bihani—both Yemenis—approved for transfer last year, still waiting for transfer. So, those men, cleared men by the administration itself, remain sitting in Guantánamo.

There is another problem in terms of the way people are being transferred from Guantánamo. That’s an issue that’s gotten far less attention. But in terms of what they face, particularly for those people not going home, which means a lot of the Yemenis, and they’re not going home not because they don’t want to go home or they can’t go home, but because it is U.S. policy not to send them back to Yemen because of conflicts that have nothing to do with some of their individual circumstances or their families or their facts, so, as a result, is needing to find third countries for them. You know, it’s just the experience of people who have been held for 14 years without charge, arbitrarily, tortured, getting on another—getting on a plane and then landing in an entirely alien environment, without family, without community, with very little support. And—

AMY GOODMAN: Are the Democrats different in their approach to Guantánamo? I mean, Hillary Clinton was secretary of state during a number of these years.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: No, I mean, these transfers—dozens of them, over 70, 80, 90 of them—have happened under the Obama administration. And certainly, transfers need to keep happening. Bottom line, the men in Guantánamo need to be out. But how they are being transferred, the support they have, what their experience on re-entry is like, that’s important to pay attention to, as well. But separate from these issues, I think—

AMY GOODMAN: We have 30 seconds.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI: —we need to be clear about: The Obama administration’s own plan for closing Guantánamo envisions maintaining the policy of indefinite detention. So part of the danger of that is that it allows for things. It allows for the policy and legal justifications to remain open, and would allow for a place, whether in Cuba or in a U.S. prison, for future administrations to send additional detainees to. So that’s part of the danger of the administration’s own close—so-called close Guantánamo plan.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you, Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights representing current and former Guantánamo prisoners.

We’re going to go on with this debate on the issue of eminent domain, preemptive strikes against North Korea, and about the issue of police brutality.

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