We Want Our Flag Back

Stephen Rohde, LA Daily Journal: "'If you had told me ten years ago that our government would be deliberately holding people in captivity on a naval base outside the US mainland so that we could do whatever we wanted to them without the intervention of US courts, I would have told you that you had been watching too many miniseries on TV.' These outraged words from Julia Tarver Mason, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, are typical of the over 100 personal narratives written by lawyers, translators and others who have represented and assisted the detainees at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which have been collected in the new book 'THE GUANTANAMO LAWYERS: Inside a Prison Outside the Law.'"

//www.truthout.org/topstories/122709vh1



Hoping for a New Ethic in 2010

Jim Hightower, Truthout: "This special season got me to thinking about America's spirit of giving, and I don't mean this overdone business of Christmas gifts. I mean our true spirit of giving - giving of ourselves. Yes, we are a country of rugged individualists, yet there's also a deep, community-minded streak in each of us."

//www.truthout.org/topstories/122709vh3

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Court: Government can do whatever it wants, we have no right to know

CBS News

12/31/09

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that law professors and attorneys who represent Guantanamo Bay detainees cannot force the government to reveal whether an anti-terrorism program eavesdropped on their conversations. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling supported the findings of a lower court judge in Manhattan who also rejected the attempt to uncloak the warrantless electronic surveillance system’s targets. The National Security Agency and the Department of Justice had refused to comply with a 2006 Freedom of Information Act request by the lawsuit’s plaintiffs...

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