Saturday, January 27, 2007

Shi'a Iraqi soldiers beat Sunnis as U.S. trainers watch

The following is footage of Shi'a Iraqi soldiers delivering a "brutal beating" to several local Sunnis, it was obtained by a British television station. So this is what is taught to the Iraqi soldiers, that it's ok to beat a suspect? Especially when they aren't even fighting back.

British Channel Four says. "Two journalists – embedded with the First Cavalry division – witnessed suspected insurgents being viciously beaten and abused."

Via The Raw Story

The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President

Instead of being impartial arbiters of the law, the five conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices knowingly, blatantly, gave the Presidency of the United States to their man, George W. Bush.

"The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President" by Vincent Bugliosi sets out the arguments, citing chapter and verse, on how this was achieved and how the Constitution has been seriously and dangerously undermined. Read The Betrayal of America...

CBS Refuses to broadcast excellent journalism and Iraq footage

This is The Battle of Haifa Street, a grassroots story and example of selfless journalism by Lara Logan, CBS's chief foreign correspondent.

In an email to AlterNet, Logan asks them for help in getting the word out on "a story that is largely being ignored even though this is taking place every single day in Baghdad, two blocks from where our office is located."

Watch the video CBS is ignoring and will only publish online:

Tens of thousands march in Washington protesting war

The protest sponsored by United for Peace and Justice was held today in D.C. at the National Mall. There were tens of thousands of people there including Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn and Jane Fonda.

"The rally on the Mall unfolded peacefully, although about 300 protesters tried to rush the Capitol, running up the grassy lawn to the front of the building. Police on motorcycles tried to stop them, scuffling with some and barricading entrances." (AP) More pictures

Video via AMERICABlog

Tell U.S. military to dismiss subpoena of journalist Sarah Olson

"Sarah Olson is a journalist who published an exclusive interview with Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the highest-ranking member of the military to refuse to deploy to Iraq. Now, the Army wants Olson to be their witness in the lieutenant’s upcoming court martial. The Army is trying to turn speaking to the press into a crime — and wants to have a reporter participate in the prosecution of political speech."

"By summoning this reporter to testify against her source the Bush administration is once again admonishing dissenters (and the press who cover them) to shut up and sing, a very un-American thing to do." (GNN)

"Journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech," Olson said. "Dragging a journalist into court like this ... really damages the barrier between press and government. When speech is the crime, the journalist really can be the investigative arm, the eyes and ears of the government." (SF Gate)

Stand up for a free press — send letters to Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Take action now — the military trial starts February 5.

Sir! No Sir! - GI war resistance in 1960's

Sir! No Sir! is a movie revealing the untold story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam.

Directed by David Zeiger, this is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960s – one that had a profound impact on American society, yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time. This hidden history combines fast-paced archival footage with thoughtful interviews, “perfectly timed with new doubts about the Iraq War” (Variety).