Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Thursday, 1 March 2007
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: In Appreciation of The Women From All Over The World

Women Day:

Body, Mind & Spirit


 March 8th


Why Women's Day

Lesson Activities

hy dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world's women?

The United Nations General Assembly, composed of delegates from every Member State, celebrates International Women's Day to recognize that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women, and to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security.

For the women of the world, the Day is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

You might think that women's equality benefits mostly women, but every one-percentile growth in female secondary schooling results in a 0.3 percent growth in the economy. Yet girls are often kept from receiving education in the poorest countries that would best benefit from the economic growth.

Until the men and women work together to secure the rights and full potential of women, lasting solutions to the world's most serious social, economic and political problems are unlikely to be found.

In recent decades, much progress has been made. On a worldwide level, women's access to education and proper health care has increased; their participation in the paid labor force has grown; and legislation that promises equal opportunities for women and respect for their human rights has been adopted in many countries. The world now has an ever- growing number of women participating in society as policy-makers.

However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men.

The majority of the world's 1.3 billion absolute poor are women.

On average, women receive between 30 and 40 per cent less pay than men earn for the same work.

And everywhere, women continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women of reproductive age worldwide.

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My Blog From Last Year Women Day Click Here:




Honors International Women’s Day


 With a full 24 hours of special programming celebrating Women: Body, Mind & Spirit




90.7 FM RADIO Portland Oregon




http://www.kboo.fm/ Streaming




5:30 AM “Women in Early Country Music” hosted by Jane Keefer
7:00 AM A special edition of the KBOO Morning News, focused on conditions of women around the world.
7:30 AM News about Palestinian Issues
8:00 AM “Women of a Certain Age” a panel discussion hosted by Martha Odom
9:00 AM Theresa Mitchell explores “Gender & Patriarchy”
9:30 AM Martha Odom interviews Dorothy Mackie regarding “Women in the Military”
10:00 AM Xicanisma! A special edition for IWD, hosted by Ivonne Rivero

10:30 AM “Oaxacan Resistance” a bilingual look at the struggle in Oaxaca, produced by Trill and Gloria Keeth
11:00 AM
 Democracy Now!
 Women in Revolutionary Music, hosted by Robyn Shanti
1:30 PM
 Robyn Shanti interviews Doris Colmes, who escaped Nazi Germany as an adolescent, and continues to explore issues of justice and activism today, especially in light of the Patriot Act.
2:00 PM
 “Health at Any Size” is the topic that Helen Honey will explore with interviews about size acceptance.
3:00 PM
“Young Women’s Issues” will be hosted by BreAna and Amber Loranger, exploring competition between women and other topics.
3:30 PM
 “Local freelance writers speak out” Shanna Germain, Managing editor/co founder of Nervy Girl and Claire Sykes, Assoc. editor of Poetry Northwest discuss the perks, process, and perils of writing for a living.  This program is hosted by Jade Pekkala, and welcomes listener call-ins.
4:30 PM
 “Women Singing Around the World” musical selections by Gloria Keeth
5:00 PM
   The APA Compass Collective interviews Chie Abad, who speaks from personal experience about the hardships endured by millions of workers in sweatshops around the world.
6:00 PM The Bread and Roses Collective will explore many issues effecting women’s minds, bodies and spirits, including women’s sports.

7:00 PM Working Class Women vs. the War on Terrorism” – A panel of activists speak out on the impact of the Patriot Act and how to fight the creeping police state. From the profiling of Muslims and immigrants to the branding of environmentalists as ecoterrorists, these women have felt the brunt of homeland insecurity. Panelists include Mona Mayfield, Muslim mother who has fought FBI surveillance and the arrest of her husband, Brandon, under false premises, Kristen Bebell, activist for animal rights and against unjust sentencing for environmentalists, Christine Haboush, Lebanese American feminist, Jen Laverdure, former federal contractor fired for non-compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive and Radical Women organizer.

8:00 PM “International Women in Song” brought to you by Kathy Fors
9:00 PM
 Laura Young interviews the founder of an international crisis line, which supports U.S. women abroad who are in an abusive situation.
9:30 PM
Shelly Anderson host “Roles that Christianity has put on Women”
10: 00 PM
 Alea Adigweme hosts an hour of readings by women.
11:00 PM
 “Loud Women” a music show hosted by Melanie Hall.
  “Misogyny Blues Hour: Blues for the Other 364 Days of the Year”.  Tune-in for musical commiseration and rejuvenation from our most beloved blues women.  Leigh Anne Kranz hosts.
1 AM
“The International Women of Punk Rock” hosted by Erin & Callie
3 AM “The Known Unknowns” screaming women / performance artists / diatribes and more, hosted by Ani







International Womens Day Link






Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:16 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 7 March 2007 11:26 PM PST
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Mary Ellen of AFSC gives Excellent Interview About Trip to Iran
Mood:  hug me
Now Playing: This is a compelling story of peace and communication

Full text here: http://www.afsc.org/iran/  <please watch video>

Dear Joe Anybody and Friends,

Mary Ellen McNish, AFSC’s general secretary, just returned from a week-long delegation of U.S. religious leaders to meet with Iran’s president and other civic and religious leaders. The delegation, led by the AFSC and the Mennonite Central Committee, was the first U.S. religious group to meet with an Iranian president in Iran since the revolution in 1979. 

This delegation is an example of the person-to-person diplomacy that AFSC has engaged in throughout its 90-year history. 

Web video interview

Yesterday (Monday), Mary Ellen sat down for a short interview about her experiences in Iran with Aura Kanegis, AFSC's director of public affairs. In the interview, she talks about the need for diplomacy, her discussion with the Iranian president, women in Iran, how news is covered in Iran and the U.S., and more. We videotaped it and posted the video on our web site to share with you.

Thank you to those who sent in questions. Your input helped to guide Aura’s interview. I hope you find the video interesting.

You can view Mary Ellen’s interview at



Tell Congress: Support direct talks with Iran

Also, please support the call by AFSC and U.S. religious leaders for immediate face-to-face talks between the U.S. and Iranian governments. 

Email your U.S. Senators and Representative to ask that they support a joint House-Senate resolution calling on the U.S. to talk directly with Iran, and help to avert war with Iran by cosponsoring and seeking immediate action on S.Con.Res.13 in the Senate and H.Con.Res. 33 in the House.  These identical measures, introduced by Senator Bernard Sanders (VT) and Representative DeFazio (OR) respectively, seek to prevent expansion of war into Iran.

We believe that dialogue between countries is not a reward; it’s a starting point and a necessity.  Dialogue should not be conditional. Join with us in urging the U.S. government to directly and constructively talk with the Iranian government. 

Take Action >

More about the delegation to Iran

The 13-person religious delegation traveled to Iran to encourage a dialogue in the hope of averting war. The group met with Muslim and Christian leaders, government officials, and other Iranian people. The final day included a meeting with former President Khatami and current President Ahmadinejad. The meeting with President Ahmadinejad lasted two-and-a-half hours and covered a range of topics, including the role of religion in transforming conflict, Iraq, nuclear proliferation, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The delegation returns to the United States with a proposal that both the U.S. and Iranian governments immediately engage in direct, face-to-face talks; cease using language that defines the other using “enemy” images; and promote more people-to-people exchanges, including religious leaders, members of Parliament/Congress, and civil society.

Leaders from the following organizations took part in the delegation: American Friends Service Committee, Episcopal Church USA, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Mennonite Central Committee, National Council of Churches, Pax Christi USA, Sojourners, and the United Methodist Church.

For the full text of “U.S. Religious Leaders Find Hope in Iran,” the religious leaders’ joint statement for direct talks and more, see AFSC’s web news room.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:18 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2007 11:28 PM PST
Monday, 26 February 2007
Stripped Naked Just To Fly On An Airplane?
Mood:  blue
Now Playing: New TSA Technology is a Virtual Strip Search

Sky Harbor


Costs is about $100,000  

"The more obscure they make the image, the more obscure the contraband, weapons and explosives," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the ACLU in Washington, D.C. "The graphic image is a strip-search. You shouldn't have to be strip-searched to get on an airplane. Millions of Americans would regard them as pornographic."

Security scanner

can see through clothes


By TERRY TANG, Associated Press WriterSat Feb 24, 6:05 AM ET


Sky Harbor International Airport became the country's first to begin testing a controversial new federal screening system that takes X-rays of passenger's bodies in an effort to find concealed explosives and other weapons.The Phoenix airport started testing the new technology on Friday. It can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity.Critics have said the high-resolution images created by the "backscatter" technology are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the equipment to make the image look something like a line drawing, while still detecting concealed weapons.


During testing, the machine will be used only as a backup screening measure. Passengers who fail the standard screening with a metal detector will be able to choose between the new device or a pat-down search.


"It's 100 percent voluntary, so if the passenger doesn't feel comfortable with it, the passenger doesn't have to go through it," TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said.

Passengers selected for screening by the device are asked to stand in front of the closet-size X-ray unit with the palms of their hands facing out. Then they must turn around for a second screening from behind. The procedure takes about a minute. "It seems faster. I'm not uncomfortable with it," said Kelsi Dunbar, 25, of Seattle, who chose the machine. "I trust TSA, and I trust that they are definitely trying to make things go quickly and smoothly in the airport.

But one expert said the machine's altered image is ineffective, while the clear picture is an invasion of privacy.


"The more obscure they make the image, the more obscure the contraband, weapons and explosives," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the ACLU in Washington, D.C. "The graphic image is a strip-search. You shouldn't have to be strip-searched to get on an airplane. Millions of Americans would regard them as pornographic."


The machine will be tested for up to 90 days at a single checkpoint at Sky Harbor International Airport's largest terminal, which hosts US Airways and Southwest Airlines, the two busiest airlines in Phoenix.


The technology could be left in place after the trial period, and the TSA hopes to roll out similar machines at the Los Angeles airport and New York's Kennedy Airport by the end of the year.


 The security officer who works with the passenger going through the screening will never see the images the machine produces. The pictures will be viewed by another officer about 50 feet away who will not see the passenger, the TSA said.The machine cannot store the images or transmit them and "once we're done screening the passenger, the image is gone forever," Melendez said.


He said the device at Sky Harbor costs about $100,000 but is on loan from the manufacturer, American Science and Engineering Inc. of Boston


Posted by Joe Anybody at 9:14 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 26 February 2007 9:56 AM PST
Sunday, 25 February 2007
Mood:  hug me
Now Playing: Good News in 10 quick tips on Race

Top 10 Facts


About Race

 From Susan Pizarro-Eckert,
Your Guide to Race Relations.
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We all have inherited ideas about race and racial difference. Some of these ideas are based on little more than misinformed stereotypes, others reflect ongoing fears shaped by outdated politics and social policies; usually these are passed on from one generation to the next.

Although many dream of a colorblind world, the truth is that race still matters in today's society. Why race matters and what level of importance we continue to give it will ultimately depend upon our understanding of the history of race and racial hierarchies. Following are 10 facts about race, which you may not be aware of.

1) Race matters today, but the concept of "race" didn't always exist

Fact: The ancient Greeks classified people according to culture and language, not according to physical differences. Foreigners, including Africans, were accepted as Greek citizens so long as they assimilated - i.e. learned the language and adopted similar customs and styles of dress.

2) Slavery is not inextricably linked with the concept of race

Fact: Both Greece and Rome enslaved people on the basis of battles won/lost; this was regardless of appearance. When the concept of "freedom" was introduced during the American Revolution, it shone a spotlight on the young nation's key moral contradiction: how could the concepts of freedom, equality, and natural rights of man stand alongside the practice of slavery? The growing notions of race and racial inferiority helped to resolve this contradiction by depicting Africans as different, separate from, and less deserving of the same rights that European settlers enjoyed.

3) There is no single genetic marker for race - race has no genetic basis

Fact: Throughout history, the search for “race” was fueled by preconceived ideas about “superiority.” Early "scientists" validated racial hierarchy, but modern scientists have discovered and continue to prove that no single gene, trait or characteristic distinguishes one race from another; two reasons: 1) human beings haven't been around long enough to evolve into subspecies, and 2) human beings have always been mobile, mixing genes with different populations. Genes are inherited independently. Race is a socially constructed concept, which over time has served as key support for social and political interests.

4) Although we behave as if race matters a lot, most variation occurs within races

Fact: 85% of human genetic variation exists within any given population - whether Italian, Chinese, or Korean - than between. Two Chinese mean are likely to be as genetically different as a Chinese man and an Italian man.

5) Despite the lack of scientific evidence, race matters

Fact: Race continues to be a powerful factor in determining which groups have access to resources and opportunities. The effects of past divisive social and political policies continue to be felt; the goal of a "colorblind" society will not ameliorate these effects. Pretending that race doesn't matter does not equate with treating people equally. Instead, the identification and reshaping of social policies that continue to advantage or disadvantage certain groups must be undertaken.

6) Race classification is a political, not a scientific or biological matter

Fact: Because race is a political and social issue, definitions and classification systems differ from one country to another. For example, Brazil has many more racial categories than the U.S., and Haiti has a vastly different definition of "white" than the U.S.

7) Race matters today, but the interesting fact is, we are all mixed

Fact: Humans have been mixing for centuries, and when you consider that evolutionary biologists have shown that we are all descendents of the original peoples of Africa, it is easier to understand just how closely connected we all are. New DNA home tests, although they are currently considered controversial, have resulted in fascinating findings for a vast number of Americans who have traced their DNA to foreign countries and cultures all over the globe.

8) Racial classifications have consistently changed over time

Fact: who's white, who's black, who's Asian have all changed just within the highly politicized American racial classification system. A close look at the highly imperfect classification system in use today reveals an incomplete map and an inconsistent application of guidelines and definitions. For example, in order to claim identity as an "American Indian" one must earn it; they must prove tribal membership or a minimum percentage of blood relation. On the other hand, to classify as "Black or African American" all that's necessary is a single "drop," or one ancestor, and the option of choice in identity is removed.

9) Race is a double-edged sword

Fact: Although the system itself lacks any biological or scientific basis and has been used primarily as tool for restricting access to resources and opportunities, we cannot simply do away with it in one fell swoop. The fact remains, that systems and institutions based on these classifications continue to reinforce opportunities (or lack thereof) among certain groups. Without tracking the effects of these institutions and biased systems, we would not have any way to identify whether or not we, as a society, had truly reached the goal of equality.

10) Racial categories lack neutrality and objectivity

Fact: racial categories (along with their definitions) were constructed and reconstructed to support shifting political goals and, most often, specifically for the purpose of excluding certain groups. For example, in the 1900s U.S. courts decided who was legally "white" to determine naturalization rights; these ever-shifting decisions were most often arbitrary and/or contradictory.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:01 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2007 5:05 PM PST
Josh Wolf, videographer and blogger, remains in jail
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Journalist for the Non Corporate News in Jail (still)
Topic: MEDIA




Josh Wolf, videographer and blogger, is now the journalist imprisoned longest in U.S. history for refusing to comply with a subpoena. He has been locked up in federal prison for close to six months.

In July 2005, Wolf was covering a San Francisco protest against the G-8 Summit in Scotland (the G-8 stands for the Group of Eight industrialized nations: Britain, France, Russia, Germany, the U.S., Japan, Italy and Canada). He posted video to the Web and sold some video to a local broadcast-news outlet. The authorities wanted him to turn over the original tapes and to testify. He refused.

In a recent court filing, U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan says it's only in Wolf's "imagination that he is a journalist."

The Society of Professional Journalists must be equally imaginative. Their Northern California chapter named Josh Wolf Journalist of the Year for 2006, and in March will give him the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. "Josh's commitment to a free and unfettered press deserves profound respect," SPJ National President Christine Tatum said.

The SPJ is also honoring San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, who are facing prison for refusing to reveal who leaked grand-jury testimony about steroid use in baseball. Williams and Fainaru-Wada remain free pending appeal.

The problem for Wolf? Independence. As Wolf observes, there is "definitely a divergence between how the government's handled my situation as an independent journalist and how they've dealt with the corporate media, which have also been found in civil contempt."

The First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press." By forcing journalists to hand over tapes, notes and other material, and to testify, the government is making just such a law. Whistle-blowers and others in dangerous situations will no longer come forward to provide information to reporters if they think their names will be divulged. Journalists must be free to protect their sources and to report the truth if our democracy is to function.

Wolf's lawyer, Martin Garbus, one of the nation's leading First Amendment attorneys, says the government has done an end run around California's shield law, which would have guaranteed Wolf protection. The authorities called on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, or JTTF, which moved the case to federal court, where no shield law exists (as reporters in the Valerie Plame case discovered).

The grand jury is investigating whether arson was attempted on a San Francisco police car, though the squad car was not damaged beyond a broken taillight. A police officer was injured after the squad car he was in was driven into the protest march (that case was investigated then dropped by the local district attorney); however, Wolf insists he was not videotaping either incident.

What is clear is that by focusing on the alleged attempted arson of the car, the JTTF can assert jurisdiction, as federal anti-terror dollars, they say, paid for part of the car. With these legalistic jurisdictional acrobatics, Wolf is stripped of California shield-law protections, and remains locked up without charge until he turns over his tape and submits to the Bush administration inquisitors.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief in his support, pointing out how JTTFs across the country, under the guise of investigating "terrorism," are targeting anti-war groups and compiling databases of law-abiding citizens critical of the Bush administration.

Wolf, who is 24 years old, is staying healthy in prison, reading a lot and learning from other inmates. He mails entries to be posted to his blog at joshwolf.net. Garbus expects him to remain in prison at least until the grand jury expires in July.

Freedom of the press means freeing journalists to do their work. Congress can insure that by passing a federal shield law.

(c) 2007 Amy Goodman 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:35 PM PST
Saturday, 24 February 2007
Pepper Spray Guns in Boston Destroyed
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: 2 years after a death ...the law sees the light

In Boston this happened:


The Police decide to get rid of their

Pepper spray guns

Now there is some good news for a change here in the Z3 Report

Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:07 PM PST
Friday, 23 February 2007
Immigration and Prisons whats going on in America
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: We Got Some Problems

Hey my fair and loving z3 readers

I found this on Democracy Now on 2-23-07






Hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez

Friday, February 23rd, 2007:


Listen/Watch entire show.


Click here to buy today's show at our online store.







Human Rights Groups Call for Closure of Texas Jail Holding Undocumented Immigrants

Human rights groups are calling for the U.S. government to shut down a jail in Texas where about 200 immigrant children, some only infants, are being detained. The Hutto facility in Taylor, Texas is owned by the private prison company, Corrections Corporations of America. We speak to an immigrant rights advocate who visited the center and an attorney for families being held in Texas immigration detention centers. [includes rush transcript]



"I Want To Be Free": 9-Year-Old Canadian Citizen Pleads From Texas Immigration Jail

Majid and his nine-year old son Kevin are Iranian immigrants currently being held at the Hutto detention center. They’ve been forcibly detained since their plane was forced made an emergency landing in Puerto Rico as they made their way to Canada. Kevin says: “I want to be free. I want go to outside. I want to go home to Canada.” [includes rush transcript]






Hundreds Protest NYU Republicans’ “Find the Illegal Immigrant” Game

Hundreds of people gathered at New York University on Thursday to protest a game called “Find the Illegal Immigrant” organized by the school’s Republican club. Democracy Now! was there to speak with students on both sides. [includes rush transcript]






Raymondville: Inside the Largest Immigration Prison Camp in the US

The largest immigrant prison camp is in Raymondville, Texas. Some two thousand undocumented immigrants are currently being held in the prison awaiting deportation. We speak with Jodi Goodwin, an immigration lawyer representing a number of immigrants being held there. [includes rush transcript]



Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:29 PM PST
Updated: Friday, 23 February 2007 7:41 PM PST
Canada Court strikes down security certificates
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Notice how Canada is dealing with


An email article I received today made me think of the USA and Canada have similar situations yet Canada seems to be respecting Human Rights and the US is still perverting them. The email is from this source:  zgrams@zgrams.zundelsite.org 


Globe and Mail Update

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has voted unanimously to strike down a controversial federal procedure used to deport suspected terrorists as being a violation of life, liberty and security of the person.

The security certificate process is hopelessly flawed and must be redrafted by parliament to eliminate the extreme secrecy in which hearings to determine the reasonableness of certificates take place, the court said.

While carefully paying heed to fears of terrorism and the special difficulties of protecting national security, the court said that certain elements of fairness cannot be dispensed with -- including the right of a detainee to know the case against them and to make full answer and defence.

"While there is a risk of catastrophic acts of violence, it would be foolhardy to require a lengthy review process before a certificate should be issued," the court said.

However it said the various forms of review in which a designated lawyer is empowered to act on behalf of detainees could pass constitutional muster.

Writing for a unanimous court, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin suspended the effects of the ruling for one year to give the Federal Government time to craft a new security certificate process.

However, foreign nationals will benefit immediately from one aspect of the ruling which grants them a bail review within 48 hours of their first being detained -- a far shorter period than they must currently wait.

The court said that while federal court judges who conduct security certificate reviews do play an unusually active role in testing secret evidence, they are not unacceptably "co-opted" by the process.

It said that there may always be some evidence that cannot be disclosed and must be heard in a secret hearing, yet that must be as minimal as possible.

"It may simply be so critical that it cannot be disclosed without risking national security," Chief Justice McLachlin wrote.

"This is a reality of our modern world. If Section 7 is to be satisfied, either the person must be given the necessary information or a substantial substitute for the information must be found.

Neither is the case here."

It said that the onus on governments to move quickly in a proceeding becomes greater with passing time.

"Stringent release conditions . . . seriously limit individual liberty," the court added. "However they are less severe than incarceration."

The court said that the security certificate provisions do not violate the Charter right to equality or constitute cruel or unusual punishment.

Enshrined within the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the security certificate process has been a target of constant, harsh condemnation from civil libertarians.

The provisions, which pre-date the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, allow for a non-resident to be designated as a risk to national security, detained indefinitely, and ultimately deported.

The detainees and their counsel are provided with only a vague summary of the allegations against them. Evidence to back up the allegations is given in secret to a judge, and neither the accused nor their lawyer can attend.

The three men behind the Supreme Court challenge - Adil Charkaoui, Mohamed Harkat and Hassan Almrei - had all spent several years behind bars before being released recently under tight conditions of house arrest and their agreement not to communicate with a wide range of individuals.

The conditions of their detention - in a special holding unit nicknamed Guantanamo North - led some of the detainees to resort to desperate tactics such as hunger strikes.

The constitutional challenge was far and away the most important case on the Supreme Court docket last year. Critics of security certificates made no secret that it would be a test of the court's mettle at a time when they say sacred individual rights are being sacrificed to widespread fear of terrorist acts.

They looked to the court to issue a ringing endorsement of individual rights, comparable to recent decisions from England's House of Lords and the U. S. Supreme Court.

After hearing arguments last June from a courtroom packed with government officials, intervenor groups and lawyers for three men who had spent years in detention under security certificates, the court reserved judgment.

The court was left with three main choices: It could leave the provisions intact; strike them down and ship them back to Parliament for a full reformulation; or take it upon itself to "read in" new elements that would make them constitutional.

Besides going against the grain of centuries of fundamental legal principles, critics have complained that the detainees face the prospect of being deported to face torture or execution in a foreign country known for human rights abuses.

In the end, they say, security certificate detainees have been left with a false choice between indefinite detention in Canada and being deported to face torture and possible death.

However, federal lawyers told the Supreme Court judges that non-citizens do not have an absolute right to remain in Canada, and that national security is an interest so vital that it trumps almost any other interest imaginable.

"National security is not a societal interest like any other, such as the cost of drugs or investment in the health-care system," Crown counsel Bernard Laprade told the court during the hearing.

"It is an absolute necessity," he said. "Without it, all the other rights become theoretical. Without it, we wouldn't be here to discuss these questions today. I don't want to be alarmist, but without it, there is nothing else."

On several occasions during the hearing, the judges interjected to cool the federal rhetoric. "Mr. Laprade, if we don't have the rest, we'll be living in North Korea," Mr. Justice Louis LeBel observed at one point.

Specifically, lawyers for Mr. Charkaoui, Mr. Harkat and Mr. Almrei asserted that the certificates breached their right to life, liberty and security of the person. They were supported at the hearing by a raft of intervenors that include Amnesty International, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the University of Toronto and the Canadian Council for Refugees.

They argued that security certificates are such an unjustifiable and dramatic departure from democratic legal traditions, the court had little choice but to excise their worst excesses or scrap them altogether.

The judges focused particularly closely during the hearing on the denial of legal counsel, and appeared to be striving for ways to safeguard national security while still permitting detainees to obtain details about the allegations against them.

Several judges also expressed concern that the security-certificate procedure forced their Federal Court colleagues to act as both cross-examiner and defender of the accused person's rights during secret proceedings in his absence.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:57 PM PST
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: Walter Reed Hospital - Iraq Veterans Shafted Again
Topic: WAR

Building #18



Walter Reed

















Chuck Mind At The Walter Reed Veteran Dumping Grounds

Filthy Hospital – Under staffing – Neglect

At the Walter Reed Hospital

Now is this how we support the troops


Listen to this audio clip from Ed Schultz show

Then read all these Links I have Included

There is lots of Info coming out on this

There needs to be an Investigation

There needs to be some respect for these Veterans


 Click here  


Listen  to Paul Rieckhoff  <-- check his website here

Who is the author of Chasing Ghosts

Also please read up on these important serious topics Ed was discussing on his show today about Walter Reed Hospital

It is all right here just read these Interesting blogs that tells it like it is

The link below is a two part series on just what in the hell is happening to our wounded vets at the Walter Reed Hospital - You should be outraged! :

this blog topic is titled

"If Iraq don't kill you, Walter Reed will."
by John in DC ·



This is the second of a two-part series from the Washington Post about the horrendous treatment our injured Iraq vets are receiving back in the US at the hands of the Bush administration (this is the first part, published Sunday). Read these snippets, or better yet, read the entire article online. It's horrifying.



Read this on Portland Indy Media


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:33 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2007 4:07 PM PST
Monday, 19 February 2007
Prisons In CUBA - US says Lets Build!
Mood:  down
Now Playing: $18 million upgrade expansion at GITMO

In a eye opening Police State SPIN I read about plans to spend 18 million dollars on expanding GITMO I am appalled and shocked.

Read the US Government Spin-BullShit below in this well written article by Pablo Bachelor 

In these immigration slandering, race/issue times it is ominous this is developing as I write this. Our hate and fear machine churns out prisons on far away islands. Warning they are coming to take you away. Its true ...they are not building a resort or bird sancutary...... nope! .....it is a prison for ..........people......you know the kind.....the ones our government tells us are bad, wrong race, wrong papers, wrong language, wrong color, wrong beliefs, wrong place at the wrong time.

I read this originally in the Sunday 2-18 NY Times Newspaper.

Here it is from this link I found on the web:


WASHINGTON - Concerned about a possible mass exodus of Cubans, the Department of Defense plans to spend $18 million to prepare part of the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay to shelter interdicted migrants, U.S. officials told The Miami Herald.
The new installation is needed because terrorism suspects occupy space on the base used in past emergencies to hold large numbers of migrants, Bush administration officials directly involved said. They note that the facilities are designed to house people from any Caribbean nation who attempt to enter illegally -- not just Cubans.
But they say privately that Fidel Castro's illness and temporary hand-over of power to his brother Raúl last summer injected a renewed sense of urgency into plans to handle a mass exodus. The administration quietly requested the funds about a month ago and Congress has approved it, The Miami Herald was told.
The officials, who were authorized to speak on the subject but requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of Cuban issues, say there is no sign a Cuban migration crisis is brewing, but they acknowledge predicting one is difficult. The 1980 Mariel boat lift, which saw 125,000 Cubans arrive in Florida, began when a group of Cubans tried to storm the Peruvian embassy in Havana.
The $18 million initiative is part of a broader U.S. government effort to prepare for the death of Castro. The administration will not say how many migrants it believes might flee Cuba or even if any will do so, but one expert warned that up to 500,000 may try to leave the island after Castro's death.
Top Bush Cabinet officials have met at least twice since December to review Cuba contingency plans. On March 7 and 8, the Department of Homeland Security will lead an exercise in South Florida involving the Coast Guard and dozens of federal, state and local agencies, focused on stopping U.S. boaters from picking up rafters.
The U.S. Navy base, on the eastern tip of Cuba, apparently would be used as a shelter of last resort if the volume of Cubans interdicted at sea overwhelms the U.S. policy known as ``wet foot/dry foot.''
Under that policy, Cubans who make it to U.S. territory are allowed to remain. Those intercepted at sea are interviewed aboard Coast Guard vessels and most are repatriated to Cuba. A few who have been found to credibly risk persecution if returned to Cuba have been taken to Guantánamo for more interviews while U.S. officials arrange for their resettlement in third nations.
U.S. officials refused to say whether the wet foot/dry foot policy will be changed in case of an exodus, since such an announcement might prompt many Cubans to leave.
For years, migrants captured during surges ended up in tent camps at Guantánamo on a bluff called Radio Range, on the larger Windward side of the base.
At the height of the last migration crisis in 1994, more than 32,000 Cubans and 21,000 Haitians overwhelmed the base in tent cities. Most of the Cubans were later sent to the United States. Most of the Haitians were sent home.
The Pentagon has since built its sprawling terrorism detention and interrogation center at the site of the old tent camps, limiting shelter space. The plan would put them on the smaller Leeward side, which has an airstrip but no docks for large ships.
''The capacity to process migrants at Guantánamo is an integral part of our overall plans to ensure that any attempted mass migration in the Caribbean is not successful,'' said one official, who also declined to be identified. The official said the new facility is ``part of prudent contingency planning.''
''The U.S. has established avenues for safe, orderly, legal migration from the various countries in the Caribbean,'' the official added. ``Any effort to send people to the United States via unsafe and illegal means will not succeed.''
The Pentagon already has solicited construction bids for the new facility. The $18 million would pay for things like land leveling, sewage and electrical infrastructure, bathrooms, dining facilities and administrative offices to process asylum applications. The installations will be initially designed to handle about 10,000 migrants, officials say, though more can be quickly accommodated if needed.
Andy Gomez, senior fellow at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, says focus groups and other interviews show many young Cubans are eager to leave.
''If the economic conditions do not get better, there is the strong possibility that as many as 500,000 Cubans will want to leave the island in all directions,'' he says. ``The other possibility will also be a large group of Cubans rushing the U.S. base in Guantánamo or foreign embassies in Havana.''
Latin American countries may be reluctant to take in numerous migrants, he added.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is finalizing plans for an exercise next month that will involve scores of vessels.
Rear Adm. David Kunkel, head of the Coast Guards South East District, is in charge of coordinating interdiction efforts among many agencies, including the U.S. Navy and Miami-Dade Police.
''We would be concerned with boaters leaving from South Florida marinas to potentially increase the problem,'' said Jim Watson, chief of staff of the South East District. He said ''deterrent elements'' would be tested.
Miami Republican Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, who have been briefed on preparations, could not be reached for comment.
Miami Herald staff writer Carol Rosenberg contributed to this report

COMMENT FROM ARTICLE:: Just because President Fidel Castro for life dies, and President Raul Castro for life takes over, I dont see any reasons for a mass exodus of Cuban Cubans from socialist paradise.

As for economic conditions getting worse, the Cuban economy grew 12 percent in one year, and Cuba trades with most of the world's most important nations including buying hundreds of millions of Dollars $ worth of agricultural goods from the USA per year on a COD basis, cash as you buy basis.

President Hugo Chavez of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela sends the Cuban government about 100.000 barrels of oil per day, for which the Cuban government pays with exported Cuban Cuban labor not cash $.

Over two million tourists mostly Canadians and Europeans visit Cuba each year.

Cuban Americans send their Cuban Cuban family members $ family remittances $, care packages, and visit them from time to time.

Cuba receives a minimum of 20,000 USA Visas per year for Cuban Cubans.

at least 1,000 Cuban Cuban Balseros leave Cuba each year on rafts, inner tubes, boats, and anything that floats across 90 miles of shark infested waters.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:29 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2007 12:14 AM PST

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