Torture:Justice :: Which Way the Winds Blow, Weekly ACTION Series #2

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Winds of change indeed ….  

This whole past year+ has been both exhilarating and, at times, exhausting. Now, it feels a bit like that calm that you know isn’t really calm at all.  We’re still in that First Hundred Days window. “Honeymoon”. Yeah.

For me, this cause (not an “issue”)…  Justice against the torture that’s been propagated in my name, nothing less than a groundswell will do. We have to make him do it.

Keep talking. Keep blogging. Keep writing. Keep working.

Ripple out.


I’ve created this place, this series, to be something of a landing zone for us, any of us in the progressive  community who feel the grief, who wish to contribute in some way to this growing call for justice, and/or who want to stay tuned in to any ACTION activities that emerge around this cause. I will publish every week, on Thursday’s. I invite you to share your thoughts.

This Diary Series will have mostly “Pick Of The Week” features which I encourage you to critique or embellish in the comments. You can also email me directly… and please do, I’d like you to contribute to this Diary Series in the coming weeks…. I welcome your participation.

P.S. #1 of this series can be found here at dKos.

Sunday Torture News Round Up Series, in case you missed them:

#3 Valtin

Sunday Weekly Torture Round-up:  DoD to Jail Gitmo Attorney? 04.05.09

#2 PDNC (Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse)

Torture News Roundup: A Woman Tortured? 03.29.09

#1 Valtin

Introducing DKos Sunday Weekly Torture “Round-up” 03.22.09

Quote of the Week

“What does it matter to the dead, the orphan, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

~Mohandas K. Gandhi

By The Numbers

# Days since Executive Order signed to close Gitmo: 78

# Released since Obama’s Executive Order:  2

Ayman Batarfi and Ethiopian-born, British resident Binyam Mohammed

NOTE: I fully support Obama’s efforts and appreciate that he must be up against tremendous obstacles with this, so, understand this is not a “criticism”… just keepin’ tabs.  I will update weekly, of course.

Some Guantánamo numbers, as per Andy Worthington’s comprehensive list and documentation.

# Total number imprisoned:   779

# Suicide (Hunger Strike) Deaths:  4

# Released since June 2007:    143

# Total still in Gitmo now is about 245

# Convicted…  1 Jose Padilla,  see Washington Post, August 2007,article and Padilla sentenced on Jan 22 2008

Community Comments

It may be a pragmatic decision

or not.  But I think you’re right – team Obama has decided not to do the heavy lifting.

This is an administration that is telling us “make us do it”.

The right response from the American people would be a grassroots organization aimed at just that.  Where is the leadership on this in the progressive community?

by Edgewater

From Buhdydharma’s Rec Listed Diary on 04/08/09

When WILL Obama Speak to the Nation on Torture and Wiretapping?

Torture Diary Rescues  (from the past week, through 4.8.09)


D.C. Court: No Judicial Appeal on Torture Transfer for Uighurs, Other Gitmo “Detainees”

by Valtin

Wed Apr 08, 2009

Contact Conyers on Special Prosecutor

by: buhdydharma

Tue Apr 07, 2009

But apparently, he has not yet taken the formal step of writing the letter to Holder. Please e-mail or call his office to urge him to do so!

Republicans vs. torture memos release!

by: tahoebasha3

at Docudharma Mon Apr 06, 2009

Call your Congress people  — express your outrage at this effort to first, prevent the torture memos from being released and second, using two nominations “hostage.”

ACTION NEEDED: Republicans Blackmailing Obama over Torture Memos

by calchala

Rec Listed Mon Apr 06, 2009

Apparently the Republicans have threatened to filibuster Dawn Johnsen and Harold Koh over the torture memos.  This is the greatest threat to Obama’s transparency.  Everyone needs to call every Republican Senator they can and let them know we will DEMAND accountability, we will not allow them to obstruct and that they MUST vote for Johnsen and Koh.  WHO IS WITH ME?

HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan – March 2009

First Photos of Fallen Soldier Ends 18-Year Ban – 4.05.09

by jimstaro

Mon Apr 06, 2009

Very Special IGTNT Diary

You shall have the body brought to me (Habeas Corpus)

by Dbug

Sun Apr 05, 2009

Really well done First Diary from this writer! ~LL

In my opinion (and you might disagree, which is fine), the worst thing that G.W. Bush and his evil minions did was their attempt to get rid of Habeas Corpus.  This principle, sometimes called “The Great Writ” dates back at least 800 years.

The short version of habeas is this: The King can’t lock a person in a dungeon and throw away the key. Kings once did things like that.  It’s not fair.  I’m sure most people would agree.

A slightly longer and more personal version is this: If a cop arrests you and sticks you in jail (or prison), you can ask a court for a writ of habeas corpus.  Then the legal system has two choices: Either they charge you with a crime (and therefore take you to trial, where you’ll be found guilty or not guilty) or not charge you with a crime (and therefore release you).  If you’re guilty, you can be jailed.

The Bushies tried to subvert and ignore this basic and fundamental right.

Website of the Week Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Resource Spotlight

Patriot Daily (PDNC) has set up a Google Group listserve!


subscibe here or look for the cool Badge when it shows up! lol

Media Catch of the Week

Rachel Maddow 04/07/09 (yay Rachel)

News Alert! Sen. Chuck Schumer is FOR investigations!

Diaried at Docudharma by: tahoebasha3

Wed Apr 08, 2009


*Participate  and contribute in this diary:

email to me at ladylibertine22 {at} yahoo {dot} com

Send me your picks for the various Spotlights, Community Comments

Send me suggestions of Quotes, Websites, Rescues, Top Comments, and Action Alerts any time!!

Contribute a personal POV essay or Special Comment for publication in this diary

Offer to Guest Host the diary (write the essay part, tell us your story)

Use this landing zone for your voice to yell louder!

* Sign the DD Petition…

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*ACTION Alerts, urgent

Several of the Rescued Diaries suggest LETTERS!

Then  just keep yelling louder, see and

*ACTION any time choices, suggestions

Sign Petitions, write letters to politicians and media…

Send Rachel a thank you! [email protected]

Follow The Dog’s Monday’s Letter Campaign Diary Series

Weekly Torture Action Letter 5: Investigate, It Might Prove Them Innocent

by Something the Dog Said  Mon Apr 06, 2009

Join the Facebook Group

Facebook group members 3,185 as of 04/09/09 around 10AM.

Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Bush Administration War Crimes

Thanks for visiting LL’s brain. See you in the comment.o.sphere!


Winds of Change, Jefferson Starship


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  2. the Big O

    thanks to edger for the tech assist on making me some nice lines! lol

    still need the proper code for the BAT Badge, couldnt get it to take, despite lots of coaxing.

    • quince on April 9, 2009 at 20:16

    tipped and rec’d it over at dkos as well.  

  3. full moon, Easter, etc. to one and all.

    I’ve got to take a break from blogland and get productive elsewhere! But Ill still be snooping around as usual, Im sure.

    have a great weekend.

  4. Great work, LL.

  5. for the bump!


    • TomP on April 9, 2009 at 23:16

    Glad you are doing these.

  6. Nice work.

    I`m now in a bigger loop.

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