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"Just in Time' for RNC Publicity:Two Brooklyn Men Charged In Plot To Blow Up Herald Square Subway Station

AUGUST 28TH, 2004
With police on high alert for terrorist activity, two men have been charged with planning to blow up the Herald Square subway station and other targets around the city.

Breaking: ChuckO from March for Women's Lives

Chuck0, a street librarian, just reported from March for Women's Lives rally around 2:30pm which started from Brooklyn Bridge and gathered at the City Hall, lower Manhattan. According to Chuck0, despite sweltering weather in NY city, they are many people present challenging Bush policies. There are also a lot of police, but Chuck0 reports a pretty relaxed atmosphere. The March for Women's Lives is still goining on.

Breaking: Radical Reference volunteer arrested

Matthew, a radical reference volunteer, got arrested yesterday at the Critical Mass Bike Ride in NY city. According to Maggie Soffer, a street librarian coordinator, he is expected to be released this afternoon. A bystander at 7th avenue and 14th street said "it was amazing, there were packs of bikes, wheel-to-wheel passing by for about an hour." See NYC Indymedia for detailed information and breaking news.

Rumsfeld should be Accountable for Torture--Florida paper asserts

Florida newspaper asserts culpability for torture in Iraq lies with SECDEF.

Two inquiries have concluded that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were the result of leadership failures. The secretary of Defense should be held accountable.... But the real culpability lies at the top - all the way to Rumsfeld.

--St. Petersburg Times. Published August 28, 2004

Truthout to cover the RNC inside and out

Truthout RNC04 coverage. There's nothing there yet, but they have links to audio, video reports and still images.

FBI's Pre-Emptive Interrogations Of "Possible" Demonstrators

Here's a pretty scary article by Bob Barr at Findlaw.com. Basically -- in case you didn't know(!) -- we're back in the early 1970s and the era of Cointelpro. Read on...

The FBI, no longer content with working to maintain order at political events, is now preemptively identifying and interrogating ("interviewing") possible demonstrators. It has summarized this strategy in a memo.

To make matters worse, the Department of Justice blessed the FBI strategy in its own memo - suggesting that no First Amendment concerns are raised by the interrogations.

As I will explain in this column, however, the truth is quite to the contrary: The strategy, as outlined in the memo, is a serious threat to free speech.

8/26/04 NY Times Article:More Evidence of the Pentagon's Role in Perpetrating Torture

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"A senior Defense Department official" disclosed to the NY Times classified parts of an internal Army review of inhumane interrogation practices at Abu Ghraib that violate the Geneva Conventions. The disclosures concern how "senior Pentagon officials," by dispatching Guantánamo Commander Gen. Geoffrey Miller to Iraq in August 2003, prevailed upon Iraqi commander General Ricardo Sanchez to order the effective use of torture in interrogation. Sanchez, we are told, accepted Miller's "recommendation" of interrogation procedures that a Joint Task Force of the CIA and Special Operations Forces had used in Afghanistan and Iraq, and had formalized in a July 2003 policy, Joint Task Force 21's "Battlefield Interrogation Team and Facility Policy." The policy "endorsed the use of stress positions during harsh interrogation procedures, the use of dogs, yelling, loud music, light control, isolation and other procedures used previously in Afghanistan and Iraq." It's hardly unreasonable to conclude that Miller was sent to Iraq by the unnamed "senior Pentagon officials" to set Sanchez up as the foil for implementing, in Iraq, Rumsfeld's 2002 instructions to Special Operations Forces - as reported in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh - to effectively use torture in interrogation as a means of extracting so-called "actionable intelligence." A March 2003 DOD memorandum, legally sanctioning illegal interrogation techniques in Iraq - together with the NYT's latest disclosures and other DOJ and White House memoranda - provide plausible circumstantial evidence that President Bush, or Rice and Rumsfeld, approved the use of torture in interrogating detainees, even as the White House creates a smokescreen of "plausible deniability" by first blaming a few soldiers and now implicating "derelict" or "negligent" military commanders.

Torture

LThe American Library Association's resolution against torture.
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ADOPTED: RESOLUTION AGAINST THE USE OF TORTURE
AS A VIOLATION OF THE ALA'S BASIC VALUES

The ALA Council adopts the RESOLUTION AGAINST THE USE OF TORTURE AS A VIOLATION OF THE AMERICAN

Unofficial Media Guide

MediaChannel.org and Media for Democracy today presents The Unofficial Media Guide to the Republican National Convention to help journalists to cover real stories.

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