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Daily Archives: October 12, 2011

Arrest Bush when he visits B.C., Amnesty tells Ottawa

The Canadian Press
Oct. 12, 2011

Amnesty International wants the federal government to arrest former U.S. president George W. Bush when he visits British Columbia next week.

The human-rights group said both Canadian and international law require Ottawa to detain Mr. Bush and investigate him for war crimes and torture.

“It is incumbent upon Canadian officials to investigate, arrest and prosecute former president Bush for torture when he arrives in Canada a week tomorrow,” said Alex Neve, Amnesty Canada’s secretary-general.

Mr. Bush and former president Bill Clinton are scheduled to attend an economic conference in Surrey, B.C. next week.


Mr. Neve said many will argue that arresting Mr. Bush is unrealistic because the United States is a close and powerful ally or that the crisis after 9/11 required extraordinary measures.

“None of those arguments justify inaction under international law,” he said.

Mr. Neve conceded that arresting a former president would likely cause tension with the United States, but “taking a principled step merits that sort of strain.”

The rights advocate said Mr. Bush admitted in his memoirs that he authorized the use of torture against terror suspects.

Full Article Here – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/arrest-bush-when-he-visits-bc-amnesty-tells-ottawa/article2198617/ 

I AM NOT MOVING – Short Film – Occupy Wall Street

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Occupy San Francisco protesters block Wells Fargo

Mercury News
Oct. 12, 2011

Occupy San Francisco are marching and demonstrating outside banks in the city’s Financial District today.

About 200 gathered at Market and Drumm streets at 7 a.m. for an anti-Wall Street rally and march.
The group is made up of people of all ages, including some parents who brought their children.

The group’s press release that they want banks to pay their fair share of taxes and be held accountable for their role in causing the economic crisis.

8:40 a.m.:

Bay City News reports dozens of demonstrators are sitting down in front of the Wells Fargo building, located at 420 Montgomery St. between Sacramento and California streets, while others are standing by or marching around the block.


Some demonstrators held signs reading “Foreclose Wall Street,” “Stop the corporate greed,” and “We are the 99 percent.”

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos, who is running for mayor, was among them and addressed the crowd.

“I welcome your fight and I join you in the effort,” he said.

The march is organized by a number of groups including Causa Justa

Just Cause, Unite Here Local 2850, the California Partnership, Young Workers

United and the Chinese Progressive Association

8:15 a.m.:

Occupy SF protesters are blocking entrances at Wells Fargo Corporate Headquarters on Montgomery St., according to KTVU.

Police are starting to remove some protesters in handcuffs.

Full Article Here – http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_19095538 

The Top 5 Facts About America’s Richest 1%

Daily Ticker
Oct. 12, 2011
By Stacy Curtin

The American dream is alive and well for the wealthiest 1% of Americans, but unfortunately, if you are in the other 99% the jury is still out.

“America is obviously a country where you can go from being middle class to upper class, but right now class mobility has sort of collapsed in the United States,” says Zaid Jilani, senior reporter for the progressive think tank ThinkProgress.org. (See: America’s Middle Class Crisis: The Sobering Facts)

This grim reality is in part the impetus for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which, now in its fourth week, will take to the streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side Tuesday in what it is calling the “Millionaire’s March.” Demonstrators will rally outside the homes of some of the city’s wealthiest, including News Corp. (NWS) head Rupert Murdoch and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, to protest New York state’s 2% millionaire tax set to expire at the end of the year.


As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow, The Daily Ticker wanted to find out just how rich America’s super-rich 1% really is. Jilani recently compiled the following research, entitled How Unequal We Are: The Top 5 Facts You Should Know About The Wealthiest One Percent of Americans.

As discussed in the accompanying interview, here’s what Jilani outlined on his blog:

#1) The Top 1% Owns 40% of the Nation’s Wealth:

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz points out the richest 1% of Americans now own 40% of the nation’s wealth. This disparity is much worse than it was in the past, as just 25 years ago the top 1% owned 33% of national wealth.

How much does the bottom 80% own? Only 7%.

#2) The Top 1% Take Home 24% of National Income:

While the richest 1% of Americans take home almost a quarter of national income today, in 1976 they took home just 9% — meaning their share of the national income pool has nearly tripled in roughly three decades.

Full Article Here – http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/top-5-facts-america-richest-1-183022655.html

Mumia Abu-Jamal can get new sentencing, Supreme Court decides

Los Angeles Times
Oct. 11, 2011

The Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for convicted Philadelphia cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to have a new jury decide whether he should be resentenced to death or to life in prison.

The high court left in place rulings that set aside Abu-Jamal’s death sentence in a case that has drawn international attention since the 1980s.

The Philadelphia district attorney had asked the court to restore the death sentence handed Abu-Jamal for the 1981 shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner on a Philadelphia street.

Abu-Jamal, a former radio reporter, was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting and his conviction still stands.

After Faulkner stopped a car driven by Abu-Jamal’s younger brother, Abu-Jamal pulled a gun, shot the officer and sat on the curb until he was arrested by other police arriving on the scene. A year later he was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to die.


His guilt is no longer at issue, since a series of lower courts have upheld his conviction. But a federal judge and the U.S. court of appeals in Philadelphia set aside his death sentence because of a flaw in the jury instructions.

The judges concluded that jurors may have thought they could not give leniency to Abu-Jamal unless they agreed unanimously on a particular “mitigating circumstance.” The Supreme Court had ruled in 1988 that jurors may give leniency based on any mitigating factor, and they need not agree unanimously on the same factor.

Full Article Here – http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/10/supreme-court-mumia-abu-jamal.html 

Millionaire’s March: Protesters Hit the Streets in NY and Visit the 1 Percent at Their Homes

Alternet
Oct. 11, 2011
By Lynn Parramore

It was like an alien invasion. In fact, it was an alien invasion. Thousands of regular people — the kind without homes in the Hamptons, yachts or private planes — marching past some of the country’s most privileged addresses.

If there’s a neighborhood the 1 percent call home, it’s New York City’s Upper East Side. Fatcats like Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, billionaire financier David Koch, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and hedge funder John Paulsen hang their hats there. And today they got paid a visit. From the rest of America.
Today’s “Millionaire’s March,” dedicated to the radical idea of asking the rich to pay their fair share of taxes during a time of economic hardship, included Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park, along with community groups, labor unions, and people who just wanted to show their solidarity. The marchers were young, old, black, white, and certainly weren’t dominated by what David Brooks contemptuously called “pierced anarchists” in his New York Times smear piece today.

Their plan was simple: Expose the actors who work to produce and maintain gross inequality and demand real economic change. No more. No less.

German officials admit using spyware on citizens, as Big Brother scandal grows

MSNBC
Oct. 11, 2011
By Bob Sullivan

A government surveillance software scandal that erupted in Germany this weekend has spread beyond that nation’s borders, raising questions about how far government officials around the globe might go to monitor citizens through spyware.

On Saturday, as reported on MSNBC.com, the German-based Chaos Computer Club announced it had examined a Trojan horse program allegedly spread by government officials to secretly spy on citizens’ Internet travels, e-mail, chat and more. The software, originally intended only to help officials intercept Internet phone calls through legal wiretaps, went far beyond those permissible purposes, the hacker group alleged.  The group called the government’s use of the software outrageous and demanded it be destroyed immediately.


Since Saturday, new details have emerged which largely confirm suspicions raised by the hacker group. That has German officials calling for an investigation.

“Clearly the limits set by the Federal Constitutional Court have been massively violated,” said Claudia Roth, co-leader of the Green Party, according to Der Spiegel’s online edition

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has called for an investigation of the incident.

So far, four German states — including Bavaria — have said they’ve used the program, though officials maintain it was implemented legally in concert with court orders.

But a lawyer representing a suspect in an illegal pharmaceutical trafficking case told journalists that his client’s laptop computer had been deliberately infected with the Trojan horse by Customs agents in 2009 when he was traveling through Munich airport, according to Deutsche Wells.

German firm DigiTask told several media outlets this week that the program inspected by the Chaos Computer Club was likely a tracking program it had sold to Bavarian authorities in 2007, and that it was looking into claims that the same software was sold to other German states.  DigiTask officials also said it had sold similar spy software to government officials in Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, according to Deutsche Wells. The firm said it had never sold its software outside of Europe.

Digitask’s relationship with the German government first came to light in 2008, when documents released by WikiLeaks showed German law enforcement officials were working with the firm to develop software that would allow interception of Skype-based phone calls.

Full Article Here – http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/11/8274668-german-officials-admit-using-spyware-on-citizens-as-big-brother-scandal-grows

Officer’s Arrest Sought in Pepper-Spray Incident

Wall Street Journal
Oct. 11, 2011
By Sean Gardiner

A lawyer for an anti-Wall Street protester hit by pepper spray while being detained by police asked the Manhattan District Attorney to arrest the police inspector at the center of the controversy.

In letter sent Tuesday on behalf of protester Kaylee Dedrick to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, attorney Ronald Kuby demands that the prosecutor file assault charges against Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna and place him under arrest.

Dedrick, a 24-year-old teacher’s aide, was one of five women being held by police officers in orange plastic netting on Sept. 24 during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration near Manhattan’s Union Square. Her lawyer wrote that she was treated at the emergency room after the pepper-spray incident and “suffered serious physical pain as a result of this attack.”


Dedrick was not arrested in the incident, her lawyer wrote. Under the New York Police Department’s Patrol Guide, Kuby noted in the letter, pepper spray may be used in “non-arrest situations only to subdue an emotionally disturbed person or against a dangerous animal.”

Videos of the incident and a subsequent use of pepper spray involving Bologna were posted on YouTube and other websites. One of the YouTube postings to date has been viewed more than 1.4 million times. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and New York Police Department have said that they are investigating the Sept. 24 incident.

Full Article Here – http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/10/11/officers-arrest-sought-in-pepper-spray-incident/?mod=google_news_blog 

Finally Making Sense on Wall Street

New York Times
Oct. 11, 2011
By MARK BITTMAN

Countercultures and alternative systems can be nurturing, educational, illuminating, inspiring — and these are not small things — but they do not bring about fundamental change. Food co-ops, for example, make a difference, but they won’t much alter the way Big Food operates. Historically, the route to fixing broken systems goes through struggle, confrontation and even revolution.

Those scenarios are spreading because, as Naomi Klein wrote in The Guardian last week, “[E]veryone can see that the system is deeply unjust and careening out of control.” The struggle for positive change is being defined by groups as diverse as the revolutionaries in Tunisia and Egypt, the strikers in Greece (“Erase the debt and let the rich pay”), the indignados in Spain, the misled but occasionally well-intentioned members of the Tea Party, and certainly those occupying Wall Street (and, in case you missed it, some 1,500 other places, and growing, as of this writing). Now it’s even being embraced by the Democratic leadership.


What we need are more activists who are interested in food than “food activists.” Whether we’re talking about food, politics, healthcare, housing, the environment, or banking, the big question remains the same: How do we bring about fundamental change?

Some criticized the Wall Street occupiers for having no demands (“Anyway … it’s not the Brookings Institution,” quips The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg), but their position is clear: the Obama administration bailed out Wall Street without reforming it, allowing it to thrive while median income falls. (Europe is following suit: investors will make a killing on Greece and the other “Club Med” countries, at the expense of the social welfare of the continent’s non-rich.)

Indeed, at first the occupiers appeared to be building a counterculture. But on Sept. 29 they accused Wall Street of supporting foreclosures, encouraging inequality, undermining the agricultural system and poisoning the food supply, stripping employees of healthcare, pay and negotiating rights, determining “catastrophic” economic policy, blocking alternate energy sources, and more. (I didn’t see “sabotaging efforts to deal with climate change” in their declaration, but it noted — not without humor — that “these grievances are not all-inclusive.”) Who among us, except those who benefit from these practices, is not in agreement with at least some of this?

“We Are the 99 Percent” encourages us to demand of those in power, “Are you with the 99 percent or not? And what are you doing about it?” And the “99 percent” slogan is not only all-embracing but nearly correct: the system is working for far more than one percent of us, of course, but how much more? We are the most class-divided of all the world’s “developed” nations, though in my travels through five countries I’ve seen and heard about life-altering cuts everywhere.

Protest is such a no-brainer that support for the occupiers now comes even from labor union leadership, along with every progressive in the country. Happily, the right is unhappy. Herman “Get a Job” Cain calls Occupy Wall Street “un-American,” which is just stupid. Mitt “Put the Dog on the Roof” Romney calls it “class warfare,” but that’s as American as the struggle for justice; it’s just that the wrong class is winning. In fact there’s no more American action than this one; its roots are in the populist, suffragist, labor, civil rights, women’s, anti-war, environmental and even food movements.
Unlike the Tea Party, funded as it is by wealthy reactionaries like the Koch brothers, “Occupy” is sustained by energy, frustration, anger, perception, pizza and apples paid for by supporters or donated by farmers and, ultimately, by its daily growth.

Like my colleague Gail Collins, I was part of a like-minded movement that peaked more than 40 years ago. I had really long hair; I went to a lot of meetings; I ran a tiny newspaper. After I had children, developed a career and gained the trappings of a successful American life, things seemed less black and white. Probably they are.

Full Article Here – http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/finally-making-sense-on-wall-street/?smid=tw-nytimesopinion&seid=auto