Monthly Archives: June 2004

New Digs (Nearly) Secured

The leasing company finally called me back. They aren’t pro-rating down the one month free their giving so my monthly payment will be more than I expected – but I’ll only be charged for half-rent in September as well as the last month of the lease – so I guess it all evens out. ANYWAY I’m movin’ on up baby! Broadway and Roscoe. Woohoo!

Fahrenheit Filmmaker’s Footage Fractures the Official Story

Remember the footage from Fahrentheit 9/11 – where the soldiers are demoralizing the Iraqi with a bag over his head?

U.S. soldiers touch the penis of one Iraqi man. He’s hooded, he’s on the stretcher, and totally powerless.

The filmmaker that caught the footage is named Urban Hamid and was embedded for part of his stay in Iraq. Amy Goodman interviewed him about his upcoming doucmentary:

Goodman: Did you try to give it to the networks?
Hamid: Oh, yeah. I came to the States mid-February until mid-March and, you know, we sent out lots and lots of press releases, and nothing.Goodman: What do you think has changed? Now they’re showing the photos of Abu Ghraib.Hamid: You know, I think that in revealing what happened in Abu Ghraib– there was no way of stopping this. I feel that the administration felt that, well, you know, it’s out, and now we have to sort of try to at least make it look like we are doing something about this. But I really feel that it is a red herring. It’s a red herring to cover up what’s really happening in Iraq.

Fahrenheit Filmmaker’s Footage Fractures the Official Story

Remember the footage from Fahrentheit 9/11 – where the soldiers are demoralizing the Iraqi with a bag over his head?

U.S. soldiers touch the penis of one Iraqi man. He’s hooded, he’s on the stretcher, and totally powerless.

The filmmaker that caught the footage is named Urban Hamid and was embedded for part of his stay in Iraq. Amy Goodman interviewed him about his upcoming doucmentary:

Goodman: Did you try to give it to the networks?

Hamid: Oh, yeah. I came to the States mid-February until mid-March and, you know, we sent out lots and lots of press releases, and nothing.
Goodman: What do you think has changed? Now they’re showing the photos of Abu Ghraib.
Hamid: You know, I think that in revealing what happened in Abu Ghraib– there was no way of stopping this. I feel that the administration felt that, well, you know, it’s out, and now we have to sort of try to at least make it look like we are doing something about this. But I really feel that it is a red herring. It’s a red herring to cover up what’s really happening in Iraq.

Supreme Court Affirms Detainees’ Right to Trial

This is good news.

The court said the president may order a U.S. citizen detained as an “enemy combatant” — but soundly rejected the administration’s expansive interpretation of that authority, ruling that such detainees are entitled to contest the government’s case against them.

And further

Each of the 595 alleged members of al-Qaida and the Taliban being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has the right to ask a U.S. judge to set him free.

If you don’t think that this is good news then I ask you if you fully endorse secret military tribunals with little or no oversight and dissolving a person’s right to know why they’re being held in Guanatamo – a ‘no man’s land’ of international law. Out of any of the proceedings of the last four years – this has been one of the worst – the idea that the Chief Executive alone has the right to decide the fate of individuals based on his whims and preducies. Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed:

We long have made it clear that a state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation’s citizens.

Being jailed without trial indefinitely and never told why you are imprisoned. That’s not something you should find in a self-proclaimed ‘home of the free’.

Imagine if these detainees were white Christians.