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WS – Is this a budget decision to save money by eliminating the cost of renditioning Americans to other countries and Guantanamo bay? – He’s brilliant!
Yes, the president does have the authority to use military force against American citizens on US soil—but only in “an extraordinary circumstance,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday.
“The US Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening,” Paul said Tuesday. “It is an affront the constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
Last month, Paul threatened to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan, Obama’s pick to head the CIA, “until he answers the question of whether or not the president can kill American citizens through the drone strike program on US soil.” Tuesday, Brennan told Paul that “the agency I have been nominated to lead does not conduct lethal operations inside the United States—nor does it have any authority to do so.” Brennan said that the Justice Department would answer Paul’s question about whether Americans could be targeted for lethal strikes on US soil.
"The Invisible Wounds of Exile": Stones in the Sun Haitian director Patricia Benoît: Interview
Liza Béar: I assume you have lived in Haiti at one point.
Patricia Benoît: I left as a child in the sixties.
LB: How old were you when you left?
LB: Did you go back a lot?
PB: I’ve been back, yeah. My family was exiled, but then about…13 years after leaving I went back for a first visit and [since then] I’ve been back a lot. I’ve done a lot of work in Haiti. I’ve done documentation work with grassroots groups. I’ve done theater in a school with kids in a sort of very disadvantaged neighborhood, and kids who were not in school.
The story that I’m telling had been brewing in my mind for a very long time. And it’s a story that I felt I could only tell through fiction, because I wanted to talk about something that was…very intimate. And I don’t think I could have done that in a documentary.
One of the things that I wanted to talk about was the invisible wounds of exile. And that’s something that I’ve lived with ever since I was little. There’s that initial trauma that sends people out of their countries of origin. And I wanted to look at how that trauma, the pain of that trauma sort of radiates, in small and large ways. And how it affects people in their intimate lives.
LB: Pain is something that everyone wants to forget. They don’t want to keep it in the social and civil society.
Authorities Search and Copy U.S. Journalist’s Notes, Computer and Cameras After Returning from Haiti Reporting Trip
Produced By Brandon Jourdan and Salvador Pantoja for Students Rebuild
Leno's Story - Haitian Hip Hop Extraordinaire
Kimberly from Haitivillage.org tells the story of our good friend Leno who lives in Fond Duex, Haiti. Leno has a good heart, strong work ethic, and an infectious smile. He is also, by far, the best Hip Hop MC that I saw in Haiti during my stay. Commando! Champion! Much respect Leno. From: TomVeeTV Views: 276 5 ratings Time: 06:33 More in Nonprofits & Activism
Bakery in Haiti
Scenes from a bakery in Haiti. The bread made in this bakery is eaten by local residents and sold locally for a modest profit. As far as I can tell this is the only bakery within many miles. There are no automated machines, no preservatives and no health codes. There is, however, a lot of manual labor involved. From: TomVeeTV Views: 267 2 ratings Time: 05:17 More in News & Politics
July 11, 2010, New York Harbor--To benefit Haiti recovery efforts, Mercy Corps and Battery City Park Cares organized a sunset cruise in New York Harbor on a houseboat provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club, and with help from Alan J. Gerson, NYU, Whole Foods and others. At least $10,000 was raised from this fundraiser. Also featured in the film are L'Orchestre Septentrional and Haitian poet Janine Tavernier, recorded in Rockefeller Park on July 7 at a celebration of Haitian music and poetry organized by Poets House, BPCA and R2R festival. Both events mark the 6-month anniversary of the massive January 12 earthquake which devastated Haiti. For more information go to: www.mercycorps.org and www.poetshouse.org.
On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the White House for the March 20 March on Washington—the largest anti-war demonstration since the announcement of the escalation of the Afghanistan war. By the time the march started at 2 p.m., the crowd had swelled up to 10,000 protesters. Transportation to Washington, D.C., was organized from over 50 cities in 20 states. Demonstrators rallied and marched shoulder to shoulder to demand “U.S. Out of Iraq and Afghanistan Now,” “Free Palestine,” “Reparations for Haiti” and“No sanctions against Iran” as well as “Money for jobs, education and health care!” Speakers at the Washington rally represented a broad cross section of the anti-war movement, including veterans and military families, labor, youth and students, immigrant right groups, and the Muslim and Arab American community. Following the rally, a militant march led by veterans, active-duty service members and military families made its way through the streets of D.C. carrying coffins draped in Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Somali, Yemeni, Haitian and U.S. flags, among those of other countries, as a symbol of the human cost of war and occupation. Coffins were dropped off along the way at Halliburton, the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and other institutions connected to the war profiteering, propaganda, and human suffering. The final coffin drop-off was at the White House—the decision-making center of U.S. imperialism. The A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition Organized this event; Visit the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition Website for More Information: AnswerCoalition.com
New York, January 14, 2010--A protest was held outside the Varick Federal Detention Center demanding the release of community leader and Haitian immigrant Jean Montrevil, who has been detained since December 30 2009 at the York County Prison, a local prison with a contract to house immigration detainees. Mr Montrevil was arrested during a routine immigration check-up for reasons that have not been made clear by the authorities. His wife Jayna (featured in this video) is a US citizen, as are his four children; Montrevil is a long-time community activist with Families for Freedom and NY New Sanctuary Coalition, and is a member of Judson Memorial Church. For background information on Jean Montrevil, go to:http://www.democracynow.org/UPDATE JEAN MONTREVIL HAS BEEN RELEASED
This Week:1. Haiti Riots 2. Bushanol 3. Oil Crash - Plane Crash - Food Crash 4. Beer Batter 6. Lucious Substitue Drink 7. It's Not a Compound 8. Matewan 9. Randy Rowland