Friday, February 26, 2010

quick action needed - phone Sen. Cantwell

Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina has introduced a bill, S. 2977, which prohibits the Dept. Of Justice from using funds to prosecute 9-11 planners or conspirators in Federal Courts. This means that suspected terrorists would be tried in the untested and legally shaky Military Commissions system.

Under Military Commissions, innocent people would not have their rights, and guilty people might have convictions overturned later. Our courts have worked well for over 200 years. Attorney General Holder has called our justice system "one of the most effective weapons available to our government for both incapacitating terrorists and collecting intelligence from them." He called removing the courts foolish and dangerous.

PLEASE CONTACT SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL, today if possible, to OPPOSE S. 2977. She has a mixed record on this issue. Please ask for a response.

CONTACT INFO: DC phone 202-224-3441, DC fax 202-228-0514, email via, Seattle phone 206-220-6400, Seattle Fax 206-220-6404, toll-free (Seattle office) 1-888-648-7328

p.s. At 12:30 pm (Seattle time) on 2/26/10, a staff person said that Sen. Cantwell has not made up her mind yet.

Feb. 27 event Accountability for Torture

Sat Feb 27, 4 pm, at SGI-USA Seattle Culture Center, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila;
Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series What do we do now? VALUES, DIALOGUE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN RESPONSE TO U.S. TORTURE.

A talk by Rob Crawford, Ph.D., Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington, Tacoma.

Sponsored by Soka Gakkai International-USA Free and open to the public. Free parking. info

Rob Crawford is one of thirteen founding faculty of UW Tacoma and is a recipient of UWT’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a member of the core faculty of the IAS Master’s program, teaches in UWT’s Global Honors program, and served as Chair of the Faculty Assembly. He is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights. He currently teaches an undergraduate course on Torture and Human Rights and a graduate course on Torture and Ideology. In 2007, Dr. Crawford co-founded the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT), a multi-faith and secular organization committed to ending U.S. torture.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feb 17 Amnesty Intl film event cosponsored by WSRCAT

Wednesday February 17, 6:30 pm, in Johnson Hall #102, University of Washington, Seattle, map at ; Amnesty International presents a Screening of "The Response," an award-winning courtroom drama exploring the trial of a suspected enemy combatant, based on actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. This powerful film has not yet been released to the general public. Besides the 30-minute film screening, a panel of speakers will discuss the issues, including Arsalan Bukhari, the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, and Joseph McMillan, from the Perkins Coie legal defense team for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's personal driver. Co-sponsors include Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT), and the Veterans for Peace - Tacoma chapter. info on the film

Take Action! Hold US accountable for rendition and torture

MAHAR ARAR CASE. Mr. Arar is a Canadian who was apprehended by the US at JFK airport in New York where he was changing planes. The U.S. sent him to Syria where he was held for 10 months and tortured. He has never been charged with any crime. He has sued the US, and the latest court action by the US was an Appeals Court denying him the right to sue. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is trying to get the case heard by the Supreme Court.

Please see the CCR website for more information and an easy-to-use web form to send a message to Attorney General Eric Holder to get justice for Mr. Arar.
Or you can write, phone, fax, or email directly:

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Phone 202-353-1555
Fax 202-307-6777