The Global Citizen
On Wednesday, President Bush's Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey reaffirmed our nation's commitment to international justice and the rule of law as it relates to U.S. interrogation policy.
Check out AIUSA's ad in today's USA Today:
One year ago today, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act. With it, founding principles of the U.S. Constitution were discarded in the name of fighting terror. The Act made it lawful to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial, to assume guilt before innocence, to blur the definition of torture, and to use information obtained through brutal treatment as 'evidence.' Other governments, including the British during America's founding, have tried to exert control in similar ways. It didn't work then and it doesn't work now.
Is America safer when we undo the Constitution? Those with first-hand experience of torture, such as Senator John McCain, believe it is not only wrong but counter-productive. This and other abuses erode America's moral standing in the world. Strong evidence suggests that they even serve as a recruiting tool for those using terror and provide convenient cover for anyone else abusing human rights.
Amar is a terrific writer/blogger for the Washington Post. He recently headed on "walk about" to pick up the vibe on the global street. His reports have been really interesting and well worth reading. Today he suggests that the simple act of listening to what our friends and allies around the world are saying could be a big help - see here for more details.
Our friend and colleague Mike Otterman is on Tavis Smiley this a.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 8:30am
CHANNEL 32 (WHUT)
"We don't need to go with them. We need to preclude them from going there. And that might include some use of torture in order to prevent it."
(Andrew Rice, left, is running for Senate against Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma)
Matt Stoller posted this gem last night and Taylor Marsh knocked one out of the park this morning. These two are well ahead of the curve, but there will be lots more progressive advocacy on the Law of the Sea before all is said and done.
Genocide is a word that has deep, deep meaning. As a global community, after the Holocaust, we stood as one and said "never again."
Some claim that the G-word gets tossed around too loosely and that it has lost its impact, ala an array of Congressional resolutions and the Bush administration labeling the on-going atrocities in Darfur as "genocide" without backing it up with real action .
My colleagues Scott Paul and Don Kraus have presented an array of recent posts on The Law of the Sea Treaty.
In Sunday's Kansas City Star, one of middle America's great newspapers, it editorializes on the need for the Senate to ratify LOS and cites GlobalSolutions.org as its source:
Right now, we have the best chance in history of passing the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Law of the Sea protects the environment, preserves freedom of navigation and establishes clear guidelines for businesses that depend on the sea for resources.
Right now, we're sitting on the sidelines, looking in from the outside. Ratifying the treaty will help us preserve fragile marine ecosystems and keep us safe by ensuring that the U.S. military and U.S. businesses have the same legal rights at sea as those from other countries.
Only working together with other nations can we keep the oceans safe and clean for everyone.
Environmentalists, oil companies, the military, peace organizations, ocean industries, and even President Bush support joining the treaty.
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