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Archives from December 2001
High-Tech Puritanism
John Chuckman
How did carpet-bombing Afghan villages and conducting air strikes against Taliban prisoners represent the actions of a free people, of a great democracy? The forces of darkness required an immediate, crushing response rather than any mere effort at securing justic...
Military Tribunals Undermine the Constitution
Laurence Tribe
[The following is a transcript of professor Tribe's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 6, 2001.] I am honored by the Committee’s request that I testify at this very important hearing on the role Congress can and should play in...
The End of the Strangest War
Patrick Cockburn In Ghazni, On The Kandahar Road
The end could be foreseen from the moment the night sky over Kabul turned a bright yellow as the first American bombs and missiles landed near the airport two months ago. From a hill to the north of the capital we could see the Taliban anti-aircraft fire, a few fe...
Hampshire College Condemns War
David Vest Oh, Brother, Here We Go Again.
Oh, brother, here we go again. I finally broke down and rented “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” against my better judgment. I found found it both mildly entertaining and oddly embarrassing. It felt like watching old movies that portray African-Americans as ...
Military Tribunals
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Sen. John Edwards v. Ashcroft [What follows is a transcript of the questioning of Attorney General John Ashcroft by Senator John Edwards, the Democrat from North Carolina (a former trial lawyer), during the Senate Judiciary Committee's oversight hearing on December 6, ...
Iraq the Hostage Nation
Hans Von Sponeck And Denis Halliday
A major shift is occurring in US policy on Iraq. It is obvious that Washington wants to end 11 years of a self-serving policy of containment of the Iraqi regime and change to a policy of replacing, by force, Saddam Hussein and his government. The current ...
Blacklist Me!
John Troyer
In November, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni published a report documenting comments made by individuals on college campuses regarding the events related to Sept. 11 and subsequent military action in Afghanistan. The 30-page report is subtly entitled, ...
Does Tom Freidman Read the New York Times?
Jack McCarthy
In his silly and more-dishonest-than-usual column for December 5, “Intifada 11 is Over” the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman (for not the first and probably not the last time) blames Yassar Arafat and the Palestinian Authority for rejecting a so-c...
How Israel Provoked Hamas
Alexander Cockburn
“Arafat is guilty of everything here.” Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon declared on television Monday night. “Arafat has made his strategic choices: a strategy of terrorism.” In sync with these fierce words, Israeli forces launched attac...
Hampshire College Condemns War in All-Community Vote
Michael Sherrard And Kai Newkirk
AMHERST, MA The students, faculty, and staff of Hampshire College have voted to condemn the “War on Terrorism” and propose alternative solutions. The vote, which was won by a margin of 693-121 (with 11 abstaining or ambiguous votes), is believed to the ...
Teaching in a Post-September 11 World
Robert Jensen
At various time in my teaching career — more than ever since Sept. 11 — I have been advised by faculty colleagues that I should avoid being “too political” in the classroom. To the degree that the advice is simply pragmatic — avoid be...
Are Palestinians Human?
Sam Bahour And Leila Bahour
As Israeli warplanes pounded Palestinian cities, Israel’s media spin- doctor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was being interviewed on the Fox News Channel where he likened Arafat to Osama bin Laden and accused him of having “suicide kindergarten camps for kids t...
A Plea for Byron Parker
Dave Marsh
I am writing this with an outrageous request. Next Tuesday, December 11, my friend of 12 years, Byron Parker, will be executed by the state of Georgia. I am engaged in a last minute search for allies to try to save his life. What follows is an attempt to te...
The Left’s Silver Lining
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It had seemed to us that one absolutely certain fact, beyond all dispute or question, is that the terror attacks of September 11 had no silver lining, no unexpectedly beneficial fall-out. September 11 was, is and will be a terrible business with endlessly terrible...
America’s Israel
C.G. Estabrook
The proper way to begin to understand the “Israeli-Palestinian problem” is to recognize that Israel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the United States government. Criticism of its racist and oppressive policies towards non-Jews and of its brutal and ill...
Biotech’s Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Edward Hammond
Presently, the US Congress’ biodefense pocketbook is wide open. There’s no shortage of outstretched hands. Much of it is pursued by an industry whose public image is staked on the false hope of creating meaningful protection from biological attack. In ...
America’s Israel
C.G. Estabrook
The proper way to begin to understand the “Israeli-Palestinian problem” is to recognize that Israel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the United States government. Criticism of its racist and oppressive policies towards non-Jews and of its brutal and ill...
The USA Patriot Act and Ashcroft’s Justice Department
Susan Herman The Jurist
The Jurist Wars, Foreign and Domestic Until Attorney General Ashcroft finally agreed to appear before Congress this week to report on the status of the domestic war against terrorism, rumors flew. Various reporters speculated about how many people were in de...
It’s the Occupation
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
RAMALLAH, Palestine In the wake of the horrific suicide bombings in Israel over the last 48 hours hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made his address to the nation as he simultaneously increased, by yet another step, Israel’s part of the vio...
Questions Barbara Walters Didn’t Ask George Bush
Don Williams
Last Thursday, ABC News announced that Barbara Walters would interview President Bush for the December 5th 20/20 broadcast. ABC News asked viewers to submit questions for Walters to ask Mr Bush. The transcript of this interview is now up on ...
The Last Colonial War?
Robert Fisk The Independent
Can Ariel Sharon control his own people? Can he control his army? Can he stop them from killing children, leaving booby traps in orchards or firing tank shells into refugee camps? Can Sharon stop his rabble of an army from destroying hundreds of Palestinian refugee homes ...
Atomic Treason in the House
Harvey Wasserman
If terrorists turn a US nuclear plant into a radioactive holocaust, the House of Representatives wants you to pay for it. But the Senate can still say otherwise. The House voted November 28 in virtual secret to shield new reactor builders from normal insura...
Keep Your Eye on the Target
Rep. Ron Paul
We have been told on numerous occasions to expect a long and protracted war. This is not necessary if one can identify the target- the enemy- and then stay focused on that target. It’s impossible to keep one’s eye on a target and hit it if one does not...