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2. Law & Disorder: Law and Disorder August 24, 2013

Law & Disorder: Law and Disorder August 24, 2013

Dear station managers, independent producers, please let us know when you air this program. We would love to count your station among our affiliates. Thank you all who are airing the show. In solidarity, Geoff Brady brickforest at verizon dot net Notes: Army PFC Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years Our own Michael Ratner reports back from Fort Meade, Maryland on the day Army PFC Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks. As reported by Michael Ratner, Manning faced a maximum of 90 years in prison after his conviction last month on charges of espionage, theft and fraud. Now, his sentence goes the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, where he may seek a reduction of his prison term. Attorney Michael Ratner: 35 years is a completely off the wall sentence. First of all he shouldn't have been prosecuted at all. That's been the Center for Constitutional Rights position. That's my position. He's a whistle-blower, he exposed torture, criminality, killing of civilians. Then, they over prosecute him, charge him with espionage, make whistle-blowers into spies. They charge him with all these years, then people are relieved when gets 35 years. It's a very long sentence for someone who actually gave us the truth about Iraq, about Iran, about the helicopter video that killed a Reuters journalist, about the diplomatic cables that gave us the secret war in Yemen, the revelations about the corrupt Ben Ali government in Tunisia that helped bring on the Arab Spring. He's a hero. The people who committed the crime are sadly still in our government enjoying their lives, they're the ones that ought to be prosecuted. We're in a time where there is a sledgehammer taken to whistle-blowers. The demand now is that Obama pardon him or give him clemency. That's from the Bradley Manning Support Committee. Because of Bradley Manning, people like Ed Snowden came forward. They understood that when they see criminality, they're young people of conscience and they act on it, and we should be very proud of each of these people. Law and Disorder Co-host Attorney Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit human rights litigation organization based in New York City and president of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) based in Berlin. Ratner and CCR are currently the attorneys in the United States for publishers Julian Assange and Wikileaks. He was co-counsel in representing the Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States Supreme Court, where, in June 2004, the court decided his clients have the right to test the legality of their detentions in court. Ratner is also a past president of the National Lawyers Guild and the author of numerous books and articles, including the books The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book, Against War with Iraq and Guantanamo: What the World Should Know, as well as a textbook on international human rights. ------- Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years In Prison Journalist Barrett Brown has spent more than 330 days in pre trial detention and faces charges that add up to a 105 year sentence. What Barrett Brown did was merely take a link from a chat room and copied that link then pasted it to a chat room for a wiki-based crowd source group called Project PM. The link was to the Stratfor hack information of 5 million emails. He needed help to sift through the data and posted the link that was already publicly out there to the attention of the editorial board of Project PM. There were unencrypted credit card numbers and validation codes within those emails and the government is claiming that Barrett Brown was engaged in credit card fraud. Why go after Barrett Brown? The backstory begins with the Bank of America being concerned that Wikileaks had specific information. They go to the Department of Justice who lead them to a big law firm in Washington DC, then to a private intelligence firm. Meanwhile, a defense fund for Barrett Brown continues to raise money for his case. Kevin Gallagher: Barrett Brown is an investigative journalist and freelance writer who has had a career writing for the Huffington Post, the Guardian and many other places. Through his observing the media landscape over the last ten years in America, I think he grew very dissatisfied with things so when this phenomenon called anonymous popped up in 2010, making major news headlines, he attached himself to it. All he was doing was looking at this information leaked by Jeremy Hammond out of Stratfor as part of his journalistic inquiry into the world of private intelligence firms. The fact that they can indict someone on identity theft and credit card fraud just for sharing a link of information. . there's no allegation that he sought to profit from it. Project PM over its lifespan was a number of different things but that's what it eventually evolved into. A crowd sourced project with a wiki that was devoted to investigating soley, the state corporate alliance on surveillance. This was known as Team Themis, a consortium of these firms. This all started when Wikileaks said it had information from the Bank of America. Barrett was investigating. There are other journalists who do very good work on this. He was one of the most vocal who was involved in investigating all these relationships between the private intel firms and the DOJ. He was using leaked emails to do so. I think they were very upset to see these things revealed. Barrett recognized that this was a threat and he was looking into it. Before the court right now is a motion for a media gag order which was presented by the prosecution which would silence Barrett and his attorneys from making statements to the media. Guest - Kevin Gallagher, writer, musician and systems administrator based in western Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He's currently pursuing activism on issues related to digital rights: freedom of information, privacy, and copyright; while also taking an interest in information security. He is the director and founder of Free Barrett Brown, a support network, nonprofit advocacy organization and legal defense fund formed for the purpose of assisting the prominent internet activist and journalist, Barrett Brown, who is the founder of Project PM. ------ Native Hawaiian Prisoner Transfer to Arizona Private Prison Hawaii is know for sending more prisoners across state lines than any other state. According to the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, a disproportionate number of those prisoners are Native Hawaiian inmates. Because of over crowding, Native Hawaiian inmates are transferred from a Hawaii state prison to a for-profit Corrections Corporation of America prison in Arizona. This particular CCA private prison however was built specifically for Native Hawaiian inmates, yet they're denied cultural and religious rites. Additional transfer impacts include difficult reentry back into Hawaii, away from family and homeland, and no opportunity for proper atonement. Attorney Sharla Manley: We've been involved in a lawsuit for 2 years concerning the impact of Hawaii's policy of transferring inmates to the mainland. Native Hawaiians. Native Hawaiians are the indigenous people of the state of Hawaii. They have a similar experience to American Indians on the continent. Our firm focuses on Native Hawaiian rights and the focus on what self determination remains despite the history. Native Hawaiians are disproportionately incarcerated. They are transferred more often than any other racial group. The state of Hawaii creates a menu of prisoners, for private prisons to select. Our focus on the transfer is very narrow, the Native Hawaiian prisoners who still want to adhere to native traditions and practices. In Arizona you don't have access to cultural teachers and spiritual advisers who could provide the kind of guidance or counseling, really the kind of instruction of passing on a tradition. The Native Hawaiian women were being transferred for a period of time, but there were so many sexual assaults, the state finally brought them back. You're taking away the men, breaking the cultural transmission because many of these men are fathers, grandfathers. Yes they would be in prison here, but there is a difference when your family can see you on the weekends. In effect, it's a form of cultural genocide. I'm beside myself as to why this hasn't been rectified at this point. There's not even a plan really. This is an issue that is personal for me. I am Native Hawaiian, and know what its like to have someone in your community, in your family to be effected by the criminal justice system. Guest - Attorney Sharla Manley, with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. Sharla Manley joined NHLC as a staff attorney in 2010. Before joining NHLC, Sharla was an associate at an international law firm in Los Angeles in its global litigation department for over three years. In addition to handling commercial litigation matters, she also took pro bono cases, involving voting rights, asylum, and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act. Also, Sharla was an associate at a plaintiff-side class action firm where she primarily handled appeals of wage and hour cases before state appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit. Before law school, Sharla was a policy analyst on Native Hawaiian rights at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She focused on water rights and the impact of military activities on cultural resources in Makua Valley. ----- Solidarity Sing A Long: Wisconsin Labor Protests Continue The noontime sing-along has protested Gov. Scott Walker's policies daily at Wisconsin's Capitol since March 11, 2011. However, a new round of arrests began two weeks ago and more than 100 citations have been issued to protesters by Capitol Police. But this is in addition to nearly 200 citations already since July 2012 when the Department of Administration began enforcing new permitting requirements for gatherings in state facilities. What is the noontime solidarity sing-along protest? Attorney Jonathan Rosenblum: When you have a new governor who within weeks in office describes his legislation as a bomb, which was to end collective bargaining for public sector workers. This led to more than a hundred thousand people, multiple times on the square where I'm sitting right now here on Wisconsin Avenue. Beyond the anti-union agenda, this governor has come in with a pedigree from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. He as a legislator in the same building was a member of ALEC, was a proponent of its agenda. His agenda as it moved along, was to remove vast numbers of children from medicaid, of claiming a jobs agenda would bring Wisconsin to the top in the United States, instead it plunged to the bottom. He eliminated funding for high speed trains, instead the trains for Wisconsin are now sitting in Oregon. The main point about this governor is about closing the doors of this government to the public. Even the union legislation that led to the crowds was passed in violation of a Public Meetings Act. Let me take you to March 11, 2011 when it all started. I was standing there with my friend Steve Burns, folks had slept in the capitol for weeks, the anti-union legislation was passed and signed that day and Steve had printed up a few copies of a songbook that had the dome of the capitol opening up with musical notes on the cover of it and 10 tunes, the classics of the civil rights movement. Several of them modified in the great Wobbly tradition. This sing-along has preceded from that day March 11, 2011 without skipping a beat, every single week day since that date. More than 650 consecutive sing-alongs. The sing-along is a joyful conglomeration. It's reached about 300-400 daily as the crack down has actually caused a surge of concerned citizens to join us. We Don't Want Your Millions, Mister. A Long Range Acoustic Device is being used. The police have started to use the recordings of Chief Irwin's declaration of unlawful assembly to blast into the rotunda so nobody misses it. They use the siren that ramps up to 150 db to disable people. They haven't put it to that level yet. The State Capitol Police are in a bind. They have their orders, most are executing them with a little more zeal than they should. Some of them seem to be maintaining friendships that they had before with the singers. Guest - Jonathan Rosenblum, contributor, an author, award-winning journalist, and practicing lawyer. His book, Copper Crucible: How the Arizona Miners' Strike of 1983 Recast Labor-Management Relations in America (Cornell University Press, 1995; Second Edition, 1998) was named as one of Princeton University Library's "Ten Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics" in 1996. --------------------------------------------------------

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3. Law & Disorder: Law and Disorder June 4, 2012

Law & Disorder: Law and Disorder June 4, 2012

Dear station managers, independent producers, please let us know when you air this program. We would love to count your station among our affiliates. Thank you all who are airing the show. In solidarity, Geoff Brady brickforest at verizon dot net Notes: [display_podcast] Updates: Law and Disorder Tip of the Hat Award - EPIC - DHS Words Julian Assange Case Update - Extradition In Sweden - Hillary Clinton Going To Sweden Bradley Manning Support Committee -------------- Wisconsin Governor Recall Election As many listeners may know, it's a crucial week for Wisconsin and perhaps the country. Since February of last year, Wisconsin's left leaning capitol city has been filled with demonstrations, mass mobilization, and amazing citizen activism that has led up to the Governor's recall election this week. This also comes after 30 thousand volunteers throughout the state gathered more than a million signatures on recall petitions. It's been framed by United Wisconsin, the group who organized the recall, as the ability of the people in Wisconsin to control their own destiny versus money from millionaires outside the state. Governor Walker has made deep cuts to public education, he's taken away public worker bargaining rights, and has moved to take away state legislature open meetings. Ruth Conniff: What's going on here is a grassroots rebellion of a corporate take over of our state. It's been a really dramatic time here beginning Walker in his own words, dropped the bomb by ending public employees collective bargaining rights, etc. It's been out and out war on society here. What we've seen in response to this very right wing radical take over is a democratic movement that is almost unprecedented. Hundreds of thousands of people in these mass rallies a year ago and now this grass roots petition drive There was so much pressure from grassroots volunteers and neighbors to gather signatures, to recall our governor and now we're going to have an election. Governor Walker actually wrote a piece of legislation for pharmacists to decide whether to dispense birth control to women. He's pushed through a variety of his agenda items that include closing Planned Parenthood clinics across our state which provide basic healthcare, very often the only healthcare provider to rural women in Wisconsin. He's criminalized abortion doctors whose patients fail to jump through some onerous hoops which has made medical abortion a thing of the past in Wisconsin. He rolled back our pay equity law here. I think women in particular have been hurt by Walker's agenda, and have led a lot of the rebellion against Walker. A lot of these are ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council bills that are being pushed nationally and in states across the country. Walker himself was a member of ALEC, where we have a number of state legislators who are members of ALEC so its been quite aggressive. There's a sense that the grassroots is really dragging the leadership along on this. This is really about a fight over democracy and whether citizens have a voice in their democracy. We're expecting a turnout on par with a presidential election on this recall race. It's a battle between the citizen uprising and the incredible power of all this money. It's a multi-front attack, the electoral part is a piece of it. There was a really spontaneous thing that happened, it wasn't such a coordinated, planned event and it was incredibly thrilling to be part of it with my kids and their teachers. By re-opening the Las Vegas loophole in Wisconsin which allows corporations to hide their profits out of state and pay no corporate income tax, our state has lost the same amount of money that Walker took out of our technical college system. We (Wisconsin) are transferring wealth to corporations. Undoing the damage in Wisconsin is going to take a lot of time. Guest - Ruth Conniff, Political Editor of the Progressive Magazine, a native of Madison, WIsconsin, she first joined the magazine when she was hired as a summer intern by the late Erwin Knoll after her sophomore year at Yale. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as Associate Editor for the Progressive, becoming Washington Editor and opening the Progressive's Washington, DC, office in 1997. During the 1990s, Conniff covered welfare reform in Wisconsin and around the country, as well as the drug war in Colombia, and other topics, including women's sports (an avid runner, Conniff coached her old high school track and cross-country teams at Madison East High School for many years). ------------- ACLU Tries To Halt Single-Sex Classes In Maine Single-gender classes may violate federal law by relying on gender stereotypes. That's what the ACLU is saying in several states, including Massachusetts, Indiana, Idaho, Washington, Illinois and Maine. The Maine ACLU is calling for the Sanford school district to stop offering single gender classes which they say may violate Title IX, the federal law that addresses gender equity in federally funded education programs. Examples of improper gender stereotypes include sixth-grade girls discussing current events over cocoa while boys create an exercise area in the classroom and earning points toward prizes from the National Football League. The ACLU has asked for public request requests public records requests and is reviewing records or has pending requests in other states, including Alabama, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Zachary Heiden: All children are entitled to equal access to education regardless of their sex, that's what the law says, that's what the Constitution says. These same sex classrooms have a danger of reinforcing stereotypes about learning. They separate kids out by sex, and then apply these outmoded stereotypes. In terms of how they conduct those classes, and that does a terrible disservice to both boys and girls. In the boys program, the boys have signed up for this exercise program called NFL experience where the boys could do exercise in the morning and earn different points, depending on how much exercise they do. In the girls class, no NFL experience the girls have hot cocoa, read the local newspaper and discuss current events. There's a national organization that's been promoting these same sex programs around the country. They have this totally unscientific idea about how their brains develop and the scientific literature is very clear, that same sex classes don't actually connect well with the physiology of boys or girls. We're seeing it play out across the country, where people object to these program, because they are being excluded, and that's what Title IX says - you can't exclude students from educational programs on the basis of sex. I think what we are seeing, the large trajectory of public education in this country has been toward breaking down these stereotypes, of more opportunities for girls who have been traditionally excluded because of these stereotypes. In Wood County WV, for example, the girls sit in their class room in circular tables and the boys sit in rows - then you look at the reasoning why they do that. Boys apparently if they have to look at each other in the eyes, they will become aggressive. Girls don't learn well under pressure, they don't respond well to deadlines. You start telling girls from a young age you don't respond well under pressure, guess what they're not going to learn how to deal with pressure as well, and that is dangerous. ACLU - Women's Rights Project Guest - Zachary Heiden, Legal Director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the Maine state affiliate of the ACLU. He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College, his M.A. in English from the University of Florida, and his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was the managing editor of the International and Comparative Law Review. --------- Quebec Students Protest Against Tuition Hikes and Bill 78 Austerity is taking its toll in many countries, as public services are cut, federal jobs are slashed and tuition hikes are pushed onto the younger generations. Canada is no exception. For the past 3 months, students in Montreal, Quebec, Canada have poured into the streets waging a massive strike against rising college tuition fees. Last week, the government proposed an offer to end the strike but student leaders have so far refused to recommend the deal to students. Meanwhile, the Quebec government introduced an emergency legislation Bill 78 - the bill would suspend the academic year and make demonstrations of more than 50 people illegal unless police had been served with an itinerary 8 hours in advance. The new law, however hasn't stopped the unpredictable pots and pans demonstrations as protesters on balconies around the city make noise to express solidarity in opposing tuition hikes. Guest - Beatrice Vaugrante, Amnesty International Canada, Francophone Branch Director. --------------------------------------------------------

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