— Law professor MARJORIE COHN on new legislation enabling torture, imprisonment without access to evidence or counsel
Mark Bebawi will discuss with law professor Majorie Cohn the draconian legislation passed by Congress this week, that negates protections for citizens and non-citizens against imprisonment, torture, lack of counsel, etc.
Majorie Cohn is a frequent legal analyst at The Monitor. Professor Cohn is the President-elect of the National Lawyers Guild. She is professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and US foreign policy. Professor Cohn writes columns for Counterpunch, Buzzflash, CommonDreams, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal, is a news consultant for CBS News, and a legal analyst for Court TV. She provides legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and Pacifica Radio.
Co-author of the book Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice, Professor Cohn has published numerous articles in such journals as Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune.
She was a legal observer in Iran on behalf of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and she has participated in delegations to Cuba, China and Yugoslavia. She lived in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.
A Constitutional Shredding
Rounding Up U.S. Citizens
Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 – 2006)
With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.
by Molly Ivins
September 28, 2006
RELATED RADIO STORY:
If you missed Senator Patrick Leahy and Michael Ratner on Democracy Now Frday, there’s a 12 minute audio, plus the transcript, here. Well worth it.
Ratner: “This was really, as the senator said, probably the worst piece of legislation I’ve seen in my 40-year career as a lawyer.”
“A Total Rollback Of Everything This Country Has Stood For”
Sen. Patrick Leahy Blasts Congressional Approval of Detainee Bill
Broadcast : 09/29/06
Democracy Now! <http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/29/150254>
Runtime 12 Minutes — AUDIO INCLUDED AT LINK
— Journalist HEATHER WOKUSCH on the prospects for an October surprise. Also, what citizens can do.
Pokey Anderson will discuss with journalist Heather Wokusch the prospects for an October Surprise, and some aspects of US nonconventional weapon development. Also, what YOU can do!
Heather has recently authored two volumes in a series entitled: The Progressives’ Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now.
Heather has traveled to over 30 countries and lived in eight. Her political awakening came in 1986 when she spent a year doing development work in the Philippines and witnessed the People Power Revolution firsthand. A former jazz singer, she has an MA in clinical psychology and more than 20 years of experience in education. She currently works as a journalist, educator and cross-cultural trainer, sharing her life with husband Norbert and their four cats. A native Californian, Heather splits her time between Europe and the U.S., and she’ll be speaking with us from Vienna.
Anthrax, Iran & bin Laden: Waiting for the October Surprise
by Heather Wokusch
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
BOOKS (two volumes so far):
The Progressives’ Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now