Show Details for May 27th, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

— Attorney RANDALL HAMUD on America’s confused war on “the enemy”

— Environment writer KELPIE WILSON of on the Big Dry in Australia

Special Comment by Keith Olberman:

Special Comment: “The only things truly “compromised” are the trust of the voters…friends, and family, in Iraq

Attorney RANDALL HAMUD on America’s misguided war on “the enemy”

Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi’s guest tonight is Randall Hamud. He is the editor of Osama Bin Laden: America’s Enemy In His Own Words.

On September 10, 2001, Randall, a graduate of UCLA Law School, was a civil lawyer in San Diego specializing in medical malpractice and insurance bad faith cases. On September 11, his practice and his life underwent a sea change. In representing three young, Arab-Moslem men who were arrested in San Diego shortly after 9/11 because they had been acquainted with two of the hijackers who had visited San Diego, Randall became one of the nation’s most ardent critics of the Bush administration’s domestic war against terrorism.
He was the first to raise the alarm about the physical and psychological abuse of post-9/11 detainees. He has also been an early and vocal critic of the Patriot Act. Across the country, city after city has enacted resolutions criticizing the provisions of the Patriot Act. And last year the United States Supreme Court told the administration that, indeed, “enemy combatants” do have recourse to the courts.
He was an early critic of the abuse of the material witness statute and the immigration laws in rounding-up thousands of Arab and Moslem men, including his clients, and holding them in secret custody. None of the detainees was ever charged with any roll in 9/11 or with planning any terrorist attacks here in the United States. He has also vehemently criticized the racial and ethic profiling of Arabs and Moslems.
Randall Hamud practices law in San Diego, and has been a guest speaker at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice in San Diego.

Osama Bin Laden: America’s Enemy In His Own Words
edited by Randall B. Hamud, J.D.
(Nadeem Publishing, 2005)

“In Iraq, the administration is sowing the seeds of a global holy war between Christianity and Islam – a war that it cannot win.”

“GOP Rivals Embrace Unproven Iraq-9/11 Tie”
by Peter S. Canellos
May 27, 2007
Boston Globe

– Environment writer KELPIE WILSON of on the Big Dry in Australia

Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson’s guest tonight is Kelpie Wilson, the T r u t h o u t environmental editor. Kelpie just returned from Australia, where a mammoth drought is affecting 40% of crops there, and could possibly cause major water shortages in two major cities with populations over 1 million. We’ll look at that, as well as a more hopeful development called terra preta, that could pull carbon out of the atmosphere and increase soil fertility while mitigating global warming.

Trained as a mechanical engineer, Kelpie has long been an environmental activist and writer. Her articles have appeared in Wild Earth, The Progressive, and the Earth First! Journal. She also does technical writing for the solar power industry. She and her husband live in a solar-powered cabin in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon. She has been living off the grid since 1990. She was an organizer for Earth First! — Exxon Valdez campaign in Alaska (1989) and of the Redwood Summer campaign in California (1990).

Her first novel, Primal Tears (North Atlantic Books) is an engaging look at the arbirtrary line between human beings and other animals.


KELPIE’S COLUMNS for Truthout:


Australian cities facing ‘Big Dry’ water shortages
by Neil Sands
Sun Apr 29,

Australia’s Water Shortage: The big dry
Apr 26th 2007
The Economist

FOR THOSE FOLLOWING ELECTION ISSUES: Pokey has a major article just published.


Peering Through Chinks in the Armor of High-Tech Elections

by Pokey Anderson
May 27, 2007

This problem attempts to build a bridge from the scattered, highly technical information about electronic elections, to the average interested citizen. On its first day of publication, it’s already been called: “Amazing, amazing work. Thorough, understandable, and crucially important.”


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