The White House assassinates American citizens and Americans occupy Wall Street.
Our guests this week are Pardiss Kebriaei and Nomi Prins
Pardiss Kebriaei joined the Center Constitutional Rights in July 2007. Since then, her work has focused on representing men detained at Guantánamo Bay in their habeas corpus challenges, before international human rights tribunals, in diplomatic advocacy with foreign governments to secure resettlement for men who cannot return home, and in post-release reintegration efforts. Her clients have included men from Yemen, Syria, Algeria, and Afghanistan. Her work includes seeking accountability for torture and arbitrary detention at Guantánamo, including representing the families of two men who died at the prison in June 2006 in their action against Donald Rumsfeld and other federal officials in Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld. Separate from Guantánamo, she is also counsel in Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, which concerns targeted killings by the executive in zones outside of armed conflict. Pardiss came to CCR after five years at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she specialized in international litigation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Northwestern University, where she earned a degree in cello performance.
Quote: “In dismissing our complaint, the district court noted that there were nonetheless ‘disturbing questions’ raised by the authority being asserted by the United States. There certainly are disturbing questions that need to be asked again, and answered by the U.S. government about the circumstances of the killing and the legal standard that governed it.”
Further information on CCR’s challenge to targeted killings is online at: http://ccrjustice.org/targetedkillings
Nomi Prins is a journalist and Senior Fellow at Demos. a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization working with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity; a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.
She is the author of It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street (Wiley, September, 2009) and Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America (The New Press, October 2004), a devastating exposé into corporate corruption, political collusion and Wall Street deception. Jacked: How “Conservatives” are Picking your Pocket (whether you voted for them or not) (Polipoint Press, Sept. 2006) catalogs her travels around the USA; talking to people about their economic lives: card by card–issue by issue. Before becoming a journalist, Nomi worked on Wall Street as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and running the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London. She has an historical novel, Black Tuesday, coming out on 10/18.
“Unbridled bank speculation, fraudulent inflation of home and security values, corruption, government subsidization, and lack of accountability tanked the economy and inflated the wealth gap leaving the citizenry of the world financially devastated in its wake. Never before have the governments of the world united so cohesively to back Wall Street practices and bets. “Business as usual on Wall Street is not an option. Business as usual on Wall Street has decimated our country and planet. Banks must be brought to account. The wealth gap cannot continue to grow so Wall Street can keep sucking the financial blood from individuals as governments enable the extraction: “No more federal stimulation for banks at the expense of citizens. “No more bank lobbyists buying the politicians we voted for. “No more government subsidies to make big banks bigger. “No more dumping their risk and losses on the global population while banks accumulate profits. “No more zero percent money from the Fed to banks that don’t help borrowers restructure mortgages to avoid foreclosure. “No more secret loans to banks when they face ’emergencies’ while individuals get hosed and go bankrupt. “No more mega-banks — break them up a la Glass-Steagall. Let failed ones burn in the financial ashes of their own risk. “No more kid-gloves on prosecutions and BS little fines — prosecute banks and bank leaders to the fullest extent of the law for securities fraud and grand larceny. “No more job cuts because banks won’t lend to small businesses. “No more banks parking $1.6 trillion of excess reserves at the Fed doing nothing productive for the economy. “No more business as usual on Wall Street.”