October 10th, 2007

Chris Keeley

The law in the United States doesn’t require you to step in and save people,” said David Sternbach,

The law in the United States doesn’t require you to step in and save people,” said David Sternbach, counsel for litigation and intellectual property matters for A&E Television Networks. “And it doesn’t require you to stop a crime that’s in the works

 

When Reality TV Gets Too Real


Published: October 8, 2007

On a recent episode of “Intervention,” A&E’s documentary series about addiction, no one was stopping Pam, an alcoholic, from driving.



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On “Intervention,” Pam, an alcoholic, drank vodka and then drove off, spurning a producer’s offer to drive. They filmed her efforts to stay within the lanes.
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As she made her way to the front door — stopping first at the refrigerator to take a swig of vodka for the road — viewers could hear a producer for the show speak up.

“You have had a lot to drink,” the voice from off camera said. “Do you want one of us to drive?”

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Chris Keeley

Supreme Court Rejects Hearing for CIA Torture Victim

Supreme Court Rejects Hearing for CIA Torture Victim
The CIA kidnap and torture victim Khaled El-Masri has lost an appeal to have his case tried in US court. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said it would not take up El-Masri’s appeal of two lower court rulings rejecting his case. The Bush administration had invoked the so-called ‘state secrets’ privilege to deny Masri a trial. Masri was seized in Macedonia and flown to Afghanistan where he was held in a secret prison and tortured. In December 2005, two years after his abduction, Masri described his ordeal.
    Khaled El-Masri: “They took me to a room. I had handcuffs and I had a blindfold and when the door was closed I was beaten from all sides. I was hit from all sides. I then was humiliated and I could hear that I was being photographed in the process when I was completely naked. Then my hands were tied to my back. I got a blindfold and they put chains onto my ankles and a sack over my head and just like the pictures we have seen from Guantanamo for example.”
Masri was committed to a German psychiatric facility earlier this year following an arrest on arson charges. Attorneys say his kidnapping and torture has left him a ‘psychological wreck.” The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up Masri’s case in the United States. Reacting to the Supreme Court denial, ACLU staff attorney Ben Wizner said: “The Court has provided the government with complete immunity for its shameful human rights and due process violations.”

Judge Blocks Extradition of Gitmo Prisoner
A federal judge has blocked the transfer of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner to his native Tunisia over fears he would be tortured or killed. The ruling in the case of Mohammed Abdul Rahman marks the first time a court has stopped the Pentagon from sending a prisoner abroad. Rahman’s attorney, Joshua Denbeaux said : “The executive has now been told it cannot bury its Guantanamo mistakes in Third World prisons

Chris Keeley

Bomb, Bomb Iran

Bomb, Bomb Iran

Hillary seemed rattled.

Up until now, she has displayed remarkable imperturbability — gliding along with the help of good lighting, a hearty guffaw and a clever husband.

But on Sunday in New Hampton, Iowa, Hillary lost her cool at last. Sparring with a voter on Iran, she sounded defensive and paranoid.

A Democrat, Randall Rolph, asked Senator Clinton why he should back her when she did not learn her lesson after voting to authorize W. to use force in Iraq. He did not understand how she could have voted yea to urge W. to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, possibly setting the stage for more Cheney chicanery.

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ICELAND///YOKO ONO SEES THE LIGHT…

Yoko Ono’s new Imagine Peace Tower lights up Iceland’s night sky… 

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ICELAND///YOKO ONO SEES THE LIGHT…

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Yoko Ono’s new Imagine Peace Tower lights up Iceland’s night sky…

Few figures in the art world are as polarizing as YOKO ONO, but her most ambitious project to date, the “IMAGINE PEACE TOWER” which was unveiled in the presence of Sean Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison’s widow Olivia in Iceland yesterday, October 9th, on what would have been John Lennon’s 67th birthday, is designed to bring people together while honoring her late husband’s memory. Envisioned in 1967 by Ono as a sort of conceptual “light house,” the monument, located on Videy island, near Reykjavik, is comprised of a large, cylindrical “wishing well” structure adorned with the phrase “Imagine Peace” in 24 languages that projects intense beams of light skyward to form a temporary “virtual structure” similar to the memorial twin towers of light once projected at Ground Zero in New York. Scheduled to be lit annually from Lennon’s birthday on October 9th until the anniversary of his death on December 8th, the tower serves to project the handwritten wishes for peace collected by Ono from thousands of fans worldwide which now lie buried in time capsules around the tower into the sky. The artist chose the remote nation for the memorial’s location because of its environmentally and politically positive stance and also the country’s northern orientation so that, in her own words, “peace may filter down throughout the world”…