greenharper commented on the blog post ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad
I was a prosecutor, not a civil practitioner. The civil practitioners will have to correct me.
Torture committed outside the United States by anyone is a federal felony. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 2340A. Let me repeat: committed BY ANYONE.
How can it be that the United States could — and of course should — prosecute those who tortured Meshal, if they are found within the United States, yet he has no civil cause of action against them?
greenharper commented on the blog post St.Louis County prosecutor should be investigated for conspiracy to suborn perjury
Really important. All of your questions are on point. None has a good answer.
greenharper commented on the diary post Diaspora: People all over the world are now on the move by Jane Stillwater.
greenharper commented on the diary post Did Citibank bets on Fracking go bad is that why they pushed Congress to bail out Derivatives? by ThingsComeUndone.
Good stuff, things.
About bad stuff, maybe getting better. From our point of view, of course.
greenharper commented on the blog post UN Review Cites Torture & “Ill Treatment” in U.S. Army Field Manual’s Appendix M
Kevin, thanks for your exhaustive treatment of this important but underreported subject. Torture is absolutely unacceptable. You are keeping in the forefront that the United States still does it.
greenharper commented on the diary post Watch Schooling the World, Stop Schooling the World by David Swanson.
Interesting. I knew nothing about this. And, disquieting. It’s not as if the ever-competitive model has worked so well for us who were raised on it.
Kevin, thank you so much for your sensitive and full-hearted appreciation of your father. You make me wish to have known him, and to feel as if I had.
Well, you and I met when Jane was sending support to Occupy Albany. So, in a way, maybe I did.
And thanks for saying what you did about little your step-siblings. My heart goes out to you all.
Thanks, Kevin! Your reporting is vital.
How pitiful that we must be thankful for the release of a captive who was the victim of international kidnapping by U.S. government personnel; was tortured by U.S. government personnel; was never indicted for any offense cognizable in a U.S. court; was never tried, let alone tried pursuant to the requirements of the Bill of Rights; and was never convicted.
What a wonderful memoir! Thank you so much for it. It’s vital to treasure such lore. My mother and her older sister both started out teaching one-room country school in Western Penna. when each was about 19. My mother bought a Richards’ Cyclopedia for her school out of her own money. My brothers and I [...]
Thanks to Judge Kessler!
greenharper commented on the blog post Federal Appeals Court Rules Evidence from Warrantless GPS Tracking Does Not Have to Be Suppressed
And of course, agents going to a judge for a warrant must swear to the truth of the facts they set forth to get it. An agent who lies is subject to prosecution for perjury.
Are agents always truthful with prosecutors when seeking a prosecutor’s OK? Hmmm. And they’re not under oath.
Just ask Janet Reno what they told her beforehand about Waco.
greenharper commented on the blog post Court Admits It Was Wrong to Prohibit Newspaper From Publishing Details on Gas Company’s Pipe Safety
Yikes. At least this judge saw reason within 4 days after forgetting that that there’s still — last time I checked, anyway – a First Amendment.
Fine work, Kevin.
greenharper commented on the blog post Chelsea Manning’s Column on Responding to ISIS Counterbalances Hysteria Among Pundits & Politicians
Another terrific column, Kevin.
It is disgusting, and many other ‘dis’es, that former government talking heads get on national TV without disclosing who pays them now to push bullets and bombs.
This makes your work all the more indispensable.
greenharper commented on the blog post The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group
Thanks, Kevin. Words fail. Most of them, anyway. So, of course, does the U.S. Government.
I particularly liked that coy shielding of the gender of this so-secretive department’s head:
““The head of the federal agency responsible for the information at issue has asserted a formal claim of privilege, based on his or her personal consideration….”
A typo: It’s actually Frances Townsend, rather than Francis. I once worked for her.
greenharper commented on the blog post Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights
“Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said, ‘In FEMA’s authorized equipment list, there’s actually written descriptions for how equipment should be used and says it’s specifically not to be used for riot suppression.’ ”
So it’s certainly not OK to use it to suppress peaceful protests? Why did FEMA not protest what the police were doing in Ferguson with federal equipment? FEMA officials cannot possibly have been ignorant of it.
What’s the punishment for using this equipment for other than approved purposes?
If none, why even bother having that restriction?
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