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#434#435#436#437 Episode #438 - The Nightmare of Power
(Enemy Combatants and Class War - Power and Powerlessness #14)



Sun 23 November 2008  Lawrence Velvel, Sherry Jones
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2Following a radio adaptation of a documentary Torturing Democracy on the US's systematic policy of torture, and the complicity of the high level officials, we listen in on a conference about holding accountable those responsible. We conclude with another reading from Power and Powerlessness.
A remarkable conference took place mid September in Andover, Massachusetts that hasn't gotten the coverage it deserved. It was convened by Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law. Among It's attendees were legal scholars and practitioners of international and human rights law, who gathered and pledged to devise a strategy to, in the words of Dean Velvel, to hold senior US officials accountable in courts of law and, if guilt is found, to obtain appropriate punishments. I'm going to begin airing presentations from that conference next week. I want to set the stage by reviewing some of the evidence and witnesses that could be presented at some future trial of high level US officials and former officials. We'll do this via a radio adaptation of a powerful new documentary, Torturing Democracy, produced by Sherry Jones of the National Security archive. Some people have been able to view the film on their local PBS stations but most have not - PBS told the filmmakers that no national air date was available until January 20th, 2009 - Barack Obama's inauguration day. Following the film, we'll continue with of serial reading from Susan Rosenthal's, Power and Powerlessness.
Thanks to Sherry Jones and the National Security Archive
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