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  • Mary
    Further clarification. I couldn t find a source for the story about the $50M authorization but did find a NY Times article which indicates the Pentagon has
    Message 1 of 14 , Mar 26, 2013
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      Further clarification. I couldn't find a source for the story about the $50M authorization but did find a NY Times article which indicates the Pentagon has only requested the funds.

      http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/pentagon-wants-to-build-new-prison-at-guantanamo/?smid=tw-nytimesatwar&seid=auto

      I'm totally opposed to the inhumane treatment of prisoners as well as opposed to detaining them without trial. It was Congress that included the continued operation of Gitmo in their latest defense bill which Obama signed. The public's will to control guns has gone virtually nowhere in Congress also. Congress maintains that U.S. citizens don't want to house detainees here and that repatriation abroad is dangerous if not impossible.

      What are the dangers of the precedent for the expanded power of executive order if and when the GOP returns to power? Yet I also don't think the balance of power is the issue as much as it is that our representatives don't represent us. Many of them 'vote their consciences' which means whoever lobbies them hardest gets represented.

      That politics and activism depend on money disheartens me immensely.

      Mary

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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      > That should be $50 million.
      >
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@> wrote:
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      > > Jim,
      > >
      > > The Red Cross will routinely visit the fasting detainees this week and then report back to those who oversee the facility. Their report is not made public, which makes it less likely a majority of Americans will demand action. I also read a report which says our president authorized $50 to build a new facility on the current site.
      > >
      > > http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-military-says-guantanamo-hunger-strike-edges
      >
    • wsindarius
      Mary, Jim, There was a fellow on Hardball, I think it was, who was arguing in favor of Gitmo, saying that the prisoners there were treated much better than the
      Message 2 of 14 , Mar 26, 2013
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        Mary, Jim,

        There was a fellow on Hardball, I think it was, who was arguing in favor of Gitmo, saying that the prisoners there were treated much better than the US prison population at large who often suffer long stays in isolation, are poorly fed, abused, sexually attacked, etc. Recent stories in the NYT, Slate and Huff Post have borne out those facts. The US is a terribly harsh place, with an inhumane 'justice' system, much of it privatized for profit, and with the largest prison population anywhere else in the world or in history.



        Wil



        -----Original Message-----
        From: Mary <josephson45r@...>
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        Further clarification. I couldn't find a source for the story about the $50M authorization but did find a NY Times article which indicates the Pentagon has only requested the funds.

        http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/pentagon-wants-to-build-new-prison-at-guantanamo/?smid=tw-nytimesatwar&seid=auto

        I'm totally opposed to the inhumane treatment of prisoners as well as opposed to detaining them without trial. It was Congress that included the continued operation of Gitmo in their latest defense bill which Obama signed. The public's will to control guns has gone virtually nowhere in Congress also. Congress maintains that U.S. citizens don't want to house detainees here and that repatriation abroad is dangerous if not impossible.

        What are the dangers of the precedent for the expanded power of executive order if and when the GOP returns to power? Yet I also don't think the balance of power is the issue as much as it is that our representatives don't represent us. Many of them 'vote their consciences' which means whoever lobbies them hardest gets represented.

        That politics and activism depend on money disheartens me immensely.

        Mary

        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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        > That should be $50 million.
        >
        > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@> wrote:
        > >
        > > Jim,
        > >
        > > The Red Cross will routinely visit the fasting detainees this week and then report back to those who oversee the facility. Their report is not made public, which makes it less likely a majority of Americans will demand action. I also read a report which says our president authorized $50 to build a new facility on the current site.
        > >
        > > http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-military-says-guantanamo-hunger-strike-edges
        >









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      • Jim
        Mary, Wil, This absurd situation where the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are held outside any state, without being charged, without a trial, without any rights,
        Message 3 of 14 , Mar 26, 2013
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          Mary, Wil,

          This absurd situation where the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are held outside any state, without being charged, without a trial, without any rights, seems to give empirical support to Giorgio Agamben's idea of the `Homo Sacer' or the `State of Exception' as described in those books of the same name.

          I have read `Homo Sacer' but I have to admit I struggled to understand it. Agamben seemed to be saying that it was a logical entailment of a state with laws giving rights to its citizens that the law could only be validated if there were human's who had `bare life' as beings outside the law with no rights and no recognition.

          Going back to Obama – I don't see why he cannot return the unfortunate individuals to their countries of origin – at least one is a British citizen. I would imagine that after eleven years of incarceration and possible torture, they would be broken men, incapable of taking up a life of terrorism.

          Jim
        • Peter ciccariello
          Jim, I think that is the point. There is no logic, reason or rationale here... it is pure and unadulterated repressive absurdity, and for those inmates, what
          Message 4 of 14 , Mar 26, 2013
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            Jim,

            I think that is the point. There is no logic, reason or rationale here...
            it is pure and unadulterated repressive absurdity, and for those inmates,
            what is left to do but try to regain a form of dignity as per Fanon through
            violence. In this case the only remaining target, oneself. I am so troubled
            with this, and cannot help but ponder Kafka's "hunger artist"




            - Peter




            On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM, Jim <jjimstuart1@...> wrote:

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            >
            >
            > Mary, Wil,
            >
            > This absurd situation where the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are held
            > outside any state, without being charged, without a trial, without any
            > rights, seems to give empirical support to Giorgio Agamben's idea of the
            > `Homo Sacer' or the `State of Exception' as described in those books of the
            > same name.
            >
            > I have read `Homo Sacer' but I have to admit I struggled to understand it.
            > Agamben seemed to be saying that it was a logical entailment of a state
            > with laws giving rights to its citizens that the law could only be
            > validated if there were human's who had `bare life' as beings outside the
            > law with no rights and no recognition.
            >
            > Going back to Obama � I don't see why he cannot return the unfortunate
            > individuals to their countries of origin � at least one is a British
            > citizen. I would imagine that after eleven years of incarceration and
            > possible torture, they would be broken men, incapable of taking up a life
            > of terrorism.
            >
            > Jim
            >
            >
            >



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          • Mary
            Not to mention MSNBC (owned by GE) also airs prison documentaries while being in the prison and security business. So not only does Foucault s business of
            Message 5 of 14 , Mar 27, 2013
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              Not to mention MSNBC (owned by GE) also airs prison documentaries while being in the prison and security business. So not only does Foucault's business of creating delinquency come to mind, but apropos Peter's comment about Kafka's Starving Artist, one might also, not so cynically, envision a reality series which imitates that cruel voyeurism wherein viewers can vote for which inmate can go all the way and 'win' the competition of Best Starving Artist.

              Mary

              --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:
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              > Mary, Jim,
              >
              > There was a fellow on Hardball, I think it was, who was arguing in favor of Gitmo, saying that the prisoners there were treated much better than the US prison population at large who often suffer long stays in isolation, are poorly fed, abused, sexually attacked, etc. Recent stories in the NYT, Slate and Huff Post have borne out those facts. The US is a terribly harsh place, with an inhumane 'justice' system, much of it privatized for profit, and with the largest prison population anywhere else in the world or in history.
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