CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at david.chirot@gmail.com
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


=

Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
http://davidbaptistechirot.blogspot.com
Addresses: david.chirot@gmail.com
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208
USA

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'



Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'


The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.


The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Chirot: 3 Visual Poems from series Les Fenetres Farouche/Feral Windows



Cesar Reglero: Encuentro preparacion OVUM10TDS-GROP




Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:47:01 +0200
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To: cesar@boek861.com
Subject: Re: Encuentro preparacion OVUM10TDS-GROP

César Reglero escribió:

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Encuentro preparatorio OVUM10TDS-GROP

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El viernes 18, los coordinadores de OVUM10TDS. Sergi Quiñonero y César Reglero, asistimos a la inauguración de la muestra del colectivo GROP;
en la foto la performance de la inauguración de Manel Vilàs que se realiza en el patio del castillo de Torredembarra,
lugar donde tendra lugar el encuentro de confraternización GROP-OVUM10TDS

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Aspecto exterior del Castillo de Torredembarra el día de la inauguración donde acordamos los últimos detalles
de nuestra presentación

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Lois Gil Magariños realiza la primera acción a su llegada´al aeropuerto de Reus  donde fuimos a recogerle

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En el tinglado del puerto N.1 prosiguió su campaña de difusión de POESIA ELEVADA que, posteriormente
inundó la ciudad de Tarragona

RECORDATORIO DEL ACTO DE INAUGURACIÓN PARA TODOS LOS OVUM10TDS
y para todos aquello que deseen participar al encuentro.

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DIETER ROT: Documents of Visual Poetry History Series by Chirot




12º Caso resuelto - El Espejo trizado




Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2009 09:03:10 -0300
Subject: 12º Caso resuelto - El Espejo trizado
From: JulioCesarFlatuletti@arnet.com.ar
To: danielvponti@yahoo.com.ar

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Referencia: 12º Caso resuelto
 
El espejo trizado
 
Mis manos temblaban involuntariamente.
El Bahía no existe más. Cero fiado.
En su lugar, entre gallos y media noche, un porteño recién llegado se instaló con tejido de punto.
Sin un mango, subí por centésima vez a reclamar promesas a la financiera de Isaquito (Caso resuelto Nº 10)
Ni un mísero moroso para quebrar piernas.
Al borde de la desesperación, bajé a preguntar al tejedor si sabía donde trabajaba Doris.
Lo encontré cantando un tango a voz de cuello, tratando de tapar la estridencia cuartetera:
—La razón se ahogó en la sopa. La moral por moneditas...
¿Pueden creerlo?
 
Doris le había dejado, para que me entregara, "Mein Kampf" de Adolf Hitler (editado por el partido nacionalsocialista).
Dentro del libro, un ensayo de Jonathan Swift: "Una modesta proposición" (Dublín 1729). Y un billete de cincuenta (Doris estaba al tanto de mi situación).
El libro estaba dedicado a mí, por puño y letra de su hija.
Fin de la incógnita. Debí conjeturar que era Strella (Guillermo).
¿Qué respuestas, a qué preguntas, se busca en la lectura?
Puto, enano, judío, zurdo y oscuro.
 "Pide pan, no le dan / pide queso, le dan hueso… y le quiebran el pescuezo".
Cero autoestima.
Para hacer más caótico su conflicto (se hizo travesti por culpa de la poesía) y debido a lo enorme de su pija, en el Paraíso lo usan al revés.
La dedicatoria era poco menos que una declaración de amor escrita con letra menudita, dibujada como él mismo.
 
Mordí la tentación de correr al prostíbulo.
El arancel más bajo es cincuenta, de ahí hasta la fantasía y el bolsillo del cliente.
Tenía cincuenta, la pasión y síndrome de abstinencia.
Primero lo primero (un polvo gratis llevaría a Strella a apretar mis bolas hasta hacerme silbar) 
Al Capri.
Me tranquilicé con unas chichas.
Por diez, me hice tirar la goma por la mogólica que limpia vidrios en el semáforo de Santa Rosa y General Paz.
Subí a la cueva.
 
Leí el ensayo donde Swift tenía una propuesta para "que los niños de los pobres de Irlanda no sean una carga para sus padres y/o el país, y para hacerlos útiles al público"
Se trataba de poner los hijos de pobres en el mercado gastronómico como un Bocatto di Cardenale.
¿Por qué no acá y ahora? ("Una modesta proposición" puedo enviársela a quién lo solicite. Para algún legislador. Por si las moscas…)
Estos beneficios se notarían de inmediato:
Liberar la cuota Hilton sin que aumente la carne en el mercado interno, eliminar las retenciones a la soja, y como efecto colateral, la iglesia dejaría de ser oposición (habría menos pobres).
Sin oposición, el gobierno podría dedicarse a sus veleidades populistas.
Hasta ahí mi aporte social.
Obviamente, el tal Swift la tenía reclara.
Le sacudí a Mein Kampf.
 
 —"Es la raza y no el Estado lo que constituye la condición previa de la existencia de una sociedad humana superior"— Decía Adolfito.
Supuse que un estado racista es lo que nos haría falta para ordenar el caos al que conduce, inevitablemente, la democracia.
"Un organismo sólo puede sobrevivir si es capaz de interpretar eficazmente la realidad que habita…"
Alucinado por la religión de la sangre, me llegó la hora de almorzar.
Bajé al Capri.
 
El menú era milanesa con guarnición. Las papas fritas tenían gusto a pescado.
Ante el reclamo, el mozo se despachó con que es una papa nueva. Con los mismos genes (de pez) que los tomates larga vida, esos que no se pudren.
Sólo comí milanesa. Con mucho limón para sacarme el hediondo sabor a bagre.
Volví a la cueva a lavarme los dientes.
 
El baño está al final del pasillo pero dejé la puerta de la oficina abierta por si pescaba algo.
Picaron.
Ella, elegante, con guantes.
Él, trajeado (Giorgio Armani).
Si duda eran canas y por la ropa, exitosos.
Esperaban como en su casa.
—¿Licenciado Flatuletti? —preguntó la chichí cuando entré, al tiempo estiraba la mano derecha.
Supuse que quería que besara sus dedos.
—Afirmativo —respondí. Arrimé los labios y no pude reprimir un gesto de asco: el mismo olor a bagre que las papas fritas.
Él apestaba igual.
¿Qué clase de pescados eran?
Sospeché seriamente que el olor a bagre estaba en camino de transformarse en otra de mis neurosis.
—Somos de la policía secreta —dijo ella, llevando la voz cantante.
Mostraron fugazmente sus credenciales.
 
Querían que controlara la zona del Mercado Norte, galería incluida, como personal civil.
Me precedía la reputación.
Venían directamente con órdenes del subjefe de policía (bagayero del caso resuelto Nº 11)
La razón se ahogó en la sopa.
Acepté.
 
A poco comenzaron las presiones, necesitaban resultados para los medios.
Por eso pagaban mi sueldo (escaso y atrasado)
Denuncié que había una cocina de cocaína en el fondo de un negocio de compraventa (elegido al azar) de la calle Rivera Indarte.
Cayó el allanamiento por sorpresa y con violencia.
Mandaron por mí.
 
La calle estaba cortada por una camioneta del ETER cruzada en la esquina. La fuerza de asalto, encapuchada, al acecho.
Juanes con armas largas, en los techos.
Móviles con luces y sirenas.
Una puesta en escena típica del bagayero, a todo culo.
Los policías que vigilaban la puerta del comercio me hicieron esperar.
Al rato un tercero salió a buscarme.
Los juanes preguntaron si ya había muerto.
—Todavía no —respondió.
Me llevó rápidamente adentro.
 
Habían molido a trompadas al dueño ante la mirada aterrada de sus empleados.
Estaba tirado en el piso. Pulgares de manos y pies atados con precintos plásticos.
Dos oficiales, arremangados, friccionaban sus nudillos con gesto de dolor.
Sobre una mesa tonfas y manoplas.
Supuse que era una cuestión artística hacerlo con las propias manos.
Me pidieron que lo reconociera. Mi primera intención fue ayudarlo a levantarse. Se estaba muriendo. Totalmente desfigurado suplicaba que no le pegaran más, que en una hora se moría solo.
Se la respetaron.
A la hora volvieron y le preguntaron:
—¿No te moriste todavía?
Negó con la cabeza. Con hilito de voz pidió una hora más.
—¿Pensás que somos la madre Teresa? —Respondió uno de ellos volviéndose a arremangar.
 
Uno de los empleados no resistió y largó el rollo.
Con pelos y señales ubicó la cocina de cocaína en Villa Inés.
Arrasamos con cuanto había de valor. Yo ligué un radiograbador de caset, semi nuevo.
Me quedé al último. Antes de salir metí un petardazo en la cabeza del dueño, el humo de Glock dibujó un corazoncito.
Volvieron en tropel.
Requirieron por mi actitud.
—¿Acaso no matan a los caballos? —respondí como lo haría Horace McCoy.
Subí un escalón más en la curva ascendente del prestigio. Ahora como un tipo humano.
 
Ahí fuimos, a Villa Inés.
La cocina tenía toda la apariencia de un comedor comunitario.
Cuando llegamos, estaban comiendo más de ciento ochenta pendejos.
Rajaron todos, en desbandada, sin probar bocado.
Finalizado el operativo volví a la cueva.
Los medios elogiaron la labor policial. Hasta el último botón se hizo famoso.
Yo, a "Mi Lucha".
Adolfito había titulado el capítulo ocho de la segunda parte:
"El fuerte es más fuerte cuando está solo"
 
Toto Flatuletti agradece su reenvío.
 
 Córdoba, Setiembre de 2008
 
 
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Israeli troops shower protester with tear gas near Ramallah
Friday September 18, 2009 - 17:57
Scores of civilians suffered on Friday effects of teargas inhalation and nausea as Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protest against the Wall in the central West bank village of Nil'in. Full Story
Tear gas canister fired by the Israeli troops and Bil'in villagers - File photo by Haytham Al katyeb
Friday September 18, 2009 - 15:17
Dozens effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday during the weekly protest in the village of Bil'in central West Bank. Full Story
Women trying to cross through Israeli checkpoint to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan (PCHR photo)
Friday September 18, 2009 - 01:35
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 10 - 16 Sep. 2009, one Palestinian died from Israeli-inflicted wounds, and 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire.  In addition, Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized in protest of the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.  Full Story

ATFL: URGENT: Ask Your Senators to Sign the Feinstein Letter TODAY






American Task Force for Lebanon Legislative Council

Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) is gathering signatures for a letter she plans to send to President Barack Obama next week. She is asking her Senate colleagues to join her in urging the Obama administration to review U.S. cluster munitions policy. The text of the letter is included below.

The letter has ten signatories so far: Sens. Feinstein (CA), Cardin (MD), Durbin (IL), Feingold (WI), Harkin (IA), Leahy (VT), Merkley (OR), Sanders (VT), Whitehouse (RI), and Wyden (OR). Please urge the other 90 Senators to sign on as well. The ten original signatories will welcome your effort.

Please click on the following link to send a message to your Senators asking them to sign the letter or thanking them if they have already done so. It is urgently important that you send your message ASAP, since the letter will be sent to President Obama next week. The deadline for Senators to sign on to the letter is Wednesday, September 23. You can send a message to your Senators by clicking here:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1897/t/9925/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27906


Sincerely,

George Cody, Ph.D.
Executive Director
American Task Force for Lebanon Legislative Council



Text of the Feinstein Letter to President Barack Obama

September XX, 2009

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to urge you to conduct a thorough review of U.S. policy on cluster munitions.

The threat that cluster munitions pose to civilian populations is well known due to their wide area effect and large number of unexploded submunitions or bomblets.  In some cases, up to 40% of cluster submunitions fail to explode initially and, in effect, become de facto landmines.  Years after a conflict has ended, these weapons can be triggered indiscriminately by men, women, and children causing death and serious injury.

Over the past year, the international community has come together to protect innocent civilians from these deadly weapons.  In December 2008, 95 countries (including Great Britain, France, Germany and Norway) came together to sign the Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions which would prohibit the production, use, and export of cluster munitions and requires signatories to eliminate their arsenals within eight years.

Unfortunately, the Bush Administration chose not to participate in the Oslo process and refused to sign the treaty.

In June, 2008, the Pentagon issued a new policy on cluster munitions stating that after 2018, the use, sale, and transfer of cluster munitions with failure rates of more than one percent would be prohibited.  While this was a step in the right direction, under this policy the Pentagon would still have the authority to use the 5.5 million cluster bombs containing 728.5 million bomblets with high failure rates in our arsenal. 

This is unacceptable.  We can do better.

In fact, the United States has already begun to move away from a reliance on cluster munitions.  No cluster munitions have been used in Iraq since 2003 or in Afghanistan since 2002.  In 2007, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law a provision contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 prohibiting the sale and transfer of cluster munitions with a failure rate of more than one percent.  You renewed this prohibition as a part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. 

It is highly appropriate, therefore, for the United States to take another look at our official policy on cluster munitions to help save civilian lives and improve the image of our country around the world.  We appreciate your attention to this request and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)
Sen. Richard Durbin (IL)
Sen. Russell Feingold (WI)
Sen. Tom Harkin (IA)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR)
Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)

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Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea presents AFTER THE FINAL SIMPLIFICATION OF RUINS and Teresa Margolles









September 17, 2009






Centro Cultural
Montehermoso Kulturunea



Maria Lassnig
Shapes, 1972
Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth and sixpack film Vienna


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AFTER THE FINAL SIMPLIFICATION OF RUINS
Forms of historiography in given places

and

LOS SONIDOS DE LA MUERTE
Teresa Margolles


September 18th - January 3rd


Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea
Fray Zacarías Martínez, 2
01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz (SPAIN)
info@montehermoso.net
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AFTER THE FINAL SIMPLIFICATION OF RUINS
Forms of historiography in given places

Flavio de Carvalho, Wilson Diaz, Sung Hwan Kim, Maria Lassnig, Erlea Maneros Zabala, Ania Molska, Anu Pennanen, Lotty Rosenfeld, Katerina Seda, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Curated by Cosmin Costinas

"I see Brasilia as I see Rome: Brasilia began with a final simplification of ruins". Those were the words of the writer Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) during her visit in 1962 to the recently-built federal capital of Brazil. Brasilia, like Rome. Modernity nostalgically revealing itself through an archetype of grandeur and failure. It is with this proclaimed analogy that this exhibition begins, but rather than ruminating excessively on the analogy itself, it aims to pay a closer look at the poetic seduction that such an utterance entails.

In the last decade or so, an enormous amount of artistic production, which takes history as its subject-matter has imposed itself as a genre in international art. In close connection, another genre of contemporary art has adopted an endless number of local contexts as its subjects. But what form of history is being understood through these practices and what meaning of localities is being worked with? How do these practices approach their central issues and, perhaps more importantly, how do the exhibitions which put together these positions imagine their narrative function, in the specific language of exhibition-making? In many cases, history became an escapist fetish in which we are invited to indulge in order to avoid formulating the politics of today and consequently of tomorrow, and to remain there, in an exhausted future described as a ruin of our present, as in the sub-genre of modernist memorabilia art. These practices came with an ostensibly anti-disciplinarian accumulation of historical material, of often personal, micro-historic souvenirs, fuelled by an archival reflex from an era when the accumulation of symbolic capital moved at a different pace. Are these attempts at bringing to light subaltern histories or endless formulations of specificity and alterity that compromise any potential for universal or internationalist narratives of solidarity and emancipation? And is the endless reformulation of minimalism in many of these practices a denial of realism and its potentials?

"After the final simplifications of ruins" aims to structure itself in awareness of these circumstances, in the same way in which it remains aware of the histories and localities that make up its immediate institutional and geographical context. It puts together positions from a number of artists working in seemingly irreconcilable conditions throughout the second half of the 20th century and the cloudy beginnings of the 21st. The research on Flavio de Carvalho and the accompanying historical material has been developed by Inti Guerrero. This exhibition developed from and as a consequence of working for "Like an Attali Report, but different. On fiction and political imagination" show that took place at Kadist Art Foundation in 2008. It is thus a natural continuation of that exhibition.


LOS SONIDOS DE LA MUERTE
Teresa Margolles


For 15 years Margolles has been dealing with what she calls 'the follow up of the body after life, and the appropriation of human inert elements to understand death in its social dimension'. She has pursued such an aim by investigating the 'life of the corpse', that is, the physical and social transformation of what we could call the after-body and its metaphoric power. Her work is always based on a peculiar artistic use of vestiges from dead human bodies or associated with them. As Klaus Görner and Udo Kittelmann have said, 'death and its accompanying circumstances are not represented, but presented'. Yet death is not her end but the instrument for a moving social contestation: Margolles' main goal is neither anthropological nor macabre: it is political. Her work is a reaction to the increasing violence all over the world, and its daily presence in the media. On a more specific stance, it delves into the effects of growing criminality in Third World cities, and particularly in Mexico, often associated with drug and human traffics. Her systematic investigation took her from a direct, baroque, gruesome approach at the beginning of her career to a more conceptual, sober, even minimal poetics characteristic of her personal work today. She wants to make us aware of how death and violence are part of our daily life. Her current installations, videos and sound pieces are beautiful, neat and elegant. Her art is increasingly based on the contrast between beauty and terror, whitecube stylishness and dread.









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In This Issue

Ashcroft Can Be Held Accountable For Post-9/11 Wrongful Detention

ACLU Asks Court to End Government Funding of Religion in Mississippi Abstinence-Only Program

Administration Seeks to Deny Bagram Prisoners Access to U.S. Courts

Government Withholds Key Torture Documents in ACLU Lawsuit

Legislation Introduced To Repeal Discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act

What Do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?

ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Expulsion of Middle School Student after Illegal Cell Phone Search



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What Do Facebook Quizzes Know about You?

Are you on Facebook? Are any of your friends or family part of one of the largest online communities in the world?

If so, you may have seen or heard about the quizzes that are so popular on the site. But do you know just how much of your information these quizzes can access?

Even if your Facebook profile is "private," when you take a quiz, an unknown quiz developer could be getting access to almost everything in your profile: your religious views, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pictures, and groups. Facebook quizzes also have access to most of the information on your friends' profiles. This means that if your friend takes a quiz, they could be giving away your personal information, too.

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ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Expulsion of Middle School Student After Illegal Cell Phone Search

The ACLU filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a middle school student wrongfully expelled from school after authorities illegally searched his cell phone and found what they claimed were photos depicting "gang-related activity" -- when in reality the photos mainly depicted the student dancing in the bathroom of his own home.

Richard Wade was a 12-year-old honor student at Southaven Middle School when he had his phone confiscated and searched last fall by several of his football coaches, his class principal and a Southaven Police Department sergeant after he read a text message during football class in violation of school rules.

After receiving a text message in August 2008 from his father in South Carolina which he thought might indicate an emergency, Richard flipped open his phone to read the message. But rather than simply confiscating the phone and turning it in to the school office as required by Southaven Middle School policy, several school officials searched through the private and personal pictures Richard had stored on the phone, despite not having any reason to believe that Richard had done anything wrong other than possessing the cell phone. The phone was subsequently turned over to the police sergeant who claimed that the pictures constituted "gang-related activity" and "indecent pictures." Richard was suspended for three days and ordered to attend a disciplinary hearing the next week.

Among other things, the lawsuit seeks to have the charges related to this incident expunged from Richard's law enforcement, academic and disciplinary records.

>>Learn more about this case.


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September 17, 2009

Ashcroft Can Be Held Accountable For Post-9/11 Wrongful Detention

In an unprecedented ruling that places responsibility squarely on government officials who, after 9/11, championed policies clearly outside the boundaries of the law, a federal appellate court ruled that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held personally responsible for the wrongful detention of an innocent American, Abdullah al-Kidd. The court also ruled that the federal material witness law cannot be used to "preventively" detain or investigate suspects. The ACLU represents al-Kidd in the case, al-Kidd v. Ashcroft.

Prior to 9/11, the federal material witness law was used sparingly -- especially with U.S. citizens -- to ensure that witnesses would be available to testify in criminal cases. Under the statute, arrests took place in rare cases to secure testimony where there was hard evidence that an individual had material information, but would not testify voluntarily. After 9/11, Ashcroft distorted the law into a so-called "preventive" detention statute, allowing the government to arrest and detain individuals for whom the government lacked probable cause to charge with criminal violations.

Al-Kidd, a U.S.-born American citizen, was on his way to Saudi Arabia to study when he was unlawfully detained and arrested in Washington's Dulles Airport on March 16, 2003 as a material witness in the trial of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen. For 16 days, al-Kidd was held in heightened-security units of various jails and shackled whenever moved. He was eventually released under onerous conditions that included confining his travel to four states, surrendering his passport and reporting to probation officers. Al-Kidd was held for more than 13 months under these conditions without ever being charged with any crime or asked to testify.

"The court made it very clear that former Attorney General Ashcroft's use of the federal material witness law circumvented the Constitution," said ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project Deputy Director Lee Gelernt, who argued the appeal. "Regardless of your rank or title, you can't escape liability if you personally created and oversaw a policy that deliberately violates the law."

>>Learn more about the case.


ACLU Asks Court to End Government Funding of Religion in Mississippi Abstinence-Only Program
Tortured Logic

Early this week, the lieutenant governor of Mississippi basically admitted to violating the constitution.

>>See for yourself. Watch the video.
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The ACLU asked a federal court in Mississippi to end government funding of religion in the state's abstinence-only-until-marriage program. The case was filed on behalf of a teen and two community members who attended a state-sponsored abstinence summit in May of this year.

As part of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) holds an annual teen abstinence summit each May. After last year's summit, which included overt religious messages, the ACLU sent a letter to MDHS asking for assurances that future events would remain secular. MDHS did not respond to the ACLU's letter and failed to address the legal concerns in this year's event.

The 2009 summit featured religious themes and overtly Christian messages, including a lengthy presentation about the Ten Commandments by Judge John N. Hudson of the Adams County Court in Natchez, Mississippi, Judge Hudson told the audience, "Abstain, God says, from promiscuous sex -- thou shall not commit adultery. But why? Is not God being a killjoy? Did He not create this great gift which is so good and wonderful? Why would He tell us not to do it? He's not. He's telling us that He created this great and wonderful gift for a special and unique committed relationship that is to last forever." The program also included several prayers and a performance to gospel songs by the Pilgrim Rest Mime Ministry.

"By using the summit to promote a religious message rather than offer health-related information, the state missed an important opportunity to help teens make healthy and smart decisions when it comes to sexuality," said Kristy L. Bennett, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Mississippi. "Study after study shows that abstinence-only-until-marriage approaches are ineffective at preventing teen pregnancy or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Given the high rates of teen pregnancy and HIV infection in Mississippi, the failings of this year's summit are inexcusable."

>>Watch video excerpts from the 2009 Teen Summit. (This link will take you to Huffingtonpost.com.)

>>Read Brigitte Amiri's blog post, Mississippi Officials Need a Civics Lesson on Constitution Day.


Administration Seeks to Deny Bagram Prisoners Access to U.S. Courts


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In Boumediene v. Bush, the Supreme Court ruled Guantánamo detainees were entitled to habeas corpus rights, but the government argues these rights do not apply to the prisoners held at Bagram.

>>Learn more about indefinite detention.

>>Take Action: We cannot imprison people without charge or trial.

This week, the Obama administration filed a brief with a federal appeals court in Washington arguing that the approximately 600 detainees in U.S. custody at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan are not entitled to have their cases heard in U.S. courts. Some of the detainees at Bagram have been held for up to six years with no meaningful opportunity to challenge their detention, and there are some prisoners there who are unconnected to the war in Afghanistan but who have been sent there from locations around the world.

In June 2008, in the landmark case of Boumediene v. Bush, the U.S. Supreme Court found that detainees at Guantánamo were entitled to habeas corpus rights. In opposing the principles established in that ruling, the Obama administration is now arguing that these rights do not apply at Bagram.

The government's appeal comes on the heels of the administration's announcement that it would release guidelines for allowing detainees at the prison greater opportunity to challenge their detention, by assigning military representatives -- not lawyers -- to detainees to assist them in challenging their detention before a military-appointed review board. The new guidelines were attached to the government's appellate brief.

"It would be tragic to leave the stigma of Guantánamo behind only to have Bagram become the next legal black hole for detainees," said Melissa Goodman, a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. "Since the Supreme Court declared that prisoners in Guantánamo Bay have the right to habeas corpus, it would appear that the government is attempting to use Bagram instead as the new off-shore warehouse for indefinite detention. Guantánamo has been a stain on this nation's reputation at home and abroad, and the last thing we should be doing is creating another version of it elsewhere."

In April, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking the Obama administration to make public records pertaining to the detention and treatment of prisoners held at Bagram. The government has not yet turned over the records.

>> Learn more about the ACLU's FOIA request.

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Government Withholds Key Torture Documents in ACLU Lawsuit

The government has said it will continue to withhold dozens of documents related to the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody overseas. In response to two Freedom of Information Act Lawsuits filed by the ACLU, the Justice Department was facing an August 31 deadline to release the documents, including a presidential directive authorizing CIA "black sites" as well as CIA inspector general (IG) records and documents from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) regarding the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

U.S. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York ordered the government to turn over the documents by August 31 or else provide justification for continuing to withhold them. In a filing late Monday, the CIA said it will not release the documents, claiming that disclosing details about the enhanced interrogation program would harm national security. In its filing, the CIA also argued that the information available to the public about the enhanced interrogation program should be limited to its historical context and legal underpinnings. However, the government has already released several documents that provide more than merely abstract detail about the interrogations. The Justice Department last month made public dozens of related documents as part of the ACLU's FOIA litigation, including a CIA IG report on the CIA's interrogation tactics, a December 2004 CIA background paper giving a detailed official description of the CIA's detention and interrogation program and a 2007 OLC memo describing "enhanced interrogation techniques" to be used against prisoners then in CIA custody.

>>Learn more information about the ACLU's FOIA litigation.

Legislation Introduced to Repeal Discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act
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ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Chris Anders speaks at a press conference on the introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act.



A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this week that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and respect state marriages by providing federal protections for married same-sex couples. DOMA, passed in 1996, authorized discrimination against lawfully married same-sex couples. The new bill, the Respect for Marriage Act, was introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and several others.

Before DOMA was enacted, federal law deferred to states' decisions about who was married and who was not. As a result of a discriminatory federal definition of marriage in DOMA, same-sex couples that are married by their home states are nevertheless denied all of the federal benefits and protections available to all other married couples.

"DOMA singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for discriminatory treatment under the law, denying families the more than 1,100 federal protections and responsibilities that apply to married opposite-sex couples," said Michael Macleod-Ball, Acting Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "The Respect for Marriage Act will do more than repeal DOMA; it will promote protections for same-sex couples who are already married. Congress should move quickly to pass this long overdue bill."

The Respect for Marriage Act also ensures that once the federal government recognizes the marriage of a same-sex couple, it will continue to recognize that marriage even if the couple moves to another state that would not have allowed the couple to marry in the first place. The act does not force any state to marry same-sex couples.

>>Learn more.

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