Zooey Greif Interviews John Glaser

Zooey Greif, June 14, 2012

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John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses his article “Under Obama’s Reign, Habeas Corpus Rights Wrenched Away;” how the DC Circuit court has undermined Boumediene v. Bush and effectively taken away all legal recourse for the 169 remaining Guantanamo prisoners; how President Obama bypasses the courts entirely by killing suspected terrorists (and/or dark-skinned civilians) with drone strikes; the enemy-combatant status of all drone victims, unless proven otherwise posthumously (some consolation); the double standard that gets ACLU drone lawsuits dismissed over “state secrets” but allows Obama to leak information and campaign as a warrior-president; and why it seems like the US is trying really hard to provoke another 9/11.

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19 Responses to “John Glaser”

  1. Obama is a lot that guy Zimmerman who killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman went after Trayvon because there was something vaguely suspicious about him. Obama's doing the same thing with these drone strikes and then claiming that they were 'dangerous' after the fact. Of course like Trayvon Obama's victims are not able to give their side of the story. Zimmerman was a 'volunteer security guard'. Well, nobody asked the US to be the world's policeman, especially the Afghan, Yemeni, or Pakistani people. Our politicians/military leaders volunteered us for this. At least in the Trayvon Martin case Obama was able to realize that Trayvon was like his own children. But in the case of these Asian victims he has no sympathy or empathy at all. Like Zimmerman.

  2. Our jettison of and indifference to internation law, convention and treaty as we prosecute the so-called war on terror clearly illustrates the impotence of existing protections for civilians in a time of war. Though the US is signatory to the various conventions such as Hague and Geneca, we use our veto power to frustrate the extablishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and thereby to investigate and punish war criminals. We had no such reservations at the end of WWII as we prosecuted and hung offenders.
    In addition, the US Congress under both Bush and Obama provided via legislation immunity from war crimes prosecution for all concerned. We have demonstrated to the world that we hold such protections for the innocent in disregard and even contempt.

  3. ROOT CAUSE
    Deceitful men have the freedom to use an illusion of good to hide their intent to be enriched upon our misery.

    SOLUTION
    Take away our freewill, our freedom to be enriched upon the misery of another and give us an uncontrollable desire to do only good. In essence, make us a slave to good.

    So, the real issue is, must we give up our freewill to end illusions of good and the misery therein?

    And so, the purpose of this world is to reach the ultimate conclusion of what hides deceitful misery, namely, illusions of good.

  4. Our deceitful government and mainstream media, they proclaim the illusion that we are at war, when were at imperialism and plunder, the whole plunder and nothing but plunder.

  5. The worst traitor is NATO GS Anders Fogh Rasmussen who claims that the missiles in Eastern Europe is defense against Iran´s non-existent long-range missiles with non-existent A-bombs. The Russians have no choice but Launch On Warning by 2017.

  6. 5 YEARS TO MIDNIGHT ???

  7. The big difference being Zimmerman, and the obvious evil lunatic Obama, is that Zim didn't rob us of billions, send countless people off to their deaths with smirking excuses, and eviscerate what was left of our rights from a bully pulpit all while doing these abuses he probably got the support of the very same people who condemned Zimmerman. If that isn't nuts then I don't know the meaning of the word any more. There are similarities but they're so vastly apart as to be meaningless.

  8. Obama the abomination — Or paid actor deserving of an Oscar?

    Instead of condemning Obama for being evil, we should congratulate the paid actor for his star performance. For the Bush-Obama Administration, this is part and parcel of the White House Theater Guild, all hand picked, produced, directed and orchestrated by the corporate rich.

  9. This site is just about the only place where you ever can find the distinction between national defense and national "interests", like "security". While the military is necessary for defense against other militaries, this confusion of things to be defended puts the military virtually in charge of commerce, communications, technological investment and foreign relations. It's all "security-related" even when it's only about somebody's dumb investment that needs a little hint of extortion to make its way to a profit. THIS is what makes a clueless newbie like Obama ACT like a murderous tyrant when he is obviously no such thing. He's the victim of the confusion, and thinks he's acting with responsible prudence. If there were a God She would destroy this imperial village to save it from ourselves.

  10. TO — W the poster

    Obama does no thinking, for paid actor politicians are hand-picked by the corporate rich to act without thinking.

    And if there were a God, then he would not intervene in the affairs of men, instead allow wars to reach their ultimate conclusion so that he could say, “I told you so.”

    “Do not eat into your mind the knowledge of good mixed with evil, the knowledge of how to use a pretense of good to hide your intent to do evil.”

  11. Very well said. !! What can be done about this now?? The dynamic you describe is rather firmly entrenched now…:-(

  12. John (and Antiwar.com in general), love your stuff, but in the interview you're wrong on the facts here regarding habeas corpus litigation. [short blog post mainly quoting MJ is correct]. There is no newsletter or any influence Potus has on the DC Circuit. Habeas cases are not turned down due to state secrets privilege. And a couple of other points I can't remember right now. For the definitive reporting on Gitmo, including this specific issue, see Andy worthington http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2012/06/16/the-s

  13. AXIOM
    We bomb innocent civilians in a foreign country, therefore, that country has a full and perfect right to bomb civilians in America.

    ARGUMENT
    “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth,” is this a valid argument pertaining to the laws that govern the bombing of civilians? For we claim it a right of self-defense, to drop a bomb on terrorists even if civilians will most likely be killed in the process.

    So, to convince us to stop bombing their civilians, as an act of self-defense, does not a country have the right to bomb our civilians?

    For either it is murder and a crime to drop a bomb knowing it may kill civilians, or citizens of Empire USA are responsible for the harm cause by their military, are combatants in a war and need to start building bomb shelters. Legal and valid targets that they be.

  14. Civilians — Legal targets in drone warfare

    AXIOM
    We bomb innocent civilians in a foreign country, therefore, that country has a full and perfect right to bomb civilians in America.

    ARGUMENT
    “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth,” is this a valid argument pertaining to the laws that govern the bombing of civilians? For we claim it a right of self-defense, to drop a bomb on terrorists even if civilians will most likely be killed in the process.

    So, to convince us to stop bombing their civilians, as an act of self-defense, does not a country have the right to bomb our civilians?

    For either it is murder and a crime to drop a bomb knowing it may kill civilians, or citizens of Empire USA are responsible for the harm cause by their military, are combatants in a war and need to start building bomb shelters. Legal and valid targets that they be.

  15. that is exactly right. Seems that the empires politics devise its ROC according to what suits THEM. There is no reason for such a war mentality to exist in this day and age. It is a step into pre historic times. The only thing that has changed is the weaponry. The slaughter that the empire has incurred world wide is astounding …….and people who dare to criticize these actions are considered "anti patritotic" or anti american or much worse: terrorists. The empire has found the ideal formula to keep its own population supporting every nasty aggression on the basis of national security. or something similar. Yet…..the REAL agenda has little to do with what is stated.

    We are witnessing a horrific tragedy unfold …..and the silence about it is deafening.

  16. The illusion of good is just window dressing and therefore unnecessary especially in our current age. The reality or mere possibility of gain is the actual driving mechanism or perhaps even greater is the fear of others obtaining an advantage over you. How many Americans thought the war in Iraq was going to help them get cheaper gasoline.

  17. Thank you for listing Andy Worthington's website. It truly is the definitive site for these Guantanamo related issues.

  18. Illusions of good — Mental darkness

    mikfax
    “The illusion of good is just window dressing and therefore unnecessary…
    The… possibility of gain is the actual driving mechanism”

    The possibility of a gain, this is the temptation that drives our ruling class to enrich themselves upon our misery. But first they must use an illusion of good to lock the public in mental darkness, first we must be fooled into thinking something good will happen. After the fact when the misery becomes unbearable, always does the deadly force of government keep us in submission, but until then the illusion of good must prevail.

    For the purpose of this world is to reach the conclusion of darkness generated by illusions of good, so that never again will a liar make us miserable by a pretense of good.

  19. Actually, Obama didn't do the robbing part. It was his Bankster masters did that, and it's been a bipartisan effort all the way. The rest may be a question of scale and access. But the mindset is remarkably similar.

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