Sep 04 2013
Uprising’s Wednesday guest expert Rahul Mahajan, sociologist and news analyst and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond, analyzes today’s news headlines:
A report released this morning highlights the horrors of “the other Guantanamo”: Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Forgotten by most Americans, the notorious US-run prison in Bagram, Afghanistan, was turned over to Afghan authorities but still holds dozens of non-Afghans, the majority of whom are Pakistani. Today’s report, by the group, Justice Project Pakistan, aims to expose the devastating impact of imprisonment on the prisoners’ families. Click here to read a press release of the report.
Army Private Chelsea Manning, who leaked thousands of secret US government documents to Wikileaks about, among other things, the US’s conduct in Afghanistan, has formally petitioned the government for a Presidential pardon. Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, filed documents with the Justice Department yesterday. His petition includes a personal statement by Chelsea Manning: “If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.” Click here to ready an RT report about the story.
In New York, Mayor Bloomberg, determined to preserve the NYPD’s right to disproportionately target people of color, has sued his City Council. Bloomberg is upset about a bill passed by the council to end the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” practice after a federal judge already ruled it unconstitutional. The mayor claims ending the practice would threaten public safety. Click here to read a story on Al Jazeera America.