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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Danny Glover at Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights



Chief Harry Kindness, Danny Glover and 
Dorothy Ninham Praying at Occupy Oakland
                                                      Photos by Arthur Jacob/AIM West 
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Activist and actor Danny Glover joined the Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights at Occupy Oakland on Monday. Glover spoke at the press conference and committed to meeting the walkers at the end of the walk on May 18 in DC.
In an interview with Native News Network, Glover said, "I am involved because of the great injustice that was committed against Leonard Peltier. I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted. During the trial there were at least 25 violations of the US Constitution committed against him. This is a travesty of justice," said Glover to the Native News Network.
“Then I think about the other injustices committed against Indians in this country,”
continued Glover. “I feel I have to lend my support.”
Read the story at Native News Network:
http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/danny-glover-commits-to-meet-peltier-walkers-in-dc-may-18.html

Statement from Leonard Peltier: From Behind the Iron Door


Monday, 19 December 2011
Hau Kola.

Greetings my friends, relatives, relations, supporters.

I wrote a statement the other day sitting here in my cell and I know that no one really cares to read something that is 6 pages long. So this is my effort to shorten it a little bit.

The first subject I want to touch on is being in prison for 36 years is hell. There are some folks who are planning to walk across America starting in California going to Washington D.C. to bring attention to the injustice that faces Indian people in the judicial system of America and of which I am some of the evidence of that. But first of all what I really want to say is I really appreciate and love the people that do things like this for those of us who are imprisoned. And if walking across America sounds like a lot try standing in an 8 by 6 cell for 36 years. But I want you to know as terrible and painful as this is in a strange way I am honored that the most powerful government has considered me a challenge that they would violate all their own laws to keep me imprisoned. In my standing I have stood for what’s right. I have stood for the right of a people invaded by emissaries of the corporations they ultimately represent; the right of a people to defend themselves in whatever way necessary to defend their women and children and elders and life itself when attacked with deadly force by this government.

For some of you who may recently come in contact with my case, my case is one where an Indian community that had been continually terrorized by FBI and a goon squad funded by them on the reservation, had opposed the sale of 1/8th of the tribe’s mineral resources and land. On June the 26th 1975, they attacked the village of Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It started with two FBI agents in unmarked cars and unmarked clothing, firing into an enclave of dwellings. The two agents numbers soon swelled to 250. In the ensuing battle the two initial agents were killed and one young Indian man, Joe Stuntz, was murdered by the FBI, shot between the eyes. Ultimately some 30 of us escaped. Two men, Bob Robideau and Dino Butler that were captured before I was, were put on trial and all the evidence of that day was allowed to be presented in their defense. And they were acquitted by reason of self-defense; the jury said they had the right to defend themselves with deadly force. I had escaped to Canada and was later apprehended there, the government perjured testimony, and they got someone to lie to bring me back from there. I was put on trial and all the evidence used to convict me was later proven false in court, as well as the lie to extradite me. And the same evidence used by the defense in the first trial was not allowed. They ultimately got a conviction saying I was guilty of murder which was later amended to aiding and abetting.

Then later an individual whom some called Mr. X, on tape admitted he was the shooter. Bob Robideau one of the original two men acquitted by reason of self-defense later told retired FBI Agent Ed Wood he was Mr. X and that he had shot the agents. Bob feared for his life. Bob didn’t make his statement for many years. Bob did all that he could do to help me over the years and later started living in Spain. And then he made a statement to a few people that he was going to come back and speak more about being the shooter and being acquitted of the offense. And within about a month’s time he was found dead in his apartment in Spain. He supposedly fell out of bed and hit his head and died. Having said that, my main point is that where all the evidence was allowed to be presented Indian people were found not guilty rightfully defended themselves by reason of self-defense.

There has not been a violation of human rights by America that wasn’t first practiced on Native Americans. America’s first biological warfare was against Indian people with small pox and measles infected blankets, the first concentration camps were against Indian people where they took their land and rounded them up. And Lincoln known for being against slavery, had 38 Indian men hung in unison in Mankato Minnesota for rebelling in the starving concentration camp they were confined to and there were camps all across this nation for American Indian people. The first atomic bomb was dropped on Indian land polluting it and destroying the water tables. To this day the result of their digging for uranium still pollutes parts of the Navajo reservation. They practiced sterilization of our women up until the late 1950s and even into the 60’s. Up in Alaska they experimented with various forms of hepatitis on the native people there. The list goes on and on. Our people to this day suffer generational trauma as a result of the concentration camps and invasions and starvation and boarding schools that tried to destroy our culture. The death rate in the boarding schools was 50%.

To this day the unemployment rate for American Indians is 35%. What America calls “depression” has become a way of life for us. Bureaucrats scream and jump up and down about the Israelis right to claim their homeland, yet at the same time America still takes our land against our will, our homeland. The black hills of South Dakota was leased for 99 years the lease has been up for some 20 something years, but they will not return it. They have offered to pay some 3 billion dollars for the Black Hills. Why don’t they take that money and relocate the non-Indians from there? There have been people complaining of a mosque in the proximity of the former World Trade Towers yet our sacred hills have Abraham Lincoln’s face carved in the side of our sacred area, and George Washington who practiced a scorched earth campaign against our people in the East is there along with others.

I’m sorry if I’m getting carried away, I want America to be a great nation, but I want it to be fair to all people. We don’t ask for anything that wasn’t agreed to by this government,. There’s three hundred and seventy something treaties that cover most of our concerns. I apologize if in reading this in some way it hurts your celebration of the holidays. Its very difficult to not be negative when you are unjustly imprisoned for this long and every day you look through an iron door when the true enemies and terrorists are free to terrorize the poor and the oppressed of America. When the resources of America and the labor of its people is used to enhance the lavish lifestyle of some 2 to 3 % of the population that owns 96% of America’s wealth or I should say owns and controls 96% of America’s wealth then people like you and the people occupying Wall Street and walking across America are needed more than you would ever know.

I said I wouldn’t make this too long and it seems I have gone back on my work. However in closing I would like to thank the National Congress of American Indians for passing a resolution supporting me in my bid for freedom. And I would especially like to thank Lenny Foster who has served as a spiritual leader in prisons throughout America who presented the resolution to the National Congress of American Indians. I would also like to thank all the others, too numerous to mention, who has supported me for so many years. I guess in some off handed way I have learned to live and exist by my contact with them over the years. This struggle has been long and difficult and I know at times I have offended people and hurt their feelings and for that I am deeply regretful. But rest assured I appreciate all of you in the deepest sense of the word. And I pray that this Holiday season brings joy to you and your families. And there is no greater gift that we can give our children and our children’s children than freedom and a healthy earth.

I will close for now but unless they shut me up like they did Bob, you will hear from me again rest assured.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and all the others that have died for their people,

Sincerely, Leonard Peltier


More info: Official Site - Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Anonymous: On a holiday roll with Stratfor and the hashtag subpoena

Anonymous on a holiday roll with Stratfor and the hashtag subpoena

By Brenda Norrell
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Update Wed: AntiSec hacks SpecialForces.com and posts credit card info:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/247072/anonymous_hacks_specialforcescom_posts_passwords_and_credit_card_data.html
Now: Millions of Stratfor e-mails to be published, including those from military and intelligence organizations
Update Friday: ACLU: Judge seals documents in hashtag subpoena case:
http://www.aclum.org/news_12.29.11

The Antisec, Anonymous and Lulz crews have been busy this holiday. In one of the biggest exposures now underway, the hacktivists have a large amount of data from Stratfor, a global security think tank, whose clients include the military and intelligence.
SpecialForces.com was hacked, with credit card information exposed.At the same time on Tues., Dec. 27, a Twitter message said 3.3million of Stratfor e-mails from some of the world's most powerful people would soon be published. Those e-mails would include Stratfor clients ranging from the military to intelligence organizations. On Wednesday, the number of e-mails being prepared for release increased to 5 million.
Already, last summer, Lulzsec hacked the Arizona police department and exposed a detailed intelligence report by Stratfor on the drug cartels in Mexico, including the notorious Zetas, and named names in each cartel. The question now is what those millions of e-mails will expose.
As Stratfor was hacked, and SpecialForces.com targeted, AntiSec hacktivists said, "Oh, and by the way: Did Bradley Manning get his fancy holiday meal yet? Might want to hurry up before we hit even more targets."
The Stratfor website was still down today, Wed., Dec. 28.
When Stratfor was hacked, the hactivists said that Stratfor was to blame, for Stratfor had posted client data unencrypted on the web on an insecure server, making it easy pickings.
On Christmas eve, the announcement on Twitter said: "Over 90,000 Credit cards from LEA, journalists, intelligence community and whitehats leaked and used for over a million dollars in donations."
Stratfor issued its own statement: "On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members. We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed.
"Also publicly released was a list of our members which the unauthorized party claimed to be Stratfor's 'private clients.'" However, Stratfor continued that the hacked names were from a list of subcriber services.
"We have also retained the services of a leading identity theft protection and monitoring service on behalf of the Stratfor members that have been impacted by these events."

Relentless, Anonymous and others followed with comments on Stratfor's Facebook, suggesting that Stratfor should hire Lulzsec to do their security.
On Stratfor’s Facebook, the comments kept coming, like this one: “Intelligence company? Hahaha...and if you think the people who did this are amateurs, what does that say about Stratfor if they got hacked by them? Shoot yourself in the foot some more. Keep flapping our gums. It's not over.”
On Facebook, some Stratfor clients said they were never informed of the hack until the bank called them about their credit card. "Not a word from Stratfor."
On Facebook, Stratfor commenters advised others to search Antisec posts to see if their credit card and password info was there.
The AntiSec message for Stratfor was posted on pastebin and circulated on Twitter:



  1. How is everybody enjoying Lulzxmas so far? Did you enjoy the epic defacement and destruction of Stratfor's websites? Hey George Friedman, did you ever figure out how much of your subscriber data was compromised yet? If you haven't yet, then allow us to clue you in.
  2. Attached are ~4000 credit cards, md5 passwords, and home addresses to just a few of Stratfor's "private client list". Not as many as you expected? Worry not, fellow pirates and robin hoods. These are just the "A"s.
  3. While the rich and powerful are enjoying themselves with all their bourgeois gifts and lavish meals, our comrade Bradley Manning is not having that great of a time in federal custody. Instead of being heralded as a fighter for free information and government transparency, he is criminalized, marginalized, and incarcerated, threatened with life imprisonment.
  4. We hereby ask that Bradley Manning be given a delicious meal this Lulzxmas, and no, not the "holiday special" in the prison chow hall. We want him out on the streets at a fancy restaurant of his choosing, and we want this to happen in less than five hours. Continues at: http://pastebin.com/bQ2YHDdw
Although initially a disinfo press release confused some, Anonymous confirmed that the Antisec crew had hacked Stratfor.
Barrett Brown explained why Stratfor was targeted:
Stratfor was not breached in order to obtain customer credit card numbers, which the hackers in question could not have expected to be as easily obtainable as they were. Rather, the operation was pursued in order to obtain the 2.7 million e-mails that exist on the firm's servers. This wealth of data includes correspondence with untold thousands of contacts who have spoken to Stratfor's employees off the record over more than a decade. Many of those contacts work for major corporations within the intelligence and military contracting sectors, government agencies, and other institutions for which Anonymous and associated parties have developed an interest since February of 2011, when another hack against the intelligence contractor/security firm HBGary revealed, among many other things, a widespread conspiracy by the Justice Department, Bank of America, and other parties to attack and discredit Wikileaks and other activist groups. Since that time, many of us in the movement have dedicated our lives to investigating this state-corporate alliance against the free information movement. For this and other reasons, operations have been conducted against Booz Allen Hamilton, Unveillance, NATO, and other relevant institutions. The bulk of what we've uncovered thus far may be reviewed at a wiki maintained by my group Project PM, echelon2.org.
Read more from this statement: http://pastebin.com/WPE73rhy
The Hashtag Subpoena
In other breaking news, the Boston Police Department is running a three-legged race trying to outsmart Anonymous. The Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney's office issued an ill-fated subpoena seeking hashtag # users on Twitter, which continues to be the source of jokes. ("Are you a hashtag?")
Boston police asked Twitter not to tell anyone, which would have violated Twitter's terms of service.
The hashtag subpoena comes after Anonymous published personal info about Boston police as part of OpPigRoast and DoxCak3 (You can't have your cake and eat it too.) These actions follow the police brutality in Boston and elsewhere, of the Occupy Movement.
Here's how one member of Anonymous on Twitter responds today to the infamous hashtag subpoena:

Anonymous responds to hashtag subpoena
http://pastebin.com/gL0bcxEa
- It has recently come to my attention that you have deemed it necessary to issue an Administrative Subpoena for my Twitter account along with a few #hashtags. Not only do I find it funny that you issued subpoenas for hashtags, I find it even funnier that you failed to read Twitters terms of service stating that they inform users of people requesting information on their accounts. Let me just quote that for you.
- " In accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, non-public information about Twitter users is not released except as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as a subpoena, court order, or other valid legal process document. Some information we store is automatically collected, while other information is provided at the user’s discretion. Though we do store this information, it may not be accurate if the user has created a fake or anonymous profile. Twitter doesn’t require email verification or identity authentication. Twitter's policy is to notify users of requests for their information prior to disclosure unless we are prohibited from doing so by statute or court order. "
- And fortunately enough for me, your "administrative subpoena" does not fall under the category of a "Court order" Therefor Twitter notified me of your request and conveniently attached a PDF file of the subpoena. Now as I'm sure you know this document has been spread all over the web. So I ask you, how's the "Confidentiality and integrity" of your "Ongoing criminal investigation"  working out? Not so confidential huh?
- Anyways this is just my official statement to you letting you know your subpoenas will not shake me. So do whatever you think you can to try and stop Anonymous, but you will learn fast. One of us is not nearly as harsh as all of us. You cannot arrest an idea. You cannot subpoena a hashtag.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Don't expect us.
We're already here.
#Anonymous #Antisec #CabinCr3w #doxcak3 #OpPigRoast

UPDATE TUESDAY NIGHT:
http://pastebin.com/vuMypejL

  1.                                                                       #AntiSec
  2.                                                                      
  3. Greetings fellow global pirates,
  4. The halls are decked with lulz, AnonSanta’s battle sleigh is re-filled, and lulz lizards worldwide are awaiting his arrival. Wait no longer, good denizens of the Internet, it’s time for another round of the LulzXmas festivities.
  5. But first, tell us, have you enjoyed the complete obliteration of Stratfor live on IRC and Twitter? We have. We also laughed heartily whilst these so-called protectors of private property scrambled desperately to recover the sensitive information of all the customers who they wronged by failing to use proper security precautions. Stratfor’s Terms of Service stated, “Security: The personally identifiable information we collect about you is stored in limited access servers. We will maintain safeguards to protect the security of these servers and your personally identifiable information.” Yet Stratfor lazily stored credit card information and corresponding data unencrypted. Is the irony palpable yet?
  6. Continuing the week long celebration of wreaking utter havoc on global financial systems, militaries, and governments, we are announcing our next target: the online piggie supply store SpecialForces.com. Their customer base is comprised primarily of military and law enforcement affiliated individuals, who have for too long enjoyed purchasing tactical combat equipment from their slick and “professional” looking website. What’s that, officer? You get a kick out of pepper-spraying peaceful protesters in public parks? You like to recreationally taser kids? You have a fetish for putting people in plastic zip ties?
  7. We had to contain our laughter when we saw these two "hacker proof" logos plastered on the SpecialForces.com website: "Scanned by GoDaddy.com: secured website" and "McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses, and online scams.”  Despite the almighty powers of GoDaddy and McAfee's logos and some reassuring words, SpecialForces.com was just no match for our hella wicked black hat voodoo. We have just one question before we continue: You mad, officer?
  8. To be fair, at least SpecialForces.com DID store their customers’ credit card information using blowfish encryption (unlike the global intelligence and security industry "professionals" at Stratfor, who apparently remain confused as to whether their customers’ information was even encrypted or not). Nevertheless, our voodoo prevailed and we were quickly able to break back into the military supplier’s server and steal their encryption keys. We then wrote a few simple functions to recover the cleartext passwords, credit card numbers, and expiration dates to all their customers’ cards. That’s how we roll.
  9. In reality, for the past few months, we have been in possession of approximately 14,000 passwords and 8000 credit cards from SpecialForces.com. Unfortunately a former comrade leaked the password list early, and the full story on this owning will be told in our upcoming zine. Until then, feast upon one hell of a juicy text file.
  10. We’ll continue to have ourselves a merry LulzXmas at the expense of capitalist pigs, corrupt public officials and all those third parties who cater to the continued oligarchic elite worldwide. We are your secretaries, your janitors, your babysitters, your IT guys, your bus drivers, your maids, your hard-working, driven and determined fellow humans. We could be sitting next to you in a coffee shop, scanning your goods at a department store or even fixing your busted-ass computer. We are here to stay, and by now, you had better damn well expect us, cause the time for simple “lulz” is long past.
  11. Oh, and by the way: Did Bradley Manning get his fancy holiday meal yet? Might want to hurry up before we hit even more targets.



Also see: Twitter ignored request to keep subpoena under wraps:
https://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/twitter_ignored_request_to_keep_subpoena_under_wraps.php
UPDATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: STRATFOR OFFERS FREE IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION TO MEMBERS
Although Stratfor offered member free identity theft protection, one commenter on Facebook warned: "Be careful before you accept anything from Stratfor, make sure you read fine print as to not give up the right to enter into lawsuits. They were criminally negligent in how they stored their customer data."

And, of course, there was the expected Anonymous response: "U mad bro?"

UN-SETTLING OCCUPATION: Occupy Wall Street

UN-SETTLING OCCUPATION: Occupy Wall Street

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ROOKLYN, N. Y. -- Please join Occupy Wall St. at IRONDALE on the evening of December 29th 2011 as we connect the colonial occupation of Manhattan to Occupy Wall Street— an occupation of already occupied land. We are taking action on this day, on the 121st anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee, in order to initiate an open dialogue with indigenous Americans, to raise local and national awareness of ongoing Native struggles, and to recognize that the injustices and inequalities we all currently confront are the bricks and mortar of conquest and settler colonialism.

Conditions of capitalist exploitation are predicated upon the acquisition of territory and the dispossession and dehumanization of indigenous peoples. The American political economy of greed is forever implicated in settler nationalism.
Standing as allies with indigenous Americans, we seek to un-settle our consciousness.

Un-settling “occupation” calls us to remain cognizant that our movement unfolds on land seized by force, and compels us to take action in support of indigenous peoples—peoples for whom occupation has not been a choice, but a lived experience of oppression.

Join us for a conversation about how Occupy Wall St. can move toward a radical un-settling of “occupation”—in vision and in action—and build a movement that is more expansive, more inclusive, more conscious, and more just.

Janice Richards, Oglala Lakota, Activist and Educator
Jake Little, Oglala Lakota, Activist and Educator
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota, Activist, Artist, Host of First Voices Indigenous Radio
Firewolf Nelson-Wong, Diné, AIM Member and Activist
Demelza Champagne, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Activist and Scholar
Members of AMERINDA: American Indian Artists, Inc.
And other friends

Gloria Miguel, Kuna, will perform excerpts from her one-woman play,
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue"
As a movement striving to voice the experiences of the 99%, we must make space for those most marginalized by the mechanisms of settler colonialism: the original inhabitants of the land. Our movement’s uncritical promotion of the word “occupation" throws up barricades for many individuals, prevents our sisters and brothers from joining us, and impedes our efforts to erode ignorance and achieve decolonization. Let us pass the mic, turn up the volume, listen to Native voices, and break down the grammar of domination. Dismantling the rhetoric of colonialism enables us to subvert imperialist structures of power. By listening to indigenous perspectives on “occupation,” we move closer to creating a safe space for indigenous peoples to connect to the movement, and finding roads down which indigenous and non-indigenous collaborators can walk together, fight together, and engage in transformative intellectual, emotional, and direct action exchanges.
Please join us on December 29th at 5:30. IRONDALE is located at 85 S. Oxford St. in Brooklyn, NY.
Take the 2,3,4,5,N,R,Q,B,D Trains to Atlantic Ave-Pacific, the C Train to Lafayette, or the G Train to Fulton.
Questions? Email ljamsterdam@gmail.com

Roberto Rodriguez: Iraq War: Reaffirmation or the End of US Exceptionalism?

Iraq War: Reaffirmation or the End of U.S. Exceptionalism?



By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
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In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple.

The reason: the continued belief in American exceptionalism.

In the United States, only U.S. casualties matter. According to the Iraq Coalition Count, almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers perished during the war and slightly more than 32,000 U.S. soldiers were officially listed as wounded. No U.S. agency officially keeps track of Iraqi numbers.

Not counting “enemy” casualties seems to be the ultimate form of dehumanization (The non-governmental Iraq Body Count group officially lists between 104, 308 – 113,962 Iraqi documented deaths). That’s the point of a war; dehumanize and demonize the enemy. No need to count them because they are not worthy of being identified or even acknowledged.

In Iraq, we were able to witness, from start to finish, the ushering in of a preemptive and unjustified illegal war, by the United States, sans legal consequences for those who engineered this massive crime against humanity. We learned, during this same time, that society takes more seriously the lives of dogs (Quarterback Michael Vick was imprisoned for cruelty to animals) than the lives of Iraqis.

In the U.S. narrative – as repeated in U.S. media – this war was waged to prevent Iraq from terrorizing the world, never mind that all the “evidence” was trumped up. It is mind-boggling the notion of killing and maiming untold tens of thousands of Iraqis and displacing hundreds of thousands of them, and for U.S. politicians to continue to invoke notions of U.S. sacrifice and heroic deeds in the same breath. All this at the cost of a trillion dollars, not counting future costs.

This is how national myths are created. Coupled with the rise of “The Homeland,” since 2001, the United States now shares the ideological space of dictatorships: Everything for the homeland. That was a deft psychological maneuver. Despite being the world’s sole superpower, the United States, with colonial/immigrant roots, could not previously claim a “homeland.” Now, it’s the mother’s milk of politicians: Enter the Homeland Security industry.

This has led to the exponential growth of the U.S. military machine, for permanent preemptive wars to be fought overseas and at home. In fact, especially with the use of drone technology, the entire world has now become a battlefield, including the United States, obviating the need for trials, etc. The mantra now is that the homeland must also be protected with militarized walls and fences, border patrols, and drone technology.

This “need” to protect the homeland against evildoers at all costs gave rise to the unquestioned post-2001 logic of: “The Constitution is not a suicide pact.” Such logic caused many of us to willingly sacrifice our rights and freedoms. If truth was the first casualty, the U.S. Constitution was the second. But this is not logic; it is evidence that the entire nation appears to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Either that, or that it is soulless. Not the entire nation, but the merchants of war that have exploited fear and hate.

In the United States, for the past 10 years, the Black Man has gotten a short reprieve; now, it is the fear and hate of brown men, women and children that is driving this frenzied effort to “protect the homeland.” But there has been no reprieve because in the largest penal system in the world (upwards of 2 million inmates), the inmates are primarily black and brown. There is a direct connection between permanent war, “the homeland,” the expansion and privatization of the U.S. penal system, the criminalization of youths of color and the degradation of both the U.S. Constitution and human rights worldwide.

All is not hopeless. Domestically, the Occupy Movement is proof that the 99% are no longer falling for the logic of the 1%. And in Arizona, the ultimate symbols of “Homeland Security,” state senate president, Russell Pearce, has been recalled while his political twin, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is reeling from a series of Justice Department investigations that have found his department guilty of engaging in egregious racial profiling. His days are numbered.

In the bigger scheme of things, both are small potatoes. If the World Court were to affirm that there is no statute of limitations for starting illegal wars and indict those that engineered the Iraq War (The Bush-Cheney cabinet, those who made off with book deals as opposed to trials at the Hague), perhaps the world can begin to have a conversation about justice and “American exceptionalism.” It might even prevent further preemptive wars.

Rodriguez, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, can be reached at: XColumn@gmail.com