PEJ News - C. L. Cook - This week on GR: Journalist and author Jennifer Van Bergen and George W. Bush's disappearing of habeas corpus; film maker Kevin Pina and killing Haiti's "bandits"; and Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around Victoria this week.
Gorilla Radio for Monday
October 9, 2006
C. L. Cook
October 9, 2006
I’m a big fan of Robin Hood, the 12th century noble highwayman who, from his lurk in Sherwood Forest would prey upon the fatted courtiers of an evil, usurper king and bedevil acolytes of the pretender’s enablers. So it was with heavy heart I heard of the death of all Robin engendered, and the end to the dreams he and his merry men held for an end to the tyranny and despotism King John represented.
Under the Feudal system, the king, or his agents, could kick in the door of any peon’s hovel, drag the unfortunate away, and torture and imprison her forever without charge, or trial. Or, they could simply kill her outright. Neither she nor her family had legal recourse, and any raising objection could expect the same treatment.
With the passing recently of the Military Commissions Act, the Bush administration has reconstituted the powers of the monarch, putting to the torch nine hundred years of legal precedent. Now, George W. Bush, or his agents, can kick in the door of any peon’s hovel, drag the unfortunate away, and torture and imprison her forever without charge, or trial. Or, they could simply kill her outright.
Jennifer van Bergen is an America journalist, with a law degree, whose book, ‘The Twilight of Democracy: The Bush Plan for America’ has been called a “primer for citizenship.” Jennifer van Bergen and disappearing Habeas Corpus in the first half.
And; the neo and not improved face of “democracy” is no stranger to the people of Haiti. Two and half years since the orchestrated overthrow of their democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haitians are yet to see the justice, security, and stability promised by the western countries behind Aristide’s ouster.
Kevin Pina is an American journalist and film maker living in Haiti. His new film, ‘We Must Kill the Bandits!’ chronicles Haitian’s daily struggle for survival, and fight for a true democracy. Kevin Pina in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.
But first, Jennifer van Bergen and the latest Bush administration outrage against the Constitution.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca He also serves as a contributing editor at the progressive web news site: http://www.pej.org.
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