Monday, August 6, 2007


These two documentaries explore violence by prison guards. The first one is one of the episodes from a series on torture, by the BBC. It explores the violence and torturous acts done by prison guards in American prisons, including Arizona and California. They also examine a possible link in a culture of violence by guards which may have made the torture at the U.S.'s Guantanamo Bay military prison possible. It is called "Torture - America's Brutal Prisons" (2005 - 50 minutes).(more info)

The second one is an episode of a series titled "Discovering Psychology". The episode is titled "Power Of The Situation"(25 minutes). In this video, psychology researches do experiments with UC Berkeley students, in which they create a mock prison and assign some of the students as prison guards, and some as prisoners. They document a phenomena in which normally pacifist nonviolent students act out in violent sadistic ways on the mock student prisoners. (more info)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Moyers on Impeachment

This is an excerpt of a PBS show discussing the topic of impeachment of a presidents. See description below, including where to see the full program online.

video description:
Bill Moyers Journal takes an in-depth look at the heated talk of impeachment taking place across the country. To explore the issue, Bill Moyers is joined by Bruce Fein, a constitutional scholar, who was Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan and is a weekly columnist for THE WASHINGTON TIMES and John Nichols, a Washington correspondent for THE NATION magazine and author of THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: The Founders' Cure for Royalism.

The program airs Friday, July 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

To watch online visit:

Also, And watch a Bill Moyers essay highlighting comments from the Senate floor on the war in Iraq at:

I hope you will get the opportunity to tune in tonight on PBS (check local listings ) and weigh in online at The Moyers Blog . Fyi, in case you miss it, the entire episode will be available online after broadcast at -

Also a note from the director of the LA Impeachment Center:
Btw, fyi, tomorrow we have our second LANIC (Los Angeles National Impeachment Center) volunteer forum from 2pm - 5pm (core volunteer phone banking and letter-writing campaign). Last week we had over 85 people in attendance and generated over 300 phone calls and 60 letters. There will be a significant announcement this coming Monday regarding a breakthrough LANIC building directly on LANIC's Impeachment resolution passage at the 2007 U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia.

Impeach Now,

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Religion and Government

This is a video clip of a CSPAN debate regarding the founding of the United States of
America, being a country where the government is neutral regarding religion (i.e. "separation of Church and State"). They also discuss a treaty drafted by George Washington in 1796 and sign by John Adams in 1797, which affirmed that the USA was not founded on the "Christian religion".

The treaty stated:
"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion... it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinion shall ever produce aqn interruption of the harmony existing between the two countr4ies."
(Treaty of Tripoli Article XI 1796)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Presidential Scholars Speak Out

Presidential Scholars 2007 Petition U.S. President Bush

Video Description:
50 Presidential Scholars sign a petition which urges President Bush to cease the U.S. violation of the Geneva Convention agreement, illegal detainee renditions, and to remove his "signing statements" to the McCain Anti-Torture bill. Leah Libresco(NY) and Mari Oye(MA) spoke to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! about their action on July 3, 2007.

Part of the Presidential Scholar's letter read:
" members of the presidential scholars class of 2007, we have been told that we represent the best and the brightest of our nation. Therefore, we believe we have a responsibility to voice our convictions. We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants."

Kucinich On Impeachment

Dennis Kucinich Introduce H Res 333 to Impeach VP Cheney

Video Description:
Dennis Kucinich, the only presidential candidate who voted against the Iraq War resolution, introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Richard B. Cheney in the House of Representatives on April 24th. House Resolution 333 was drafted as a response to a Vice President who was "a driving force for taking us into war against Iraq under false pretenses and is once again rattling sabers of war against Iran..."

Three articles were crafted by the 10th district Ohio Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate that allege that Cheney: "...purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States...," for attempting to mislead Americans "...about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda...," and "has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran."

The full text of the articles as well as the detailed research that lays a foundation for the articles of impeachment are on Kucinich's congressional web site: .

Some of the research demonstrating the Vice President's skillful manipulation and stove-piping of intelligence is simply overpowering. For example, after one of his neo-con subordinates Douglas Feith had cherry picked raw intelligence and removed essential caveats and disclaimers to produce a report of "intelligence," the Vice President praised him with handwritten notes in the margin of the report saying: "This is very good indeed...Encouraging...Not like the crap we are all so used to getting out of CIA."

Clearly, the Vice President was not going to left any intelligence agency get in the way to his rush to folly. A war that the neo-cons had planned far before the pretext of 9/11 occurred. By removing the uncertainty involved in the intelligence estimates and guaranteeing the American people that there was "no doubt" that Saddam had WMDs when he knew better, Kucinich believes that Cheney committed impeachable offenses. At other times the sheer audacity of Cheney's lies is stunning. No lie was too little or too big to utter. Take his oft repeated claim that Saddam threw out the UN inspectors -- a clearly verifiable lie as was his continued insistence that one of the highjackers met with Iraqi intelligence agents in Prague.

Kucinich states in the interview that the Vice President must now pay the penalty for having orchestrated much of the propaganda that led us into an illegal war of aggression against Iraq and now attempting to pull off the same manipulations to justify a war with Iran. Waging a war of aggression on a country which did not attack us,, had no weapons of mass destruction and had never even indicated a desire to attack us has made the U.S. one of the least trust and most reviled nations on earth and the tough Ohio Congressman feels the time is right to bring some accountability to this administration for lying to start an unnecessary war that has cost us precious blood and treasure.

This Kucinich fan agrees: If lying to the American people to gin up a case for a totally unnecessary war that has killed thousands of our kids and tens of thousands of Iraqis is not a high crime and misdemeanor, what is? Lying about fellatio in the White House?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Case For Impeachment

Two hour program, speakers, and panel discussion regarding book "Case For Impeachment".

Hour 1

Discussion in a public forum with the authors of the book "The Case for Impeachment: the Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush from Office" by Barbara Olshansky and David Lindorff. Recorded at New Haven, CT, June 24, 2006.

Hour 2

Video Description:
A one hour public forum conducted by the Barbara Olshansky and David Lindorff, authors of the book "The Case for Impeachment: the legal argument for removing President George W. Bush from office." Conducted at New Haven, Connecticut, June 24, 2006, Olshansky is assistant legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Lindorff is a veteran jouralist of 30 years experience including past bureau chief for Los Angeles Times.


video description:
"Impeachment" is a one hour special program which covers the constitutional aspects of impeachment and how they apply in the case of the Bush Regime. It was first broadcast on Channel 10 in northern Virginia in late September 2006. It is based upon an impeachment Teach-in held in Washington DC during the summer of 2006-- and includes excerpts of a documentary by Melville House Publishing and the Center for Constitutional Rights, and highlights of a panel of distinguished citizens from the Metro-DC area.