"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, July 31, 2008


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31 July 2008

UA 212/08 - Arbitrary arrests/Fear of torture or ill-treatment/Prisoners of conscience

Mehdi Khoda’i (m)]

students at Azad University, Shahre-Ray
Salman Sima (m)] Farzad Hassanzadeh (m)]

students at Mashad University
Mohamad Zerati (m)]Bahareh Hedayat (f)]

students at Tehran University
Mohammad Hashemi (m)]Majid Asadi (m)]

student at Alahmeh University, Tehran
Arash Rayji (m)]

students at Zanjan University
Hassan Joneydi (m)]Payam Shakiba (m)]Only known as ‘Anbaraki’]

students at Bushehr University
Only known as ‘Khoeyni’]

The 12 university students named above were arrested at various locations across Iran in July and remain in detention. They were arrested around the eighth anniversary of student demonstrations held in Iran on 9 July 1999 that were violently suppressed by the security forces. The 12 are facing various charges, such as “acting against national security”, “propaganda against the regime”, “propagating lies”, “promoting anti-religious attitudes”, and “disturbing public opinion”. They are prisoners of conscience, held on account of their conscientiously held beliefs and should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Mohamad Zerati and Farzad Hassanzadeh, were both arrested on 3 or 4 July, have had their bail set at 30 million rial ($3,229.9742 USD). Their place of detention remains unknown.

Mohammad Hashemi and Bahareh Hedayat were arrested by the security forces at their homes on 13 July; they are accused of having links with “illegal and anti-revolutionary groups abroad”. Both are members of the Office for Consolidating Unity, the central council of a pro-reform student group.

They are being detained in Evin Prison in Tehran.

Payam Shakiba, Arash Rayji and Hassan Joneydi, students at Zanjan University, were arrested on 8 July; their place of detention remains unknown. At least 12 other students who were arrested in July have now been released without charge.


On 8 July 1999, plainclothes police forces and paramilitary units calling themselves Ansar-e Hezbollah stormed a Tehran university dormitory at night in order to suppress student unrest that had lasted for 5 days. A number of students were injured, and at least one person, a visitor at the university, was killed. This fuelled further protests and members of the general public joined the students’ demonstrations, which the security forces suppressed by force.

Student groups have been at the forefront of demands for greater human rights in Iran. Since the election of President Ahmadinejad in 2005, there have been increasing restrictions on civil society. In April 2007, Minister of Intelligence Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie publicly accused student activists and campaigners for the rights of women, of being part of an “enemy conspiracy” – a claim they strongly deny.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible:

- expressing concern about the arrest and continuing detention of the named students;

- urging the authorities to promptly charge the students with recognizably criminal offenses or release them immediately and unconditionally;

- calling on the authorities to ensure that they are protected against torture or other ill-treatment and are allowed immediate access to their family, legal representation and any medical attention that they may require.


Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader,
Islamic Republic Street –
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Email: info@leader.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh
Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737,
Email: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
(In subject line : FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Ministry of Intelligence, Second Negarestan Street,
Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran,
Email: iranprobe@iranprobe.com
Salutation: Your Excellency


His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue,
Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran,
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
via website: www.president.ir/email

Speaker of Parliament
His Excellency Gholamali Haddad Adel
Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami, Baharestan Square, Tehran,
Fax: 011 98 21 3355 6408
Email: hadadadel@majlis.ir
(mark: forward to the Article 90 Commission)

Iran does not presently have an embassy in the United States. Instead, please send copies to:
Iranian Interests Section
Embassy of Pakistan
2209 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 965 4990

Fax: 202 965 1073
Email: requests@daftar.org

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Buckle your seat belts and look for a fast ride in Israel!

http://theimpeachmenthearingroom.blogspot.com/2008/07/olmert-to-resign-iran-attack-more.html (Previous Post)

Prime Minister Olmert announces he will not run in his Kadima party's leadership primary and will leave office to fight corruption allegations.


That means Israel, which has been negotiating with two Palestinian factions and Syria while grappling with how to confront Iran's nuclear ambitions, will be without effective leadership at least until October. (I am inclined to believe that the elections process will be moved up and the usual delays associated with rebuilding a coalition government will not take as long given the Anti-Iranian Issue on the front burner. Should Netanyahu win, as is expected at the moment, Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, could well be the quick settlment key as a kindred hawk, Netanyahu could give him proper placement satisfying the Kadima party in sofaras a new government is concerned. Ed.)

And as you see below, as I have benn preparing this post Netanyahu has already gone on the offensive in calling for early elections. The Iranian Issue, more than “Israeli Politics as usual” will dictate in the present climate. Rest assured that “The Post November 5th Window” will be washed clean and available to open!

The power vacuum could even last into February, overlapping the change of U.S. presidential administrations, if a new Israeli government cannot be formed without general elections. (This assumption/analysis is pure folly!)

Netanyahu calls for early elections in Israel

(JERUSALEM - A day after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he would depart political life, top rival Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel should get rid of its current governing coalition and go straight to early elections.

Polls show the Likud Party's Netanyahu — a former prime minister who takes a hard line on territorial concessions to the Arabs — would most likely win such a race if it were held today.

"This is a government that has come to the end of its road," Netanyahu told Israel Radio on Thursday. "It doesn't make any difference who heads Kadima, they are all part to a string of failures by this government.")

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the opposition Likud party, who leads in polls as the most popular candidate for prime minister, has voiced strong reservations about the peace initiatives.

At stake are the U.S.-backed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over terms for a future Palestinian state. Israel is also talking indirectly with the more militant Palestinian group Hamas about a prisoner exchange and with Syria, through Turkish mediators, about a peace treaty.

Israel's succession struggle also comes amid sensitive discussions among its military and civilian leaders over how to confront what they believe is Iran's rush to develop a nuclear weapon. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a former prime minister, told U.S. officials in Washington this week that Israel would not rule out military action against Iran in the coming months.

Olmert will serve as a caretaker prime minister until his successor is chosen. He is likely to lean more heavily on his defense minister and Israel's military leaders in decisions about Iran, Israeli analysts said.

As soon as the election is over Olmert will be relegated to a dark closet. Ed.

Democrats Walk Down The Road To Making Complete Asses Of Themselves and I Don’t Mean Thomas Nast Jackasses (Donkey). This is ASSinine!

People just don’t seem to want to understand that law by law, in the guise of serving the need to combat “potential terrorism”; the Constitution is being disassembled line by line, right by right!

House panel votes to cite Rove for contempt


WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel voted Wednesday to cite Karl Rove, formerly President Bush's top aide, for contempt of Congress as its Senate counterpart explored punishment for alleged misdeeds by other administration officials.

But it was not clear that the Democrats controlling a lame-duck Congress will push their case for abuse of power against a lame-duck president beyond televised talk and vague threats just a few weeks shy of final adjournment. As a practical matter, lawmakers have little time and less willingness to follow through on most charges, let alone punishments, before Bush leaves office.

They're finding plenty of time and political purpose, however, for public reviews of what Democrats say is the abuse of power and politicization across the Bush administration. Rove and the Justice Department starred in Wednesday's proceedings.

Voting 20-14 along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee cited Rove with contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to testify July 10 on allegations of improper White House influence over the Justice Department. For his part, Rove has denied any involvement with Justice decisions. The White House has said Congress has no authority to compel testimony from current and former advisers.

The committee decision is only a recommendation; a spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she would not decide until September whether to bring it to a vote by the full House. If she does and Democrats prevail, Pelosi could then refer the contempt citation to the Justice Department for prosecution. She also could direct the House to file a federal lawsuit against Rove, as she has done with two other Bush confidants who similarly sidestepped their subpoenas: White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential legal counselor Harriet Miers.

Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, called the contempt citation "gratuitously punitive" action that would serve no purpose because the question of executive privilege is already pending in federal court.

Indeed, the fate of that suit illustrates the conundrum of lame-duck oversight. Even if a judge rules that the Miers and Bolten case should proceed, it would be resolved long after Bush leaves office.

Across the Capitol, some senators skipped right to what might be done next year by a newly elected Congress likely controlled by a bigger Democratic majority.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Wednesday from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, who reported earlier in the week that former department officials broke the law by letting administration politics dictate the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and career government lawyers.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pressed Fine to say whether making such a disregard of civil service rules a crime would deter the kind of conduct his investigation uncovered. Fine essentially said no. The Justice Department officials involved, he said, were punished plenty. They were exposed and will probably will never work in federal law enforcement again, he said.

Similar legislation will be considered in the House, but not likely this year.

"I will be asking Chairman Conyers to consider legislation to ensure that the politicization of hiring of career employees at the Justice Department never happens again," Pelosi said in a statement.

Whatever their plans for substantive follow up, Democrats have been busy reviewing what they say are Bush administration misdeeds on serious matters — from Bush's flawed argument for war to the alleged mismanagement of various agencies.

Pelosi threw a bone to members of her caucus who want Bush thrown out of office — even this late in his administration — because they say he misled the nation into the Iraq war.

Long after she declared that impeachment proceedings were "off the table," Pelosi nonetheless agreed to let the Judiciary Committee convene "abuse of power" hearings on Friday. The author of the impeachment resolution, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, testified. But Pelosi made clear there would be no vote.

This week, four Democratic senators demanded that Bush's Environmental Protection Agency chief, Stephen Johnson, resign over whether he had allowed politics to dictate decisions vital to protecting health and the environment. Led by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., they demanded a Justice Department probe into whether Johnson lied to a Senate committee. Through a spokesman, Johnson denied the accusation.

The administrator will "continue to lead this agency undistracted by the Boxer and Whitehouse show," the spokesman said.

"This is simply more election year politicking," sniffed Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. "Nothing more need be said."

Associated Press writer Ben Evans contributed to this report.

Federal judge rules against Miers, White House on subpoenas
By Ed. Dickau(Ed. Dickau)
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"Federal Judge: WH Aides Must Testify; Pelosi: What Bush Crimes?"
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I spoke with one of the leading constitutional scholars in the United States (he teaches at one of top law schools, and has literally "written the book" on constitutional law).

I asked him if there was any way the American people can force Congress to perform their constitutional duties to impeach Bush and Cheney.

He said no.

I persisted, by arguing that the founding fathers could never have envisioned Congress being so complicit with a rogue White House that they refuse to impeach, and instead cover up their crimes. I said there's got to be a way to force them to follow their duties, or to impeach or remove the congress people who are obstructing the rule of law.

He responded no. His last words to me were: "That's the way the constitutional cookie crumbles".

I was very disappointed, to say the least.

Is All Lost?

Renowned prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi says that local district attorneys, state attorney generals and the United States attorney general each have the power and jurisdiction to prosecute Bush and Cheney for murder:

Nancy Pelosi Hasn’t Been Paying Attention
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The Progressive | There she was on The View on Monday, and Joy Behar, a good progressive, actually asked her a decent question on why she wasn’t pursuing impeachment.

Pelosi’s response was unbelievable: “If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story.”

You’ve got to be kidding me!

For starters, Bush himself admitted that he wasn’t obeying the FISA law when he was spying on people without first getting a warrant from the FISA court as required explicitly in the statute.

Then there is the torture and kidnapping that he has countenanced. That violates U.S. statutes and treaties.

And what about the wholesale corrupting of the Justice Department, which pursued political prosecutions and illegally discriminated against prospective employees on the basis of their personal views?

Then there’s the outing of Valerie Plame, and the cover up of that outing.

And what greater crime can you commit than waging a war of aggression and lying a country into war?

The evidence on impeachment, as Dennis Kucinich has courageously and thoroughly demonstrated, is overwhelming. On Democracy Now, Kucinich responded to Pelosi’s claim.

And for a breakdown of the statutes, Constitutional articles, and treaties that Bush has violated, go to AfterDowningStreet.org, and in particular, to http://www.pubrecord.org/docs/vega/kucinich-bush-articles-of-impeachment-violations.pdf.

How much more does Nancy Pelosi need?

This is not a case of political tag or gotcha.

This is about the Constitution and the rule of law.

That Nancy Pelosi can fob it off so facilely just shows how derelict she is in her duties.

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Bush signs new rules, roles for spy agencies

The new order gives the national intelligence director, a position created in 2005, new authority over any intelligence information collected that pertains to more than one agency — an attempt to force greater information exchange among agencies traditionally reluctant to share their most prized intelligence. The order directs the attorney general to develop guidelines to allow agencies access to information held by other agencies. That could potentially include the sharing of sensitive information about Americans.

"Today's actions will help create a more effective intelligence community capable of providing the president and his advisers with information necessary to defend our national and homeland security," Perino said.

The order has been under revision for more than a year, an attempt to update a nearly 30-year-old presidential order to reflect organizational changes made in the intelligence agencies after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

It was carried on in secret in the midst of pitched national debate about the appropriate balance between civil liberties and security, spurred by the president's warrantless wiretapping program.

The briefing charts assert that the new order maintains or improves civil liberties protections for Americans.

Interest in the rewrite inside the 16 agencies has been high because it establishes what agencies' powers and limitations will be.

The order, which has not yet been publicly released, is expected to cut into one of the CIA's traditional roles. The CIA has for 50 years set the policy and largely called the shots on relationships between U.S. intelligence agencies and their foreign counterparts. According to the briefing charts, the national intelligence director will now set the rules for engaging with foreign intelligence and security services. The CIA will now just "coordinate implementation," according to the briefing charts.

The order also gives the national intelligence director's office the power of the purse: It was granted the authority to make acquisition decisions on certain national intelligence programs. It is also updated to include the national intelligence director and two major defense spy agencies — the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates spy satellites, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyzes imagery. It did not explain the FBI's domestic intelligence mission, which has gotten increasing attention since 9/11.


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State Secrets Protection Act Hearing

Earlier today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the State Secrets Protection Act of 2008 (H.R. 5607), legislation introduced by the Subcommittee's Chair, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The Constitution Project submitted a statement to the Subcommittee urging support for the legislation, as did William S. Sessions, member of our Liberty and Security Committee and Coalition to Defend Checks and Balances and former federal judge and FBI Director. In his statement, Judge Sessions told members of the Subcommittee that "granting executive branch officials unchecked discretion to determine whether evidence should be subject to the state secrets privilege provides too great a temptation for abuse." Witnesses at the hearing included Bruce Fein, former Associate Deputy Attorney General and member of our Coalition to Defend Checks and Balances, and Steven Shapiro, Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union. Last year, the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee and Coalition to Defend Checks and Balances issued "Reforming the State Secrets Privilege," a statement calling for legislation to reform the privilege.

In the Courts

Habeas Cases Move Forward in DC District Court

In response to Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan's order, on Friday, July 25, counsel for the Guantanamo detainees and for the government filed briefs in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia proposing procedures that the court should follow when hearing the habeas petitions of these detainees. The briefs attempt to define the contours of the constitutional right to habeas review as recognized by the Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush, and, not surprisingly, the parties have dramatically different visions of what process is due the detainees.

Counsel for the detainee petitioners described procedures that would enable a detainee to conduct a "searching, independent inquiry into the lawfulness of his detention" sufficient to enable the Court to determine if the government has the lawful authority to detain the prisoner. Counsel for the detainees also argued that the majority of procedural issues should be decided on a case by case basis. Counsel for the government, on the other hand, proposed a far more limited process that would apply uniformly to all of the detainee cases.

The issues briefed included: discovery requirements, including the rights of prisoners to demand information from the government; the basis for seeking a court hearing on the evidence presented; the basis for allowing out-of-court statements, including hearsay evidence; the right to confront or subpoena witnesses to appear; and the standards of proof, including who bears the burden of proof. Judge Hogan is coordinating the vast majority of the approximately 200 cases filed in federal District Court; he may decide to establish procedures that would govern all these cases or he may determine that these decisions must be made on a case by case basis. Although there is no deadline for Judge Hogan to rule on the proposed procedures for these cases, he has repeatedly emphasized that these cases are on a "fast track" and a ruling is expected shortly.

Above the Fold

ACSblog: National Security Courts

On July 18, ACSblog featured a guest column by Rule of Law Policy Counsel Becky Monroe discussing the recent report of our Liberty and Security Committee and Coalition to Defend Checks and Balances condemning national security courts. Becky wrote that "As we confront enemies and threats unlike any we have ever known before, our military tactics must change, but our constitutional obligations do not."

The Capital Times: War Powers Should be Shared

On July 25, an op-ed by Benson Scotch, former executive director of the Vermont Civil Liberties Union and staff counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), appeared in the Madison, WI, Capital Times. In the commentary, which originally appeared in the Burlington, VT, Free Press, Scotch criticized a recent report on war powers released by the National War Powers Commission of the Miller Center, and urged readers to "look instead to the work of the Constitution Project, an independent Washington think tank that in 2005 published a comprehensive and balanced report, also authored by a distinguished panel, titled 'Deciding to Use Force Abroad: War Powers in a System of Checks and Balances


"If we can apply the policy of cruelty to detainees, it is only because our Founders were wrong about the scope of inalienable rights. With the adoption of this policy our founding values necessarily begin to be redefined and our constitutional structure and the fabric of our legal system start to erode." ~ Alberto Mora, member of the Constitution Project's Coalition to Defend Checks and Balances and former General Counsel to the United States Navy, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, June 17, 2008.

Feel free to forward this newsletter along to other interested parties and, as always, thanks for your interest in the Constitution Project. Please visit our website, www.constitutionproject.org, for more information about our work, publications, and events. The Constitution Project now accepts online donations! To contribute, click here. More in two weeks!

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