Wednesday, February 07, 2007

2/10 Film screening - Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture, and Disappearances in the ‘War on Terror’


Extraordinary Rendition, Torture, and Disappearances in the ‘War on Terror’

Join other concerned students and citizens for a film screening, discussion, and advocacy campaign.

Refreshments provided.

Saturday, February 10, 3-5 PM

CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5414

The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309

Outlawed tells the stories of Khaled El-Masri and Binyam Mohamed, two men who have survived torture by the U.S. government working with various other governments wo rldwide. It features relevant commentary from Louise Arbour, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, U.S. President George W. Bush, Michael Scheuer, the chief architect of the rendition program and former head of the Osama Bin Laden unit at the CIA, and Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State.

This event is organized by the Americans for Informed Democracy Chapter at CUNY Grad Center and supported thanks to a generous grant from the JEHT Foundation. The film is produced by Witness.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Conference on Guantanamo Bay, human rights and civil liberties - 2/10

Dear friends,

I'm writing to inform you of a conference that will be taking place this Saturday, February 10 at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th sts.) from 1-3 P.M. (followed by a video screening of the documentary "Outlawed"). I would appreciate it if you could forward the information to students or anyone else you think may be interested.

The focus of the event is Guantanamo Bay and post-9/11 civil liberties in America. Adem Carroll of the Muslim Consultative Network and Lynne Kates from the Center for Constitutional Rights will be speaking on their work with the Guantanamo issue and civil liberties in general as well as giving advice to students interested in careers in the field. In addition to this specific topic, we want to address the disconnect between expert opinion on these types of issues and actual U.S. policy, in an attempt to learn how to make our careers as influential as possible.

The conference will be open to 20-25 qualified students, giving them a chance to have all of their questions answered and ideas critiqued, as well as offering great networking opportunities.

An invitation is below, and I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward it to students you think may be interested.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Zeeshan Suhail


Saturday, February 10, 2007
1 PM
at the CUNY Graduate Center

Guantanamo Bay & Post-9/11 Civil Liberties in America

Who are the most influential figures when it comes to U.S. decisions affecting civil liberties? How do we balance civil liberties with national security concerns after the 9/11 attacks? How can we impact positive, meaningful change when states are listening less and less to their citizenry?

Adem Carroll (Muslim Consultative Network) will speak on infringement on rights and liberties of Muslims after 9/11

Lynn Kates (Center for Constitutional Rights) will speak on the state of affairs of civil liberties and human rights at Guantanamo Bay (and elsewhere) after 9/11

A brief panel discussion will be followed by an open dialogue between the experts and attendees. Come share your views on Guantanamo and civil liberties in America and find out how to have the most impact on U.S. security policy.

Please RSVP with a short bio to for details.