Monday, December 3, 2007

Faux News Sez: Don't Watch This Ad

The ad's title is Rescue the Constitution, and can be found at Beyond Guantánamo (hosted by the CCR). Jeralyn at Talk Left sez:

This is a big week for the Center for Constitutional Rights with the Supreme Court about to hear oral arguments in the Guantanamo case, Al Odah v. United States. To raise consciousness on the case, it tried to buy an ad on Fox News. Fox rejected the ad. CCR says (no link yet, received by e-mail):

In our ad, Danny Glover says the Bush administration is “destroying the Constitution,” and they said we needed proof. Were they expecting video of Bush sneaking into the Library of Congress with a shredder? I wonder how many times Bill O’Reilly has accused someone of destroying America or destroying Christmas?

You can watch the ad, Rescue the Constitution, here.

The CCR also has a campaign to send President Bush a copy of the Constitution as a Christmas present.

While we're at it, we should also note another bit of torture related news that hasn't quite received the coverage it deserves:

The Federal Court of Canada Thursday struck down a refugee agreement between Canada and the US, noting that the US does not meet international refugee protection requirements or respect international conventions against torture. Justice Michael Phelan essentially nullified the 2004 Safe Third Country Agreement, which barred foreign refugees who first arrived in the US from seeking refugee status in Canada and vice versa. Phelan noted that the US has not been compliant with the Refugee Convention or the UN Convention Against Torture. The court also held that the agreement discriminates against refugees based on how they first arrived in Canada and thus violates Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The nullification of the agreement will likely result in Canada processing thousands more refugees each year. The US and Canadian governments have until January 14 to file an appeal. CTV News has more. The Montreal Gazette has additional coverage.

A bit more commentary can be found at Why Now? and The Newshoggers. It was only a matter of time before Canada's Federal Court reacted as it did. Of course the US has been involved in perpetrating and exporting torture for decades, but is only now getting some of the international attention it so richly deserves. Unfortunately, most Americans likely don't have a clue as to how their government's actions are being viewed by those outside of the US. Suffice it to say, the reactions are far from favorable. Part of the price tag for being a rogue nation is that other nations increasingly wish to dissociate themselves, and seek ways to end agreements that would have seemed perfectly okay at an earlier juncture.

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