Many times I've asked myself what defines a Patriot and how do we recognize one whose efforts have placed them in the public spotlight while they themselves have remained out of it. There are many and there are just as many methods to define them. So while I'll leave many people out of this post these people are the ones that I can honestly say deserve my utmost respect and thanks for continuing along a single-minded path without thanks or payment, unknown to most of us, just because it's the right thing to do.
Many might call Luke Rudkowski a Patriot. He's certainly made, "9/11 was an inside job" a national anthem of sorts. Some might call Alex Jones a Patriot. He does work every day to expose the lies even while surrounded by controversy. All of us here probably think of ourselves as Patriots and rightly so. Yet I've wanted to post something about TRUE
Patriots that are in the media limelight that at the same time few people recognize and whose efforts go widely unnoticed. So here they are. They are the members of the Justice Robert Jackson Steering Committee
, the people behind keeping Bybee, Yoo, Bush and Cheney and that rats nest of criminals constantly in the spotlight while maintaining very low profiles, so much so that most of us have only heard of one or two of them, if that. They don't bother to discuss politics, 9/11, foreign policy, food additives, Big Pharma, Global Warming or anything else because they have one focus, one agenda, one desire. That's to see those people whose actions have defined them as traitors brought to justice. They are true Patriots of the highest order.
Chair David Swanson is the author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial
Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union by Seven Stories Press, Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org. Swanson became chair in November 2009.
Past Chair Lawrence Velvel served as chairman of the
Steering Committee of the Justice Robert H. Jackson Conference On Planning For The Prosecution of High Level American War Criminals, or the Robert Jackson Steering Committee for short, through October 2009. Velvel is Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law and a professor of law.
John Bonifaz, Legal Director of Voter Action, author of
Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush.
Borjesson, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist for more than twenty years and editor of two recent books on the media.
Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Cohn, a law Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild, author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law (PoliPointPress, 2007), and editor of "The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse" (NYU Press, Fall 2010).
Colleen Costello, until
recently Staff Attorney of Human Rights, USA, of Washington, D.C., and coordinator of its efforts involving torture by the American government.
Davis, a law Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law, where he teaches Public International Law, Contracts, and International and Domestic Arbitration”. He is the author of numerous articles on international and related domestic law.
investigative journalist, attorney, 2008 candidate for Attorney General of Vermont, and author of The People v. Bush: One Lawyer's Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters Along the Way (Chelsea Green, January 2010).
Jeanne Mirer, President of the
International Association of Democratic Lawyers.
Chris Pyle, a
Professor at Mount Holyoke College, where he teaches Constitutional law, Civil Liberties, Rights of Privacy, American Politics and American Political Thought, and is the author of many books and articles, including Getting Away with Torture: Secret Government, War Crimes, and the Rule of Law.
Elaine Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot Professor
of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University, and winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.
Weiss, vice president of the Center For Constitutional Rights, of New York City, which was recently involved with war crimes complaints filed in Germany against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others.
Worthington, British journalist and author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison (Pluto Press, 2007).
Kevin Zeese, attorney, activist, serves as Executive
Director of Voters for Peace and Prosperity Agenda. He has filed complaints with bar associations seeking the disbarment of 15 Bush-Cheney lawyers for facilitating torture (two who also served Obama-Biden) as part of the Disbar Torture Lawyers Campaign of Velvet Revolution on whose board he serves.
Here's a link to the article that prompted this post:
Lawyers and Journalists' Group See No End in Sight to the Controversy over Bush "Torture Lawyers"
by The Robert Jackson Steering