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The Santa Monica Democratic Club hosted a talk by attorney Steve Rohde on 'Torture, Drones, and the Demand for Accountability' at the Santa Monica Main Library on Wednesday, June 26.
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The Santa Monica Democratic Club hosted a talk by attorney Steve Rohde on 'Torture, Drones, and the Demand for Accountability' at the Santa Monica Main Library on Wednesday, June 26.

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Santa Monica Democratic Club Hosts Attorney Steven Rohde

Posted Jun. 30, 2013, 9:37 am

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica Democratic Club hosted constitutional attorney Steven Rohde on Wednesday, June 26. Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist.

He is the Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; a founder and current Vice Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; Vice Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice; and a Vice President of Death Penalty Focus.  

At the SM Democratic Club event, Rohde vigorously condemned the deadly drone attacks on US citizens, authorized by President Obama, without judicial process, the detention and torture of prisoners for years without charges filed, and the lack of meaningful oversight and controls of US Government domestic spying .

Rohde called for the SM Democratic Club to pressure Congressman Henry Waxman and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to sponsor effective controls and/or abolition of these abuses.

A Q & A followed for concerned club members.

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Jul. 1, 2013, 3:26:52 am

stewart said...

So? Let me see if I have this correctly? Because some decide to go abroad to plan, then conduct hostile covert actions against the People of the United States, including planting bombs in public places, We the People are NOT entitled to defend ourselves because the conspirators are (were) American citizens? But instead, the USG is supposed to do nothing except wait until such time as an attack is in progress then? And while I think detention with out charges having been filed is not exactly due process in my mind, these individuals were taken from the battle field of a sort, and are not regular army personnel but are combatants of a different nature, they are a threat to be dealt with. If POW's can be held till the end of hostilities under the exisiting Geneva Conventions, why then pray tell should these individuals not be held until such time as hostilities against the US cease by their cadre? In the bad 'ol days of war, they may have been more easily given a summary execution on the spot. Which is more justice than the innocents of 911 were afforded, or the men women and children being targets for murder as car bombs and ied's go off in town squares?

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