Aside from election results that strongly advanced a civil rights agenda that I find more than palatable, a few interesting things occurred over the past week or so in the civil rights arena:
- Germany War Crimes Lawsuit to be Filed Against Rumsfeld: The Center for Constitutional Rights, an New York organization, announced that it "will be filing a new case charging him with war crimes under Germany's universal jurisdiction law together with the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys Association (RAV) and others next week. CCR attorneys called on his successor to close Guantánamo and put an end to the unlawful torture and detention of thousands in the so-called war on terror."
- Domestic Surveillance Bill Likely to Stall in Congress: The Democratic Congress is unlikely to vote to allow domestic warrantless surveillance. From the article, "(M)onitoring communications of suspected terrorists is essential but...'it needs to be done lawfully and with adequate checks and balances to prevent abuses of Americans' rights and Americans' privacy.'" Doth mine ears deceive me? I'm guess I'm just not quite used to this..this..concern for civil rights. It still feels like I'm in bizarro world. But, it's a nice, sunny, enlightened world--far better than the dark, dreary, depressing one from which we emerged just a few days ago.