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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests 5 Years of War

During the March 19, 2008 protests against 5 years of war and occupation in Iraq I was briefly interviewed by Labor Beat while I was demonstrating in an orange jumpsuit and hood indicative of the type of apparel used by the U.S. government for torture in its “detention facilities” across the globe. For the majority of the demonstration I was kneeling on the ground, but towards the end another demonstrator joined me kneeling, so I stood up with a “Stop Torture” sign, and it was at this point that a videographer from Labor Beat asked to speak to me for a moment, and I broke my silent demonstration to speak to him. Only a small portion of the interview was included in the video, but you can see me at about 4:15 and a brief statement by me at 4:44 in the video. Watch the whole thing though! I was just reading through American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination by Kristian Williams for a paper I have to do and remembered the interview and finally got around to posting it on my site. An interesting and disturbing rationale for the use of these orange jumpsuits by the U.S. can be found in Williams book: “ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] representatives explained to the authorities [at Guantánamo] that, in Arab countries, red or orange jumpsuits like those issued to the detainees signify impending execution…”

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