The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has launched a petition at Change.org opposing UC Berkley’s decision to honor Torture Memo author and law professor John Yoo. Yoo was recently given the honor of an endowed faculty chair at UC Berkeley School of Law despite his involvement in undermining the rule of law by writing dubious memos that justified torturing those suspected of being involved in terrorism.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 16, 2014 3:20 pm|
|By: Todd Gitlin Sunday November 11, 2012 1:59 pm|
In 1977, The Daily Californian, Berkeley’s student paper, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents bearing on FBI surveillance in Berkeley during the 60’s and early 70’s. In 1981, Seth Rosenfeld, then a Daily Cal reporter, started reading those files that the FBI turned over. He published some initial reports. Later that year, having observed how many files were missing or blacked out (“I wondered whether the bureau was America’s biggest consumer of Magic Markers,” he writes), he filed an additional request for “any and all” records on former UC President Clark Kerr, former Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio, and more than a hundred other individuals, organizations, and events.
Five lawsuits, many more Magic Markers, and 30 years later, he had succeeded in retrieving more than 300,000 pages of records, a federal judge having ruled that the FBI had no legitimate law enforcement purpose in keeping them secret. His venture in unearthing records about illicit espionage and political operations by America’s chief cops extended throughout, and outlasted, Rosenfeld’s distinguished career as an investigative reporter for San Francisco’s Examiner and Chronicle.
The resulting book is not only about campus surveillance but political causation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 10, 2011 9:45 am|
I’m beginning my tour of the east coast, and for the time being this is the live blog for today. Here is a video from Berkeley, with police using their batons to forcefully push back students who set up an encampment last night. It appears that a few students camped out on steps on campus.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday February 14, 2011 6:30 pm|
SF Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders can’t stand the idea the Berkeley City Council might pass a resolution saying Berkeley welcomes the resettlement of cleared Guantanamo prisoners. So, she misrepresents recidivism rates from the government, and lies about the cases of two cleared detainees, one of whom was the only known victim of water torture at Guantanamo.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday September 22, 2010 7:15 pm|
At 7pm PDT tonight, students from UC Berkeley will debate Proposition 19, California’s initiative to legalize marijuana. Thanks to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Just Say Now is able to livestream the debate from UC Berkeley’s campus. Check out our new Just Say Now: Live! page to watch the debate live.