Plays on war and civil liberties in the USA

This video from Britain says about itself:

E-trailer for Sherman Cymru’s production of Deep Cut, on at the Tricycle Theatre, London from 10 March – 4 April 2009. Written by Philip Ralph, Deep Cut uses original source material and powerful first hand testimonies of those closest to Private Cheryl James, one of the four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds in unexplained circumstances between 1995 and 2002.

From British daily The Morning Star, reporting from the Edinburgh Fringe festival:

Also at the Traverse comes the much-praised Cardiff Sherman Cymru production of Deep Cut. This is verbatim theatre at its best.

The play focuses on the pain experienced here, in particular by the family of Cheryl James, one of the four young soldiers who died in mysterious circumstances at the Deepcut army barracks between 1995 and 2002.

Despite expert forensic evidence explaining that the gunshot wounds could not have been self-inflicted, the government has consistently refused a public inquiry, claiming that all four deaths were suicides.

Against impossible opposition, Des and Doreen James have fought a determined campaign to find the truth about their daughter’s death. Philip Ralph’s meticulously researched play can only increase the pressure on those who would like the memory of these criminal tragedies to fade with time. …

Motherland at Underbelly, another verbatim piece, is based on the recorded interviews with the mothers, wives and girlfriends of those soldiers and airmen killed in our two ongoing infamous wars.

Amazingly, there is humour in these hardy northern women trying to come to terms with the meaninglessness of their loss. As one tellingly charges, the only weapons of mass destruction were Bush and Blair.

A conventional but most accomplished play, The Patriot Act at Gilded Balloon deals with the iron grip of the US government on civil liberties.

The most recent works of an ageing US liberal playwright, loosely based on Arthur Miller, have been critical of Bush’s phoney war on terror and he finds himself presented with the choice of either writing a play supporting government policy or being treated as a non-combatant enemy threatened with extraordinary rendition.

Playwrights Lydia Bruce and Sandy Burns have skilfully interwoven a family drama in Miller’s characteristic style. A large group of Americans in the audience when I saw the show reacted particularly enthusiastically, presumably recognising the play’s reality.

The use of torture by the US Government in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001 has come under increasing criticism: here.

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  1. Posted by: “frankofbos”
    Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:19 am (PDT)
    CIA Evidence not Supporting Iraq Attack, so Bushies Create Own Intel
    Agency-Bush History, 8/20

    CIA evidence does not point to a Qaeda/Saddam link, so the Bushies
    incredibly create their own Intel agency, which provides lots of false
    anti-Iraq data for Dick Cheney’s eager ears. Also the initial US-run
    Iraqi government loses track of $9 Billion!

    Today’s categories: Constitutional Abuse, Deficit Mismanagement


  2. Dear IVAW Supporter,

    Now through Labor Day, IVAW members are participating in several national actions to demonstrate that veterans and service members oppose the ongoing occupation of Iraq.
    War resistor, Robin Long, faces expedited court martial tomorrow, Friday, August 22

    Robin LongLast week, I told you about war resistor Robin Long, 25-year-old U.S. Army Private First Class who recently was deported from Canada and handed over to military authorities in the U.S. We recently learned that Robin faces court martial tomorrow at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. Robin could face three years confinement, forfeiture of pay, and a dishonorable discharge from the Army if found guilty. Regarding his decision to resist, Robin explains, “Regardless of what hardships I go through, I could have put Iraqi families through more hardships. I have no regrets.” IVAW members across Colorado will offer support by attending Robin’s court martial tomorrow. If you are in the Colorado Springs area and would like to show your support by attending, here are the details:

    7:30 AM – Arrive at the Ft. Carson Main Gate at 7:30 AM to ensure you can get to Bldg. 6221 in time. You will need to provide a drivers license, registration, and proof of insurance if driving. Do not wear any political buttons, t-shirts, etc.

    5:00 PM – Join Robin’s lawyer, James Branum, and supporters for a vigil and press conference at the Main Gate to hear about the results of Robin’s hearing.

    Other things you can do to support Robin:
    1. Please take a few moments to write Robin a simple note of support today. Moral support is such an important way to support war resistors, who are taking serious risks and to stand up for their conscience and are role models for others. They need to know that they have not been forgotten, and that their sacrifice is recognized. You can send a letter to Robin by writing to:

    Robin Long, CJC
    2739 East Las Vegas
    Colorado Springs CO 80906

    Robin is allowed to receive hand-written or typed letters only. His letters will be reviewed, so please do not write anything inflammatory that might get him in trouble. Do NOT include postage stamps, drawings, stickers, copied photos or print articles. However, you may send Robin a money order for commissary items (postage stamps, toothbrush, shirts, paper, snacks, etc.). The money order should be in U.S. funds made out to “Robin Long, EPSO”. The sender’s name must be written on the money order. Robin cannot receive packages of any type from private citizens. But, you may order a book for Robin from either or Barnes and Noble and have it shipped directly to him from either of these companies. They know the procedure for delivering books to inmates.

    2. Donate to Robin’s legal defense.
    State of the Union Military Base Tour heads to the Democratic National Convention

    After a successful tour stop at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, IVAW’s military base tour will link up with members in Denver and Minneapolis for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. In Denver, they will join over 60 IVAW members in expressing their outrage that the Democrats continue to fund the ongoing illegal occupation of Iraq. In 2006, Americans elected Democrats to Congress to end the war, but two years later, we are no closer to a withdrawal. We expect them to follow through. At the DNC, IVAW will demonstrate to Democratic Party delegates what an occupation feels like, by staging multiple Operation First Casualty (OFC) actions across the city. These actions use provocative street theater to illustrate for the public the realities of being an occupying force in Iraq. Members will dress in full uniform and mime carrying invisible weapons as they hand-cuff, hood, and verbally abuse civilian volunteers on the streets of Denver.

    Republicans have long said they were the party that stands by the troops, and their presidential candidate uses his experience as a war veteran to exploit the patriotism of our brothers and sisters. But the Republican Party’s record on support for returning veterans is shameful. IVAW members will march at the RNC in Minneapolis to let delegates know that there is a major crisis in veterans’ healthcare.
    IVAW National Convention

    In between the political party convention, IVAW will have its own national gathering in conjunction with the national Veterans For Peace convention in Minneapolis. On the occasion of IVAW’s fourth year anniversary, over 150 members will come together to celebrate our achievements, strategize, and plan for the future of GI resistance. Members are travelling from across the country to attend, and need your help. Please consider sponsoring a member’s attendance with a donation today.

    Four of these chapters are on military bases, and we expect to have four more active duty chapters before the year ends. Many GIs are strongly against the war, but have no outlet for their resistance, no safe space to express their views outside of the base. For the first time in our history as an organization, 25% of new members are active duty troops, which tells us that enlisted GIs are stepping up more than ever to end this war.

    Thank you for your continued support,

    Kelly Dougherty
    Former Sergeant, Army National Guard
    Executive Director
    Iraq Veterans Against the War


  3. FBI to get extensive new powers
    The changes would give the FBI’s more than 12,000 agents the ability at a much earlier stage to conduct physical surveillance, solicit informants and interview friends of people they are investigating without the approval of a bureau supervisor. . . . It also would rewrite 1976 guidelines established after Nixon-era abuses that restrict the FBI’s authority to intervene in times of civil disorder and to infiltrate opposition groups.

    Screening Mumia: suppression of dissent in America
    “In Prison” presents extraordinary evidence pointing to Abu-Jamal’s innocence inclusive of crime scene photographs discovered in 2006 that contradict core elements of the prosecution’s case against the man whose written five books while on death row.


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