Friday, June 26, 2009

Bye Bye Bybee

A small demonstration took place at noon on Thursday at 7th & Mission in front of the luxuriously appointed federal courthouse that houses the Ninth Circuit Federal Court...

...under the watchful eyes of a number of Homeland Security officers across the street.

They were calling for the impeachment of Judge Jay Bybee, who was one of the more notorious legal enablers of torture by the Bush/Cheney administration (click here for a fuller account by the indispensable Jan Adams).

Code Pink and a consortium of other peace groups were asking the simple question, "Why is Lynndie England in jail for the torture of prisoners when the people who ordered her to do so are continuing with their pampered lives in prestigious jobs?"

To the tune of "Bye Bye Blackbird," the crowd was singing "Bye Bye Bybee"...

...and in a spontaneous moment, a couple of old peaceniks started dancing to the song.

Until a few top people in the Bush administration responsible for torture are legally punished, this isn't an issue that's going to go away.


whabbear said...

Speaking of Bush administration outrages, can I just throw in a big "Boo" at Dick Cheney for coming out in favor of gay marriage... in 2009?? SO glad he stepped up to the plate to spearhead the dismantling of DOMA when he was actually in power.

janinsanfran said...

Hi Mike -- not sure how we missed each other. It wasn't that large. Anyway, I threw up a note about your pictures in my latest torture post.

And now to face that huge, strange shapeless thing, the Pride Parade. We contemporary queers are so spoiled; we can loath our own celebrations. :-)