The “What we think” column from the US Socialist Worker, newspaper of the US International Socialist Organization, argues that although the Republican Party stranglehold on the US Congress may end in the November 7 elections, the Democrats have an abysmal record of trying to “out-Bush” the Republicans.
George Bushs administration claims it is waging a war against terrorism. But since April 2005 Luis Posada Carriles, who worked for the CIA and engaged in brutal terrorist acts including the bombing of a Cuban airliner, has resided in the US, and Washington has resisted pressure to deport him to Venezuela, where he escaped from jail, to face justice. Posada Carriles is currently in immigration detention for entering the US illegally. Even a court filing by the US Justice Department described him as the admitted mastermind of terrorist plots and attacks. The following letter, among the signatories of which are four Nobel laureates, was issued on October 6.
On October 4, Jim Gilchrist, a leader of the racist anti-immigrant Minutemen group, came to speak at Columbia University. Gilchrists hate speech was met with a peaceful demonstration in which students came on the stage unfurling banners reading No human being is illegal and No to racism. The Minutemen responded with force, punching and kicking protesters. Footage of the assaults can be seen at ><http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N41eXtVK7hA>.