Dennis Loo

Sometimes asking for the impossible is the only realistic path

Dennis Loo

Dennis Loo
Los Angeles, California,
December 31
Professor of Sociology
Cal Poly Pomona
Author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society; Co-Editor/Author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member, co-author of "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them" statement, dog and fruit tree lover. Published poet. Winner of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award, Project Censored Award and the Nation Magazine's Most Valuable Campaign Award. Punahou and Harvard Honor Graduate. Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. An archive of close to 500 postings of mine can be found at my blogspot blog, Dennis Loo, link below. I publish regularly at, (link below) and also at OpEd News and sometimes at Counterpunch.

Update: I have added a powerful essay by Rosemary Candelario at the end of Debra's piece. 

By Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait (posted at World Can't Wait and at Counterpunch).

A hero who wore a button saying “Trust Women,” was shot down and killed today, in a dRead full post »


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Photos by Joel Simpson 

This past week, and especially on May 28th, the day that Obama was originally going to release the torture and rape atrocity photos - but then changed his mind - protesters took to the streets and auditoriums in more than 15Read full post »

MAY 28, 2009 1:31AM

Obama's New Rules

When it comes to those who promulgated torture as policy and those who implemented that policy and tortured people - and in at least a hundred documented cases, actually tortured people to death - Obama says that now is the "time for reflection, not retribution." 

When, on the other ha… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2009 1:43PM

Is Obama Bowing to Fear?


Robert Parry of Consortium News writes today in an article entitled "Obama Caves to 'Scaredy-Cat Nation,'" that: 

"Obama is bowing to the power of fear, political fear that he might be blamed by fearful Americans if a jury acquitted some allegedly dangerous terrorist because the evidenceRead full post »

City of West Hollywood and World Can't Wait Hold Joint Press Conference


May 21—The large orange banner hung down from near the ceiling in the lobby of West Hollywood, California, City Hall read: "No Torture." The City of West Hollywood, a community between LosRead full post »


CNN reported yesterday

"The Senate late Thursday easily passed a $91 billion spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After stripping it of funds to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and placing restrictions on the transfer of its detainees, the bill waRead full post »

Orlando's problem: No answer to LeBron James.

Cleveland's problem: No answer to Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis. 

While it's almost guaranteed to go seven games, and one never knows beforehand for sure, the edge has to go to Orlando.

LBJ had a franchise playoff record 49 points y… Read full post »

James Petras writes in the Axis of Logic, "Obama's Animal Farm: Bigger, Bloodier Wars Equal Peace and Justice:" 

“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…," a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980&/Read full post »

In horse racing it's considered bad luck to predict that you're going to win. But Calvin Borel did it anyway before today's Preakness. The winner of two Kentucky Derby's and this year's Kentucky Oaks, Borel rode the filly Rachel Alexandra to a nearly wire to wire win by a length in… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2009 5:48PM

The Ticking Time Bomb II

 New material added 5/16/09 1:20 am EST




These are two of the sixty photographs given to the Australian press previously that the Sydney Morning Herald is publishing now. They may be among the photographs that Obama is now refusing to release. 

Notice that tRead full post »

Added material at the end - 5/15/09

Obama: "the publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to furtherRead full post »

The Democratic and Republican Parties are able to govern mainly because most of the population take their cues from the two parties about what is going on and what to do about it. The parties (and each parties’ leaders especially) define the boundaries of what is “possible.”

The prRead full post »

By  Andy Worthington  [1]


At a press conference to mark his first 100 days in office, President Obama declared, “We have rejected the false choice between our security and our ideals by closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and banning torture without excep… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2009 2:36PM

Bees, Garb and R & D

When beekeepers work with bees they wear, as everyone knows, white outfits because bees are hardwired in their DNA to attack any being that gets close to them wearing brown or black. Their greatest natural enemy is bears who are, of course, hardwired brown or black.

Humans, one would hope,… Read full post »


From Raw Story: "In an interview posted Monday, former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that because use of torture 'may be necessary' in the future, the Obama administration erred in disclosing the Bush administration’s 'enhanced interrogation' techniques.

"Gonzales wasRead full post »

Item: Katharine Mieszkowski writes in today’s Salon: In her new book, Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry, [Lenore] Skenazy suggests that many American parents are in the grips of a national hysteria about child safety … fed by sen/Read full post »

White House 4-30-09

As Debra Sweet notes in her report below, this White House demonstration was unique in that the Gitmo detainees were told ahead of time by their lawyers that this protest was going to be held on their behalf, and in the name of the five who have already died inRead full post »

MAY 2, 2009 12:34AM

Swine Flu Patient Zero


 This picture's making the rounds. I couldn't resist.  Read full post »

The New York Times' David Brooks has an Op-Ed in the April 30, 2009 issue entitled "Genius: The Modern View." In it he relates the recent work of researchers looking at how genius is developed, rather than born. 

“What Mozart had, we now believe, was the same thing Tiger WoodsRead full post »

“Our aim is to put you in hell so you will tell the truth. These are the orders we have from our superiors, to turn your lives into hell.”

  — US soldier to Abu Ghraib detainee[i]


Coming out of the woodwork … as if from the woodcut ofRead full post »



A Spanish judge has started a criminal investigation into suspected torture of detainees in the base at Guantanamo and said he would target both US military personnel and those who issued their orders.

Judge Baltasar Garzon, who once tried to extradite former Chilean dicRead full post »

Abu Ghraib photo given to Dr. Philip Zimbardo (of the Stanford Prison Experiment)

(The photo above is from a collection of photos turned over to Dr. Philip Zimbardo (chief investigator of the famous Stanford Prison Experiment). It is among the photos from Abu Ghraib that have not been released to the public.)

This post is in response to a criticism of my lastRead full post »

Update: I have posted much further documentation for the following post in a new post "Follow-up on Sources for Gitmo Prisoners Aren't 'Persons.'"

I recommend that you read "Tugging on the Torture Thread" also if you haven't already done so in addition to what follows:

If you ask most peopl… Read full post »

At least that's the way the headline should read based on the latest news:

The New York Times reported today in “Obama Resisting Push for Interrogation Panel:”

“The White House and the Democratic leadership in the Senate signaled on Thursday that they would block for now any efforRead full post »

APRIL 24, 2009 10:14AM

Tugging on the Torture Thread


Chris Floyd writes at Empire Burlesque “
The Fatal Thread: Torture, War and the Imperial Project:”
“You cannot disentangle the torture program from the war of aggression in Iraq – nor from the illegal wiretapping program, the corrupt war profiteering, an
Read full post »