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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Cyber-Attacks and Force: Back to the Future of the UN Charter

Location:UT Austin's Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122
Date:January 27, 2011
Time:5:00-6:30 pm

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to Cyber-Attacks and Force: Back to the Future of the UN Charter with Matt Waxman, Associate Professor of Law at Columbia University.

Cyber-attacks pose difficult legal issues and the problems can be both novel and familiar. The technology of conflict—both in terms of capabilities and vulnerabilities—is changing in revolutionary ways, but destructive potential is still deliverable with non-military means. Proposals for legal reform should consider the particular features of new modes of conflict that make legal regulation difficult and the way legal interpretations inevitably create strategic winners and losers. Reform can help check new forms of destructive power but only if those legal moves are themselves backed up with evolving power.

Matthew Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, specializing in the domestic and international legal aspects of combating terrorism and the use of military force. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School. He clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before joining the Columbia faculty, he served in senior positions at the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense and National Security Council. Professor Waxman was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he also serves as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law & Foreign Policy.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

242 Malcolm X Boulevard Tenants Association needs your support. After being without any water on Christmas Day we had a press conference on December 26th with 4 New York television stations to protest the conditions that tenants have had to endure this holiday. Building owners are required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The slum lord whose company manages our building, Abe Betesh, had refused to provide hot water at a legal tempurature and access to the boiler room until December 28th. We return to New York City Housing Court on January 4th to hold him in contempt of the December 4th court order directing him to correct these violations within 24 hours. But it took him 24 days. At the present time this slum lord has over 230 documented housing code violations. Please watch the news coverage on TV or online. And contact the media to express your support and to ask that they continue the press coverage. Below are the media contacts of the stations that broadcast the story and some links to the stories online: NY1 For You: Residents Without Hot Water For 2 Weeks Susan Jhun is at Residents Of Harlem Building Still Without Hot Water Shazia Khan is at Some Harlem Resident Still Without Hot Water, Management Blames Tenants And I think Marah Ramirez is at To contact the NY1 newsroom or administrative offices, call 212-379-3311 for the "NY1 For You" team or send an email to ********************************************** For some reason the My9 New York News choose to falsely report that the tenants were not cooperating by refusing access to the contractors. You can email them at TO NYC's #1 LOCAL NEWS TEAM, 1 & ALL: HAPPY NEW YEAR! With peace, prayers, gratitude & LOVE, Steadfast in the Spirit, Michael-Vincent Crea, Pastor & Founder One World Life Systems 242 Malcolm X Blvd. Residents Association Spokesperson ENC PLEASE SEE TODAY'S RELEASE EITHER BELOW OR IN THE ATTACHMENTS, THANK YOU. For Immediate Release 31 December 2006 For More Info: 212-427-9849 Tenants' Triumph Takes Only Two-Hours After 24-Days of Owner Denials On December 4, 2006 Housing Court Judge Gilbert Badillo ordered access to the boiler and hot water in 24-hours from owner Jacob Aini and Abeco manager Abe Betesh, millionaire Harlem speculators. Aini and Betesh did not permit a city inspector access for 24 days, after which, it took plumbers only about 2-hours to comply with the consent, signed by their counsel David J. Burton. Finally, around 3 pm on December 28 plumbers informed tenant Carl Webb, after a test of water in his kitchen sink tap, that the problem had been addressed. In the interim, Aini and Betesh's intransigent contempt against the Court and tenants had almost a month-long period of unsafe, hazardous conditions, at times without any water whatsoever and havoc for the tenants' holidays. "The 242 Malcolm X Blvd. Residents Association, and others in our behalf, most especially the 311 operators and Housing Preservation and Development staff have attempted repeatedly in requests for Messrs. Aini and Betesh to respond. Only after reports by NY 1 News reporters, did the residents receive the simple justice of their Housing Court victory by the recalcitrant owners," remarks Pastor Michael-Vincent Crea, pro se representative and spokesperson for the members. On January 4, both owner and manager must face the Judge on criminal contempt charges. They face up to 30 days imprisonment and "for failure to supply heat and hot water as required by law shall be [fined], for each such violation, $250.00 per day from and including the date of the violation was placed until the violation is corrected, except for violation(s) involving a device on the heating system, in which case the penalty shall be $25.00 per day for each such violation, from and including the date each such violation is placed, but such penalty shall not be less than $1,000 for each violation," agreed to by their attorney David J. Burton before the Judge Badillo. Judge Badillo's order to correct includes all 230+ open violations back to September 10, 2003. During that period a disabled and sick resident suffered during Christmas 2003, when residents had no heat and only cold water for over 10 days. Their neighbor died January 5, 2004, leaving a wife and five children fatherless in Ivory Coast, West Africa and the former owner in prison, now. Pastor Crea, with his own disabilities severely stressed, has kept throughout his steadfast Spirit for the season along with other neighbors, disappointed at Aini and Betesh's recalcitrance. "For me, the reason for the season is 'Liberty and Justice for ALL.' Unfortunately in their denials, Messrs. Aini and Betesh have committed the ultimate treason, that is, doing the right thing for the wrong reason," notes Crea, hoping for 2007 to start on new note of co-operation by and for all. One sign for the Pastor's optimism already is a new bold sign on the building, "FOR SALE BY OWNER," listing Abe Betesh's telephone number. "Maybe, a benefactor can come forward, assisting us to buy the building to maintain this low cost, community housing that city officials have not protected from speculators, yet, still serves many residents like ourselves," Crea says. ________________________________________________________________________________ 365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., PO BOX 1259, Harlem, NY 10027-1259 PHONE: 212-427-9849 - While I am an attorney who regularly advises tenants, including tenant associations, in the area of tenant law, I am here as a tenant advocate seeking to impart only general knowledge and information to the tenant community in New York. Listen to Housing Notebook, Mondays at 8 p.m., on WBAI, 99.5 FM with Scott Sommer and Vajra Kilgour Metropolitan Council on Housing (" Met Council") is a city-wide membership tenant organization. Met Council's monthly newspaper Tenant/Inquilino, covers a broad array of topics of interest to tenants. Met Council on Housing339 Lafayette Street, #301New York, NY 10012Tel: (212) 979-0611 The Invasion of Harlem: This Rent Wars Special Report covers the Harlem Town Hall Meeting which was hosted by a coalition of over twenty groups from around the City.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Carl Webb's Blog

There is a (different) Carl Webb in Afghanistan According to an October 6, 2004 aritcle by Terry Boyd in the Stars and Stripes European Edition there's already a soldier named Carl Webb serving in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. I just saw this below on the website: "Having toured both Iraq and Afghanistan in the past two years, 1-505 soldiers and officers have experience in both ongoing fights. Staff Sgt. Carl Webb, a truck commander in Company D, and at least three other 1-505 soldiers were at this very base, dubbed "A-bad," in late 2002.",13190,SS_100604_Vote,00.html

Carl Webb's Blog

Press Release: soldier opposes unofficial draft policy.

Carl Webb's Military Career

Latest News!

Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 7:28 pm
Subject: Re: dropped from our rolls of the 56th BCT

I am trial counsel for the 56th BCT. My name is CPT Steven Carnes. I am responding on CPT Jinks email account. The matter is my responsibility as trial counsel for the command judge advocate. In accordance with army regulations, you have been dropped from our rolls of the 56th BCT. The Provost Marshal Office for Fort Hood will enter your information in the national criminal information system as a deserter from the United States Military. You should contact an attorney immediately as this status has dire consequences. If arrested you will be prosecuted for all violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. You may also contact Trial Defense Service at Fort Hood, III Corps in person to receive the documentation concerning being dropped from the 56 BCT rolls.

CPT Steven Lee Carnes at or (512)782-5001

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Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 22:10:58 -0800
From: "Lisa Eriksson"
Subject: KPFK Interview Request

I will be on Lila Garrett's show, "Connecting the Dots" on Los Angeles' KPFK 90.7FM. KPFK is part of the pacifica radio network, the largest independent radio voice on American airwaves.

"Connecting the Dots" is part of KPFK's morning program schedule, immediately following "Democracy Now." Lila Garrett would love to interview Carl Webb for an upcoming program we are currently putting together. The interview would be around 20 minutes long and occur via telephone. It is schedule to air January 10th at 10:00am Eastern Time.

Lisa Eriksson
Tel: 818-567 0313
Producer: "CONNECT THE DOTS" with Lila Garrett on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7 FM

TV/screen writer and director Lila Garrett is the Winner of 2 Emmies and the Writers'Guild Award. She is currently the host of CONNECT THE DOTS, On KPFK radio (90.7FM), Pacifica's Los Angeles and Santa Barbara affiliate.

and more Latest News!

From Michael Wech
Sent Wednesday, December 15, 2004 6:09 am
Subject Documentary German Public Television

Dear Mr. Webb,

working on an assignment from German Public Television I am currently preparing a 45-minute documentary on the US Military, working title "Homefront USA". The film is trying to explore the strategy of recruiting in times when the enlisting numbers go down.

Researching on stop-loss in particular I have come across your press release from August 2004 on the internet. I would be interested in following up your case. We are planning to be filming in the US again in January and February 2005.

Michael Wech

The film will be produced by Ecomedia. For reference please refer to their website There is an English version, too.

last Iraq orders dated 22 July 2004

Deployment Notification dated 25 April 2004

Deployment Notification for 56th Regimental Combat Team dated 15 July 2004


Enlistment contract

Enlistment contract

Discharge Document DD-214

249th Main Support Battalion

56th Brigade Combat Team of the Texas Army National Guard

This is the official Web Site for the the 56 Brigade Combat Team (BCT) of the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard.

The 56th BCT is currently embarking on an historic mission as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Texas National Guard Mobilization Order

Monday, December 20, 2004

Carl Webb's Biography

Carl Webb is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, the 7th of nine brothers and sisters. Carl was exposed to various political ideas at an early age by his older brother and his sixth grade teacher who spent his own money to ensure that his students would have access to Black history that the Louisiana public school textbooks did not include. His involvement with political struggle began in his teens when he met members of the Socialist Workers Party who invited him to a documentary on the revolution in Grenada. Awed by what he saw he continued attending meetings with the SWP and later declared himself a Marxist Leninist Trotskyist at the age of 15. Ironically, his initial encounter with the SWP began in 1980 when he attended a teach-in about draft registration that then President Ronald Reagan had implemented.

He attended public schools until dropping out of high school in 1982. Later that year, after not finding work, a recruiter convinced Carl to join the military. He accumulated a total of seven years of active duty from 1982 to 1994, which included two overseas tours to Germany and Korea. While in the service his political beliefs were intensified by people he met and locations where he was stationed. Ironically during military training he met another soldier that was from Grenada who was able to verify everything he learned at that first teach-in and a few months later the U.S. invaded Grenada in the fall of 1983. That was only one of the first of his military experiences that further influenced his political development. Arriving in South Korea in 1984, four years after the nation's last political coup, Carl found himself part of an occupying army in one of the world's most brutal dictatorships. This experience only reinforced what he had learned about U.S. imperialism.

In 1993, while serving in the Louisiana National Guard he got the opportunity to train in Texas at Fort Sam Houston, first as a combat medic and then as a licensed practical. After leaving the service in 1994, he decided to stay in San Antonio to work in the health care industry. Since his discharge from the military he'd discovered the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. It was a organization that was an advocate for a variety of social, economic & environmental justice issues such as protesting Proposition 187 which was passed in 1994 to deny public benefits to undocumented workers in California. As a healthcare worker that believes in socialized medicine he was disgusted by the thought of having to ask patients about their citizenship or immigration status to determine if they were to receive treatment or not. At another of their events he met a Cuban American that would later inspire him to visit the island. He was glad to be free from the military's oppressive environment and back in a progressive atmosphere but he was anxious to experience more. And while marching in a parade for International Women's Day he met some people from Austin who convinced him to check out Austin if he truly wanted to become involved in political activism. So after driving up to Austin to hang out with these guy he decide to relocate to the capital.

The next day in Austin didn't go so well. The previous day he'd been shown an apartment and was told to come by the next day to complete a rental application. The on-site manager assured him that he get approved. So he showed up with every thing he owned in the back of his station wagon. But when he sat down with the the on-site manager's boss he was disapproved. He wondered if it had something to do with the radio broadcast of the O.J verdict that was on at the time.

Not having much work experience made it difficult to find full-time employment. I ending up working for a temp nursing agency. But after reading a book called the "Overworked American" I came to see my downtime as leisure. One of the first political events Carl attended in Austin was a teach-in about the School of the Americas located at Fort Benning, GA, a military base he had visited while attending school in Georgia as an ROTC cadet. At this teach-in he met some local Austin activists with whom he developed an activist network. This network led him to KOOP Radio, which had just began operation in 1995.

While on the campus of UT Austin he got into a conversation with a communications student. Upon hearing about his travels in Asia she invited him to help with a television program called Asian American Austin that was being produced for Austin Cable Access TV. It was a locally produced community-based TV talk show committed to developing programs that celebrated the cultural diversity of Asia and served as an avenue for the exchange of perspectives on Asian-American issues. A few issues discussed were East/West Parenting, Asian American Studies at UT, domestic violence in the South Asian community, and the Nuclear Legacy in Asia which was produced soon after India and Pakistan conducted nuclear testing. While trying to do research for one of the shows he began to become aware of how limited he was because of his lack of internet skills. This was to be short lived as he was soon encounter an organization called Austin Free Net while at the library. He went online for the first time and was taught basic internet skills at the computer lab they provided for the East Austin community. He created his first website, which was for the TV show using the skills he learned in their web design class. He was later asked to be a member of the Austin Free Net Collaborative Board. AFN is one of his favorite organization as he see the media as one of the most effective tools in class struggle. While walking around downtown Carl came upon the Conspiracy of Equals Infoshop which was a a non-profit, non-hierarchical, all-volunteer, collectively owned & operated radical bookstore. There he would debate the merits of anarchist and marxist theory and practice. It was via this group that he was introduced to another called Accion Zapatistas that made him aware of concepts called electronic civil disobediance and cyberactivism. One of the members of the group even had his proffesor to allow me to sit in on his class on Das Capital. His listserv called Chiapas95 was the first listserv Carl subscribed to.

In addition to the anarchist meetings he started to attend meetings of the only group in Austin that called itself marxist, the International Socialist Organization, which he was already biased against because the people that had invited him to Austin were all ex-members that had left or had been purged from the group. As he disagreed with their theory of state capitalism as opposed to his troskyist beliefs he didn't get too involved with the group. Even though they refused to let him debate with them he did get involved in one of the most memorable local struggles. In 1996 the evil Austin Police Department and the evil District Attorney, Ronnie Earle, charged 12 year old Lacresha Murray with capital murder in the death of infant a relative had been baby sitting. The ISO was one of the few campus groups to organize in support of the young women. And eventually after getting some national and international press coverage such as the New York Times and CBS TV show '60 Minutes' she was eventually released. His next struggle with the police state was with a group called Austin Cop Watch which is a community based volunteer organization that keeps an eye on the police in an effort to defend the rights of the people, to prevent and discourage police brutality and harassment, and to work towards police accountability. An African American woman was raped by a cop who got off with a misdemeanor charge and no jail time! Some friends asked him to do a webpage and since he had no computer he got into the habit of using the computer facilities at UT Austin library. One late night as he was updating the website he was approached by the police and told to show my indentification. When it was discovered that he didn't have any UT ID they exscorted him out of the library. Now indeed he was in violation of the library use policy which states that the it's off limit to anyone without UT ID. But what was strange about this was that it wasn't the campus police as usual and they didn't ask anyone else for ID. It was obvious that they had been called specifically for him. He wondered if it had something to do with his use of the university computer.

The next local issue he was to get involved with was education. He started an online group called AISD Watch. Austin Texas School Watch is an electronic list for parents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens to read and/or post information and opinions about the Austin Independent School District. Excluding a five-month stay in Mexico and 2 weeks in Cuba, Carl has lived in Austin for the past decade.