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.

On Meet the Press the Sunday after 9/11, Vice-President Cheney famously stated:

“We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be doneRead full post »


Note: As those of us know who have been watching with increasing alarm the repressive, inflamed, violent, and fascistic atmosphere that was whipped up during the unlawful tenure of Bush in the White House, and that has escalated since Obama's taking the presidency, emanating from the/Read full post »

In a breaking story that only CNN in US media appears to be carrying at this point, but numerous other foreign news services such as BBC are carrying: an Italian court has found twenty-two Americans guilty of kidnapping and torture of a cleric. 

CBC News today, November 4, 2009, is/Read full post »

An Open Letter from Sunsara Taylor Protesting the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago Decision to Cancel Her Talk

October 29, 2009

To Everyone Concerned About Critical Thought and the State of the World:

Something very wrong is afoot among those one would expect to be among

Read full post »
OCTOBER 24, 2009 6:02PM

How a Torture Protest Killed a Career

A powerful and moving story from Consortium News that everyone should read, told by the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, who, upon learning of the torture being carried out there on behalf of the CIA, felt impelled to speak out. As a result, his career was ruined.

As Max Weber, the exper/Read full post »

[This is a slightly edited version of a talk I gave at a Fundraiser for Iraqi Orphans held on October 17, 2009 in Costa Mesa.]

I want to thank the organizers of this important event. [Sound of plane rumbling overhead]. When I fly out of and back into LA, IRead full post »

By Cindy Sheehan
I guess to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee it means presiding over the further destruction of the population of three countries that didn’t harm anyone.
I guess it means voting for every war-funding bill while one is a Senator.
I guess it means contiRead full post »
OCTOBER 7, 2009 10:21AM

Afghanistan: Eight Years and Counting




"Wedding Party Anti-War Action at Grand Central Station, October 7, 2009.

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

More photos such as these from the Wall Street Journal here. 

By Dennis Loo 

October 6, 2009 

Editor’s Note: At theRead full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2009 4:22PM

What Kind of Surge Do You Want?

ds outside gcs

Bombs and troops?  Or righteous resistance? 

By Debra Sweet
Saturday night I was out on the Ellipse with the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, originally put together by the American Friends Service Committee to commemorate, with empty boots, the US military lives lost in Iraq, and IraRead full post »


Stephanie Smith, Photo by Ben Garvin, NY Times 

Mad Cow Disease isn’t the only problem.

In the Sunday October 4, 2009 New York Times, a horror story about hazardous hamburger is told by Michael Moss in “Trail of E. Coli Shows Flaws in Inspection of Ground Beef.Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2009 12:24AM

Withdraw from Afghanistan


The United States Must Withdraw from Afghanistan 


By Kenneth J. Theisen


Thursday October 01, 2009 

Berkeley Daily Planet 



On Oct. 7, 2001 the United States. launched a war of terror against Afghanistan. U.S. leaders are still debating how best to achi… Read full post »

On Wednesday the Justice Department announced Obama's plans for continuing indefinite detentions of individuals deemed “dangerous” by the government. Note that this is a designation rather than an adjudicated fact because those who are being indefinitely detained in this way are… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2009 9:26PM

Looking Forwards, Not Backwards

In the September 19, 2009 Washington Post we learn that the DOJ’s investigation of torture by US personnel will be even narrower than originally proposed by Eric Holder.

“The Justice Department's review of detainee abuse by the CIA will focus on a very small number of cases, incRead full post »


 By Debra Sweet (first posted at World Can't Wait)


Muntader al-Zaidi, who spent nine months in jail for hurling his shoes at President George W. Bush – and instantly became a hero to people throughout the world - was released from prison recently, and ad/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 6:51PM

Do We Get the Leaders We Deserve?

The notion that the people get the leaders (and system) they deserve is a common, oft-repeated one. It’s really a restatement of what some scholars call the democracy-at-work thesis: the people collectively and democratically decide who will lead them. Hence, the leaders at any given point in tRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 11:42AM

Will Bush End Up Behind Bars?

CNN Reports today, September 5, 2009: 

"Could George W. Bush or some of his top aides end up behind bars?

"George W. Bush could be investigated for the steps taken after 9/11. It's extremely unlikely, but the Obama administration is taking its first steps along a path that could lead… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2009 1:43PM

LA Fires


 Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / August 29, 2009 

The sign for infinity in the Station Fire in L.A.

We hope that the fires won't last quite that long.  


From the Pasadena Star-News:

"Four men and one women [sic] are trapped in a cabin in an area… Read full post »
AUGUST 27, 2009 10:38AM

The Discreet Charm of the Torturer

“Unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented”


Says the Inspector General’s Report


“Unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented”






The acts described in the IG report


WeRead full post »

AUGUST 26, 2009 12:00AM

Hold On There Holder

If Holder and Obama succeed in confining the investigation and prosecution to only those who “went beyond” the stated policies for torture under the Bush Regime, then under the signboard of opposing torture, they will have further legitimated and institutionalized the crimes aga/Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2009 1:48PM

The Swift Boating of Barack Obama

"Barack Obama ran the best-organized and best-framed presidential campaign in history. How is it possible that the same people who did so well in the campaign have done so badly on health care?"

So asks George Lakoff in today's article: "The Policy-Speak Disaster for Health Care."&n… Read full post »

Expanded (8/18/09):

The Town Hall brawls are the latest, and some of the most dramatic evidence, of the fascist remaking of the U.S. (For more documentation on this see the addendum herein). 

Previously sacrosanct arenas have been invaded and bright lines crossed: an assassinRead full post »

In today’s New York Times (August 13, 2009), Paul Krugman (“Republican Death Trip”) writes about the brawl over health care:

“[Quoting Obama] ’I am in this race because I don’t want to see us spend the next year re-fighting the Washington battles of the 1990s. IRead full post »

By now we have nearly all heard about the raucous town hall meetings over health care. In today's Washington Post (August 11, 2009), for example, Sen. Arlen Specter, meeting with the public in a Lebanon, Pennsylvania town hall meeting, reproducing a similar scene that greeted him in PhRead full post »

Bughouse Square in downtown Chicago has an almost 100-year history of passionate debate over issues that matter, cut short during the anti-communism of 1950s McCarthyism but revived by Studs Terkel in the 1980s.
This year, Lina Thorne, of the Chicago Chapter of the World Can't Wait and one ofRead full post »


European Pressphoto Agency 

Eyewitness Report from Iran

Four things stand out about the 7/31/09 report below. One, the resolute mood among the Iranian people, embodied in the last lines of this report: “One mother told a soldier who asked her to go back home ‘I'm not going… Read full post »