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.

According to Bloomberg News, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has released a report on bonuses paid out to the financial institutions bailed out under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) by taxpayers. These companies include Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and seven other US banks.

Of the $175Read full post »

In the excellent, must-see 2006 documentary "Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders," directed by James Scurlock, a Harvard Professor recounts a Q & A session after a talk she delivered to a large credit card company. In response to her recommendation that the credit/Read full post »

The Washington Post today, 7/27/09, editorializes for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to "look at the facts and apply the law" to those who "went beyond" the (infamous) Bush OLC torture memos and carried out torture and killed dozens of detainees. 

The Post writ… Read full post »

From McClatchy Newspapers, July 14, 2009: "'Everyone's your enemy,' Israeli Soldiers in Gaza Told," by Dion Nessenbaum:

JERUSALEM — Israeli combat soldiers have acknowledged that they forced Palestinian civilians to serve as human shields, needlessly killed unarmed Gazans and improperly usRead full post »

Those of us who want to see justice – the prosecution and conviction of torturers, the ending of the wars upon Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the rolling back of the surveillance state and the blowing away of the smell of fascism in the air - are up against a beast.
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Bagram: Where The Future of Guantanamo Meets Its Tortuous Past

by Moazzam Begg

Moazzam Begg is Director for the British organisation, Cageprisoners. The opinions expressed are his own.

[Moazzam Begg was interviewed at length in the Academy Award

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Letter from an Israeli Jail

By Cynthia McKinney

Saturday, 04 July 2009 13:47

Written by Free Gaza Team

Original audio message available here:

This is Cynthia McKinney and I'm speaking from an Israeli prisRead full post »


Smile and grin at the change all around me

Pick up my guitar and play

Just like yesterday

Then I'll get on my knees and pray

We don't get fooled again

Don't get fooled again

No, no!Read full post »

Update: The President's Statement on Torture that I posted here yesterday was Bush's 2003 statement. I took the link from a Jason Leopold article (Leopold has since then corrected the link).  

Obama's 6/27/09 Statement is now posted herein, revised in boldface for truthfulness

(… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2009 6:46PM

Pop Killed Michael Jackson

The King of Pop is dead. What killed him?

The first answer is that his pop killed him. Joe Jackson's to blame. He's at fault for the perversely abnormal childhood that Michael lived through and that led him to spend the rest of his life trying to have a childhood… Read full post »

In response to the ACLU’s June 10, 2009 letter demanding that the DoD pull a question from its DoD training exam that equated protest with “low-level terrorism,” which I wrote about at Open Salon on June 14 (“DoD Training Manual: Protests are ‘Low-Level Terrorism’&/Read full post »


Update: June 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm EST - An Iranian teacher's letter on the situation is at Lotf Ali's new OS blog in a piece entitled "30 Khordad June 20." The letter is amazing and a must read.

I want to cite a passage from the letter that says so… Read full post »

Mark Ruffalo, speaking out against torture and calling for the release of the torture photos and prosecution of the torturers.

Thursday, June 25th, is Torture Accountability Day. Rallies and actions are planned in DC, NY, San Francisco, Pasadena, Honolulu, Anchorage, Boston, Las Vegas, Seattle,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 20, 2009 3:45PM

Torture's Ok, But Simulating Torture - We'll Arrest You

David Swanson's newest article is up at World Can't Wait. It's entitled: "US Government Threatens to Prosecute Waterboarding."

An exciting development for those of us who have been waiting anxiously for precisely that headline.

Except that the waterboarding that our government is threatening to… Read full post »

By unanimous consent, the United States Senate on Wednesday agreed that the dirty deeds of our torture of detainees should be kept hidden.

  • Sec. 1305. (a) Short Title- This section may be cited as the ‘Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act of 2009’.


    (b) Definition

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Update 2: See my follow-up article "DoD Deletes 'Protest = Terrorism,' Problems Remain." 

Update appended at the end:

The Department of Defense is training all of its personnel in its current Antiterrorism and Force Protection Annual Refresher Training Course that political protes… Read full post »

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On June 12, 2009, Obama’s DOJ filed court papers seeking to overturn a landmark case that permitted the victims of torture to sue the Boeing subsidiary, Jeppensen Data Plan, for its role in “extraordinary rendition” and torture.

The case, Mohamed, et al v. Jeppesen Data Plan, et al/Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2009 1:13AM

Frank's Folly

Frank Apisa at OS has made it his mission to criticize me personally (and anyone else) for daring to criticize Obama. He and a very few other folks at OS think that criticizing the President makes you a secret right winger, a Fox News commentator, and someone whoRead full post »

Update: June 12, 2009:

Last night the Lakers went up 3-1 at Orlando and are therefore prohibitive favorites to win the title. I will admit to being a little concerned for the Lakers in the first half because even though the Magic weren't shooting the lights out, they were stillRead full post »


(Caption on Mr. Fish's cartoon above reads: "Barack Obama telling Muslims in the Arab world how deeply he respects and cares about them." Original at Truthdig.)  


David Horowitz, reactionary extraordinaire, who is apparently trying to do perpetual penance for his bri… Read full post »

This is the fourth and final installment in my series, "Exorcising the Ghost of Mass Political Activism: Deng Xiaoping, Workers, Peasants and the 1989 Spring Uprising."

The events of the late 1980s in China provide a wealth of lessons for those who want to radically remake society. In theRead full post »

Part 3 of a four part series: "Exorcising the Ghost of Mass Political Activism: Deng Xiaoping, Workers, Peasants and the 1989 Spring Uprising"

I wrote this as my Master's Essay at UC Santa Cruz in 1991. I believe I then added some newer material around the mid-1990s.   

I originalRead full post »

Part Two of a four part series from my mid-1990s paper entitled

"Exorcising the Ghost of Mass Political Activism: Deng Xiaoping, Workers, Peasants and the 1989 Spring Uprising":


(A prefatory comment. While visiting China in the early 1990s I was witness to a scene that we wouldn't seeRead full post »

Part One of Four Parts

I wrote this as my Master's Essay at UC Santa Cruz in 1991. I believe I then added some newer material around the mid-1990s.  

One of the things that my readers might find surprising in the piece that follows is the discussion ofRead full post »


UPDATE: Added material at the end 6/3/09 1:10 am EST

Comes now a Defense Department spokesperson, anonymously speaking to Salon’s Mark Benjamin in today’s article entitled “Suppressed images don't show rape, official says: The Pentagon says no sexual abuse, no Abu Ghraib phoRead full post »