Michael Ratner joined former talk show host Phil Donohue this week at Stony Brook University’s seventh annual Goodman Symposium, to speak on terrorism, war, free speech and civil liberties today. The Goodman Symposium is held at the school each year in memory of George Goodman, a former professor of opthamology at the school, and Amy Goodman’s father.
“Guantanamo and Abu Gharib are iconic symbols of what this administration is doing,” said Ratner. “…We are now living in an outlaw state.” Ratner attributed the success of many of the ongoing policies of the Bush administration to the lack of a progressive movement to oppose those policies, closing off his speech by saying: “This is not a time to sit on our hands. It is not a time to be summer soldiers, it’s a time to be winter soldiers, and to really get out there and end torture at Guantanamo and really bring this administration down.”
Phil Donohue compared the democratic response to a deer in the headlights.