Description In a disappointing ruling (August 11,2011), a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan failed to hold the Central Intelligence Agency to account for a notorious attempt to cover up the torture and abuse of prisoners. The court refused to hold the CIA responsible for destroying videotapes made in 2002 that showed the use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on high-level terrorism detainees. For reasons that remain unclear, the special prosecutor named to investigate the episode decided against prosecuting any C.I.A. officials. The judge chose a milder response: to order the agency to reimburse the A.C.L.U.s legal fees. The powerful CIA appears to be untouchable by the courts. Will they continue to abuse human rights without being held accountable? Is the ACLU strong enough to challenge agencies and policies that are bolstered and promoted by the largest corporations - Halliburton, the oil companies, and all the other profiting members of the military industrial complex?
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)