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, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.