Professor Marjorie Cohn gave the Annual Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) Bill Susman Lecture in San Francisco on February 25.
In her talk "Human Rights and Global Wrongs," Professor Cohn examined current human rights violations, including illegal wars and torture by the Bush Administration. She is the editor of the just published book The United States and Torture (NYU Press).
Professor Cohn's speech was a tribute to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, which fought in the Spanish Civil War against Franco's fascism in the 1930s.
"The US veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade are heroes here and in Spain," said Professor Cohn. "Now Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, who initiated an investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Franco regime, has been suspended from the judiciary for overstepping his jurisdiction. His opponents are descendants of Franco supporters. Garzon is the same judge who initiated an investigation into torture authorized by six lawyers from the Bush administration. What a small world!"