Stanley Lewis Cohen is many things to many people. Some from the camp of the status quo brand him a radical, a subversive, a terrorist sympathizer, a communist, an Islamist. Basically any handle that portrays Stanley as against the state. To all of which, the man proudly says that is his duty as a defense attorney. Despite the power of the system and corporate media being on that side of the debate, they have been fighting a losing battle for decades.
From his long term associations with Bill Kunstler, Lynne Stewart and Ramsey Clark (among others) in extremely incendiary defense cases against government, to his outspoken views on the illegal and illegitimate use of the power of the state on the individual, to his street level activism of persons and causes he believes in, Stanley has won far more supporters than enemies in societies around the world.
The list of clients is unique to say the least. Weather Underground, May 19 Organization, Mohawk Warrior Society, War Resisters League, Black Bloc, Irish Republican Army, The Shining Path, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Shabaab, the Portland Seven, Anonymous, Occupy Wall Street and others, to the nobodies represented during his service with Bronx Legal Aid. The important factor is the politics of the cause, the righteousness of the fight.
Stanley joins us to discuss his career, his beliefs and his future. To discuss his troubles with the Mulroney government over the Oka standoff. To discuss how the fight for individual freedom never ends against the state. To discuss how present day pledges and promises are nothing but an illusion to continue the dominance of the powers that be.
Join us for a powerful show with Stanley Cohen. Listen, join the chat room, call in and pose a question.