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Tag: Gitmo

Posted by – 8/17/08

Not exactly a secret if everyone knows about it, now is it?

Life without a teleprompter

Posted by – 6/23/08

SPEAKING without a text in front of him, Barack Obama betrays a troubling lack of knowledge on important issues – such as the law and terrorism.

He claimed that, in the case of “the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in US prisons, incapacitated.”

McCarthy [asst. US attorney and prosecutor of '93 WTC attackers] notes: “While the government managed to prosecute many people responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing, many also escaped prosecution because of the limits on civilian criminal prosecution.

The convicted spiritual mentor of the 1993 WTC bombers is Omar Abdel-Rahman (“the blind sheik”). By Obama’s logic, the blind sheik was “incapacitated” and therefore rendered harmless by his conviction and imprisonment… Attorney Lynne Stewart was convicted in February 2005 of conspiracy and providing and concealing material support of terrorism for her actions in smuggling messages from Abdel-Rahman to his followers in the terrorist group Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group).

He explained: “I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities that no one had ever seen before, we still gave them a day in court and that taught the entire world about who we are, but also the basic principles of rule of law.” … The Nazi war criminals had no access to US courts. The fair-trial provision of the charter governing the trial was relatively skimpy – and the provision on appeal rights was even shorter and sweeter: The defendants had no right to appeal. The procedures the court found deficient in Boumediene, by contrast, provided for appeal rights to the DC Circuit, the most prominent US bench below the Supreme Court.

In short, the procedural protections for Gitmo detainees under the statute before the Supreme Court in Boumediene exceed those accorded the Nuremberg defendants.

Full article here.

The SCOTUS Decision on Gitmo

Posted by – 6/13/08

I’d love to comment, to at least have something to say, but when I went to read about the decision in the news, I’m afraid all I found was a slew of editorialists masquerading as unbiased journalists. On both sides. So instead of adding to all the mucky muck, give me some time… I’m actually going to read the majority and minority opinions. Race you!