Interesting little tidbit of history on the newswire today Defending Saddam- AP Wire via Newsday.com A look at defense strategies in selected past war crimes trials: # In 1945-1946, the World War II Allied powers jointly tried accused Nazi war criminals at a tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. Many of the defendants claimed they were only [...]
Yet another great article from Tech Central Station that lets me comment on stuff and yet remain too lazy to do original content: Had He “Done Nothing to Us”?- Tech Central Station Good rebuttal against the people who condemn the war in Iraq on the basis that “Saddam never did anything to us!” Only one [...]
December 19, 2003 — A NEW York-based appeals court ruled yesterday that the Bush administration did not have the right to detain U.S. citizen Jose Padilla as an “enemy combatant” for his association with al Qaeda.
The ruling is an undeniable black eye for the administration, which may well have overreached in its handling of this very peculiar case.
A few hours later, a California-based appeals court ruled that the entire system whereby al Qaeda “enemy combatants” have been detained at Guantanamo Bay is unconstitutional. This ruling is also an undeniable black eye – but not for the administration.
Rather, the black eye belongs to the court that overreached itself in a most egregious way. But then, that’s what this court – the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – does routinely.
In the case of the Gitmo prisoners, the Ninth Circuit has effectively determined that their detentions were arrests and that therefore the prisoners should be treated like conventional arrestees.
“We cannot simply accept the government’s position,” the Ninth Circuit majority ruled, “that the Executive Branch possesses the unchecked authority to imprison indefinitely any persons, foreign citizens included, on territory under the sole jurisdiction and control of the United States, without permitting such prisoners recourse of any kind to any judicial forum, or even access to counsel, regardless of the length or manner of their confinement.”
The Ninth Circuit wants the Gitmo terrorists to benefit from the freedoms and rights they reviled and attempted to destroy – to be able to use our own system to protect themselves and their interests.
Let’s get one thing straight: These men were not arrested. They were taken prisoner in the middle of a war in Afghanistan – some considerable number of them after engaging U.S. forces in battle. They were foreign fighters imported to terrorist training camps who had sworn fealty not to a nation-state but to a murderous ideology.
They were detained in the way they were detained for several reasons.
* It was too dangerous to repatriate them to their countries of origin, where they might be broken out of prison and returned to the al Qaeda fold.
* They could provide valuable information that could lead to the destruction of al Qaeda from within.
* Their detention would serve as a symbol and warning to al Qaeda recruits that the United States would not only stop them, but by keeping them alive and in prison would not acquiesce in their martyrdom.
There has never been a situation like the one that greeted the United States and its al Qaeda prisoners.
And there has never been a situation like the Jose Padilla detention either.
What happened to Padilla was this: After his arrest in May 2002, he was transferred to the military-justice system, where he was held incommunicado and without access to a lawyer.
Padilla is a very, very bad guy. A Chicago gang-banger and thug, he ended up in a Florida prison, where he converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdullah Al Mujahir. He later traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to seek out al Qaeda. He met with al Qaeda officials.
The administration claims he was recruited by al Qaeda in a plot to detonate a so-called dirty bomb here in the United States. He was detained as an “enemy combatant” so that he could be kept in isolation and not do anything to further a dirty-bomb plot from prison.
Still, al Qaeda recruit or not, Padilla is Brooklyn-born and a U.S. citizen. And in a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said yesterday that the rules governing his arrest and detention must be designed by Congress, not by the executive branch.
This is just an interesting bit of news I found about the subject at hand, read the whole article, it’s interesting.
Any doubt that the palestinians deserve to be shoved into the ocean via IDF bulldozers gets dispelled by this: Saddam Capture ‘Painful’ for Arabs – Scotsman.com For many ordinary Palestinians, the TV footage of a dishevelled Saddam obediently submitting to a medical exam by his US captors was painful to watch: it sealed the defeat [...]
Saddam Huusein captured alive near Tikrit- Yahoo! news BAGHDAD, Iraq – Without firing a shot, American forces captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in a dirt cellar under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest was a huge victory for U.S. forces battling [...]
It seems that the longer the war on terrorism goes one, bit by bit, more moderate (IE: Sane) muslims start to realize that maybe the entire western civilization isn’t the enemy. Then they piss off the islamofascists among themselves and have to deal with all kinds of shit. Ruler of Mauritania Courts US Approval- AP [...]
Good article in the Washington Times, someone at least has some common sense. It sure as hell ain’t the assholes pushing this forward. Railroading Col. West- Washington Times One bit I take exception to though: It’s wrong to send men like Col. West into battle in a violent place like Iraq, then destroy their lives [...]
Col. West, the man who was slapped by the PC assholes for intimidating an Iraqi police officer into coughing up info on an immenent terrorist attack, is fighting back. Read the story on Spoons. I’m still kind of upset with Col. West for leaving the bastard un-shot, but seeing the reactions of the PC police [...]
Getting ready to pass out here (it’s near 3am) and this pissed me off to pounding migraine status. An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West, an artillery officer working with the local governing council in Saba al Boor. On Aug. 16, guerrillas attacked members of the colonel’s unit who were [...]
Swallow something you shouldn’t have and need to induce vomiting?? Read this over at the Emperor Misha’s. I love seeing this kind of shit. The more of this gets published in the mainstream media, the more potential moonbats will swing back into common sense land, and avoid a skull splitting from the Tomahawk Of Clue(tm). [...]