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June 13, 2008



Obama thinks he can create varieties of habeas suits? I am not a lawyer but that smells like cowdung to me.

Danube of Thought

My un-researched opinion is that both men are wrong, but Obama is closer to the mark. Unless my memory is flawed--a distinct possibility--a habeas petition is already limited in the way Obama is describing. I think the only issue in such a petition is whether or not the petitioner is properly in custody.

I hope someone with more experience, or with the inclination to research the matter, will weigh in on this.


Congress can, it appears, vote to suspend habeas corpus , claiming 9/11 was "an invasion" and that it appears would be a non-justiciable issue.




NBC's Tim Russert died today after suffering an apparent heart attack, according to TV industry sources.


MSNBC hasn't said anything.


Oh dear, he was rather young to die of a heart attack.

I was going to post this for PUK--something that should be underway at the time the referendum is ignored:
"A United Nations report says Britain should abolish its monarchy. The UN Human Rights Council said the UK must ''consider holding a referendum on the desirability or otherwise of a written constitution, preferably republican''. The council has 29 members including Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Sri Lanka. It was the Sri Lankan envoy who raised concerns over the British monarchy. The resulting report said Britain should have a referendum on the monarchy and the need for a written constitution with a bill of rights."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/2122182/Britain-should-get-rid-of-the-monarchy%2C-says-UN.html>UN to UK: Dump the queen


Drudge line says he ways vacationing with his family in Italy, just flew for taping in DC and collapsed.


that just has me really, unexpectedly sad.


What a sad shock. On vacation with his family, how awful for them.


Actually Fox said that he'd just come from BC - and if it was graduation I feel badly for the kids.


Very sad.

On another note, its unfortunate from us Plamiacs that Tim Russert will never write an autobiography to tell his side of the story wrt to Libby.


According to CNN and Fox News, he had a heart attack at work and could not be revived. It may have been the first indication that he had heart disease.

His son just graduated from Boston College.

It is great that he had the pleasure of seeing that.

May God bless and keep his family in their great loss.

Politics, even presidential politics, seem so infinitesimally petty at a time like this.



Chris Wallace just FUBAR'd Russerts role in the Scooter Libby trial.


Now Libby will never get justice.


I don't think Libby would trade places with him, Neo.


My heart goes out to the Russert family. May God grant them comfort and peace.

Patrick R. Sullivan

From Scalia's dissent:

At least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantanamo Bay have returned to the battlefield.... Some have been captured or killed. ....

But others have succeeded in carrying on their atrocities against innocent civilians. In one case, a detainee released from Guantanamo Bay masterminded the kidnapping of two Chinese dam workers, one of whom was later shot to death when used as a human shield against Pakistani commandoes. ....Another former detainee promptly resumed his post as a senior Taliban commander and murdered a United Nations engineer and three Afghan soldiers.

....Still another murdered an Afghan judge. ....It was reported only last month that a released detainee carried out a suicide bombing against Iraqi soldiers in Mosul, Iraq. ....

These, mind you, were detainees whom the military had concluded were not enemy combatants. Their return to the kill illustrates the incredible difficulty of assessing who is and who is not an enemy combatant in a foreign theater of operations where the environment does not lend itself to rigorous evidence collection.

Astoundingly, the Court today raises the bar, requiring military officials to appear before civilian courts and defend their decisions under procedural and evidentiary rules that go beyond what Congress has specified. As THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s dissent makes clear, we have no idea what those procedural and evidentiary rules are, but they will be determined by civil courts and (in the Court’s contemplation at least) will be more detainee-friendly than those now applied, since otherwise there would be no reason to hold the congressionally prescribed procedures unconstitutional. If they impose a higher standard of proof (from foreign battlefields) than the current procedures require, the number of the enemy returned to combat will obviously increase.

But even when the military has evidence that it can bring forward, it is often foolhardy to release that evidence to the attorneys representing our enemies. And one escalation of procedures that the Court is clear about is affording the detainees increased access to witnesses (perhaps troops serving in Afghanistan?) and to classified information.

Now, let's see what Obama was complaining about in his speech to the Senate during the debate:

Current procedures under the CSRT are such that a perfectly innocent individual could be held and could not rebut the Government's case and has no way of proving his innocence.

I would like somebody in this Chamber, somebody in this Government, to tell me why this is necessary. I do not want to hear that this is a new world and we face a new kind of enemy. I know that. I know that every time I think about my two little girls and worry for their safety--when I wonder if I really can tuck them in at night and know that they are safe from harm. I have as big of a stake as anybody on the other side of the aisle and anybody in this administration in capturing terrorists and incapacitating them. I would gladly take up arms myself against any terrorist threat to make sure my family is protected.

But as a parent, I can also imagine the terror I would feel if one of my family members were rounded up in the middle of the night and sent to Guantanamo without even getting one chance to ask why they were being held and being able to prove their innocence.

This is not just an entirely fictional scenario, by the way. We have already had reports by the CIA and various generals over the last few years saying that many of the detainees at Guantanamo should not have been there.

Not terribly prescient, it seems, and someone else's little girls paid the price.


Liz trotta of NBC just said Russert had an obvious liberal bias as do most journalists.


My sincere sympathies to the Russert family. I did, however, lose some (not all) respect for him during the Libby case.

Looking beyond this weekend's and next weeks many tributes and memorials, one has to wonder how NBC will fill his seat at MTP.


He was but a man, centralcal. Imperfect.

I have to say, watching Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory discuss their personal closeness to the man, I've no doubt they would have closed ranks to protect each other.
I don't know if that's what happened, but you can tell they loved Tim Russert.

Patrick R. Sullivan

When we've got the bad guys locked up in Gitmo, this can't happen:

Taleban militants have attacked a jail in the Afghan city of Kandahar and set hundreds of inmates free, reports say.

There have been a number of casualties among security forces, they say. A lorry bomb blew open the main gates of the jail and 40 Taleban stormed inside.

....An eyewitness told the BBC that the force of the initial blast was enough to blow out windows up to 3km (1.7 miles) from the prison.

And, at Gitmo they're better treated:

Last month inmates at Kandahar jail ended a week-long hunger strike after a parliamentary delegation promised to address their demands.

Almost 400 prisoners said they had been denied access to fair trials and some also complained of torture.


Karl Rove has just delivered a personal eulogy for Russert on Cavuto's show.

Very classy and heartfelt.


Jane Hamsher seems to think that the internet killed him

Dave Winer said that "the Internet destabilizes every hierarchy it contacts." Russert stood as a symbol of an institutional journalistic hierarchy for many of us, and bloggers right and left railed against him mightily. He took arrows on behalf of many who practiced the journalism of his era, and stood his ground.

or as usual takes herself and her miniscule importance way too seriously

I know JOM gave Russert a bit of a hard time during the Libby trial, but I am unaware of any JOM'ers who started "Open letter to Tim Russert" blogs and endless "pumpkinhead" references.


NBC is in big trouble without him. Andrea is one face lift away from becoming a skull and Gregory is too obnoxious to be long endured. Only Russert's warm, folksy style kept that show on the road.

Danube of Thought

This is a winning issue for Obama. The nation in general has no more idea what is actually at stake than does David Souter. Obama can sound high-minded and prescient, linking McCain to Bush in the bargain, whereas McCain sounds pretty much incoherent.

What an unmitigated disaster. Both the decision and the Republican candidate.


The Court was clear that it can't be a "one shot" writ, because evidence may surface after the determination. Further, a decision to hold a combatant because he is considered dangerous would need to be revisited, and under the Court's view, that determination might be reviewed by the courts. The Court did not reach the merits on the availability of the writ for conditions and treatment, but if the detainees have constitutional rights, why would they not have a right to bring a challenge for those? Obama can't give a reason, because there isn't one.
So whatever Obama's position in 2006, the Court has clearly spoken and Congress no longer has the power that Obama suggested.

Thomas Jackson

Its sad that we live under an imperial judicary, where five unelected individuals can make up the law whenever they please.

Apparently the five idiots who made this decision believe the Constitution is a suicide pact. Try as I might I can find not one iota to support their contentions. Did captured British troops appear before tribunals during the Revolution; captured Germans, Japanese, and Italians in WWII?

I hope the individual trooper will exercise his rights as granted to him under Atcile IV of the Geneva Convention when dealing with terrorists. As for the Supreme Cout I long for the day when we get another Andrew Jackson who said to the court you made your decision now enforce it. But our presidents today are merely plastic imitations of men with metrosexual wardrobes and characters.


Yes, Thomas Jackson, it would be great if the President and Congress told the Supreme Court to stuff it. Unfortunately, it's now like God has spoken, as I believe Nancy Pelosi put it.

Power grabs are supposed to be countered by one or both of the other branches, but that's all in the past now.


Congress should suspend the writ..it has the power to do so..it can declare the 9/11 attack an invasion within th meaning of the Constitution , declare also that this is an emergency and then continue per the legislation they enacted.

Soylent Red

Congress should suspend the writ

Good luck with that. It would require the Copperheads to admit that

a. Guantanamo housed people who were not victims of the evil Bush Regime

b. There are, in fact, people who want to kill us for reasons unrelated to who is President


Still, If I were a Rep I'd start pushing for it. Congress voted overwhelmingly for the legislation the SCOTUS just said was inadequate, suspend the Writ and enforce the legislation. (If the copperheads don't vote for it, let them explain why.Let the them include the blue dogs already running from Obama and who the party needs to make up the majority)


I was out playing with the little ones and came in to get a soda, when I heard the news alert come over the TV, broadcasting to an empty room. Tim Russert dead of a heart attack at age 58. My knees buckled from the shock of it. I immediately felt guilty for all the terrible things I said about him during the Scooter Libby trial and then I remembered the last month of my Mother’s life and how Tim Russert played a role. His book, Big Russ and Me, had just been published. Even though it is about a son and his father, the main theme of the book is all about the values that Big Russ imparted to his son. I bought the book and sat with my Mom and read it to her. She had lost most of her eyesight due to a stroke, but her mind was still sharp as ever. As I was reading, I looked up and discovered tears streaming down my Mother’s face and when she realized I was looking at her, she tried to smile and said, “those times are gone, I’m afraid.” I asked, which “times” do you mean, and she said, “a time when people treated each other with respect as a matter of courtesy, a time when people were more important than things.” She then began to talk about my own father and how much Big Russ reminded her of him. I was only 13 when my father died, I have some very vivid memories of him, but only the memories of a child. I learned that afternoon about my Father the man, a man very much like Big Russ, even though they came from very different backgrounds and with very different politics. So even though Tim Russert made me want to throw something on more than one occasion, especially as he became more negative about the war, I’ll always have a special soft place in my heart, because he was the vehicle that helped make my Daddy come back to life for me in his own portrait of his father. A gift that goes far beyond the day’s headlines and political infighting. We shared a birthday and we shared memories of an era and our parents who survived the Depression and WWII to become the “greatest generation.”

Danube of Thought

"The Court was clear that it can't be a 'one shot' writ, because evidence may surface after the determination."

Not sure I understand. If the "determination" is that he is improperly held, that's the end of it. If it goes the other way, what's the vehicle for surfacing the evidence?

It would probably help if I read the whole opinion (an unlikely event), but based on the excerpts I've seen the Court only reached the habeas issue, and didn't address such matters as the fourth, fifth and sixth amendment rights.

When Obama spoke in 2006, he was clearly operating on the assumption that the detainees had no habeas rights under the constitution, and if that were the case congress could have granted such a right with whatever limitations it chose to impose. No longer the case.

There is simply no way that the present congress (let alone the one we'll have a year from now) will ever declare that there has been an invasion for the purposes of suspending habeas. This matter is pretty much closed for the foreseeable future. Neither the Court nor the congress--nor, I believe, a majority of the electorate--really believes that we are at war, other than in Afghanistan and Iraq. The nation has reached a consensus that Al Qaeda's explicit declaration of war against the US can simply be wished away or ignored.

Danube of Thought

Clarice, I devoutly hope that the GOP in the Senate tries to do exactly what you propose. However, my guess is that if they do it'll never make it out of the Judiciary Committee, never get to the floor.


When we've got the bad guys locked up in Gitmo, this can't happen:

Taleban militants have attacked a jail in the Afghan city of Kandahar and set hundreds of inmates free, reports say.
There have been a number of casualties among security forces, they say. A lorry bomb blew open the main gates of the jail and 40 Taleban stormed inside.

....An eyewitness told the BBC that the force of the initial blast was enough to blow out windows up to 3km (1.7 miles) from the prison.

You are deulsional. One has nothing to do with the other, except in the minds of frightened cry babies. Please grow a spine.

So you are so scared of the due process that you would throw away what America stands for? How on earth can it be so bad to merely process these SUSPECTS - that is all they are at this point (SUSPECTS) - so we only punish the convicted ones? It appears America is stronger, braver, and more patriotic than you will ever be. We have a country of laws, and your idiot king does not make laws - that's Congress's job. If you can find someone in your family who can read - and I highly doubt that (go home schooling!) please ask them to read our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Those documents are fo your protection too.

You really believe the government should be able to take an American citizen off the street and put them away forever? For no reason? With no evidence? Please leave America now. She does not need you and those like you.


Have you all seen Andy McCarthy's piece Treachery?

Most of it we know here at JOM, but this is a fantastic source that puts it all in one place. I am highly recommending everyone read this.

Patrick R. Sullivan

High quality argument, Tom!

When did we ever offer 'due process' to enemies captured in war?

Did you notice that the Gang of Five nullified Congress's duly enacted law? I.e. Congress did their job.

Soylent Red

You really believe the government should be able to take an American citizen off the street and put them away forever? For no reason? With no evidence? Please leave America now. She does not need you and those like you.

They are not citizens.

They are not innocent.

They have made it to Gitmo because of a preponderance of evidence.

If you don't know, or don't believe these facts, you probably deserve the fate they have in mind for you.

Just don't stand next to me, because I don't.

Soylent Red

In fact, go stand in France, because my country doesn't deserve what they have in mind for us either.


Why is it so hard for some people to understand that these are not criminals but illegal enemy combatants, terrorists, whose sole reason for being is to kill anyone who disagrees with their psychopathic view of America and the world outside Islamic extremism.

Rick Ballard

If the five Supreme Asses do something similiar interpreting the 2nd Amendment case then McCain's election will be assured.

What tiresome cretins these progs are.

Danube of Thought

"How on earth can it be so bad to merely process these SUSPECTS - that is all they are at this point (SUSPECTS)."

You seem to think that a war is a crime wave. Why didn't we grant habeas corpus rights to any of the 400,000 German prisoners held on US soil at the end of WWII? The Court just granted these men rights that those Germans never had, merely because, unlike the Germans, they violated the laws of war by not wearing uniforms.

And for God's sake get your facts right. None of these people is an American citizen, and none was captured in the US. Each and every one of them has had a hearing before a congressionally-established tribunal which determined that he was, in fact, an unlawful enemy combatant. Each of them has had the right to appeal that determination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal.

Other than that, you make a hell of a case for whatever your position is.


Funny thing, the "Gang of Five"--in all their loony, robed majesty--still don't realize they've inadvertently imposed death sentences on lots of Taliban and Al Qaeda.

(*Military officers talking in 'wide-eyed innocence'*) Gee whiz, counselor, we REALLLLLLY wanted to capture those Taliban dudes alive, but, shucks, they just kept shooting or trying to escape. We REALLLLLLY did our best to aim low and just wound them, but, whoa, it's hard to do that when rounds are zipping right past your head. On top of that, we didn't have our morning cup of joe--and you know how twitchy people can get when THAT happens. Y'know what I mean? Yeah it's a bitch, and we're REALLLLLY sorry, but we'll REALLLLY try to do better in the future. Honest Injun!"

Soylent Red


Look for a resurgence in Rule 303.

I'm pretty sure it's not in the statutes, but it covers a lot of gray areas.


This is the downside of success..We had every reason to believe that the attacks would continue and used every means to see ythat they didn't. Because those means proved successful, hardly anyone acknowledges the continuing threat. FEH



I don't know how you endure the carp coming out of Congress and the Supreme Court and the idiots like Tom.

Hope you know we all stand next to you and are proud of it!!

Soylent Red


Were you the one who offered to put me up for a night when I crossed country?

I might need to rent a 8x5 space of your floor for a night before long.

And Clarice, get your i-Pod money ready.

I'll know next week.


Will you need a place to stay in D.C.? If so whistle.


8x5 space, Rent???

Soylent, you are welcome to have the whole house free and I'll stock the bar with your favorites. If you give me enough notice I'll order Allen Brothers steaks and have the Girl Scouts parade in your honor. Smooches

hit and run

I'll mud wrestle everyone for the right to have Soylent sleep with me.

Oh wait. That came out wrong.

I mean he can sleep at my house.

In another room.


Neither the Court nor the congress--nor, I believe, a majority of the electorate--really believes that we are at war, other than in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It's certainly too bad that Al Queda and other terrorrist groups disagree.


They have made it to Gitmo because of a preponderance of evidence

I saw some pundit last night say that most of the detainees are there because they were sold by war lords. Innocent, in other words.

I still don't understand why our military justice system is good enough for our military people but not good enough for terrorists.


Heh, they say 'war lord' like it's a bad thing.

JM Hanes


"Neither the Court nor the congress--nor, I believe, a majority of the electorate--really believes that we are at war, other than in Afghanistan and Iraq."

The LA Times features an op-ed on Scalia's dissent that basically ignores the fact that we're at war at all:

His ill-considered language makes it harder for national leaders to clean up one of the darkest blots on America's reputation in President Bush's post- 9/11 world -- the policy of detaining enemy combatants that is summed up in one word: Guantanamo.
It's not about the law or the Constitution. It's about BushWorld and our reputation. It's very definitely not about war or the laws of war:
For instance, it is already possible to imagine a new legal framework that would allow long-term detention in the United States of a small number of detainees who would either be held with regular and rigorous judicial review of their status (much as Israel has done with suspected terrorists it detains), or prosecuted in federal court or military tribunals.
If we were only talking about a handful of miscreants, why would we need a whole new legal framework? Indeed, the author seems to believe that if it weren't for Guantanamo, we'd be winning the police action against terror anyway:
Scalia seems to believe that Guantanamo has made Americans safer. But we know that Guantanamo and its harsh interrogation policies have attracted global disapproval and made it difficult for our allies to cooperate with us on counter-terrorism issues.
Guantanamo has certainly attracted "global disapproval," but it had almost no impact on critically important clandestine cooperation, which continued effectively apace till James Risen & Dana Priest stepped up to the plate.

Somehow, it doesn't surprise me that the author is "a former State Department staff lawyer with responsibility for the law of war, is executive director of the UCLA School of Law's international human rights program." I do wonder precisely what "responsibility for the law of war" is supposed to mean.

I have unallayed concerns about letting government scoop up American citizens on American soil and nullify their Constitutional rights by simply declaring them enemy combatants, as they did in the Padilla case, which I still find pretty shocking. The issue of Guantanamo detainees, however, is a completely different matter, and I don't see nearly enough people drawing distinctions between the two. I haven't read the actual decision yet, but I have to wonder if the widespread tendancy toward such conflation played any role in the Supremes thinking. I wish I could remember where I read that the only thing that's crystal clear in this ruling is that the majority started out knowing where they wanted to go and just had to figure out a way to get there. That seems to be par for the course (go golf!) across the board these days.

hit and run

a former State Department staff lawyer with responsibility for the law of war, is executive director of the UCLA School of Law's international human rights program

Dammit. I was going to write a parody of some shmuck's title and was going to use just that formulation.

Well, I was going to use Columbia U, but still, the nerve of that guy.


The issue of Guantanamo detainees, however, is a completely different matter

IMO drawing such distinctions is part of the problem. One Padilla can be handled either way without broadly risking security, but once you claim that enemy combatant treatment is "wrong" for a citizen regardless of their intent, training and mission, it becomes impossible in a postmodern justice system to discriminate against any other human's rights.

By my symbolic processing "enemy combatant" and "citizen criminal" are not mutually exclusive and haveing the former take precedence during war is perfectly sensible.

The fear that BushHitler simply declares political opposition to be enemy combatants and rounds them up is more real to some than the idea that terrorism is an existential threat. If nothing else decisions like this one reveal how delusional that type of symbolic processing is compared to the reality.


Soylent Red: By rule 303, I assume you mean the British MKV Short Magazine Lee Enfield .303 bolt action rifle.

This solution, while preferable, is unlikely. I mentioned previously that the Lawfare has infected the military lawyers as well.

JAGS are involved in every level of war planning and execution. The section JAG will insist that prisoners be taken, otherwise murder charges will be presented.

The military will no longer pass prisoners to the local jurisdiction because the locals may not be trusted not to torture the prisoner. We own them all, and they all have habeus corpus rights.

The JAG corps will need to be at least division strength to cover the increased workload. As a natural consequence, I see a four star JAG in the offing followed by her appointment as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

JM Hanes

"IMO drawing such distinctions is part of the problem."

A major chunk of what was passed in the Patriot Act had been on every prosecutor's wish list long before 9/11, and the use of such tools has not been confined to the pursuit of terrorists -- it seems like almost any clerk can write up a National Security Letter these days. It may make me queasy, but I'm OK with most of that because terrorism is an existential threat, and preventing violent acts is an entirely different proposition from traditional law enforcement.

I am not OK with suspending a citizen's right to habeas corpus here at home on the basis of unreviewable designation alone -- in large part because this is a non-traditional war which is going to go on a long, long time. Should such designations ever become even tolerably routine (See: Nat'l Security Letters), abuse is virtually guaranteed to follow as night the day. I'm not your BushHitler histrionic, but I can certainly imagine plenty of other corrupt pols (See: Chicago, See: Clinton...) sealing off inconvenient threats. It seems downright naive to rely on better angels.


On a separate matter. What does this ruling do for the protection of civilians on the terrorist battlefield.

The court has given unprecedented protections to ratbags who not only use civilians for cover, but kill civilians as part of their mission.

It seems to me that the ruling flies in the face of the laws designed to ensure combatants, especially unlawfull combatants, think twice about doing just what the rat bags do every day.


"I am not OK with suspending a citizen's right to habeas corpus here at home on the basis of unreviewable designation alone -- in large part because this is a non-traditional war which is going to go on a long, long time."

They are not citizens or legal residents.

Danube of Thought

"We own them all, and they all have habeus corpus rights."

Not really, not even under this deplorable decision. This ruling was predicated on the fact that the US has de facto sovereignty over the base at Gitmo. If you take them in Iraq or Afghanistan and lock them in a ConEx box, no court can order them free.


I am not OK with suspending a citizen's right to habeas corpus here at home on the basis of unreviewable designation alone ...

Current reality is your unOKness is immediately expanded to legal residents then undocumented aliens then foreign prisoners, as we have just seen happen.

During war enemy agent trumps citizen. Even I do not acknowledge significant difference between citizen and human rights because frankly such distinctions have a far worse history of abuse than what you express concern for. Bottom line is the reasoning behind "wrong for citizen then wrong for human" is where I agree with the ACLU types. If Padilla qualifies as enemy citizenship is a lesser concern.

JM Hanes

"Current reality is your unOKness is immediately expanded to legal residents then undocumented aliens then foreign prisoners, as we have just seen happen."

Which directly results from the kind of conflation I'm objecting to.

"They are not citizens or legal residents."

That's the point I was making about the distinction between the occupants of Guantanomo under military auspices and U.S. citizens arrested on U.S. soil.


kind of conflation I'm objecting to

But the conflation is more reasonable IMO than some rule based distinction not shared by the public in general.

JM Hanes

You're rejecting "rule based" distinctions -- in a discussion about law?


Actually my point has nothing to do with law. When law becomes a suicide pact it loses most of the shine for me.


McClatchy of course, as night follows day is playing the 'we're all inocent here; card
in their most recent series. Relying strongly on the Seton Hall study, then downplaying the actual findings there in
when they indicate culpability. No mention of the 37 freed detainees, including Salem
al Ajmi, although they will get to that by day three "when terrorists are made, by putting innocent detainees with radical mullahs" They dis the more comprehensive
West Point Institute on Fighting Terrorism
(because after all, what would an army know
about terrorism)which indicates a more extensive detainee involvement in insurgent activities. They leave out the Kuwait co-ordinated public relations push to exonerate
the detainees and de-ligitimize the war on terror. And they wonder, why they're going
the way of Countrywide stock.

Another book, that takes up the similar '
Evil Bush administration torturer 'angle, Phillip Sands "The Torture Team" suffers from the same plan. It was excerpted in the Huffington illustrated (Vanity Fair)so that
shows its worthlessness. Like Banquo's ghost, the name Mohammed Al Quahtani, the 20th hijacker hovers over the tale. Addington, Haynes, Bybee, along with Cols. Dunleavey and Beaver are the clearvillains; for daring to consider that the detainees be held at all. The "brave attorneys" Marguilies, Gillon, Gutierrez are the heroes. and fendy Quahtani is clear the victim. No mention is made of his clan
affiliation (Doughty's vicious cannibal
fighters), his kinsman's efforts in Iraq in Baghdad & Fallujahor even of the snippet of testimony that Bin Laden biographer and Iraq War skeptic Peter Bergen put in his latest tome; about his training at the Khost camp in Afghanistan.


IIRC Marguilies began his career working for Ted Kennedy and in certain circles was believed to be leaking stuff from inside the DoJ to critics of the administration.


C'mon misty, go eat that venison stew......


The facts are rather clear; many of these detainees (whether 43% or 56% were involved with AQ, Taliban or the like. Of the 700 or so detainees, at least 5% that we know of have been recidivist in Nalchik, Iraq, Afghan. the last Salem al Ajmi, waited three
years to carry out his act of martyrdom. Civilian trials for these detainees will more like the circuses of the Padilla and Moussaoui proceedings, or the ill considered
David Hicks plea bargain. In order to prevent classified information to be revealed; likely they will be released and we'll see them again as part of a new outrage, propaganda wise, like Yee and the
Tipton 3, stars of the agitprop "Road to Guantanamo;subsequently tripped up by their duplicity, after submitting to a new type of
lie detector; or a Mosul, a Nalckik, et al.
The previously referred piece was full of 'anonymous intelligence officers' who expressed their misgivings while on the record personnel have to rebuff all the defense insinuations (like the Koran in the
toilet story) Interestingly, the story doesn't focus on Saudi Ilkwan members like
the Quahtani, Mutair, Uteibi, (one of which was the hapless suicides)Ghamdi, or similar
directed Hadramauti or other groups.

One wonders why people would rally de jure to the enemy's standard; the less BDS riven fiction, suggests some possibilities. Simple
ignorance like the DOJ staffer in Vince Flynn 'Memorial Day')Blackmail, of a kind, at the heart of the Christopher Reich's financial terror thriller "Devil's Banker" which features the clan Uteibi. Or of course, there is the rallying to what is considered to be the prevailing side; an illustration of Bin Laden's 'strong horse'

A variant of BDS, what we could call American Dernagement Syndrome; or Human Derangement Syndrome, manifests itself in the Hulk sequel; less toxically than the predecessor and at black widow levels in the
mid season finale of BSG, where the Colonists discover what appears to be Earth, and it turns out to be a nuked slag heap; riven with radiation. Prestige media,
like Andre' Dubus's 'reimagining of the last days of a 9/11 hijacker, prompted by quasi truther Daniel Hopsicker's delusion. Gore Vidal's rantings that he doesn't believe's McCain's Vietcong inprisonment to
have happened.


Hey Narcisco--although I appreciate many of your book referrals--the ones listed in your above comment are none I will track down anytime soon:-)

However, I watched a segment of Book TV featuring Victor Davis Hanson--very worthwhile watching if you have an hour to spare--and he tries to answer the BDS question.


This is an arrogant decision completely devoid of common sense.
Though I understand the reason why most if not all of those appointed to the Supreme Court are lawyers, I question if this is an appropriate result, specially when you take into consideration that the framers of the Constitution did not place the requirement of a law degree on the Document when they had the opportunity to do so. It might have been that they thought that other trades and professions should also be represented. That those that day after day have to come up with practical common sense solutions to the challenges they face, should sit side by side with those that are trained to use their mind to gain advantage in favor of those they represent. That the judgment of those that get their hands dirty in the day to day of world reality, would complement that of those that are comfortable arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

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