Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Even I thought the Court of Military Commission Review couldn’t reach such an absurd conclusion. . . . The CMCR’s reasoning is, not surprisingly, a complete joke.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
As reported by the Atlantic, included at the end of the Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act is a measure that would require that all terrorist suspects be placed under immediate military custody rather than being placed with civilian law enforcement agencies.
As it stands, the President can decide whether to place a terror suspect with the military or with law enforcement agencies, and the latter is often preferred because of their expertise in interrogation and intelligence gathering.
This measure was inserted by Sen. John McCain, who has criticized the use of law enforcement agencies in these situations because they allow terrorist suspects to be “lawyered up” despite the pressing need for intelligence. This measure has been criticized because it would force agencies like the FBI to suspend productive interrogations in order to hand suspects over to the military, and it would “pave the way for the military to conduct law-enforcement activities on American soil,” which contravenes the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. Critics also say that the measure is broad enough to encompass American citizens who are suspected of terrorist offenses.
Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon's General Counsel, expressed concern about “overmilitarizing our approach to the current terrorist threat,” while Republican aids insist that the military is “better-suited” because it can “detain [terror suspects] indefinitely and interrogate them without advising [them] of the right to remain silent or giving them access to a lawyer.”
This measure will be debated late-September.
Ironically, a demonstration is reportedly planned for Friday to protest the use of military tribunals, even though the council justifies the use of military tribunals as the only way to handle repeated demonstrations in the country in the absence of an independent and impartial judiciary.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
As Australians prepare to mark the tenth anniversay or the 9/11 attacks, we should not have to be confronted with special pleading - publicly funded at that - by David Hicks.
Among almost 3000 casualties from Osama bin Laden's atrocity, there were 11 Australians. More than 100 have been killed in subsequent terrorist attacks in Bali, London, Saudi Arabia, India and elsewhere.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sprenger has been temporarily relieved of his duties and reassigned while the investigation is pending.
Three Marines May Face Charges Related to “Hazing” in Connection With the Suicide of a Fellow Marine
These Marines allegedly forced Lew to perform “excuciating excersises in his full combat gear,” poured sand on his face, kicked him, and threatened to beat him up - all because he would fall asleep while manning a guard post. Lew's father believes that allegations of his son's poor performance on the job was just an “excuse to beat him up.”
At a hearing on Sept 8, a judge will decide whether to recommend charges.