The outcome of the Hamdan case before The Supremes now will decide how Gitmo gets emptied. Whether military tribunals, civilian courts, or courts martial are used to determine the cases, as well as the form of military tribunal if that is ruled the legal method. This decision is expected soon, and it could get things moving at Gitmo very quickly.
Â There are several important cases in the docket for the Supreme Court, the question is will their decisions be a hit parade for conservatives, or will they be sent to the cut-out bin of legal history? Let me lay out what’s there now, what led up to it, and some thoughts, then you decide.
Â In a sure-fire hit for the right today the justicesÂ upheld the State of Kansas’s death penalty law, however the B side of the record is their previous ruling on appeals earlier in June. If you value life, then you have to allow for certainty, so I’m not thoroughly against the prior ruling that allows DNA evidence, and appeals based on the lethal injection process.
It turns out that Tom Delay isn’t from Texas, he’s from Virginia:
It turns out that Tom DelayÂ isn’t from Texas,Â he’s from Virginia:Â Â
DeLay testified in federal court that he has registered to vote in Virginia and that he cast a ballot in that state’s recent primary. He said he has a Virginia driver’s license, has state tax withheld in Virginia and lives in a condominium in Alexandria, Va.
Lawyers for the state Democratic Party pointed out that DeLay and his wife still have a home in Sugar Land near Houston.
DeLay acknowledged that he spent the weekend there but testified that his wife is devoted to helping abused and neglected children and that she is continuing that work in the Houston area.
The fact that your editors believe themselves to be qualified to assess how terrorists are moving money betrays a breathtaking arrogance and a deep misunderstanding of this program and how it works.
Mr. Bill Keller, Managing Editor
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Dear Mr. Keller:
The New York Timesâ€™ decision to disclose the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, a robust and classified effort to map terrorist networks through the use of financial data, was irresponsible and harmful to the security of Americans and freedom-loving people worldwide. In choosing to expose this program, despite repeated pleas from high-level officials on both sides of the aisle, including myself, the Times undermined a highly successful counter-terrorism program and alerted terrorists to the methods and sources used to track their money trails.
Let’s face it, News is a product, as a product those papers are losing market share daily. Both their subscribers and their employees are in decline while their stocks are tumbling. If we pay too much attention we increase the buzz and the exposure, and to me that just makes either their death throes or their reformation take longer.
Some on the right are calling for prosecutions of those papers for endangering security, some are not. Everyone is hot and lathered over the revelations. Exposing the name or the place after the fact might call for a questionable prosecution, and besides that it would serve those papers needs.
Publius Pundit has a great post up regarding the successful ABM shootdown test, you need to take a visit there. This is why it’s important to continue support of all things missle defense, bar none. It sends a real message to North Korea that it was a joint US-Japan shoot down, I hope they are getting the serious message.
Over at Pink Flamingo Bar and Grill Pierre Legrande has exhaustive and detailed analysis of all the links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. The documentation, news links and other detailsÂ go back to before Desert Storm, or the first gulf war.
The work and research put into this must have been monumental, it’s the place everyone should link to whenever you are refuting claims that “there’s no connection! there’s no connection!” (I am remembering one of the “if you can’t win the argument, then shout-it-down talking points Dems appearing on Fox News shortly after we invaded Iraq, can’t remember who it was.) Please bookmark this “oldy but goldy” post.
I also want to point out that Pierre has moved, here’s his new site, here’s the old site.
CAIR continues to try to silence the voices of those in the US who are against Islamofascism and Islamic Wahabbist Imperialism. First it was the JAWA report filtered by Google, now the FBI comes calling on Charles at Little Green Footballs for posts by a nutcase in the comments section of his blog, even though all comments areÂ fully disclaimed on the front page.
In a new poll from The Wall Street Journal, Missouri Candidate Jim Talent leads Democratic candidate Claire McCaskill by 5 points. Check the comments here, her supporters think it might be because she supports our troops. Note that one makes the usual empty threat to emmigrate to Canada.
To exist Communist Dictatorships must imprison, crush, or exile the free individual. Nepal’s fate remains in the hands of its people — will the new government keep the Maoist/Shining path thugs at bay, or will the dark night descend?
The Nepalese people need to watch Prachandra closely — he continues to use threats of violence while at the same time he tries to remove the obstacle to his assumption ofÂ power.Â He carries with him all the earmarks of a budding, fascist cult of personality dictator.
In a new interview he promises revolution in October (fancy that…) if his demands are not met.Â At the same time he wants to disband the army, while diminishing individual freedom and emphasizing central, state control.