January 24th, 2006


Why Not Try The Law?

It is somewhat comical that the president is trying to find all sorts of ways around the fact that he openly violated the law.

Gosh, does 'necessary and appropriate force' really mean that the President has a get out of jail free card with regards to any law that he does not wish to follow?

Internationally the EU is having to deal with it's own tacit involvement with the current administrations policy of torturing detainees. As well as the kidnapping of persons of interest to be tortured. They are currently having to deal with their own historical unpleasantries about the problems on the continent when the process of kidnapping persons of interest and torturing, killing, or for the lucky ones who were useful enough to survive forced labor, merely being discount labor units.
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Time For Some To Get Out Of Drag?

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.

As evidence, Krepinevich points to the Army's 2005 recruiting slump — missing its recruiting goal for the first time since 1999 — and its decision to offer much bigger enlistment bonuses and other incentives.

"You really begin to wonder just how much stress and strain there is on the Army, how much longer it can continue," he said in an interview. He added that the Army is still a highly effective fighting force and is implementing a plan that will expand the number of combat brigades available for rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan.

[ cf YahooNews ]

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More Threats At Law

A federal judge made a final ruling on Monday for the Pentagon to release the names of detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ordered in favor of the Associated Press, which sued the Defense Department in April, 2005, seeking the names of detainees and transcripts of military hearings held to determine whether they were properly classified as enemy combatants.

[ cf reuters ]
Now that is somewhat frightening.

What next? Americans will have the hope that if detained by the American Government, they may at some time get the chance to have their names published. That way they will not simply become 'the disappeared' in the current little 'dirty war'.

Oh be still my little heart!

Dare we hope that at some future day there will be the notion of a Writ Of Habeus Corpus, and the obligation that the government will be required to admit to detaining american citizens???? Why Heavens, that might lead to Free Elections, the secret ballot, a representational form of government. All of the accoutrement of a society based upon Rex Lex, and not merely the Will of the Great Leader!