New York (AP) – A lawyer asked a judge Monday to toss out charges against the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to civilian courts, saying he was tortured for 14 hours over five days and denied trial for nearly five years.
Attorney Peter Enrique Quijano told U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani’s right to a speedy trial was violated when he was sent after his July 2004 arrest to a secret CIA-run interrogation camp abroad rather than to the U.S. for a civilian trial.
Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.
You mean that the tactic of the “suicide bomber” surprised them?
I guess that’s not too surpising when you consider that our inteeligence agencies were taken by surprise by the the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Hugo Chavez, pretty much anything the North Koreans do, the first WTC bombing, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, 9/11, the lack of WMD in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance,…..pretty much any important development in the world in the past 50 years.
So, they didn’t see this coming? It probably would have been more surprising if they had.
WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.
Several former Blackwater guards said that their involvement in the operations became so routine that the lines supposedly dividing the Central Intelligence Agency, the military and Blackwater became blurred. Instead of simply providing security for C.I.A. officers, they say, Blackwater personnel at times became partners in missions to capture or kill militants in Iraq and Afghanistan, a practice that raises questions about the use of guns for hire on the battlefield.
Is this another attempt to delegitimatize Blackwater yet again, another attempt to conjure up reasons to prosecute CIA as enemies of the State, or is it just another smokescreen to keep from reporting that ACORN has been caught with their pants down again?
Probably some of each. Blackwater staff is mostly retired U.S. Military personnel, including Special Ops people and the NYT editorial board hates military people. They often complain about the close relationship between Blackwater and the CIA on the weekend around the pool at their Hamptons estates.
They also hate the CIA. Not the Valerie Plame, Leon Panetta CIA, but the part that goes out and does the risky business of gathering info and running up covert ops. They have hated Covert Op people since the CIA exploding cigar failed to kill Castro for JFK. (That was before they discovered that Fidel was one on the great humanitarians of the century.)
And they need to come up with stories that take up space and draw attention to the fact that, not only were they caught suppressing the ACORN under-aged illegal immigrant prostitute story, but they are determinedly trying not to report that fact that ACORN illegally dumped the private financial records of thousands of people after being tipped off by the California AG that they were going to be raided the next day.
ACORN is one of the groups that seems to have the same relationship with the Democrat Party that Blackwater has with the CIA.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
As President, I refuse to set goals that go beyond our responsibility, our means, our or interests.
According to the Index, New Zealand and Denmark and numbers 1 and 2 as the least corrupt. followed closely by Singapore and Sweden tied for number 3.
The United States comes in at number 19. We would probably do better except for Congress. But Puerto Rico is counted separately, coming in at number 35.
Russia is tied at number 146, tied with Cameroon, Ecuador, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe? That’s not a neighborhood I would want to be included in.
Brother Hugo’s Venezuela, the lodestone for all American leftists, comes in at number 162.
And the two most corrupt states are… Afghanistan and Somalia.
Remember though, this is just a measure of perception, not an actual measurement of corruption, which would surely be…corrupt.
Most people in Oregon perceive their State government to be be honest. Even though the Governor and most of the legislature are firmly in the pockets of Labor Unions and Lobbyists.
I usually limit my TV news intake to local news stations. They cover the news I care about and can usually be trusted to be reasonably accurate. Just as long a the news doesn’t concern Public Employees, Union, Illegal Immigrants or other subjects where reporting is circumscribed by Political Correctness.
Today I was on the treadmill and my wife had the flipper. She left to do something and I was presented with ABC News and the shocking story of an innocent Muslim who was driven to gun down 13 people at Ft Hood because he thought some of those soldiers should be prosecuted for War Crimes, and they weren’t.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s military superiors repeatedly ignored or rebuffed his efforts to open criminal prosecutions of soldiers he claimed had confessed to “war crimes” during psychiatric counseling, according to investigative reports circulated among federal law enforcement officials.
His supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry, Captain Naomi Surman, told investigators that Hasan raised similar issues with her in conversations in October, according to documents reviewed by ABC News.
Captain Surman told investigators that Hasan had formally contacted military prosecutors to report patients he was evaluating, according to people briefed on the exchange. She said Hasan signed his e-mails with “Praise Be to Allah.” Legal analysts say psychiatrists are strictly bound by the rules of patient confidentiality except in cases where they might become aware of crimes about to be committed.
Captain Surman, who was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan with Hasan on Nov. 2 told investigators that Hasan had both social and academic issues in his medical training. She said that on one occasion, Hasan told her she was an infidel who would be “ripped to shreds” and “burn in hell” because she was not Muslim.
So you see, those shooting were not the fault of one man, it especially not due to his Muslim faith. It was entirely the fault of the Bush War Machine, and the uncaring attitudes of the American Public. And there were no red flags, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing suspicious.
No one could have see this coming.
(ABC did not make that the theme of their story, but it ran right under the surface.)
The only logical explanation, after examining all the availalbe evidence, is that this was a one-of-a-kind incident. Probably brought on by the constant harassment by Dr. Hasan’s colleagues, who insisted on not being Muslim, Carrie Prejean’s videoes, and his mental anguish over the failure of Sarah Pailin to admit her unworthiness for political office and fade away, allowing the News Media to once again turn their attention to the Greatness of Barrack Obama and the earthly paradise that he will lead us too. A future where no one will insult Muslims by not becoming one or refusing to pay the “jizya” of the dhimmi.
Washington (AP) – A war plan that asks President Barack Obama to commit tens of thousands of additional U.S. forces to Afghanistan is too ambitious, a top Senate Democrat said Monday.
Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the White House’s point man during last week’s tense talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, praised commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal but said his plan for adding troops in Afghanistan “goes too far, too fast.”
Hmm, John Kerry worked hard to bring about an American defeat in Vietnam. He voted against the 1991 Gulf War, for the Iraq War, but changed his mind. Now it looks like he is performing the same loop the loop on Afghanistan.
He’s not anti-war so much as he just can’t stand for America to win.
The CIA is secretly using an airbase in southern Pakistan to launch the Predator drones that observe and attack al-Qaeda and Taleban militants on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan, a Times investigation has found.The Pakistani and US governments have repeatedly denied that Washington is running military operations, covert or otherwise, on Pakistani territory — a hugely sensitive issue in the predominantly Muslim country.
What is it with “Times” newspapers? First the New York Times publishs details about how were are tracking terrorist funding and now the Times of London thinks it would be marvolous if everyone in the world knew that we are basing Predator drones out of the base in Pakistan.
If the Democrats were so worried about who “leaked” the name of Valerie Plame, who was a CIA analyst at Langely, maybe they should find out who is blabbering about our secret bases to the press.
Oh, Senator Feinstein? Oops! I guess there’s no chance that anything would happen to her even if she were caught faxing the NSA intercepts to Islambad.
Can these people possibly be any dumber?
Last week I wondered if the Obama admininstration realized what a gift Bush had given them by getting the supply line through Kyrgyzstan reactivated.
Looks like it didn’t last too long.
Putin probably wanted to give the new President a taste of the way he does diplomacy.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations have agreed to let supplies pass through their territory to American soldiers in Afghanistan, lessening Washington’s dependence on dangerous routes through Pakistan, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday.
The problem of insuring safe supply routes to Afghanistan has been one of the biggest thorns in our side since the closing of K2. But now the Bush State Department has made an agreement for another route so they don’t have to rely only on the routes from Karachi.
That can be good and bad. Good that we have the supply routes and the bad we won’t know until we find out what was given to achieve that. One thing we know is that Russia didn’t do it because they wish us well. Maybe they think we are going to fail as badly as they did and want to help us along for that reason.