The best news of the week is that the Supreme Court ruled that indefinite detentions violate the Bill of Rights. Not only that--the ruling was unanimous! Who would have thought that Scalia, Scalito, Thomas and the rest would so strongly reject the Gulag Bushipelago?
They didn't. It was the Canadian Supreme Court
that so ruled. In this country, the D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals upheld
the trashing of habeus corpus contained in the horrible Military Commissions Act, agreeing with Bush and Congress that the Constitution doesn't really matter.
Speaking of indefinite detentions, Jose Padilla is finally getting a hearing in a real court. His lawyers are arguing, apparently with plenty of evidence, that the years of cruel solitary confinement punctuated by extremely stressful (at the very least) interogation have left Padilla a psychological wreck unfit for trial. Naomi Klein writes
that the whole brutal US system of indefinite detentions and psychological (at least) torture is at long last on trial.
Last month, Chris Floyd wrote
about how, while felons (or those with names similar to felons' names) aren't allowed to vote in Florida, they are (at least the felons) able to buy all the firearms they want. This week, Floyd noted
that the there's a bill being pushed by the fascists in the Florida legislature which would "convey authority to falsify any public record to prosecutors, judges, mayors, sheriffs, coroners and other public officers." Pretty scary when you consider that Florida has a "three-strikes" law. The cops could create two previous convictions for you and then fake the evidence for the third--and your life is over (perhaps literally). Pretty scary anyway. Apparently the fascists think that falsifying records would somehow help in the so-called "war on terrorism." This from a state which harbored and trained several of the alleged 9/11 terrorists. (They didn't learn how to fly in Afghanistan!)WIIIAI notes
that a variety of war criminals in Afghanistan rallied in Kabul's blood-stained soccer stadium in favor of a law granting amnesty to all sorts of war criminals in Afghanistan. Eventually, this may be George Bush's last line of defense.
Because, of course, he continues to pile on the war crimes hourly. While many of the large car bombings and suicide bombings in Iraq make headlines here, the plane bombings do not. Juan Cole
Late Saturday, the US Air Force launched a series of bombing raids on southeast Baghdad. This is absolutely shameful, that the US is bombing from the air a civilian city that it militarily occupies. You can't possibly do that without killing innocent civilians, as at Ramadi the other day. It is a war crime. US citizens should protest and write their congressional representatives. It is also the worst possible counter-insurgency tactic anyone could ever have imagined. You bomb people, they hate you. The bombing appears to have knocked out what little electricity some parts of Baghdad were still getting.
There is no conceivable logic by which airplane or cruise-missile bombing is any less criminal or reprehensible than car, suicide, or IED bombing.