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Life without parole for children

Monday, November 9th, 2009   8:51 am | Author: Isabelle | Life | Add Comment
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“The United States could be the only nation in the world where a 13-year-old child can be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, even for crimes that do not include murder.”


There is a NYT editorial about this issue. An issue that should bother most people since many adults who commit violent crimes in this country receive short sentences or are released on parole after one or more hearings.


The Supreme Court is to hear two Florida cases today. 


“Joe Sullivan, the petitioner in Sullivan v. Florida, was sentenced to life without parole in 1989 — when he was just 13 — after a questionable sexual battery conviction. His two older accomplices testified against the younger, mentally impaired boy. They received short sentences, one of them as a juvenile.”


“The case of Terrance Graham has similar contours. A learning disabled child — born to crack-addicted parents — Mr. Graham was on ..continue reading

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The prince of crime?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009   10:41 am | Author: chris | Politics/Government | Add Comment
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This is the story of a possible murderer named Erik Prince.


Erik Prince, if you do not know was the founder and CEO of Blackwater a company contracted by the US government to provide protection services in Iraq and Afghanistan. 


Blackwater operated in a gray area in which they appeared not to be accountable for their murderous actions in Iraq. According to US law they could not be held accountable by Iraq.


In 2006 a drunk Blackwater contractor shot and killed an Iraqi guard of the Iraqi Vice President. He was flown back to the US by Blackwater, fired but not charged and Blackwater paid off the guard’s family with $15,000. After Iraqi outrage that the Blackwater employee walked away a free man the US government decided to charge him this year. 


In September 2007 6 Blackwater security guards killed 17 Iraqis civilians and wounded 30 others. The attack on the civilians was found to be unprovoked and was said by some to be “premeditated murder”.


These were just a few of the charges against Blackwater.


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Bush actually made the right decision in one case

Saturday, July 25th, 2009   9:15 am | Author: chris | Politics/Government | 1 Comment
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Bush was urged by some of his top advisers, including Dick Cheney, to use the military to round up terrorism suspects in 2002.


He ultimately decide not to do so. One of the few correct decision he made in 8 years.


Using troops for raids and seizure of property on American soil is restricted by the Constitution and various other laws. That does not seem to have deterred the right wingnuts from trying to convince Bush to go ahead and o it anyway.


An article in the NY Times states “Mr. Cheney and others cited an Oct. 23, 2001, memorandum from the Justice Department that, using a broad interpretation of presidential authority, argued that the domestic use of the military against Al Qaeda would be legal because it served a national security, rather than a law enforcement, purpose.


“The president has ample constitutional and statutory authority to deploy the military against international or foreign ..continue reading

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Bush administration zero for four this weekend

Sunday, July 12th, 2009   8:35 pm | Author: chris | Politics/Government | 2 Comments
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This was a great weekend for the previous administration.


First it was disclosed that Cheney had the CIA cover up the fact that a secret counter terrorism program was in operation for 8 years. By law Bush/Cheney were supposed to brief selected members of Congress and their intelligence committees. 


Next a report on friday by the CIA indicated that the former administration’s top secret warrantless surveillance program was limited in aiding the fight against terrorism. Most intelligence officials interviewed for the report had trouble “citing specific instances where PSP (the surveillance program) reporting had directly contributed to counter terrorism successes.” In addition the CIA “did not implement procedures to assess the usefulness of the product of the PSP, and did not routinely document whether particular PSP reporting had contributed to successful counter terrorism operations”. As reported by CNN the report concluded the program was built on a “factually flawed” legal analysis inappropriately ..continue reading

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Do not pass go and go straight to jail?

Saturday, July 11th, 2009   4:55 pm | Author: chris | Politics/Government | 1 Comment
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Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, revealed to members of the House and Senate that former Vice President Cheney ordered the CIA to withhold information about a secret counter-terrorism program from Congress for 8 years.


According to the law the President (Bush) was supposed assure that intelligence committees “are kept fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States, including any significant anticipated intelligence activity”. But the language of the law leaves some flexibility for interpretation. The law also states that for covert programs briefings can be limited to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and their intelligence committees.


Cheney should have disclosed the program to the leaders and their committees.


I think a complete review of Cheney’s (and possibly Bush’s) actions are required to determine once and for all if crimes were committed.


If there were crimes committed they should be brought up on charges ..continue reading

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