22 Dec 2010

What Would The Indefinite-Detention Executive Order Prevent?

There’s still a basic confusion about what question the ‘re-habeas’ review panels set up for prolonged detention of terror suspects is supposed to answer. How can a judge establish whether someone’s still a threat to the U.S. — a question that doesn’t have anything to do with the law? Ah,

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21 Dec 2010

Indefinite Detention Executive Orders We Can Believe In

In 2007 and 2008, there was a presidential candidate who argued that (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge was an affront to American values. In 2009, there was a White House that brushed aside reports it would issue an executive order governing (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge. Coming in 2011, there’s

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21 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1172-10 December 21, 2010 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Conrado D. Javier Jr., 19, of Marina, Calif., died Dec. 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces

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21 Dec 2010

Why In The World Is Larry Korb Helping Jonathan Pollard?

NEAR DETROIT, MI — Jonathan Pollard, a former civilian Navy intelligence analyst, is a traitor convicted of spying on the U.S. at the Mossad’s Bureau for Scientific Liaison’s behest. He’s been in jail for 25 years. Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has a thing about trying to free him. There’s a

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20 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1168-10 December 20, 2010 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Eric M. Torbert Jr., 25, of Lancaster, Pa., died Dec. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was

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20 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1167-10 December 20, 2010 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Sean A. Osterman, 21, of Princeton, Minn., died Dec. 16 from wounds received Dec.14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province,

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20 Dec 2010

Max Boot’s Correct Reading

Don’t know if I cosign everything in Boot’s post, but he’s right that Vice President Biden is absolutely misleading when he says that the U.S. will be out of Afghanistan in 2014 come “hell or high water.” That’s simply not what the Lisbon NATO conference agreed to do. And if

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20 Dec 2010

Playing The (Alarming) Percentages

I’m going to take Rep. Peter King entirely at his word. Strip away the pity-party aspects of his op-ed on the coming congressional Muslim hearings and you get this: The great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans. Yet a Pew Poll showed that 15 percent of

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20 Dec 2010

Fudgy The Iranian Whale’s Challenge to American Hegemony

The Green Zone is about to get an Iranian ice cream franchise called Ice Pack, reports the Washington Post’s Liz Sly, in “a vivid reminder of the shifting balance of power here as the U.S. military winds down its presence and prepares to go home.” Sly notes that Ice Pack’s

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20 Dec 2010

You Just Can’t Make Peace With Palestinians

What horrible people, right? Long tables were laid out in the main hall of the Mukata, the presidential compound, and a traditional lunch of lamb and rice was served. Special kosher meals in sealed containers were provided for the Orthodox Jewish delegates. Yes, by all means, take intransigent positions on

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