Saturday, March 7, 2009

Glenn Greenwald Saturday

As many readers know, the most astute and principled commentator on the "war on terror" efforts of both the Bush and Obama adminstrations, and the Constitutional issues raised by them, is Glenn Greenwald. So once again I can do no better than simply and humbly link to his Salon post today, entitled:

Preventing a judicial ruling on the power to imprison without charges.

At issue is whether the President of the United States can throw someone in jail, even an American citizen, without charging him or her and without providing the detainee access to a lawyer. We know what Bush's position was; Obama still seems to be working his out, despite his campaign promises. Nevertheless, Greenwald does find some positive steps in the administration's latest move.

The torture of Binyam Mohamed. With American and British involvement.

Catholic pedaphile ring strikes again. I see that the Vatican has endorsed the excommunication of the mother and doctors of a 9-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil after being raped. No word yet about the rapist being excommunicated. But abuse of children is not a major sin in the eyes of the Catholic Church.

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