Friday, February 06, 2009

No words for this.

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama’s order to freeze military tribunals there. The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama’s Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

“It was her decision, but it reflects the fact that the president has issued an executive order which mandates that the military commissions be halted, pending the outcome of several reviews of our operations down at Guantanamo,” Morrell said late Thursday night.

The ruling also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U.S. or released to other nations.

Obama was expected to meet with families of Cole and 9/11 victims at the White House on Friday afternoon to announce the move.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died on Oct. 12, 2000, when al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the Cole, a guided-missile destroyer, as it sat in a Yemen port.

The Pentagon last summer charged al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, with “organizing and directing” the bombing and planned to seek the death penalty in the case.

In his Jan. 22 order, Obama promised to shut down the Guantanamo prison within a year. The order also froze all Guantanamo detainee legal cases pending a three-month review as the Obama administration decides where—or whether—to prosecute the suspects who have been held there for years, most without charges.

Two military judges granted Obama’s request for a delay in other cases.

But a third military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, defied Obama’s order by scheduling a Feb. 9 arraignment for al-Nashiri at Guantanamo. That left the decision on whether to continue to Crawford, whose delay on announcing what she would do prompted widespread concern at the Pentagon that she would refuse to follow orders and allow the court process to continue.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, the commanding officer of the Cole when it was bombed in Yemen in October 2000, said he will be among family members of Cole and 9/11 victims who are meeting with Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon.

Groups representing victims’ families were angered by Obama’s order, charging they had waited too long already to see the alleged attackers brought to court.

“I was certainly disappointed with the decision to delay the military commissions process,” Lippold, now a defense adviser to Military Families United, said in an interview Thursday night. “We have already waited eight years. Justice delayed is justice denied. We must allow the military commission process to go forward.”

Crawford was appointed to her post in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush. She was in the news last month when she said interrogation methods used on one suspect at Guantanamo amounted to torture. The Bush administration had maintained it did not torture.

Last year, al-Nashiri said during a Guantanamo hearing that he confessed to helping plot the Cole bombing only because he was tortured by U.S. interrogators. The CIA has admitted he was among terrorist suspects subjected to waterboarding, which simulates drowning, in 2002 and 2003 while being interrogated in secret CIA prisons. (AP)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I think I might die laughing:
Obama spokesman defends ethics standards
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite the tax problems faced by high-level nominees, and the exceptions made to the no-lobbyists pledge, President Barack Obama's spokesman is defending the administration's ethical standards.

Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday, "The bar that we set is the highest that any administration in the country has ever set."

During a briefing filled with questions about Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw from consideration to be Health and Human Services secretary, Gibbs pointed to experts who describe the administration's ethics rules as the strongest in history.

He also said those experts recognized that Obama would need to make exceptions to his pledge to run an administration free of former lobbyists.

Obama's choice to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department recently lobbied for military contractor Raytheon. And his choice as deputy secretary at Health and Human Services, lobbied through most of last year as an anti-tobacco advocate.

Since the Obamamessiah was anointed the following things have happened, none of which our MSM could be bothered to report on because they were more concerned about the Obamamessiah's opinion on Jessica Simpson.

-North Korea has scrapped all it's agreements with South Korea and has placed itself on a war footing. They have enough weaponized Plutonium for 5-6 warheads and missiles that can deliver those warheads to Seattle and San Francisco.

-The Iranians publicly pimp slap the Obamamessiah and the Corruptocrats for being the wimps they are. They are laughing because they know they have gotten their fondest wish-a weakling in the White House and their Corruptocrat allies in power here. They will have their nukes by the end of the year and they will make their move when ready because there is no one to stop them now.

-Russia is starting to disintegrate-economically, politically and geographically. There are mutinies in the east, a widening rift between Medvedev and Putin and their economy is in chaos.

-Civil unrest is spreading in China. Bankruptcies, unemployment and protests against the government are increasing. There is a mass migration of people back to the countryside from the cities. The government will have to act soon or give up control of the country. We all know which one they will choose.

-Across Europe there are strikes and rioting. Some countries want out of the EU and the Euro. Trade is being blocked, and Russia is using petroleum as a weapon against them. In many countries their Muslim populations are becoming increasingly strident and violent and the native Europeans are getting fed up with them despite being calld the equivalent of "redneck racist morons" by their Marxist elitists in the government and the media.

-The Indians have had just about enough out of Pakistan. They have moved military assets along the border and Pakistan has done likewise. Pakistan is barely functioning as a country at the moment, it has no control of large swaths of the country and that which they do not control the Islamofascist do.

-The Corruptocrats are using the uproar over that flaming fudge bag aka the "stimulus" package to sneak things into law that should make any freedom loving American's blood run cold. Ever hear of H.R.645 aka the `National Emergency Centers Establishment Act'? It is a bill introduced by Alcee Hastings (D-FL) to create no fewer then six detention centers in the US for housing massive amounts of citizens the government wants to "detain" during a "national emergency". One does have to laugh because the Corruptocrats want Halliburton to build these concentration camps for them.

The bill also gives the president the authority to declare an emergency and take over the direction of all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments without even consulting Congress. Hope and Change indeed.

Why oh why are these things not on CNN? MSNBC? ABC, CBS or NBC?
Why would they not report on it?
Why not ask the simple "All of this, and the Military Budget is being cut by 10%?

We don't want anyone feeling worried now that the 0ne has assended.....

We are in TROUBLE.