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March 1, 2005.
Looks like he had a few too many last night again
Stay Tuned for a new page on the site, called HL COMICS. All the juvenile stuff will be in there. As well as the rest of them. I started it last night and it should be ready tomorrow. At what the hell if you want an early preview Here it is
Bomb Plot Suspect Must Be Charged or FreedBy JACOB JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration, a federal judge ruled the case of "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla is a matter for law enforcement not the military and ordered the government to charge him or let him go.
H.L.s Take: It was a stinging rebuke, because Bush thinks that he should be able to throw anyone in jail for life, anytime he wants for any reason, or no reason at all. Padilla's more than 2 1/2 years in custody, most of it spent in a Navy brig, don't seem closer to an end, however, because Justice Department spokesman John Nowacki said the government will appeal the ruling.
Of course they will, then they will appeal the appeal, and drag this thing out for about 20 years, This is what they always do even when the KNOW, that the person is innocent. If he is innocent he'll get out when hes about 50, without even a "sorry" U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd in Spartanburg, S.C., ruled Monday that the government can not hold Padilla indefinitely as an "enemy combatant," a designation President Bush gave him in 2002. The government views Padilla as a militant who planned attacks on the United States, including with a "dirty bomb" radiological device.
Floyd wrote in his 23-page opinion that to rule in favor of the government "would not only offend the rule of law and violate this country's constitutional tradition," it would be a "betrayal of this nation's commitment to the separation of powers that safeguards our democratic values and individual liberties."
Some of these Federal Judges still actually believe in that stuff, but don't worry, The Supreme court can be counted on by Bush to do their job, which is to shred this useless document called "The Consitiution" Floyd, appointed by Bush in 2003, I hope hes got enough money to retire on, because you can be sure he won't be back to work next time the appointments come around gave the administration 45 days to take action. Padilla's attorney, Andy Patel, said his client is an American citizen who has the right to defend himself in court against charges or else be released. "The real issue in this case is Mr. Padilla's right to have that jury," he said. "That's not just Mr. Padilla's right, that's every American citizen's right." Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, called Floyd's order a significant blow to the administration. "It's a genuine limitation on the president's belief that he can do what he wants in the war on terror," And why wouldn't he think that? its not like The Democrats have done anything to make him think differently. At least now a couple of Republicans are starting to stand up to the monster a little. You know maybe I should become a Republican at least they aren't afraid to fight (a little) said Ratner, whose group represents scores of detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The administration has said Padilla, a former Chicago gang member, sought to blow up hotels and apartment buildings in the United States in addition to planning an attack with a radiological device. Said, but obviously can't prove, otherwise why would'nt they have? Is it that they are sending a message to Americans that says "Hey, We did this to him, we can do it to you" Padilla was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in 2002 after returning from Pakistan. The federal government has said he received weapons and explosives training from members of al-Qaida. And if they "said" it, it must be true right. Again wheres the proof? Deputy Attorney General James Comey last year used a news conference to detail claims against Padilla. Comey asserted that if Padilla had been handled by the usual criminal justice system, he could have stayed silent and "would likely have ended up a free man."
Yes then they could not use him as an example During court arguments last month, his attorneys challenged the government to prove its case or release Padilla. "If everything you say about Jose Padilla is true, prove it," said Denyse Williams, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in South Carolina, which filed a brief in support of Padilla's attorneys. "Everybody says the war on terror could last a lifetime. If they can do it to him, they can do it to others."
Well put Denyse, David Salmons from the U.S. Solicitor General's Office countered at the time that the president has the right to detain any enemy combatant while the United States is fighting al-Qaida. But he added that there's no risk the president may round up citizens and detain them.
And of course they never lie Padilla, a New York-born convert to Islam, is one of only two U.S. citizens designated as enemy combatants. The second, Louisiana native Yaser Hamdi, was released in October after the Justice Department said he no longer posed a threat to the United States and no longer had any intelligence value.
He no longer posed a threat? So how come he did before, what changed? Well at least they were nice enough to let him go after a couple of years. Despite the legal win, Patel was not ready to celebrate yet.
Yeah he can break out that bottle of Champagne around the year 2020. "When my client can join the party, we can all celebrate," he said. "And when I say join the party, that means whether he goes home to his family or when he gets his day in court, then we can all celebrate."
___ Associated Press Writer Jacob Jordan in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this story.
Wow, whats going on? 2 stories in a row, where they government is doing something for the people. I mean, Not being able to hold Amercian Citizens in prison for the rest of their life without charges? And now they decided that they can't execute Children. (by one vote, thanks guys) I don't understand this, why are they helping us? Thats not what they're supposed to do. Is it?
High Court Ends Death Penalty for YouthsBy HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - A closely divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it's unconstitutional to execute juvenile killers, ending a practice in 19 states that has been roundly condemned by many of America's closest allies.
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Recall ArnoldFrom: Rusty Austin, A continuation of yesterdays email
Great - here is the site I have set up Recall Schwarzeneggers Bumper Stickers also, I have attached the documents for you to look at I will try and get the site redesigned this week, to get the ball rolling...
Here is a Notice of Intention for a recall, and an actual petition that you can print, and fill out. Once Rusty gets this going, you can send in your petitions, and if he gets enough of them (+ some money) Its on.
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION
PETITION FOR RECALL
CBS Vice President Resigns Over Bush Story
This guy now has enough money to become a Knight, of a country he's not even from
OK time for me to go to work now, I'm getting kind of hungry, and they have good Bagels over there. Thank god they got me a few hours this week.
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