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  • Is Donald Trump right about military tribunals?

    01/14/2018 7:17:58 AM PST · by MNDude · 13 replies
    Donald Trump has come under fire for recommending US citizens accused of terrorism be prosecuted before military tribunals. But despite the criticism, Trump's concerns are not only merited -- they are, in fact, within the bounds of the law. In November of 2010, Ahmed Ghailani, an al Qaeda terrorist who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people, received a "near-total acquittal," in the words of former Justice Department official John Yoo. Ghailani, in this case a non-citizen, was convicted of just one count of conspiracy, receiving an acquittal on 284 of 285 charges. The odd verdict was...
  • Revolutionary Tribunals [VDH]

    07/09/2013 6:39:40 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/9/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our courts have too often become expressions of the popular will. In ancient Athens, popular courts of paid jurors helped institutionalize fairness. If a troublemaker like Socrates was thought to be a danger to the popular will, then he was put on trial for inane charges like “corrupting the youth” or “introducing new gods.” Convicting gadflies would remind all Athenians of the dangers of questioning democratic majority sentiment. If Athenian families were angry that their sons had supposedly died unnecessarily in battle, then they might charge the generals with capital negligence — a warning to all commanders to watch their...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA, 08-20-12

    08/20/2012 9:00:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    eatured Term (selected at random):SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA The highest tribunal of the Holy See; its origins go back to Pope Eugenius IV (reigned 1431-47). As reconstituted by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the Segnatura has two areas of competency, namely: 1. over tribunals already established, pilgrimages to Rome, matrimonial cases of nullity, erection of regional and interregional tribunals, handling cases involving concordats between various nations and the Holy See; 2. settling disputes arising from acts of administrative ecclesiastical power as a court of appeal, deciding on administrative controversies sent to it by the congregations of the Roman Curia, and judging on...
  • Marriage Advocate Offers Petitions to Vatican Addressing Marriage Abandonment

    02/23/2012 10:20:39 PM PST · by Catholic Iowan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spero News ^ | 02/23/12 | Spero News
    Two canon lawyers reviewed the "Vindicate Rights Petition."Philip Gray, J.C.L, says "in the vast majority of cases today, divorce has become an 'easy out' to avoid responsibility, pass blame, obtain revenge, or somehow justify problems in the marital relationship or between parents and children." Canon lawyer Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M., J.C.L. explained, "I worked in a marriage tribunal for about five years and one of the reasons I eventually quit was because I did not agree with how strongly biased the tribunal officials seemed to be against the bond of matrimony."
  • Terror on Trial (Son of Nuremberg prosecutor details coming trial of KSM)

    01/08/2012 11:23:22 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/7/12 | W Shawcross
    Legal proceedings against violent extremists are a crucial defense of our civilization, writes William Shawcross, whose father was a prosecutor at Nuremberg... Expect to hear a lot about Nuremberg in the months ahead. The war-crimes trials of leading Nazis, begun in that German city in 1945, will form an important subtext as we approach the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of 9/11, and his associates. The pretrial proceedings at Guantánamo may start as soon as March. Since 9/11, America's attempt to balance justice and national security has drawn protests both at home and abroad. Some of the...
  • White House Announces Resumption of Military Tribunals at Guantanamo

    President Obama announced Monday that military trials will resume for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, saying the tribunals are an "important tool in combating international terrorists."
  • The Decline of the Justice Department--Mukasey’s verdict on Holder.

    01/22/2011 10:21:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Former attorney general Michael Mukasey is not prone to hyperbole. He’s a former federal judge, a meticulous lawyer, and, as he proved in succeeding Alberto Gonzales, a skilled administrator who restored morale to a Justice Department demoralized by scandals (real or concocted). He is also obviously nonplussed by the performance of his successor, Attorney General Eric Holder. In a far-ranging interview, he candidly asserts that Holder’s conduct in several key respects has been “amazing.” That’s not meant as a compliment.Mukasey, who presided over the trial of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, is as experienced as any American jurist...
  • The Rules of War Can't Protect Al Qaeda

    12/31/2001 11:56:44 AM PST · by Croooow · 9 replies · 239+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/01 | Ruth Wedgwood
    The Rules of War Can't Protect Al Qaeda By RUTH WEDGWOOD NEW HAVEN — It makes no sense to win a trial but lose the war. With this in mind, a majority of the American public favors giving President Bush the option to use military tribunals against the Qaeda terror network. The tribunals are designed to permit a "full and fair trial" of war crimes without compromising our ability to track the network's future plans. Al Qaeda's skill at countersurveillance has made plain the need to protect sensitive intelligence sources at trial. But some international-law scholars suggest that President Bush's ...
  • Sharia-Sanctioned Marital Rape in Britain—And North America

    10/28/2010 1:50:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Andrew Bostom ^ | October 14, 2010 | Andrew Bostom
    As reported in the UK Independent (10/14/10), president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain, Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, has reiterated alarming comments made during a March, 2010 interview, sanctioning marital rape. Sheikh Sayeed was in fact responding to an inchoate effort at modernizing the contracts which govern Muslim marriages in Britain. The good Sheikh, representing Britain’s main Islamic Sharia court, the Islamic Sharia Council, promptly published a rebuttal of the contract, which included a statement on sexual abuse (page 6 here). He opined in the March interview:Clearly there cannot be any “rape” within the marriage. Maybe “aggression”, maybe “indecent...
  • Smith and Napolitano Disgracefully Wrong

    08/09/2010 12:45:08 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Shephard Smith just interviewed Judge Napolitano on air on the subject of the two military tribunal trials just beginning at Gitmo. The judge went way beyond his competence in saying that "there was no constitututional basis for these trials." Fox News has no meand to post immediately any response to their mistakes on air. They also have no way to reach them by phone. (I know. I've tried many times.) The bottom line is that the Judge made statements that are appallingly, obviously wrong, and Shep nodded like a bobblehead and agreed with him. The Judge said that the Quirin...
  • Cheney Vs. Biden

    02/16/2010 4:25:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 739+ views ^ | February 16, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: A battle ensues between one vice president who defended freedom well and another who sorely needs his boss's teleprompter. Biden accuses Cheney of rewriting history while claiming that Iraq is this administration's victory. Maybe Vice President Joe Biden should think about writing talking points on his hand as his rhetoric reaches levels of absurdity where no politician has gone before. After last weekend's round of competitive gabfests, one would expect to see a billboard of former Vice President Dick Cheney with a caption, "Miss me yet?" We do, sir, we do. After yeoman service helping President Bush fight the...
  • Sen. Brown: VP Biden 'off base' in blasting me on military tribunals

    02/15/2010 5:28:37 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 35 replies · 1,803+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 15, 2010 | unattributed
    Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown took a swipe at Vice President Joe Biden today -- saying that President Obama's No. 2 was “off base” when he said the Republican get his facts straight when it comes to military tribunals and whether he is aware that terrorists have the right to a lawyer. “It was insulting,” Brown, a critic of Obama during his recent Senate campaign, told The comments came a day after Biden blasted Brown during an appearance on CBS's “Face the Nation" when he said he didn't “know whether the new senator from Massachusetts understands: When you get tried...
  • Poll finds most Americans are unhappy with government

    02/11/2010 7:08:33 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/11/10 | Jon Cohen and Philip Rucker
    Two-thirds of Americans are "dissatisfied" or downright "angry" about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is "wasted." Despite the disapproval of government, few Americans say they know much about the "tea party" movement, which emerged last year and attracted voters angry at a government they thought was spending recklessly and overstepping its constitutional powers. And the new poll shows that the political standing of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was the keynote...
  • Would This Canadian Boy Kill Your GI With A Grenade For Allah? - WashPo Wants Your Sympathy

    02/10/2010 1:39:27 PM PST · by JLWORK · 13 replies · 678+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | February 10, 2010 | John L. Work
    Before I made Detective, I worked for six years, two months and thirteen days in uniform within the cell blocks of a major Denver-Metro Sheriff’s Office Jail. We had an entire unit filled with fifteen juvenile males, all of whom stood accused of First Degree Murder. The youngest was fourteen. Each had been transferred to our adult facility because they were too violent for the local juvenile detention center to handle. Charged as adults, each was convicted and sent to prison for life. Several of the murders were unimaginable in their cruelty. A major American newspaper story is eliciting sympathy...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • Gallup: Americans want KSM tried in a military tribunal

    11/27/2009 10:58:42 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 531+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Nov. 27, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Does the Obama administration ever get tired of getting things wrong? As their public support drains from the health-care overhaul they’ve pushed for the last several months, they have managed to find another way to marginalize themselves with the American public. By overwhelming numbers in the latest Gallup survey, Americans disapprove of the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court — and can barely get a majority of Democrats to support it: By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a...
  • Try Them in NY – But in a Military Tribunal

    11/15/2009 10:49:57 AM PST · by goods · 2 replies · 298+ views ^ | Nov/15/2009 | Yossi Gestetner
    People in the Obama Administration, down to NYC Boss Bloomberg, and ended with leftist bloggers say all that “we need to try the terror leaders in NY in order for them to stand trial in the very city they committed their crimes.” This is the main talking point that we keep hearing from those who support bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to NY. The rational of “the same city as they committed the crimes” is certainly a feel-good approach, but if this is the underlying reason, why does not the Defense Department bring over a military commission, set them up in...
  • Time To Begin Peoples' Tribunals

    10/16/2009 2:50:19 AM PDT · by veritas2002 · 19 replies · 974+ views
    Veritas2002 | 10-16-09 | Vanity
    Now that we have seen the demonstrated support of Tea parties both at the local Congressional level and at the level of the Federal government in Washington, it is time to begin Peoples' Tribunals. These would be investigative at first, with people summoned to give testimony about government wrongdoing and abuse of power - most notably acting contrary to the Constitution. We can begin with a national tribunal that investigates ACORN and its voter fraud in the last (and previous) elections. Those appointed to sit on these Tribunals would be seriously vetted to make sure there are no plants from...
  • Loony left very disappointed in Obama tribunal decision(video)

    05/16/2009 3:42:11 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 2 replies · 851+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | May 16, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Candidate Barack Obama severely criticized president Bush for using military tribunals to try terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. On President Obama's first day in office, he suspended the tribunals. Now, he has decided to use the same military tribunals he criticized President Bush for during the 2008 campaign. His backers on the Loony left are very angry.