Posts Tagged ‘illicit’
President Obama has once again pledged to close the Guantánamo Bay prison. But can he back up his brave words with decisive action?
At present, legislation bars him from sending the Guantánamo detainees to the mainland United States to receive justice from the federal courts, leaving them to be tried by slow-moving military commissions that deny them many of the guarantees of civilian legal procedure. Nevertheless, the president has a way forward. He can, on his own authority, send federal judges to Guantánamo, where they could resolve the remaining cases in trials everyone can respect.
Previous presidents have established federal civilian courts on territory under American military control without going through Congress. The clearest precedent was set in postwar Germany…
Nothing prevents President Obama from establishing a similar court at Guantánamo, where 166 prisoners remain under indefinite detention and about 100 have gone on a hunger strike. Acting under his authority as commander in chief, the president should quickly direct a team of district judges to try the detainee cases in Guantánamo under civilian criminal procedures. Such an order should also create a panel of federal judges to hear appeals…
We have reached the point of no return. Since President George W. Bush revived military commissions in 2001, half a dozen prosecutors have resigned in protest and Congress has twice passed legislation in efforts to create a system that might win public confidence.
Now the escalating hunger strike has led to forced feedings and physical confrontations in which guards have used nonlethal bullets to quell unrest. It is only a matter of time before suicide attempts further intensify the cycle of resistance and repression…
Constitutional lawyers always prate about ordinary citizens failing to comprehend the value of Human Rights is that the most important time to defend those rights – is when you really hate to do so.
The point, of course, is that Congress and Presidents are equal cowards when they have to face the same question.
In Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers, horse meat accounted for approximately 29 per cent of the meat. The supermarket announced last night that it was removing all frozen burgers from sale immediately regardless if they had been found to contain horse meat.
Tim Smith, the group technical director of Tesco, said: “The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious. Our customers have the right to expect that food they buy is produced to the highest standards.”
An investigation was carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The Food Standards Agency, working with the Irish authorities, established that mainland Britain was part of the area affected.
More than a third (37 per cent) of the products tested in Ireland contained horse DNA, while the vast majority (85 per cent) also contained pig DNA…Horse meat and pig DNA was found in 27 beef burger products. Another 31 foods, including cottage pies, beef curry pies and lasagnes, were analysed, with 21 testing positive for pig DNA.
Traces of horse DNA were also detected in batches of raw ingredients…
The beef burgers containing horse DNA were produced by two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and one plant in the UK, Dalepak Hambleton in North Yorkshire. They were on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland.
Prof Alan Reilly, the chief executive of the FSAI, said: “While there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products, due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same plants, there is no clear explanation for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat…”
“We are aware that investigations are ongoing to ascertain how or why horse meat was used in the products.”
Har. We know all the rationales, excuses. They will be trotted out at various press conferences. Press releases by corporate hacks will be widely quoted by TV talking heads.
They will be sufficient and acceptable. After all, this didn’t originate anywhere East of London. It must be accidental.
A “time and motion consultant” who filmed himself having sex with his girlfriend was cleared of voyeurism after a jury accepted he was attempting to study his own technique.
A jury decided Graham Gibbons did not get a sexual thrill from recording himself with a lover. Gibbons admitted making the 35-minute long illicit tape to assess the efficiency of his bedroom prowess and not for a sexual kicks.
Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told the jury: “He is charged with voyeurism, not with being an oddball. You must decide whether he is guilty…”
Gibbons set up his mobile phone at the bedside to film himself making love to his brunette girlfriend without her knowing.
Video expert Gibbons then uploaded the homemade sex tape onto his laptop to give his professional judgement on his bedroom athletics.
Gibbons told police: “After studying the tape I gave her 20 minutes of sexual satisfaction, five minutes of intercourse and another nine minutes of sexual satisfaction…”
But his girlfriend later found the video on his laptop, called in police and ended their relationship…
The 35-minute long X-rated video was shown to the jury – although the judge asked members of the public to leave the court…
One person who saw the video said later: “It was far from sexy and there was actually very little action in it. I think the jury could see there was very little sexual gratification in it for anyone.”
Har! Funniest news article of the week.
They said parcel post would accept it
A Wisconsin woman who thought she had landed a job shipping clothing to Russian orphans inadvertently found herself at the center of an international weapons smuggling ring, unwittingly sending stolen sniper scopes, night-vision goggles and military gear to Russia, according to police.
Police say the woman, who received the work-from-home job offer through a Website, was likely a patsy in a scheme to ship sensitive equipment purchased with stolen credit cards.
Police, now working with the FBI, would not identify the 44-year-old woman from Ripon, Wisc., and said they had not yet determined who was behind the smuggling ring or fraudulent job offer. A phone number associated with the woman’s address listed in the search warrant was disconnected.
“If ‘ABC Arms Dealer’ in California sends a package with a rifle scope directly to Russia that is going to raise a red flag and likely get stopped and searched,” Capt. Bill Wallner of the Ripon Police Department told ABC News.com. “But a package being sent from a private citizen in Wisconsin might not get searched. That’s why they were using her. They were paying her to change the packaging and address labels.”
I’m still sort of surprised she hasn’t been shipped off to Gitmo by Homeland Insecurity.
Indian opposition parties disrupted parliament, asking questions about a report alleging the government secretly tapped the phones of top politicians. Both the upper and lower houses were adjourned amid angry scenes. India’s home minister denies the allegations.
But senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani has called for a response from the the prime minister.
Outlook magazine reported that the mobile phones of politicians, including a federal minister, were being tapped. It claimed that the phones were tapped by the government using equipment from a federal intelligence agency…
The opposition is also calling for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the matter…
“In the garb of tracking terror, the government is tracking politicians and even their cabinet ministers,” senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said before the session began…
Outlook magazine said that the phones of a federal minister, Sharad Pawar, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Communist leader Prakash Karat and a senior politician of the ruling Congress party Digvijay Singh had been tapped.
Has someone in the Indian bureaucracy gone completely bonkers and hired Dick Cheney to guide security policy? Or has the “American” disease of fear and terror simply continued its path of infection around the world?
Canada leads the world in illegal computer file-swapping and the government needs to address the situation, says the Canadian Conference Board.
The independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Ottawa said as a result of lax regulation and enforcement, Internet piracy is on the rise in Canada. The board said it agreed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s conclusion that Canada has the highest per capita incidence of unauthorized file-swapping in the world.
The board said the estimated 1.3 billion illicit downloads in Canada outnumber the 20 million legal ones by 65 times…
Board Vice-President of Public Policy Gilles Rheaume said, “Canada is earning a reputation, one that is not to be envied, as the file-swapping capital of the world.”
I’ll have to nudge some of my geek mates in the Great White North about their world-class reputation. Har!
Vivian Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has asked that a federal court vacate a rule allowing mining companies to dump waste near rivers and streams.
Salazar instructed the Justice Department to ask the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to vacate the rule adopted in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, The Washington Post reported.
A 1983 law barring mine operators from dumping debris — collected from shearing mountaintops to reach coal seams — within 100 feet of an intermittent or permanent stream if the waste would harm water quality or reduce water flow.
Salazar said the Bush administration pushed through a rule allowing operators to dump the waste into stream beds “if it’s found to be the cheapest and most convenient disposal option.”
“We must responsibly develop our coal supplies to help us achieve energy independence, but we cannot do so without appropriately assessing the impact such development might have on local communities and natural habitat,” he said in a statement.
Ain’t a bad first step – but, that’s all it is. The 1983 law at the base of this little empire of rubble has rarely been enforced by governments led by either of the TweedleDeeDum Parties.