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Padilla’s appeal denied

The Supreme Court has decided not to consider Jose Padilla’s case contesting his detention as an enemy combatant.

I’m not too thrilled – I would have liked to see the justices take this on, as I feel like there are a ton of constitutional questions to be answered here, especially when it deals with the indefinite detention of American citizens without counsel, charges, or a speedy trial, all things that I thought were guaranteed in the Constitution.

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Sen. Roberts: We don’t need no stinkin’ checks and balances

I rarely discuss politics on this blog, but I saw this on CNN and was utterly outraged.

CNN:

…[T]he Republican chairman [Sen. Pat Roberts] of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he had worked out an agreement with the White House to consider legislation and provide more information to Congress on the eavesdropping program.

“I believe that such an investigation at this point … would be detrimental to this highly classified program and efforts to reach some accommodation with the administration,” Roberts said.

Unbelievable, unacceptable…and par for the course these days. Congressional checks on executive power, anyone? The Framers are turning 10,000 rpm in their graves right now. This is maddening.

Want accommodation? It’s there – it’s called FISA! Or are they going to make a few tweaks and remove the FISA roadblock and permit unlimited wiretapping? That’s sure the vibe I get from all this.

Compromising our liberties is a victory for the terrorists. Make sure you write your Congressional representatives and let them know that. These are the fundamentals of our democracy at risk here.

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Way off the roadmap, at the edge of a cliff…

…seems to be the Israel/Palestine peace process. First, Ariel Sharon is struggling to come out of a coma after a stroke and subsequent brain hemhorrage, and now the militant terror group Hamas claims they control the Palestinian Authority. Not good at all, and it’s definitely reason for concern.

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Russ Feingold is my hero.

The Patriot Act was not renewed today. From CNN:

“I don’t want to hear again from the attorney general or anyone on this floor that this government has shown it can be trusted to use the power we give it with restraint and care,” said Feingold, the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001.

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Jose Padilla Indicted

Took ’em long enough. Of course, he wasn’t indicted for the thing they’ve presumably held him on here in Charleston for the last three years – the crime of committing a terrorist act in the United States.

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Harriet Miers is out

In case you’ve been in a cave (or this is the first destination you have in terms of mainstream media :P), Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the Supreme Court. It’s not surprising. I’ve never heard of anyone who’s had to revise the questionnaire before. Yowsa.

Her “blog” covers this quite nicely. :P

Man, it must suck to be George W. these days. With his top adviser possibly facing an indictment tomorrow, his Supreme Court nominee stepping back, the Iraq situation not improving markedly, and not to mention the fact that a great deal of his base seems to be turning against him…man, who would have thought he’d be a lame duck so soon into his second term? Ouch.

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Outrage over Iran’s thoughts on Israel

CNN.com – Annan: ‘Dismay’ over Iranian comments on Israel – Oct 27, 2005

Doesn’t Iran’s government know what happened in the country next door could happen to them, too? I guess the better question is, do they care?

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“OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M THE NOMINEE!!!”

Harriet Miers’s Blog is a great satirical take on how Harriet Miers must be feeling right now about being Bush’s new nominee to the Supreme Court.