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Supreme Court Rules Against Gitmo Kangaroo Courts

Good news for a change.  In 5-4 decision the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that internees at Guantanamo are entitled to have their cases heard by a U.S. Federal Court.

So much for an October execution of KSM to improve Republican prospects in the election (or just make its theft more credible).

This AP Story is just a stub (update: now enough details to quote)-

Supreme Court backs rights for Guantanamo detainees

Associated Press

4 Minutes ago

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.

The justices handed the Bush administration its third setback at the high court since 2004 over its treatment of prisoners who are being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The vote was 5-4, with the court’s liberal justices in the majority.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said, “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

The Morning News

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1 Gates begins wartime transition to new leadership

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

35 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Anticipating the first wartime change of presidents in 40 years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he has begun laying the groundwork to enable his successor to manage the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and other challenges – from his or her first day in office.

Gates said that over the past two decades it has become more difficult and time consuming to get key officials into Pentagon jobs early in a new administration. Doing it faster will be even more important this time, he said, in light of the complexities of the wars and difficult security issues elsewhere.

“I’ve been through a lot of these (transitions) and I’ve seen them up close and I want to see if we can improve on the past,” he said. Gates’ national security career dates to the Nixon administration and includes the transition in January 1993 from President George H.W. Bush to President Clinton.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

HarlequinSo I’m going to disappear, except I’m not really, but I do have business that is going to take me away from my regular internet connections.

This has happened before though everyone has had the good grace not to notice it in part because I’ve acculturated you to expect nothing but negligence.

I assure the fans of my occasional and diffident nature my departure is merely intermittent and temporary.  During this time I shall be making random and haphazard appearances here and there.  This week is ramp up to Friday when the show goes into Out of Town tryouts. After that, Monday we go Off Broadway and Wednesday is the day the critics come for Opening Night at the Big Show.  We close Sunday and everyone goes on the road except the roadies (isn’t it ironic) and if history is any guide I’ll have the sets and lights packed up by Tuesday after, ready to send to the next stop on the tour.

I will lift heavy objects many times.  I will eat dust and walk in mud.

Occasionally in my lighthouse I will doze as the grand plan unfolds.  Gotta love it when that happens.

The more things change the more they stay the same.  See you around.

Weekend News Digest Weekend News Digest is an go to link Open Thread

57 Stories.  U.S. News (done), Politics (done), Business (done), and Science (done).

Final edition until June 28th unless someone picks it up.

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1 War bill helps Iraqis, may ignore Katrina victims

By JOHN MORENO GONZALES, Associated Press Writer

2 hours, 16 minutes ago

NEW ORLEANS – A long way from Iraq and the war debate in Washington, Herman Moore sat outside a tent in a downtown New Orleans homeless camp, trying to make sense of a proposal that helps Iraqi war refugees but will likely exclude Hurricane Katrina victims.

“Messed up is not the phrase. I think you know the phrase,” Moore said. “This place has been forgotten, just forgotten.”

The 56-year-old lifelong city resident is referring to Congress’ plan to spend $212 billion to finance the war in Iraq. In the massive spending bill, $350 million is set aside to help Iraqi refugees while just $73 million has been allotted to help shelter physically and mentally disabled Katrina victims – and that money could be cut as early as Tuesday.

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1 Europeans already looking beyond Bush presidency

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

17 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – President Bush’s motorcade will speed through European capitals next week, but for many Europeans, the Bush presidency already is in their rearview mirrors.

Trans-Atlantic relations are on the upswing as European leaders have moved beyond their anger over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Still, anti-Bush sentiment runs high on the streets, though that is being mollified by Europeans’ excitement about the race for Bush’s successor.

Like many Americans, Europeans have Bush fatigue. Many believe Barack Obama and John McCain will have different positions – perhaps more favorable – than Bush on issues important to Europe. The president continues promoting his agenda on climate change, Mideast peace and world trade issues, yet his influence has ebbed.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

where to buy canadian viagra no prescription online Robert Freeman: (to Huey) How many times have I told you, you better not even dream about tellin’ white folk the truth!  You understand me? (walks away)  Shoot!  Makin’ White people riot!  You better learn how to lie like me!  I’m gonna find me a white man and lie to him right now!  The Garden Party

The truth is everything this administration tells you is a lie.

Remember The Pentagon Shill Scandal?  A month ago.  The Scotty Show?  Two weeks.  Phase II?  Today.

Another important story that is getting ignored in favor of arguing about teeth are the lies regarding our status of forces arrangement with the Iraq.  Are we blackmailing Maliki? This is clearly a fundamentally bad deal for Iraq, we demand over 50 bases, control of the airspace under 29,000 feet, ability to arrest anyone and take any military action without consulting any Iraqi and with no consequences under Iraqi law.

It’s hardly a secret to the Iraqis, a majority of parliament has already sent "a letter to members of Congress that rejected the idea of a US-Iraq agreement unless the United States agrees to a specific timetable to get out of Iraq".  Former Iraqi President Rafsanjani says- US trying to "enslave" Iraq with security agreement.

What about Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the most influential man in Iraq?  From Juan Cole

Al-Hayat writing in Arabic reports that Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (the leading bloc in parliament and keystone of the government of Nuri al-Maliki) is saying he spoke to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani about the security agreement with Washington. He says that Sistani laid out four points to which any such agreement must adhere:

  • National sovereignty
  • Transparency
  • National consensus
  • Parliamentary approval of it

Al-Hakim met with Sistani Wednesday evening, along with some journalists. The journalists reported that the grand ayatollah stressed national Iraqi unity in the face of challenges, expressed his concern about the lack of services for citizens, including electicity and water, and said the water shortage was especially harming farmers. He also urged haste in the rebuilding of the Askariya Shrine in Samarra.

Al-Hakim said that his own party felt the current American draft detracts too much from Iraq’s sovereignty and fails to protect Iraqi wealth. He said that Sistani did not go into details but stressed general principles. He maintained that in general Sistani shared the concerns of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

Frankly, if it’s unratified by the Senate it’s not an agreement the United States is obligated to honor.  I can only imagine what a patriotic Iraqi thinks of it.

Senate Intelligence Committee Phase II Report Released

Reported by David Kurtz at Talking Points Memo the Senate Intelligence Committee has released its “Phase II” report on pre-War Iraq Intelligence-

Report on Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information

Report on Intelligence Activities Relating to Iraq Conducted by the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group and the Office of Special Plans Within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Both .pdf.

David also attaches portions of a summary press release from the office of Senator Jay Rockefeller.

  • Statements and implications by the President and Secretary of State suggesting that Iraq and al-Qa’ida had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al-Qa’ida with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence.
  • Statements by the President and the Vice President indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the United States were contradicted by available intelligence information.
  • Statements by President Bush and Vice President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in Iraq, in terms of the political, security, and economic, did not reflect the concerns and uncertainties expressed in the intelligence products.
  • Statements by the President and Vice President prior to the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iraq’s chemical weapons production capability and activities did not reflect the intelligence community’s uncertainties as to whether such production was ongoing.
  • The Secretary of Defense’s statement that the Iraqi government operated underground WMD facilities that were not vulnerable to conventional airstrikes because they were underground and deeply buried was not substantiated by available intelligence information.
  • The Intelligence Community did not confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 as the Vice President repeatedly claimed.

Bush lied.

People died.

The Morning News

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Business and Science to come.

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1 CDC: Tomatoes eyed in salmonella cases in 9 states

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

38 minutes ago

ATLANTA – An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes.

At least 17 people in Texas and New Mexico have been hospitalized. None have died, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Netroots Nation Scholarships!

There will come a time when you have a chance to do the right thing.

I love those moments.  I like to wave at them as they pass by.

I want to talk with you today about Netroots Nation and applying for and funding Scholarships so that people who would otherwise not be able to do so can attend.

I can hardly be more eloquent than kid oakland in his original plea nearly a year ago.

This year Democracy For America (you know, that Dean place) is sponsoring 9 Scholarships which will include only registration and hotel.  Scholarship recipients will still have to come up with money for transportation, meals and everything else.

Right now there are 87 applicants and only 9 scholarships.

You can help.

There are many ways to contribute.  If you registered, but it turns out you can’t go, you can donate that registration.  These donations have raised the total number of scholarships to at least 16.  So far.

You can also donate frequent flyer miles (I repeat that transportation costs are explicitly not covered by the DFA Scholarships).  You can encourage those who’s participation at Netroots Nation will make a huge difference in their own communities to apply for a scholarship if they need one (deadline for submissions is June 9th).  Nominate them yourself if you have to (don’t nominate me, I have conflicting personal engagements and will not be attending).  Screen names are OK, Carnacki is among the applicants.

You can vote for the applicants at the DFA website, but since this is not American Idol community support is not the only factor that will be considered.  Affirmative action to achieve diversity is a core Democratic value and the quality and impact of an applicant’s body of work will be considered as well.

So it’s pretty much like applying for that Jaycee scholarship that your High School Guidance Counselor kept nagging you about.

But I’m not going to kid you, I’ve got the tin cup out today and I’ve even dropped in a couple of quarters myself so I can shake them around and be really obnoxious and noisy.  If your contribution is not the monetary kind you should get in touch with landenchantment at that gmail place.

Lando’ was kind enough to send me a list of future diaries in this effort which so far include-

  • 6/2 Monday PM – Meteor Blades
  • 6/3 Tuesday AM – pastordan
  • 6/4 Wednesday PM – hekebolos (dmsilev, mention in FAQ Forum)
  • 6/5 Thursday PM – noweasels
  • 6/6 Friday PM – LoE, combined with Friday Night at the Movies “Come Fly With Me” (dmsilev, mention in Photoblog)
  • 6/7 Saturday PM – mcjoan

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1 Iraq cites problems with US security pact

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer

39 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s chief spokesman acknowledged differences with the United States over a proposed long-term security agreement and pledged on Sunday that the government will protect Iraqi sovereignty in ongoing talks with the Americans.

Australia became the latest member of the U.S.-led coalition to pull combat soldiers from Iraq, fulfilling an election promise that helped sweep Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to power in November.

Opposition has been growing in Iraq to the proposed security pact with the U.S., which will replace the current U.N. mandate and could provide for a long-term American military role in this country.

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Don’t let the 57 stories intimidate you.

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1 Al-Qaida’s stance on women sparks extremist debate

By LAUREN FRAYER, Associated Press Writer

1 hour, 31 minutes ago

CAIRO, Egypt – Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida’s refusal to include – or at least acknowledge – women in its ranks, in an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam.

In response to a female questioner, al-Qaida No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahri said in April that the terrorist group does not have women. A woman’s role, he said on the Internet audio recording, is limited to caring for the homes and children of al-Qaida fighters.

His remarks have since prompted an outcry from fundamentalist women, who are fighting or pleading for the right to be terrorists. The statements have also created some confusion, because in fact suicide bombings by women seem to be on the rise, at least within the Iraq branch of al-Qaida.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

You know, at one time I aspired to Journalism.  I think any politically active child of an age to have experienced Watergate did as soon as they gave up on being an Astronaut (which I did young because of my poor eyesight óò).  Since l’affair Lewinski though I have become really radicalized about ‘The Press’ and now view 98% with a pure passionate contempt which while white hot is but a dwarf compared to the Rigelian levels they deserve.

The press is a gang of cruel faggots.  Journalism is not a profession or a trade.  It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits – a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.

(I)t (is) a low trade and a habit worse than heroin, a strange seedy world full of misfits and drunkards and failures.  The business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.  There’s also a negative side.

Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long.- Hunter Thompson

The transcript of last night’s Hardball is up and it does Gregory no more credit today than his video last night.

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