Friday, May 9, 2008

Threats and threats

For a first hand look at how things would work under Shari law, just click on this link.

Due Process

It's a fair bet that no high-powered American law firm will lend a caring hand to the relatives of the seven Iraqis murdered last month by a suicide bomber named Abdullah Salih Al Ajmi and two accomplices. That's too bad, seeing as how Ajmi was himself a beneficiary of some of that high-powered legal help.

Ajmi is a Kuwaiti who was 29 when he blew himself up in the northern city of Mosul in April. But before that he had spent more than three years as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo, where he was known as "Captive 220." He was taken prisoner at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, after the fall of the Taliban, in whose service he had reportedly spent eight months. While in detention, he told interrogators that his intention was "to kill as many Americans" as he possibly could.

In April 2002, a group of Kuwaiti families retained the law firm of Shearman & Sterling to represent the Kuwaitis held at Guantanamo, including Ajmi. (An attorney at Shearman tells us the firm donated its fees to charity.) Ajmi was one of 12 Kuwaiti petitioners in whose favor the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2004 in Rasul v. Bush, which held that the detainees were entitled to a habeas corpus hearing.

Now I know that it is right because the lawyers have told me so.

Yet why does it feel so wrong?

Due process.

Another former detainee, Abdullah Mahsud, was released from Guantanamo in March 2004. He later kidnapped two Chinese engineers in Pakistan (one of whom was shot during a rescue operation). In July 2007 he blew himself up as Pakistani police sought to apprehend him.

Ajmi's case now brings the DIA number to 37. It's worth noting that these are only the known cases. It is worth noting, too, that people like Ajmi were among those the Defense Department thought it would be relatively safe to free, or at least not worth the hassle and expense of the litigation brought about by cases like Rasul.

Now I know it is right because the lawyers have told me so.

Yet why does it feel so wrong?

Could it be that in the back of my mind there is a little man whispering that it is stupid to let your enemies go? That when engaged in war it is stupid to act as if they are American citizens, or visitors, who have committed crimes on American soil?

Due process.

Now I know it is right because the lawyers have told me so.

Yet why does it feel so wrong?

And who will tell the friends and families of the seven dead Iraqis that they died for Due Process?

And why does that feel so wrong??


Eddy Arnold

Eddy Arnold is dead at 90. He had talent, common sense and never embarassed himself, his family, his friends or his country. He was one of the stars that brought country and western into the mainstream and paved the way for some of the great stars that came later.

He will be remembered long after the Dixie Chicks and their like are gone and forgotten.



When I started this blog I noted that I like to play, and sometimes watch, poker. I still do, but other than a couple of posts on the game I haven't really had much to say.. Well, here are a few thoughts.

No Limit poker has brought poker to television and turned a popular game into a hugely popular game. It has also put the game at risk. Why? Because it has become too large. Poker at its best is a game played at a level in which the players can afford to lose. When "the little lady" bets and loses "the ranch," she is not likely to come back. Two things happens. One, the game loses a player. Two, the game gets a black eye.

If the game loses enough players the card rooms at the casinos become smaller and smaller and eventually the rooms are replaced with another stand of slots.

If too many people lose too much then society will take notice and the politicians will step in. Remember. It was the horror stories of youngsters loosing their college funds and old folks maxing out their credit cards that brought the current laws regarding Internet poker playing in the US.

Now, will any of that have any influence on what the clubs will do? Of course not. They are in business to make money and if the customer wants No Limit they will supply no limit even if they see a train wreck coming.