Bin Laden Photo Release: We Are Damned if They Do, Damned if They Don’t

April 28, 2012

Brian Romanoff      Nor Cal Truth     Apr 28, 2012

The Bin Laden saga continues.

Almost one year ago exactly, Obama came onto live TV late at night to announce that Usama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan raid by US Marines.

Nor Cal Truth covered the story from the day it happened.

I still don’t understand why we were told that dumping the body was in tradition with Islamic law. I also don’t understand why there were so many versions of events out in those early days. Sure, the basic story stayed the same; Pakistan, bin Laden, Marines, raid, 9/11 – but details of shoot-outs (or not), female hostages (or not), an armed bin Laden (or not), who could see what and when (or not) at the White House and other tidbits of info were flipping like a coin at a football game.

Remember when US Senators fell for a faked dead bin Laden photo?

On the matter of a dead Usama bin Laden, many people in the US and the world were unimpressed and even critical of Obama for not showing any photos of the newly deceased bin Laden.

Freedom of Information Act requests were filed by major Media and lawsuits from other groups were put in motion to gain access to the dead bin Laden pics. Unfortunately, information is not free or available in many cases with our Government – even with legal requests ( no matter what Obama has promised in the past).

Obama and team did not release the photos.

Why not?

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Chris Hedges on Challenging the NDAA in Court

April 4, 2012

source: Russia Today    Apr 4, 2012

Last week the case against the National Defense Authorization Act was presented to a judge in New York. One of the plaintiffs in the case has decided to sue the Obama administration claiming that by simply doing his job he could be arrested and detained indefinitely due to the nature of his work, reporting. Chris Hedges, columnist for TruthDig, joins us to explain how his day in court went.…

Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension Into Law

February 27, 2011

This is not the first time Obama has signed for the PATRIOT Act and I doubt it will be his last. 

source: The Hill    Feb 27, 2011

President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill that extends three Patriot Act surveillance authorities until late May.

Obama signed the “FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011,” which refers to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Surveillance authorities under that act were extended in part by amending the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act.

With Obama’s signature, the ability of the United States to access business records, conduct roving wiretaps and monitor individual terrorists is maintained until May 27. The administration has said it supports a longer extension, and the Senate next week will begin working on a three-year extension.

Law & Politics After September 11th: Civil Rights and the Rule of Law

May 1, 2010

May 1, 2010

This is NOT a new paper; it was penned in 2003 and uploaded recently (to the best I can tell). However I was pleased with the analysis (besides not questioning 9/11 itself) and the emphasis for maintaing civil liberties through the courts in the least. 2003 was a much harder year to be “against the grain” than 2010 as it was only a year or so after the 9/11 attacks. I doubt the author of the paper would is pleased at the current state of affairs.

by Trevor Farrow    source: Social Science Research

After September lIth. governments around the world have taken swift action to address what is now perceived as a world-wide threat of terrorism. The measures adopted are powerful and far-reaching. They also have the very real potential seriously to restrict civil rights and freedoms: the very rights and freedoms in the name of which the new anti-terrorism initiatives have been taken. While Courts have the power to ensure that these initiatives do not improperly infringe on individual rights and liberties. in recent judicial pronouncements. it appears that several high courts – specifically including the Supreme Court of Canada – are suggesting more, not less, judicial deference to government initiatives taken at this troubled time.

To download the paper, click here.

The Impact of 9/11 and the New Legal Landscape

April 24, 2010

I found this the other day browsing around but unfortunately I cannot open or download the file. I am hoping someone out there has an account with this group Palgrave Connect. All the chapter contents seem to be very interesting. I somehow get the feeling the issue will say basically that the means will justify the end. See comments below.

source: Palgrave Connect  April 24, 2010

The Day that Changed Everything?

The Impact of 9-11: The New Legal Landscape is the third volume of the six-volume series The Day that Changed Everything? edited by Matthew J. Morgan.  The series brings together from a broad spectrum of disciplines the leading thinkers of our time to reflect on one of the most significant events of our time.  With a foreword by the former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Bob Graham, the volume’s contributors include Alan Dershowitz, Aziz Huq, William Weaver, and other leading scholars.

List of Contents:

Acknowledgments * About the Contributors * Foreword – Bob Graham * Introduction – Matthew J. Morgan *  The Preventative State: Uncharted Waters after 9/11 – Alan M. Dershowitz * Section I: The Impact on American Civil Liberties *  The Logic of Suspending Civil Liberties – Dewi Williams *  The Use of “Speech Zones” to Control Public Discourse in 21st Century America – Paul Haridakis and Amber Ferris *  Challenges to Academic Freedom since 9/11 – Peter N. Kirstein *  The Right to Bear Arms and Gun Control after 9/11 – David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne Eisen *  National Security Letters and Diminishing Privacy Rights – Christopher P. Banks *

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Federal Law Shields Jailers From Legitimate Legal Claims

December 12, 2009

source: Sherwood Ross

Countless prisoners are being denied justice under a federal statute whose intent was to reduce frivolous law suits, two prominent legal authorities say.

Law professors Margo Schlanger of Washington University, St. Louis, and Giovanna Shay of Yale indict the federal Prison Litigation Reform Act(PLRA) of 1996 for “undermining the rule of law in America’s prisons” by “preventing inmates from raising legitimate claims” against their keepers.

The professors trace the subsequent “dramatic decline” in prisoner law suits to the fact that “constitutionally meritorious cases are now faced with new and often insurmountable obstacles.”

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Can Nobel Prize Winner Obama At LEAST Stop the Torture?

December 11, 2009

On Thursday, President Obama said:

 We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend.

 Presumably, complying with American and international law are some of the ideals that we fight to defend.

Torture is a violation of both international and American law. Specifically, the Geneva Convention makes it illegal to inflict mental or physical torture or inhuman treatment.

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