Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Mr. Libby is represented by 3 law firms and 11 lawyers.
Here's a simple question: Who's paying for all this legal talent? The American taxpayer has the right to know.
As an American Legion member, I am seriously conflicted.
That the American Legion Magazine is a consistent and vocal advocate supporting the GWB wars is unacceptable to me. The Legion has my membership only because they support veteran's issues. Unfortunately, the Legion leadership follows a hawkish policy, this despite the fact that many of your members have had difficulties securing deserved benefits from a reluctant Veterans Administration.
As example, the 2/07 article on Gitmo--"None Dare Call Them Prisoners"--is an apology for and an acceptance of the concept that war crimes are acceptable if committed in the name of America. This is not commentary, but pure administration propaganda.
The article states clearly, "Most were captured on the battlefield, gun in hand." Indeed, and according to the rules of land warfare, this is the definition of a Prisoner of War, not a "caged terrorist," as your article states, with barely veiled disgust.
The article indicates that in no previous war were captured enemy combatants eligible for judicial review before the war ended. This is true, but only because the US followed the legal guidelines of the Geneva Conventions. Ignoring the G.C. is ignoring the legal basis of US authority.
Because of my disappointment with the Legion's continued posture of unquestioning support for every aspect of this Iraq endeavor, I will not renew my Legion membership this year in protest. I can no longer swallow the Legion's blind cheerleading of bankrupt administration policies.
"The program includes vehicles (such as APC's), boats, helicopters, clothing, helmets, computers, office furniture--almost everything you can imagine," said Buzz Weiss, public affairs officer with Georgia Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the state's excess property program. "Each certified law enforcement agency in the state can access a password-protected Web site where they can shop for surplus items that are offered by the Pentagon for free." (AP, 1/28/07).
Popular Mechanics recently ran an article discussing the militarization of U.S. police forces ("Swat Overkill"). Included is a discussion of "No Knock" drug warrants. In effect, it is becoming commonplace for police now to use military tactics to make dynamic explosive-type entries into civilian homes. The article notes, if you "dress like a soldier, you think you're at war."It reminds one of the warrants which led to the WACO and Ruby Ridge fiascoes. Absent an immediate threat, these explosive-type entrances should not be used in less volatile situations, like serving routine search warrants for illegal drugs.
My local Tallahassee Police Department Swat team wears black T-shirts with rifle scope crosshairs on front, and the phrase "We Still Make House Calls" on the back, accompanied by a picture of the team making a dynamic entry. This threatening stance is not what police functions should be about. These shirts are intimidating and arrogant, and unfortunately, that is what many police officers have become in America.