Know Your Enemy
I'm shocked -- shocked! -- that Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge who ruled in February that Bradley Manning could be tried on various charges even after being held prior to arraignment for more than five times the absolute longest time specified in the US Armed Forces' "speedy trial" rules, has now also ruled that Manning can be convicted of aiding an enemy that does not exist.
Yes, you read that right: There's only an "enemy" to aid, in any legal sense, if the United States is at war, a state created by a congressional declaration. There's been no such declaration since World War II.
Lind had only one legal duty as judge in this case: To dismiss all charges due to the government's failure to meet the "speedy trial" deadline. If the United States was, as John Adams put it, "a government of laws, not of men," that's exactly what she would have done.
Lind's superiors had a clear duty as well -- to remove her from the bench after that first illegal ruling and charge her under Article 98 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: "Any person subject to this chapter who -- (1) is responsible for unnecessary delay in the disposition of any case of a person accused of an offense under this chapter; or (2) Knowingly and intentionally fails to enforce or comply with any provision of this chapter regulating the proceedings before, during, or after trial of an accused; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct."
No, I'm not really shocked that none of this happened. It's par for the course. Laws, including the "supreme law of the land," aka the U.S. Constitution, are for us little people. The U.S. government doesn't need or want them, except for use as camouflage. It does whatever it wants to do (or rather whatever the ruling members of the American political class tell it to do).
The only reasonable takeaway from the Manning trial is that American "rule of law" is a sham. The U.S. government doesn't operate within the Constitution's constraints on state power, nor does it honor that Constitution's list of enshrined individual rights. It never has done so absent extreme compulsion and it never will do so on anything like a regular basis.
The corollary: If the US government isn't bound by its own alleged rules, why on Earth would anyone else be?
-- Thomas L. Knapp
The Dreaded "They"
(re: "Finding a Place for Immigrants," July 4, 2013)
Regardless of what you may think, they are still illegal, and it is against the law. So what do we do now, just forget all our laws? Just say, "Oh, we can't get a handle on it, so just let them do what they want, when they want, where they want, and how they want"?
Let's just not have any laws at all. How's that? Come on -- is has to stop somewhere, and the thing is, if we don't stop this, at some point, the wrong immigrants will enter the United States and blow up half the country because we do not protect our borders. The borders are also there for a reason. I'm all for immigrants coming to this country, but they also need to respect our laws!
-- My Opinion Counts Too,
It Couldn't Possibly Be Because It Fights Cavities
Fifty years ago, I read about the evils and motivation of those who love to pump fluoride-containing liquids into our bodies. Today, when I observe the duck-like masses who aimlessly wander around as if programmed by the media, I have to wonder what effect (sic) all of our intake of fluoride in our toothpaste, mouthwash and drinking water has had. With cancer and diabetes growing in epidemic proportions, why are the U.S. and state governments is still trying to override the local municipalities from eliminating fluoride from their water supplies?!
It surely has nothing to do with making us more healthy as our elected and appointed officials continue to support Monsanto in finishing us off with GMO crops and Roundup herbicides! Thank God for Uncle Tom's of Maine fluoride-free toothpaste. Try to find fluoride-free toothpaste! It may be a wake-up call to you!
-- Joseph DuPont
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