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Going Astray – Obama and Nato Bombings in Libya

By: Sunday June 19, 2011 5:26 pm

EW and probably bmaz as well will likely have more to say on this one when they free up. Charlie Savage reported on Friday that Obama rejected advice from both Jeh Johnson (Pentagon general counsel) and, even more significantly, Caroline Krass (the acting head of DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel) when he availed to himself [...]

Raymond Davis: Diplomatic Immunity v. US Impunity

By: Monday February 21, 2011 11:34 am

What happens with the Raymond Davis case, in the end, will likely not have very much to do with the Vienna Conventions. For that matter, we likely will never have enough of the unadulterated facts to know what should happen under the Vienna Conventions. But let’s suspend reality and see where an examination of the [...]

It Starts With: “Hello. I am a Prosecutor in Nigeria …

By: Friday December 3, 2010 5:09 am

[Ed. note: Mary provides some background on what may be up with Nigeria's announced plan to charge Dick Cheney.] … ready to sue your Vice President. Please send 130 Million Dollars by reply mail to …” After the news about charges against Dick Cheney relating to the Nigerian bribery scandal it may be worthwhile to [...]

Unconstitutional Surveillance & United States v. United States District Court: Who the Winner is may be a Secret – Part 3

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 12:30 pm

[Part 1 & Part 2 have been the conventional parts of the Keith case analysis. Now we are going to get into areas that involve less what has happened, and more what is happening and opinion as to how what has happened might have an impact, depending upon the arguments raised to the court. So [...]

Unconstitutional Surveillance & United States v. United States District Court: Who the Winner is may be a Secret – Part 2

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 9:00 am

[Given the current surveillance state situation in America, the Keith case, formally known as United States v. United States District Court, is one of the most important cases from our recent past. But I don't really believe you can understand or know the law of a case, without really understanding the facts. The Keith case [...]

Unconstitutional Surveillance & United States v. U.S. District Court: Who The Winner Is May Be A Secret – Part 1

By: Monday October 4, 2010 10:30 am

Given the current surveillance state situation in America, the Keith case, formally known as United States v. United States District Court, is one of the most important cases from our recent past, and has profound implications on our present and future. The Keith case doesn’t have simple facts, but they are fascinating and instructive. So bear with me as we go though them – this is going to take awhile, and will be laid out over a series of four posts.

A Way Towards The Rule of Law – An Answer to Cap’n Jack

By: Saturday September 11, 2010 11:11 am

Justice, what do you care about justice. You don’t even care whether you’ve got the right men or not. All you know is you’ve lost something and someone’s got to be punished. The Ox-Bow Incident. Nine years after September 11 and eight years after the CIA provided a memorandum to the White House explaining that [...]

Final Jeopardy Answer: Something That Doesn’t Obstruct or Impede Justice

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 11:39 pm

Alex, I’m going with – “What is getting a prosecutor fired for not complying with your political agenda?” The investigation (not of the U. S. Attorney firings despite misleading headlines) into the Iglesias firing is done. bmaz is ready to change his name to Carnac and Holder’s Department of Justice has shot off a letter-ary [...]

Has Aafia Siddiqui’s Daughter Surfaced?

By: Sunday April 11, 2010 9:06 pm

Aafia Siddiqui has been at the center of one of the many mysteries flowing from the Bush and Obama administrations’ conduct of  intelligence operations. A Pakistani native and former MIT scientist, background on Siddiqui can be found several places, including a Seminal diary by ondelette here. The stories of Siddiqui’s disappearance and  her recent trial [...]

Mukasey in the Middle

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 10:05 am

Now that the Office of Professional Responsibilty (OPR) report (Report) on the rather ambiguously defined subject of the “torture memos” has been released, the problems with the report and with the whole process surrounding the report are becoming more and more evident.   Bmaz has provided, here, a wonderful look at one of the many issues that affect [...]

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