Bitter Biscuits

Nearly a year later, and GitMo detainees are still waiting for their “prompt” habeas corpus hearing per Boudediene v. Bush (which, just to be clear, is a decision The Obamanator had nothing to do with).

Ten months after the US Supreme Court ruled in Boumediene v. Bush that the detainees held in US military custody at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba were entitled to a “prompt” habeas corpus hearing in District Court to determine the lawfulness of their detention, only a handful of them have received such a hearing. Amnesty International details its concerns in a new report.
While President Barack Obama has ordered the closure of the Guantánamo detention facility by January 2010, the future remains uncertain for the approximately 240 detainees still held there as the executive review of their cases and of US detention policy ordered by the new President gets underway. So far, this executive review has led to the release of one detainee, to the United Kingdom. No Guantánamo detainee has been charged by the new administration.

That report is available here. Continuing objection to the continuance of Bush era policies at places like Bagram are located here.)

Idaho police mistreat two transwomen after arrest and I tell you I am simply shocked. From the sound of it, Twin Falls police acted like frat boys on a bender, as you’d expect.
I doubt anything will happen to those police. Sad but true. (You will note I’m saying nothing about the rest of the case – yes I’ll concede that having lied to police and being under suspicion of murder isn’t going to make any peace officer terribly well disposed to you, true or not, those who enforce the laws should be held to a higher standard, period.)

Police continue their hunt for the muderer of an Eight year old girl whose body was found in a suitcase – and something odious is leaking from every pore of this story. I can’t *quite* nail down what it is, except of course, that an eight year old’s corpse was found folded up in a box.
Hopefully, whomever is responsible for this will meet a very bad, very long and drawn out, painful, terrifying end.

And lastly in the God is an iron* department, scientists claim to have found a link between oral sex and throat cancer – now before you cry bullshit, they are naming the HPV virus; which I’d like to point out there is a vaccination for. Of course, at this stage, it could also be kissing, smoking, or drinking (or perhaps other forms of fun or alleged fun) so don’t get your knickers in a wad just yet.

* no, I’ve not started drinking from the Jesus Water, tis a reference to an absolutely brilliant story by Spider Robinson with that very title. I urge any reader to go check out any of his short fiction if they are unfamiliar with his works.


~ by Auntie Ranty on April 10, 2009.

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