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Aug 3, 2006 • Karen

The Good:

This made me laugh so hard I cried. I'm not quite sure why. It might be the guy's voice...the voice is just perfect.

Yay for Jeopardy consolation prizes! And throwing crap on the floor!

It's a promotion for Bob Harris' upcoming book "Prisoner of Trebekistan," which strikes me as Dave Barry-esque, only nerdier and more cosmopolitan. I might have to read this one.

The Bad:

I know people have been hollering OMG BUSH = DICTATOR!&!$1! since like 2000, but...

Read the article. Basically, after the Supreme Court ruled that Bush's Gitmo military tribunals were illegal, he had to come up with new ones. Which, to look at the leaked draft, are even worse than the originals--challenging the decision instead of respecting it.

New Features of Tribunals 2.0â„¢:

  • Expanded authority: Instead of focusing on Al-Qaeda, the new tribunals would apply to anyone "accused of joining or associating with terrorist groups engaged in anti-U.S. hostilities, and of committing or aiding hostile acts by such groups."

  • Eviscerates due process rights even more thoroughly:

    Under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors.

    Detainees would also not be guaranteed the right to be present at their own trials if their absence is deemed necessary to protect national security or individuals. ...

    To secure a death penalty under the draft legislation, at least five jurors must agree, two fewer than under the administration's earlier plan. Courts-martial and federal civilian trials require that 12 jurors agree.

  • The Incredible Expanding Junta: The scope of the military tribunals could be expanded at any time by the Secretary of State.

What this means:

John D. Hutson, the Navy's top uniformed lawyer from 1997 to 2000, said the rules would evidently allow the government to tell a prisoner: "We know you're guilty. We can't tell you why, but there's a guy, we can't tell you who, who told us something. We can't tell you what, but you're guilty."

...maybe I'll just stay in Denmark...

(courtesy of Bob Harris' blog)

The Ugly:

While I was visiting SWIL, I watched this Internet miniseries that was chock full of suspense, hilarious, and just plain well done. The name? "Puppet Rapist."

Eeeek.

So good. But SO disturbing.