Saturday, May 24, 2008

CNN Story Mashup

Here are two news articles that I'm reading. Read together they are FUN FUN FUUUUN!

Bush had several suggestions for how to honor the sacrifices of those who have fought for the United States -- place a flag at a veteran's grave, go to a battlefield or say a prayer. He said the moment of remembrance would be marked Monday at 3 p.m. local time.

"At that moment, Major League Baseball games will pause, the National Memorial Day parade will halt, Amtrak trains will blow their whistles and buglers in military cemeteries will play taps," he said Saturday in his weekly radio address.

The president said that as people "fire up the grill" and mark the unofficial beginning of summer, they need to honor the sacrifices that make freedom possible.

But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different.

Al-Marri's capture six years ago might be the Bush administration's biggest domestic counterterrorism success story. Authorities say he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent living in middle America, researching poisonous gases and plotting a cyberattack.

To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president's wartime powers, one that goes beyond warrantless wiretapping or monitoring banking transactions. Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a citizen and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.


Happy Memorial Day!


  1. I don't get it.

    What does this have to do with a call honor the sacrifices of Veterans?

    I'm not saying there's nothing wrong with holding him, but it's happened before and will probably happen again... You know this kind of thing (and much worse) happens in other countries too, but you don't hear about it in the news. I've heard of much worse happening to Christian Missionaries going into other countries.

  2. It's about freedom.

    It's about being innocent until proven guilty.

    It's about an abuse of Habeas Corpus.

    It's about a perverting of law to use to your own ends.

    It's about ignoring the Supreme Court and other Federal Court rulings.

    It's about protecting the things that they thought they were fighting for.

  3. But you're assuming he did nothing wrong. If he was planning something and had gotten away with it you'd probably be on the other side bashing the Administration for missing it.

    Look, I'm not going to argue whether he should be imprisoned, because I frankly don't know enough of what happened the day he was taken into captivity, none of us do except the people that were there. And I'm not calling for blind faith in 'the system' either.

    However, to take away from our president, who you have very well founded criticisms against, making calls to respect on a day of honoring our veterans to poke another jab at what you feel is a misstep in policy seems a little silly and frankly disrespectful.

    And no, I'm not calling you Non-patriotic, you dirty Commie.

    : P

  4. Yep, I'm the disrespectful one.

    You're right Bush should get the free pass on this one.

    Now if you'll excuse me I'm too sleepy to say something funny here. :(

  5. Who's asking for a free pass? When did I say you can't criticize the president? All I said was I think it's a little disrespectful to contrast his call to remembering our troops with something wrong you think is going on and then wrap it up with 'Happy Memorial Day'. Like somehow this situation takes away from the sacrifice our troops have made to preserve our freedom.

    And don't give me this can't be funny crap, I know you have a bunch of funny juice plants in your basement.

  6. And please don't think I am saying you shouldn't say what you believe. That's all part of the freedom we all enjoy. I just didn't know what statement you were trying to make, and if you were really meaning for it to come across the way it did.

    Frankly, I don't care. : ) I just like arguing with you I guess. : D

  7. By you saying it was disrespectful you must mean it would have been better not said.

    So we can wait to say it later, farther away from Memorial Day, I guess.

    We can stand over here quietly in our free-speech zones. And only speak our mind when they say it's appropriate.

    BTW, who made this kool-aid? It's delicious!

  8. I miss our arguments.

    OH GOD! :'(



  9. Mouahahahaha!

    By disrespectful I meant my grandpa would probably kick you hard and punch you in the nose. Ok maybe not...

    I am glad you like the kool aid. It is sugar free though... Enjoy the Cancer.