American Elephants

America the Truly Awful has Confessed All to the United Nations. by The Elephant's Child

The United Nations, an international organization founded in naive hopes of  permanent world peace , a more perfect world and other Utopian aims has become noted mostly for its corruption — political, financial and personal.  Nowhere is the corruption more obvious than in the matter of human rights.

In 2001, in the midst of ethnic cleansing in Darfur, Sudan was unanimously elected to the UN Commission on Human Rights.  The US  ambassador walked out of the commission.  Two years on, the commission has been replaced by the UN Human Rights Council, whose members include Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Cuba, all perfect examples of observing the rights of all.  Plus, under the Obama administration, the US, which rejoined last year.

The Council reviews the human-rights record of every UN member every four years.  America, the Obama State Department told the world this week when it filed its 29 page self-assessment, has a human-rights problem.  Especially concerning our treatment of women, blacks, Latinos, Muslims, South Asians, Native Americans, and members of the LBGT community. “The American experiment is a human experiment” the assessment says.  But we fall short on “fairness, equality, and dignity” in such areas as education, health and housing.

To remedy educational deficiencies at the college level, the administration is eagerly promoting “educational equity for women and students of color.” Another human rights problem: “Asian-American suffer from stomach cancer 114 percent more often than non-Hispanic white men.”

The Saudis, for example, say that human rights are respected in the kingdom — consistent with sharia law. That leaves out a lot of women, gays, lesbians and religious minorities.  It apparently makes the Professional Left feel much better if we just confess to the whole world that we are truly awful, bigoted, evil and most everything is America’s fault.I wonder why?

After the Apology Tour, I suppose we should have expected this.  I really don’t grasp the mindset.  What is it that they think they are doing?

Playing Politics With Guantanamo Bay. by The Elephant's Child
August 27, 2010, 6:38 pm
Filed under: Islam, Law, Military, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of the alleged coordinator of the October, 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a major al-Qaeda figure was to be tried at Guantanamo under a reformed system of military commissions.  The attack on the Cole, nearly 10 years ago,  killed 17 sailors and wounded dozens when a boat packed with explosives ripped a hole in the side of the warship in the port of Aden.

The Justice Department filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that “no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future.” The statement was included in a motion to dismiss a petition by Nashiri’s attorneys.  It suggests that the prospect of further military trials for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay has halted, as has the administration’s plan to try the accused plotters of the September 11, 2001 attacks in federal court.

Military officials said that a team of prosecutors in the Nashiri case had been ready to go to trial for some time, and it was expected that Nashiri would be arraigned this summer.

Only two cases are moving forward at Guantanamo Bay, but both were sworn and referred for trial by the time Obama took Office.  In January of 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed the Convening Authority for Military Commissions to stop referring cases for trial, an order which has not been rescinded 20 months later.

One observer said “It’s politics at this point.” He said he thinks the administration wants some prospect of civilian trials for other major figures at Guantanamo.

The Defense Dept. issued a statement saying that the case is not stalled. “Prosecutors in the Office of Military Commissions are actively investigating the case against Mr. al-Nashiri and are developing charges against him.

Obama remains determined to close the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay.  Which makes no sense at all.  Holder still plans to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York. The position of the administration is incoherent.

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