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USA / Re: Obamawatch: torture and civil liberties
« on: May 19, 2011, 07:06:42 PM »
I don't know what to think. His lawyer is a civilian lawyer, although he's called a public defender, which I think means something like legal aid. Even the military defence lawyers (JAGs) have been good though. So I'd usually be tempted to believe him.

But open areas at GTMO are supposed to be under intense watch all the time. I suppose ppl can always slip through, but it's hard to understand how.

And no matter how good the care he was getting, GTMO just wasn't the place he should have been if he was disturbed and if they just had nothing on him. Never in front of a tribunal, never charged, claims disputed. Pathetic, in the classic and classical sense.

USA / Re: Obamawatch: torture and civil liberties
« on: May 19, 2011, 05:58:39 PM »
Update on Inayatullah, whose real name was Hajji Nassim:

His lawyer, Miami public defender Paul Raskind, countered that the man who died was never known as Inayatullah anywhere but in Guantánamo, never had a role in Al Qaeda and was in fact named Hajji Nassim and ran a cellphone shop in Iran near the Afghan border.

Rashkind also acknowledged that his client had a history of psychological problems that the military recognized at Guantánamo. “I have no doubt it was a suicide,” he said by telephone while traveling in St. Louis.

The Afghan’s mental health problems became so profound last year that Rashkind arranged to bring a civilian psychiatrist to the base to work with the man.

“This is really a sad mental health case ... starting from childhood,” he said. At Guantánamo, “they treated him pretty humanely, I’d have to say.”

Legal sources familiar with the case added that the Afghan had spent long stretches in the psychiatric ward at Guantánamo and had previous episodes where he had tried to harm himself.

(Same link)

Help Desk / Re: HELP!!!
« on: May 19, 2011, 04:57:28 PM »
pogge, can you check your email right away? Ta.

USA / Re: Obamawatch: torture and civil liberties
« on: May 19, 2011, 03:13:51 PM »
The sixth prisoner at Guantanamo to commit suicide

Inayatullah had been at GTMO almost four yrs (comparatively brief), never had a CSRT, no charges, and is supposed to have hanged himself with a bedsheet in an exercise yard. Fishy story, but then they always are.

Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: May 19, 2011, 01:08:06 PM »
Tweeted. (Twet?)

Surely, it's not "twat"! ;)

That would be the perfect: "have twat."

Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: May 19, 2011, 07:15:21 AM »
Tweeted. (Twet?)

Gardens / Re: Outdoor gardens
« on: May 19, 2011, 06:04:30 AM »
As they say, if you can remember it, you weren't there. ;)

Politics / Re: Alberta's municipal and provincial politics
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:33:09 PM »
I guess it's my compy or sympatico: still "Error 503 Service not available"

Banter / Re: The YouTube thread that doesn't break my browser
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:20:17 PM »
This is pretty amazing.

A fan shouted up at Paul Simon that she'd learned to play guitar on this song. So he said, "C'mon on up here and play it on my guitar." And so ... she did!

Politics / Re: Alberta's municipal and provincial politics
« on: May 18, 2011, 06:47:01 PM »
I'm still getting Error 503 [?]. Could be me; at one point earlier I had the site and had progressed through the series almost to that one, and then ... down we go.

On Twitter at least I try to give ppl the cable #. Somebody tweeted a while ago that the "Canadian government" had lied, and I corrected that; those cld be foreign WL supporters who don't get the diff between Cangov and ABgov, but it's amazing how ppl don't read ...

Politics / Re: Alberta's municipal and provincial politics
« on: May 18, 2011, 01:43:08 PM »
It doesn't appear to be the full cable though. Researchers need the source eventually. It's also hard to copy.

Politics / Re: Alberta's municipal and provincial politics
« on: May 18, 2011, 12:54:31 PM »
Not aimed at you, Holly Stick, more at Mason and, in another instance today, the CBC (with the CSIS cables): I really wish ppl who have found an actual cable would link directly to it b/c it's very hard to search unless you know one of a few things -- like date of release, or cable #. I realize you can get the latter from Mason, but it's still bricklefritzin' hard to search, and if he had it, why not just link to it?

Not sure whether WikiLeaks has got the CSIS cables up yet. They may be following standard procedure: let CBC publish first, then post. I want to read those!

Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: May 17, 2011, 10:36:24 PM »

Gardens / Re: Outdoor gardens
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:29:11 PM »
Mine certainly do. Washington is apparently unfortunate that way. It isn't rocket science, as they say.

Gardens / Re: Outdoor gardens
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:27:02 PM »
Don't you need cherry blossoms to get cherries?

Oh, yes, and I had them, looking splendid for about a week. I'm just sorry that the last several days have been dark and drizzly, so that the blossoms finished off by drizzling away instead of flying through sunlight, or something like that.

There will be cherries, lots of them -- last year, too many for me to eat, especially the ones high up. Those are for the birds. ;)

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