All Further Articles for 2013-06-17

Monday, June 17, 2013
Indefinite Gitmo
The Obama administration has for the first time identified 46 prisoners held at Guantánamo as "indefinite detainees," men allegedly too dangerous to release but who cannot be prosecuted due to lack of evidence - a seemingly untenable category nonetheless valid under current law. The list was released to The Miami Herald, which had sued the Defense Department. Held in limbo are 26 Yemenis, 12 Afghans, 3 Saudis, 2 Kuwaitis, 2 Libyans, a Kenyan, a Moroccan, a Somali. Shame.
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Two-Fer: Pope Blesses Bikers and Pro-Lifers
In a brilliant if unholy juxtaposition of messaging and marketing, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass by both blessing thousands of Harley-Davidson riders thunderously marking the bike's 110th anniversary - 2013 slogan: “Live life on your own terms" - and hosting an anti-abortion rally by warning believers that "power and pleasure" lead to God being "replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom." Oddly, nobody seemed to sense any discre pancy between the two sound-and-fury talking points.
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Get Out: Australia's Army Chief Is Evidently Not Cool With Sexual Assault
With Australia's military facing its own sexual scandal, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison made a video to make it clear where he (at least says he) stands on the issue. It's clear. "I will be ruthless in rooting the army of people who cannot live up to its values, and I need everyone of you to support me in achieving this...The standard you walk past is the standard you accept."
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In Wisconsin Assembly, No Signs, No Cameras, No Outbursts, No Duct Tape. Soon, (Almost) No Abortion
With little debate, the GO P/ Scott Walker fiefdom formerly known as Wisconsin has fast-tracked three anti-abortion bills - including one mandating an ultrasound, with the results given the pregnant woman - even though doctors' groups oppose them. The votes came as citizens sat in a gallery lined with police who ejected many and told those with duct tape on their mouths to take it off or face arrest; debate was cut off by a feverish Speaker pounding his gavel so hard he broke it, a pretty good metaphor for the democratic process in Wisconsin. "Many of these laws are dangerous to patients’ health and safety... Government should stay out of imposing its political agenda on medical practice.” - ob-gyns' Congress
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