SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A plea deal that would reportedly keep a Guantanamo prisoner in custody for eight more years isn’t sitting well with a key witness against him: a former Army sergeant who was partially blinded and lost a friend in the firefight that led to the alleged al-Qaida militant’s capture.
Layne Morris said Friday that Canadian-born Omar Khadr should get at least 20 years in prison, and perhaps much longer.
“They ought to lock him up until he’s no longer a threat, and if that’s for the rest of his life, so be it,” Morris said in an interview with The Associated Press a day after Khadr’s lawyers disclosed they were negotiating a possible plea deal.
Israeli media watchdog Itamar Marcus makes a career of following the Palestinian press. His website provides timely and accurate translations of the Arabic language broadcasts and publications that are watched and read by the Palestinian public on the West Bank of the Jordan River and in the Gaza Strip. It’s well worth our while as Americans to pay more attention to what the so-called Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is doing. That’s because we American taxpayers are footing the bill for much of it. President Obama and Sec. Hillary Clinton have promised $900 million in U.S. funds to the PLO, our supposed “peace partners” in the latest round of Mideast peace talks.
One story is typical of the PLO approach to peace. Late last year, a 45-year-old rabbi, father of seven, was ambushed in his car by four members of the Palestinian Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) located three of the killers and killed them.
Kentucky Republican Mike Wilson has launched a new campaign strategy in his attempts to unseat his Democratic rival. Wilson has launched MikeReynoldsUnplugged.com, a site for the constituents of Kentucky’s 32nd district to listen to Democratic Sen. Mike Reynolds in his own words. The latest soundbite: Reynolds describing his constituency as “rednecks.” Nice.
FORT HOOD, Texas – A soldier who recorded the terror of last year’s deadly shooting rampage in Fort Hood using his cell phone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.
Under cross examination, Pfc. Lance Aviles told an Article 32 hearing that his noncommissioned officer ordered him to destroy the two videos on Nov. 5, the same day a gunman unleashed a volley of bullets inside a processing center at the Texas Army post.
The footage could have been used as evidence at the military hearing to decide if Maj. Nidal Hasan should stand trial in the shootings. The 40-year-old American-born Muslim has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
Election laws in Illinois prohibit anyone from engaging in “any political discussion within any polling place,” or “within 100 feet of any polling place.”
The first lady was reportedly speaking with other voters in a polling place and urged them to keep President Obama’s agenda going.
“Technical violation, perhaps. But what are mere technical violations of voting laws to the Obama administration!” said Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan, public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.
Illinois law has a broad-ban on any person engaging in political discussion within the polling place.
“Even if her conversations didn’t constitute electioneering, they almost certainly violated the broader Sec. 17-29 ban on engaging in ‘any political discussion within any polling place,’” said Charlie Spies, an election attorney with Clark Hill, PLC.