U.S. Indicts Padilla After 3 Years in Pentagon Custody. After being held incommunicado for years, an American citizen finally faces charges of conspiracy to kill people overseas. Prosecution just dropped the dirty bomb issue entirely. The fact that this case can be tried in a military court is positively mind-boggling. [Correction 11/23: the case is being moved to civilian court.]

Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for three years as an enemy combatant suspected of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in this country, has been indicted on charges that he conspired to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas.

A federal grand jury in Miami returned the indictment against Padilla and four others. While the charges allege Padilla was part of a U.S.-based terrorism conspiracy, they do not include the government's earlier allegations that he planned to carry out attacks in America.

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Taking Stock of the Forever War. Just finished reading this from the September 11th issue of the NY Times magazine. Yeah, running months behind on the magazine as usual, but it is an especially lengthy article as well. I'm mostly surprised that it took so long for a piece like this to be published in the Times.

Four years after we watched the towers fall, Americans have not succeeded in "ridding the world of evil." We have managed to show ourselves, our friends and most of all our enemies the limits of American power. Instead of fighting the real war that was thrust upon us on that incomprehensible morning four years ago, we stubbornly insisted on fighting a war of the imagination, an ideological struggle that we defined not by frankly appraising the real enemy before us but by focusing on the mirror of our own obsessions. And we have finished - as the escalating numbers of terrorist attacks, the grinding Iraq insurgency, the overstretched American military and the increasing political dissatisfaction at home show - by fighting precisely the kind of war they wanted us to fight.

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Election Day gets off to smooth start. Today Texans vote on an amendment to the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. It angers me that a church can endorse voting for this proposition to "preserve family values" yet fail to see anything wrong with waging war against the people of Iraq.

Same-sex marriage already is outlawed by state law. Those who support Prop 2 say a constitutional ban is necessary to ensure that a judge doesn't decide to allow gays to marry.

Decided to vote for Ferrer after all. A long shot for sure, but I knew it definitely wasn't gonna be Bloomberg based on his accomplishments:

  • Brought the RNC to NYC and continues to voice support for the war in Iraq.
  • Backed NYPD when RNC protesters were unfairly arrested and jailed.
  • Announced his support for gay marriage while blocking it in appeals court.
  • Tried to give away public property to the Jets for the West Side Stadium at a ridiculously discounted price. Stealing half a billion dollars outright would land anyone else a hefty prison sentence.

Just in case you forgot. And the $400 real estate tax rebate is a trick pulled straight out of the Bush playbook.

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