Posada revisited

Venezuela Will Push U.S. to Hand Over Man Tied to Plane Bombing [2009/01/23] A story I’d followed long ago and forgotten until picking up a copy of Churchill’s Roosting Chickens essay recently. Trial was moved to 2011 Jan 11, but rather than facing charges for terrorist activites, Posada is being tried on only immigration charges. Posada revisited

de Menezes case settled

Britain to Settle Case of Brazilian Shot as ‘Terrorist’. Revisiting an old case. The killing of Mr. de Menezes rocked Scotland Yard — as London’s Metropolitan Police is widely known — and contributed to the forced resignation last year of Sir Ian Blair, Britain’s top police officer. [snip] “The Commissioner would like to take this de Menezes case settled

Election Day

[Pre-Election Day musings written 11/3.  Perhaps I was concerned about what others would think about my having voted for Nader when I left this post in draft status.  Seems wrong to delete it.  Leaving this in its original, unfinished state.] Hard not to think about the Presidential election this year.  I am constantly having to Election Day

Terrible terror filled terrified

Man Guilty in Canada Terror Plot. Thought this happened only in the US. Muslim teen gets prison for paintball, doughnuts, and talking smack?! Charges were dropped this year against seven of the defendants. And evidence presented at the first trial suggests that the group was long on inflammatory talk about plots but short on the Terrible terror filled terrified

Telephone town hall

[Didn’t get a chance to ask Congressman Lampson a question tonight so I had to settle for an email message.] I appreciate your taking feedback and questions during tonight’s telephone town hall. Looking at US oil consumption figures for 2007 (courtesy of the DoE), current US oil consumption is estimated at over 20M barrels per Telephone town hall

Nader/Gonzalez 2008

Nader supporters give him $7,000. Looking forward to writing Nader in on the ballot. Yeah, I gave, too, partly because I had a nice poker win the night before… It didn’t matter that he had, as one supporter put it, “a snowball’s chance in hell” of being elected. I have a hard time thinking of Nader/Gonzalez 2008

Immunity for wiretapping telecoms

Congress votes to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, legalize warrantless eavesdropping. Obama votes with the Republicans in favor of immunity for telecom companies that broke wiretapping laws. Even Clinton voted against.

Missiles in Iran

KAL 007 and Iran Air 655: Comparing the Coverage. In light of the recent news coverage of Iranian missile tests, here is an old but nonetheless interesting tidbit I ran across this morning. Twenty years ago, the USS Vincennes shot down a passenger jet (IR655) over the strait of Hormuz, killing 290 people. Why don’t Missiles in Iran

Fading memories

Occasionally, I have to remind myself about this period of post-9/11 insanity because it is easy to forget. Mandatory registration of Middle Eastern men, panic over “fear” boxes, random bag searches at subway stations, and TSA screeners sticking hands inside your underwear. Years later, an unarmed Brazilian is shot to death in a subway car Fading memories