No Shame

by matttbastard

Jose Padilla has been found guilty of ‘supporting terrorism’. I’d like to say I’m surprised, but, well, 9/11 changed everything, etc. Phil Carter, whom I normally find to be on point, doesn’t fucking get it. This isn’t an affirmation of the US justice system, but rather a bitter indictment. [Update: Carter has reconsidered his original take, and now feels the verdict “seems to rubber-stamp a long list of conduct that I find to be both abhorrent and unlawful.”]

Maybe the jurors who decided to let fear triumph over evidence will take the opportunity to read the Christian Science Monitor’s heartwrenching series on Padilla and see exactly how US intelligence officials obtained what little evidence that was presented at trial. Hopefully that gives them pause as they consider what they are now complicit in. Padilla is certainly no saint, but he is a human being who deserved better treatment than what he received.

More commentary from Libby Spencer, Kyle E. Moore, and Michael J.W. Stickings.

edited for content, clarity and BDS *g*

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Immune Deficiency

by matttbastard

Minimal blogging today. Lack of sleep + illness = thoroughly unmotivated bastard. In addition to the St Vincent video above, I leave you with two Cancon tidbits from the Globe’s coverage of the Wikipedia edit controversy:

MPs whose Wikipedia pages were significantly altered include Toronto-area Liberal Dan McTeague, Calgary Conservative Jason Kenney and Southern Ontario Conservative Jeff Watson, who serves on the Commons’ access to information, privacy and ethics committee.


One user, with an IP address that points to a government office in Ottawa, removed Wikipedia’s entire entry on homosexuality several times on July 20, 2005, and replaced it with such sentences as: “Homosexuality is evil,” “Homosexuality is wrong according to the Bible” and “Homosexuals need our help and counselling.” The IP address responsible for that edit continued to deface the entry on homosexuality a total of 24 times between July, 2005, and July, 2006, and also edited more than 500 other Wikipedia articles on topics such as epidemiology, Ebola and Deal or No Deal (a TV game show starring a Canadian host).

Stay well, true believers.

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