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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Best Good News In A While

BP says oil has stopped leaking

From the BBC: "BP says it has temporarily stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking well."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"the decisions that caused the delay were not made for the purpose of gaining any advantage"

The first former detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba to be moved into the civilian court system has lost a case in court claiming that his five year long detention in the secret prison of our shame* was not a breach of his constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial.

On the one hand, this clears the path for the government to continue (one hopes) the transfer of these unpersons from the grey murk of the paramilitary justice system they have been trapped in, into the regular trial system of the US. And at the same time, the wording of the judge's ruling troubles me at a deep level, which I will have to consider further: it construes a pretext and a precedent for the 6th amendment that as far as I know, does not currently exist. If I take him at his word, what it boils down to is that if the government doesn't intend abuse, then abuse does not exist. If we didn't mean to screw you over in a pretty obviously illegal way, then hey, it wasn't illegal!

This is about the same as saying that if I take and eat your ham sandwich, but then claim that I didn't mean to deprive you of lunch, and the following year offer you a snickers bar in compensation, that I am not guilty of stealing your sandwich.

As long, of course, as I am the government.

This has the unpleasant feel of "some pigs are more equal than others" judicial thinking, and I wonder what will come of it.

*Hyperbole free, courtesy of my morning coffee.