Monday, July 26, 2010

Whistle-blower Heroes..

If you have not had a chance to take a look at the Afghanistan war log documents that were released by wikileaks (the website seems to be down right now!) click on the title to see what the Guardian has put together.

Unfortunately our Government has decided that everything that is in the slightest way embarrassing should be classified....and it is out of control. I have watched this in terms of the Guantanamo litigation where just about every court filing now is filed under seal....and the secrecy got worse under the Obama administration.

Thanks to the heroes who have opened the doors..and thanks to those of you who will be heroes in the future.

From Roger Fitch and our friends down under at Justinian

Roger Fitch Esq • July 23, 2010

Rough treatment by the courts

“You have a right to a speedy trial – unless they need to torture you first” ... The media’s characterisation of waterboarding – it used to be called torture, now it’s nothing special … Americans stripped of their citizenship by transport safety bureaucrats … Our Man in Washington reports

imageLong-established legal principles are falling left and right, all in the name of … National Security.

In New York, in a shocking but not unexpected decision on the 6th amendment right to speedy trial, federal district judge Lewis Kaplan has ruled Ahmed Ghailani should stand trial in 2010 for the terrorism charges on which he was first indicted 12 years ago, in 1998.

This was so even though he has been in continuous government custody since 2004.