Sunday, June 12, 2016

Talking Dog interviews Wesley Kendall.....part 1

Wesley Kendall is a Law Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific. Dr. Kendall holds a J.D. from Texas Southern University, an M.A. in Political Science and Government from the University of Missouri Kansas City and a Ph.D. in Political Science and Government from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is author of The U.S. Death Penalty and Diplomacy and Language of Terror, and most recently, From Gulag to Guantanamo: Political, Social and Economic Evolutions of Mass Incarceration. On June 9, 2016, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Kendall by email exchange.

Read part one of the interview here.

Catching up....

A few things have been going on over the past few weeks while I have been tied up with other things.....

First let me congratulate Col. Morris Davis on settling his case with the Library of Congress. Moe and I have had our differences over the years but when push came to shove he stuck with the constitution and against the politics of the "double legal standard" of using the courts for some "terrorist prosecutions" and military tribunals for others. After speaking out Moe was fired from the job he took after retiring from the military (if you do not know that part of his background here is a nice little article to read to get you started.)
More about Moe's settlement here.

And then there is this.... "The judge overseeing the premiere military tribunal at Guantánamo Bayeffectively conspired with the prosecution to destroy evidence relevant to defending the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks, according to a scathing court document." 
Read the rest here.

The coward- former attorney general Eric Holder now admits (now that he has stepped down from the position he held where he could actually have done something) that American Hero Edward Snowden performed a public service by releasing the documents that triggered the debate about our surveillance state. Of course even after admitting the important role played by Snowden the asshole still thinks Snowden should be punished. 

Of course when the CIA destroys critical documents showing it's role in torture no one in government would dare think of holding anyone responsible nevertheless punish someone. Read more on Snowden's tweet about the CIA's destruction of documents here.