Posts tagged Osama bin Laden
From a New York Times article:
Wednesday night is attack night. Elizabeth Warren, who is trying to unseat Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts, will offer up her particular brand of Democratic-base appeal, while former President Bill Clinton will play the part of Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential candidate who slammed Mr. Obama in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday night. Expect to hear a broad takedown of the Republican agenda.
Last week, we heard Republicans repeatedly asking the question Reagan posed in 1980: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? In preparation for tonight’s festivities, let’s take a look at where we were in September of 2008. (more…)
Two cases related to the Guantanamo Bay detainees and their treatment are making their way through the court system now and may be reviewed by the Supreme Court soon.
The first, Jose Padilla v. John Yoo, was the subject of Michael’s article this morning.
The second case is being heard (or maybe not, see below) by the D.C. Circuit Court and may well move to the Supreme Court next term.
Salim Ahmed Hamdan is a Yemeni national who, intelligence officials say, served as a driver for Osama bin Laden. He was detained by Afghan forces in November 2001 and held with other suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
In 2006, his case (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld) was heard by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the system of military tribunals created by Congress was unconstitutional because it did not properly follow the Geneva Convention. The present case is unrelated to the first; the only common feature is that it features the same petitioner. (more…)
We’ve had a lively year. Congress was active, though the more active it was, the less popular it seems to have become. We had high drama two or three times over taxes, the debt and the deficit, and the first ever downgrade of America’s credit rating. The political winners and losers are far from clear. The economy has slowly but steadily improved, and consumer confidence is right around the highest it’s been since the Great Recession, while unemployment continues to decline. The President’s approval ratings have been on a slow rise since its low point in mid-August. All these factors may well be related. (more…)
2 years ago
Seized computer data from the bin Laden compound raid are beginning to bear fruit, according to comedian Andy Borowitz. In the latest Borowitz Report, he describes how Osama bin Laden has been making his money.
We should’ve known all along.
The videos show bin Laden in an unflattering light, and provide rather substantive proof that Navy SEALs were inside bin Laden’s compound. While they do not prove bin Laden was killed, it’s hard to imagine how such videos could exist while bin Laden remains alive.
For example, he is shown with a dyed beard (presumably because of vanity about his age) and “obsessively watching himself on TV”.
It will be hard (but not impossible) for deniers to continue in the belief that 1) bin Laden was killed some time ago and his death “kept on ice” or 2) that he remains at large.
For those logarchism.com readers who have seen the videos, what was your reaction? What is your prediction for the most important effect of bin Laden’s death?
- The Pentagon Releases Video Of Osama bin Laden (radio923fm.radio.com)
- Video: Osama bin Laden prepares for propaganda video (cbsnews.com)
- US releases videos of Osama bin Laden (independent.co.uk)
- Here’s The Video Of Osama Bin Laden Watching Himself On TV (businessinsider.com)
- Osama bin Laden Home Videos (thedailybeast.com)
- Government Releases Osama bin Laden Videos (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- A vane Osama bin Laden shown in new videos (cbsnews.com)
- Bin Laden home videos released (mirror.co.uk)
It happens all too often. One partner in a relationship is caught cheating, and the other is angry and betrayed. Onlookers say to each other, “They’ll never survive this. It’s over.” But for the people directly involved, there are many considerations besides outrage and loss of trust. There are family issues, financial ties, and private mutual knowledge that could be damaging if revealed to others. So, quite often, the situation is patched up and bumps along.
That seems to be the current status of the US relationship with Pakistan. (more…)