WASHINGTON, (AFP) – A US appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of 17 Chinese Muslim Uighurs from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp as President George W. Bush’s administration scrambles to appeal it.
Under a lower court order, the men were to be brought to Washington as soon as Friday, but a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia halted the process "pending further order of the court."
"The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the motion for stay pending appeal and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion," read an order issued Wednesday.
A US federal judge Tuesday had ordered the group to be released in the United States in a major blow to the US administration, which swiftly said it planned to appeal.
Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the 17 men, held at Guantanamo for nearly seven years, brought before him in Washington on Friday to be introduced to some Uighur families who would take them in.
It was the first time a court had ordered that "war on terror" prisoners detained at the US base should be released onto US soil. Read More..
By Frances Williams
The US has again topped a widely-watched index ranking country competitiveness, despite the financial crisis that has left it and other highly ranked nations facing market meltdown and a prolonged economic downturn.
Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden retain their second, third and fourth places respectively in the league table compiled by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.
Among the world’s economic heavyweights only two apart from the US feature in the top ten – Germany, ranked seventh and Japan, ranked ninth. The UK has dropped three places from ninth to twelfth. Singapore, Finland, the Netherlands and Canada take the remaining top ten places.
The WEF, whose rankings were compiled before the current market collapse, said the UK slippage was “mainly attributable to a weakening of its financial markets”, though they continued to be among the most efficient in the world.
Jennifer Blanke, director of the WEF’s global competitiveness network, said despite the present turmoil the index was still relevant because it measured a wide range of factors important for long-term growth in productivity and living standards. Read More..
By Robert Spencer
In Human Events today I discuss a recent disquieting initiatives by our anointed Next President, and their implications:
Last week the Governor of Missouri, Matt Blunt, issued a statement on the Obama campaign’s “abusive use of Missouri law enforcement.” What was striking about the allegations Blunt made was the eerie parallel between the Obama camp’s activity and the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s efforts to stifle all criticism of Islam and destroy the freedom of speech — also by means of legal intimidation — at the UN and elsewhere.
Blunt charged that four Missouri state officials along with the leader of Obama’s campaign in Missouri “have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.” In declaring an intent to prosecute those who spread what they considered to be falsehoods about Obama, they were, said Blunt, “abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.”
Such behavior, said Blunt, was “scandalous beyond words.” Obama and his supporters, he said, were trying to “frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.”
“Barack Obama,” he declared, “needs to grow up.”
Maybe he does, but what is most disturbing about this Missouri incident is that it takes place just as defenders of free speech are fighting a United Nations resolution called “Combating the Defamation of Religion.” The non-binding resolution, introduced by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, “notes with deep concern the intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities in the aftermath of 11 September 2001” and “stresses the need to effectively combat defamation of all religions and incitement to religious hatred, against Islam and Muslims in particular.”
The U.S. government opposes the resolution, pointing out that “defamation-related laws have been abused by governments and used to restrict human rights.”
But how long will this American opposition last? If Barack Obama values free speech so little, as this Missouri episode suggests, it is not at all beyond the realm of possibility that if he becomes president, he will acquiesce to the OIC’s attempts to criminalize criticism of Islam, and pressure the Supreme Court (to which he will probably appoint several key members) to declare a “hate speech” exemption to First Amendment protections.
And what about the liberals’ favorite anti-free speech tool, the Fairness Doctrine? Nancy Pelosi has said she’d like to re-impose the Orwellian-named “doctrine” to make sure that conservative talk radio will be “balanced” — hour by hour, minute by minute — by liberal talk radio. Can anyone doubt that a President Obama would sign legislation reviving the Fairness Doctrine?
GAINESVILLE, FL, August 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ordered University of Florida officials Wednesday to stop discriminating against a Christian fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX), while a lawsuit filed by Christian Legal Society and Alliance Defense Fund attorneys against school officials is on appeal.
"The 11th Circuit seems to understand that Christian student groups cannot be singled out for discrimination. The right to associate with people of like mind and interest applies to all student groups on a public university campus," said Litigation Counsel Timothy J. Tracey with CLS’s Center for Law & Religious Freedom. "We are confident that the court will not allow the University of Florida to continue to deprive BYX of this right by forcing the group to abandon its identity as a Christian men’s organization."
University officials had refused to recognize BYX as a registered student group because the group limits its membership to Christian men. The school does not apply a similar standard to other student organizations, permitting various groups to limit their membership to those who share the organization’s views.
Without official recognition, BYX cannot receive critical benefits given to other student groups, such as access to meeting space and the ability to advertise and recruit members on campus. Wednesday’s injunction from the 11th Circuit means that the university must officially recognize BYX while the case moves forward.
A motion for summary judgment is still pending in federal district court, but BYX appealed the case to the 11th Circuit when the district court denied a preliminary injunction to BYX. The fraternity had gone the entire 2007-2008 school year without official recognition.
The next time you hear the expression “Bush’s war” remember this video…
Its ok for the democrats to say it, but not bush. I guess them Dems Lied to the public Also. Huh!
It was Bill Clintons policy for regime change in Iraq , not Bushes. All through the 90’s the dems every day came to the senate floor giving speeches like this about saddams WMD’s like in this video, but when Bush uses the same intelligence the Dems used, it its a lie .. Go Figure…. This video only touches the iceburg of speeches the dems gave on WMD’s and the threat from Saddam Hussien.
Bill Clintons Speech
Gore To Bush: You Ignored Saddam’s Terrorist Ties!
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor
(CNSNews.com) – A federal judge in San Diego says a giant cross that looks over the city from Mount Soledad may stay where it is.
The cross, part of a national veterans’ memorial, has been at the center of a legal battle for 20 years. The cross itself is 29 feet tall, but including the base, it towers 43 above the ground.
“The Court finds the memorial at Mt. Soledad, including its Latin cross, communicates the primarily non-religious messages of military service, death and sacrifice,” Judge Larry Alan Burns wrote. “As such, despite its location on public land, the memorial is Constitutional.”
The ruling noted that unlike Ten Commandments memorials — which begin with the phrase, ‘I am the Lord thy God’ — an unadorned cross “issues no commands, instructions, or teachings, nor does it express acknowledgement of anything.”
The court noted that the only verbal elements contained in the memorial are those found in the plaques, bollards and paving stones under the cross — and no one has challenged those.
“Any exhortation emanating from this passive monument pertains to remembering the veterans who are recognized there,” the ruling said.
According to the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative public interest law firm, the memorial contains more than 2,000 plaques honoring individuals or groups of veterans. Some of the plaques honor Jewish veterans. Read more..