Sunday, 9 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
For several weeks now, my gorgeous American pal GottaLaff or 'Laffy' as she likes to be known has been tirelessly championing the cause of Fayiz al-Kandari. She has made post after post on her blog The Political Carnival and The Capitol Beat.
Fayiz al-Kandari is a Kuwaiti detainee at U.S. Military base Guantanamo Bay and has been for the last 7 and a half years. You may wonder what he was convicted of, the answer to that is NOTHING!
You may wonder what evidence the U.S. has against Fayiz, the answer to that question is again NOTHING, it is all hearsay, which last time I checked was inadmissible in an American court of law. As Fayiz al-Kandari's defence attorney Major Barry Wingard said on Common Sense Radio a few weeks ago, it is "Hearsay upon hearsay, someone told another person something who told a translator who then told an interrogator". You would think a country with the resources of the United States would at least be able to find some scrap of evidence against someone they claim is an "enemy combatant".
You can read GottaLaff's latest post and everything she has ever written about Fayiz al-Kandari by clicking here. So what can you do to help Fayiz al-Kandari?
If you are a Twitter user, you can use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. You can also tweet @GottaLaff to find out how else you can help. You can stay updated on the campaign to Free Fayiz by visiting The Political Carnival.
For residents of the United Kingdom you can also write to your Member of Parliament to find out what they can do to help Fayiz al-Kandari. If you do not know who your MP is you can find out by visiting Parliament's website.
For residents of the United States you can write to your Representatives in Congress and the Senate, you can find their contact details here.
A big thank you to GottaLaff and Major Barry Wingard for their tireless efforts on behalf of Fayiz al-Kandari.
For further details visit The Political Carnival.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Last night an Illegal immigrant was still on the run after smuggling himself into the UK under a bus full of UK BORDER AGENTS.
According to UK tabloid The Mirror, the 20 UK Border Agents on the bus were returning from Calais, through the channell tunnell. The man was not noticed until the bus reached its destination Folkstone in Kent! The driver of the bus gave chase but the stowaway escaped.
Reminds me of the adverts for Specsavers Opticians "Should have gone to Specsavers". But on a serious note, What the HELL is the UK Border Agency PAID for? I mean this guy got into the country RIGHT UNDER their NOSES!
It seems that the use of twitter hashtag #EPICFAIL is in order!
I think those 20 Agents need a refresher course! Or new glasses!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Yesterday, Gary McKinnon lost his latest legal battle to fight his extradition order to the United States. McKinnon is charged with hacking 97 US government computers. McKinnon and family claim that he was looking for evidence of alien life, and that due to suffering from Asperger Syndrome, he was not able to understand that what he was doing was profoundly wrong.
McKinnon has until September to launch a final appeal against extradition to the United States, else find himself on a plane handcuffed to US Law Enforcement officials. McKinnon's mother appealed to President Barack Obama to halt the extradition proceedings.
Okay, here is The Atlantic Hopper's take on this!
1. Convenient - McKinnon was "diagnosed" with Asperger AFTER it was revealed on National news that he was facing extradition, not that I am saying that the Asperger diagnosis is phony, because it may well be genuine. It just all seems a bit convenient to me.
2. UK has no jurisdiction - McKinnon and his supporters claim that he should face trial here in the UK, well not really, we don't have any jurisdiction to prosecute for a crime committed against a foreign government. Yes, we are allies and we have an extradition treaty. The facts of the case should be decided by an AMERICAN jury in a FEDERAL court. This was a crime against the Federal Government of the United States and should be treated as such. Locality of the perpetrator of the crime is irrelevant in this type of case.
3. Obama has more important things to worry about - I am not saying that McKinnon is a master criminal but is clearly a very intelligent man, despite his alleged disabilities, Obama has a tough legislative agenda on his plate, and should not be wading in willy-nilly on this, unless he decides to give McKinnon a Presidential Pardon.
4. If you don't want to go to a nasty American Jail - DON'T HACK THE PENTAGON!
This is not an expert legal opinion, it is just the opinion of a lowly blogger, but like GottaLaff from The Political Carnival would say "But what do I know?"