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Guantánamo: Beyond the law

Monday, 16 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
prison, torture, war | 2 Comments »

A little something for the "they hate us for our freedom" file. But never you mind, these are just "a few bad apples" and "isolated incidents". There's no pattern here whatsoever. And no, of course these "enhanced interrogation techniques" will ...

Random acts of war

Monday, 16 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
war | Comments Off on Random acts of war

From The Washington Post: Britain, E.U. Plan Iran Sanctions 16 June 2008 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday announced plans for new sanctions against Iran and a small increase in troops for Afghanistan, handing President Bush a symbolic boost on the last ...

What is murder?

Monday, 16 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
crime, people, philosophy | 16 Comments »

This article and philosophical discussion began as a response to my "Fuck the troops!" post. As that thread has grown rather extensive, and the specific issue of my own (anarchist) definition of murder is related but tangent, I have decided ...

Military Commissions Act partially overturned

Thursday, 12 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
police, prison, war | 1 Comment »

No sooner do I complete writing a post mentioning one of the most odious pieces of legislation ever devised in the "land of the free" that a faint ray of hope comes through: From the New York Times: Justices Rule Terror Suspects ...

42 days: UK accelerates slide into police state

Thursday, 12 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
police, politics, prison, surveillance | 3 Comments »

It is a principle of English common law that if the State is to arrest someone, it must charge them with a crime in relatively short order, or release them. It is known as the habeas corpus doctrine, and has ...

Iran roundup

Thursday, 12 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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I can barely keep up with all the Iran articles, let alone comment on them. The last few days, in brief: Press TV, 10 June 2008: Israel launches 'Iran Command' for war BBC, 10 June 2008: US and EU issue new Iran ...

Radiohead: “Sit Down. Stand Up.”

Thursday, 12 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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Getting away with murder

Friday, 6 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
crime, war | Comments Off on Getting away with murder

The State's "justice" systems just can't seem to find it when the perpetrators are its own hired killers. Surprised? Appalled? Asking the State to punish its own agents, even for the most heinous of offenses, is almost never effective. Where the State ...

Ahoy! America’s secret prisons at sea

Tuesday, 3 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
prison, torture, war | Comments Off on Ahoy! America’s secret prisons at sea

From The Guardian: US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal ...

“Beat up the neighborhood thug”: Israeli FM on Iran

Tuesday, 3 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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The jolly swell preemptive-strike sabre-rattling from Israel against Iran seems to be snowballing. The hypocrisy of Israel painting another power in the region as "the neighborhood thug" would be laughable if the potential consequences weren't more State-sanctified mass murder and ...
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