You might recall my post back in March about IslamTube entitled “IslamTube: Snipers and Destruction.” Bottom line, IslamTube back then (hold on before you excoriate me for not updating my sources) featured such crowd-pleasers as videos of jihadists blowing up Coalition forces, and Zawahiri tapes–much unlike the cheery GodTube.
Well, turns out somebody has now hacked IslamTube, rendering it useless. Hopefully forever–thanks to good old freedom and democracy, it appears that citizens of fellow democracy Turkey have hacked the abomination. Now appearing on the IslamTube front page: a lovely picture of Turkish nation-founder Ataturk, the Turkish flag, and some music (Turkish national anthem?).
Now to be fair, there were positive Islamic videos on the site: and so, sincere apologies to our reader (named “a person”) who pointed out that IslamTube now directs him to another site (“Islaam.com”). I also found myself redirected to Islaam.com, before the second attempt that brought me Ataturk.
I’ll take Ataturk over Jihadists anyday. Long live Turkey!
(And by the way: hacking is often illegal. Don’t do it.)
Clearly this Canadian anchor thinks little of the U.S., but Ayaan Hirsi Ali, known more for her fierce characterization of Islam as antithetical to free will, will have none of it, saying choicely: “You grew up on freedom, so you can spit on freedom.” Hirsi Ali’s repeated defense of America against all those who reflexively attack modern American culture in favor of “traditional” values or cultures (which I can only surmise need such affirmative action in defense of some alleged intentional American imperialist design) cuts to the bone: “My criticism of the West, especially of liberals, is that they take freedom for granted.” This interviewer provokes her again to the same point: it’s not about America’s failures, and indeed, they are many–it’s about what America offers to every American. Here’s the video:
The Somali refugee who sought political asylum in the Netherlands, and eventually became a member of that country’s lower house of Parliament, who faced death Continue reading
Life is very difficult for former Iranian “reformist” president Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) these days. As the video below (after the break) depicts, he shook
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (left hand unaccounted for)
hands with women on a recent trip to Italy–and is now facing trial following condemnation by Iranian conservatives. Ultra-conservatives a protest in the city of Mashhad and delivered a formal complaint, along with copies of the below film, to a special clerical court calling for Khatami to be put on trial. Placards carried by the crowd read, among other choice phrases, “Death to the Clerics’ Foe.” A second lawsuit has also been filed against Khatami by the Hezbollah militia for the handshakes.
According to witnesses these are the words used by LtCol Chessani when he was first informed about the 24 civilians killed at Haditha. LtCol Chessani did, however, make an earlier statement to NCIS, wherein he stated “I could have done a better job preparing the Marines for this deployment as it relates to R.O.E. training.” The investigating officer, Colonel Conlin, who has been somewhat critical of LtCol Chessani, stated that many other battalion commanders would have joined their troops in the battle area during such an engagement. LtCol Chessani did not join his Marines. LtCol Chessani is in the picture on the right, Col Conlin is on the left.
It is remarkable that the investigating officer would not be a judge advocate (a military lawyer, all of whom are required to be certified civilian lawyers as well) as is the usual case in an Article 32 investigation. While there is no requirement that the investigating officer be a judge advocate, in the overwhelming majority of Marine Corps cases the investigating officer is a judge advocate. Col Conlin, in contrast, is an infantry officer by MOS (“Military Occupational Specialty”). Perhaps obviously, there’s an argument to be made that an infantry officer might be better suited to adjudge the combat-related actions of a battalion commander in a case such as this.
AO and yojoe will keep you up to date.
[UPDATE: On 29 June 2007, COL Brownback denied the government's reconsideration motion on the Khadr case. Story HERE.]
We’ve discussed both the Khadr and Hamdan cases previously here, here, and here, and just yesterday a very significant development has sprung itself on us. On Monday 4 Jun 07, the military judges of both cases (CAPT Keith Allred, JAGC, USN in Hamdan, COL Peter Brownback III, JA, USA in Khadr) granted the defense motions to dismiss all charges and specifications, without prejudice. Both rulings dismissed the commissions trial on jurisdictional grounds. The actual rulings are here for Khadr and Hamdan.
In Hamdan, the court noted that the accused had, on 2 October 04, appeared before a Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) in Guatanamo, which determined that Hamdan had been properly detained as an “enemy combatant.” However, the court noted that on 10 May 07, Hamdan’s charges were referred, specifying jurisdiction as arising due to Hamdan’s status as an “alien unlawful enemy combatant.” This is precisely the language that the Military Commissions Act (MCA) limits Military Commissions jurisdiction to under 10 U.S.C. § 948(d): jurisdiction is limited to law of war violations committed by “an alien unlawful enemy combatant.” What’s clearly missing from the CSRT’s determination is that Hamdan was also “unlawful.”
The court declined to adopt the Government’s invitation to find that the “unlawful” designation could be derived from President Bush’s 7 February 2002 memorandum entitled “Humane Treatment of al Qaeda and Taliban Detainees,” which contained the conclusion that “Taliban detainees are unlawful combatants and therefore do not qualify as Prisoners of War under Article 4″ of the Geneva Conventions. CAPT Allred specifically noted that jurisdiction required Continue reading
Today the Supreme Court holds a private conference on the Hamdan and Khadr cases to determine whether to grant cert in those cases. The Khadr reply brief may be found here; it consists of some dense legal argument detailing just why habeas corpus historically did not apply only to citizens of the sovereign. We’ll see just where that goes, if anywhere, after today’s Court conference.
Above: Omar Khadr, 20 y.o., Guantanamo detainee
Also, this Tuesday, 24 April, charges on the 20-year old Khadr were referred under the military Commissions process, referred charge sheet here, and Solicitor General letter notifying the Court of the charges here. The five charges are non-capital and include: (1) murder by throwing a hand grenade at U.S. SFC Speer; (2) attempted murder by planting converted land mines into improvised explosive devices and planting them to kill coalition forces; (3) conspiracy to attack the U.S. via Al Qaeda; (4) violating 10 U.S.C. 950v(b)(25) by providing material support for terrorism; and, (5) violating 10 U.S.C. 950v(b)(27) by spying.
Materials on the Commissions, including very detailed transcripts, records of trial, and charge sheets, interactive timelines and schedules, may be found here.
More to come after the Court acts/declines.
Truth-loving Persians do not dwell upon
The trivial skirmish fought near Marathon.
As for the Greek theatrical tradition
Which represents that summer’s expedition
Not as a mere reconnaisance in force
By three brigades of foot and one of horse
(Their left flank covered by some obsolete
Light craft detached from the main Persian fleet)
But as a grandiose, ill-starred attempt
To conquer Greece – they treat it with contempt;
And only incidentally refute
Major Greek claims, by stressing what repute
The Persian monarch and the Persian nation
Won by this salutary demonstration:
Despite a strong defence and adverse weather
All arms combined magnificently together.
– Robert Graves
Now this is interesting. Everybody knows YouTube, but who knows IslamTube?
Allow me to take a step back to our own majority religion. Yes, there’s also GodTube (catchphrase: “Broadcast Him.”). Looks like the top videos include titles such as “Lyrical,” “Heart for the Lost,” “Baby Got Bible,” and “Creation Short Film.” I nearly forgot “Easter Bunny vs. Pastor Al: Is Easter a Holy Day or a Holiday? You Decide.”
Right, but IslamTube is something completely different. Check out the top-viewed videos and… well, you’ve got, among the top five, “Sheikh Osama ibn Laden” (you can guess the topic,” and “Iraqi Sniper” (ditto). There’s a video mocking President Bush, and a few farther down, “Jihad in Iraq: Destruction.”
Iranian government cultural advisor Shamaqdari is sadly mistaken: the U.S. isn’t waging war through this classic story of the 300 Spartans led by King Leonidas who fought, and perished, at the hands of the “million man” Persian army. Although I was personally hoping to see the movie version of Stephen Pressfield’s fantastic Gates of Fire, it was Frank Miller’s 300 that hit the screens first. The “hyper-real,” uber-computer-generated, cartoonish film is a purposeful caricature, the vision of Frank Miller and Zack Snyder (who’s done Dawn of the Dead (i.e., not what you’d consider a documentary) and is working on a film version of the graphic novel (read: cartoonish) Watchmen).
Despite this, it’s being taken by at least a few Iranian officials, and from media reports a whole lot of Iranians, as an affront to Persian history and a (get this) premediatated attack by the American government:
Javad Shamaqdari, a cultural advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said it was “plundering Iran’s historic past and insulting this civilization”. He branded the film “psychological warfare” against Tehran and its people. But Iranian culture was strong enough to withstand the assault, Mr Shamaqdari insisted: “American cultural officials thought they could get mental satisfaction by plundering Iran’s historic past and insulting this civilization,” he said, “Following the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hollywood and cultural authorities in the US initiated studies to figure out how to attack Iranian culture.”
And so we go from Duncan O’Finion, man who walks through walls, to conspiracy theorists overseas. From Ann Coulter’s loose lips to this, is there no one that’s not over the top?