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The Case That Fell Apart

Posted by Rick · September 3rd, 2004 · 7 Comments

No, I’m not talking about Kobe Bryant today. The immediate case here is the conviction of two Arab immigrants, which was thrown out Thursday. The government had once claimed this their first major courtroom victory in the war on terror.

But Judge Rosen said prosecutors developed early on a theory about what happened “and then simply ignored or avoided any evidence or information which contradicted or undermined that view.”

I knew a President like that once.

“The case fits into a broader pattern of the Ashcroft Justice Department overplaying its hand in terror cases and making broad allegations of terror without the evidence to back it up,” said David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University.

Hmmmm . . . where have I seen that before? Oh, yeah! Just about everyday — and particularly at the Republican National Convention — from the guy hamming it up playing President!

While criticizing the government’s handling of the case, Judge Rosen praised the prosecutors who recently took it over and moved to disown it.

Meanwhile, I’m hoping that a similar thing will happen in the White House.

The full article by Danny Hakim, “Judge Reverses Convictions in Detroit ‘Terrorism’ Case,” is available on the New York Times website.

Categories: Politics-In-General


7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nat Dawson // Sep 3, 2004 at 6:17 pm

    well, well, well … I must make what might be my last testament considering that as I sit here and await the arrival of the unpredictable Frances, it may turn and erase my home from the map in short order. Knew a girl called Frances once – a sweet and lovely girl. Much too nice and too trusting. She was obsessed with me. Worshipped me – which I found distressing. And boring. But I should never have let her go. Of course, it’s only a fool’s walk to dwell on the past with regret.

    Speaking of fools I see this blog plods along with the same old tired formula of constant and daily Bush bashing, thus making it indistinguishable from the multiple rebarbative Liberal blogs that daily engage in what is now a ritual of sneer and smear. Really, Rick – if you wanted this site to collect any traffic you should know that you must stand out from, not follow the pack.

    It is now manifestly clear that Kerry is demonstrably a fraud, a cheat and, quite possibly, a psychopathic liar. It’s very clear that he feared being drafted into the Army in 1968 and thus “volunteered” for the Navy thinking they would be far from the action. It’s clear that he went to Vietnam with 2 objectives in mind: (1) to fabricate a “hero’s” dossier and (2) to extricate himself as rapidly as possible.

    The evidence is overwhelming that he gamed the system to qualify for certain awards and, once achieved, departed with film of his alleged and now disputed “heroism”. He then read the political winds at home and turned on the very people he served with, perjuring himself before the Senate with a testimony of fantastic lies. Even back then he was willing to besmirch reputations, stab people in the back and do whatever it took to promote himself.

    His gargantuan ego reveals itself in the way in which he marries for money and then divorces and re-marries for more money. Yes – he is really nothing more than a whore who can be bought at a certain price.

    Greta van Sustereren, a untalented lawyer who, inexplicably, has been given a TV show of her own interviewed Lynn Swann, the great Pittsburgh Steeler Wide Receiver last night. She first demanded to know why he was a Republican. I wish Lynn would have slapped her across her stupid grill at that point. What she was really saying was “you are black and therefore you should be a Democrat.” The arrogance of it. But Lynn got his own back. She asked him if he had met Kerry and Lynn said yes. She then asked for his impression obviously expecting Lynn to say something flattering about Kerry but instead Lynn said “yes I talked to him but he left me with the impression that there was nothing there”. Beautiful, Lynn. And very observant.

    I’ve been observing the American political scene for 40 years and I have never, in my lifetime, seen such a campaign of filth, lies and deception such as the Democrats and Kerry are running. It is a disgrace. It’s degrading the Democratic Party and its offending the basic principles on which the democratic process is based. Scoop Jackson and Hubert Humphrey must be turning over in their graves.

    Bush is running on his record and it is one of achievement. Kerry’s record is one only of rhetoric and constant repositioning. In 20 years in the Senate there is not one piece of important law that bears his name. The man is empty, hollow and devoid of everything except ambition.

    The fact that he is even in contention speaks of what must be an immense number of unthinking fools within our populace. Kerry is the falsest, most contemptible person to have ever run for the office and yet he is the choice of legions of automatons, special interests and morons that constitute the Democratic party.

    The book’s title could not be more apt: “unfit for command”. What a vile piece of filth Kerry is. I would rather have my hands cut off than let them be used to vote for this sleazy, contemptible hypocrite and liar.

    I must surely get on my knees if I am spared the hurricane and implore God Almighty to spare my country from the nightmare of a “Kerry Administration”. Those very words nauseate me from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. [shudder].

  • 2 Rick // Sep 3, 2004 at 10:45 pm

    Good to see you’re still capable of telling a good joke now and then, Nat.

    Based on your past history here, I’ll keep the promise I made many months ago: I won’t bother spending half my day researching facts to which you’ll respond by non sequitur.

    You know, Nat, if I bought into your particular mythos — at the moment, I mean your funky brand of Christianity, not the screwed-up misguided belief that Floridians can count or think well enough to vote (you did muck up, after all, not just the 2000 election, but your own gubernatorial roll of the dice) — anyway, if I did subscribe to your heathen-derived mythos, I think I’d at least start to wonder why the Head Honcho kept pounding my state with hurricane after hurricane.

    If it were me, I’d learn my lesson; no way would I drop to my knees as you suggest and beg for another statewide spanking!

    Of course, you already missed the boat by failing to read my articles on defamation.

    Plod along, old boy.

  • 3 Mark // Sep 4, 2004 at 7:22 am


    What have you been smoking? More than 75% of the advertising the Repugnicants have run has been attempts to slam Kerry by lying about his votes in the Senate, not to mention the blatantly false and absolutely discredited ads run by so-called “Swift Boat Veteran” (and played repeatedly for free on the supposedly “liberal media”).

    I wish Shrub WOULD run on his record — HUGE record deficits, 1,000 men and women killed and another 7,000 wounded so his buddies can profit from no-bid government contracts, increasing poverty, the first occupant of the White House to LOSE jobs on his watch, a REFUSAL to go after Osma Bin Forgotten and those who give him comfort and aid (the Saudis and the Pakistanis), a gutting of our country’s enviornmental protections, the list goes on — what’s not to like? And don’t forget his courageous record of deserting his post after using daddy’s connections to get into the National Guard. That’s what TRUE patriots do in war time!

    Repugnicants pay people to lie about Democrats. Democrats tell the truth about Repugnicants, and the Repugnicants scream bloody murder. The late, great Democratic President Harry Truman was often sometimes called “Give ’em Hell Harry” because of his inability to stomach the bullshit that came out of the Repugnicant party. One time at a speech, someone in the audienced hollered, “Give ’em hell, Harry!” Truman replied, “I’ve never given anyone hell. I just tell the truth — and the Republicans (sic) THINK it’s hell!” Truer words were never spoken. And they apply today more than ever.

    You can’t possibly be serious, Nat. You remind me of the “guests” I have seen the few times I have tuned into Jerry Springer for a laugh. I figure they have to be actors. There’s no way anyone in real life could be that stupid. I am complimenting you, Nat, by presuming that you’re putting all of us on.

  • 4 Mark // Sep 4, 2004 at 10:12 am

    More of Shrub’s record to run on, this is from Graydon Carter of The Telegraphin the United Kingdom:

    1 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security issued between 20 January 2001 and 10 September 2001 that mentioned al-Qaeda.

    104 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and defense in the same period that mentioned Iraq or Saddam Hussein.

    101 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and defense in the same period that mentioned missile defense.

    65 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and defense in the same period that mentioned weapons of mass destruction.

    0 Number of times Bush mentioned Osama bin Laden in his three State of the Union addresses …

  • 5 nick meyer // Sep 6, 2004 at 8:35 pm

    Welcome back my friend Nat. I have missed you. I have been fighting the good fight here alone with Rick and his trusty sidekick and yes boy mARK. I pray for your safety with Frances and hope you fare thru it. We have missed your wisdom and insight. By the way Rick has a new ally in Chepooka. Another Bush Basher. 2 more months and these nay-sayers will have to be quiet when Bush keeps the White House for four more glorious years. Talk to you soon my friend!!!

  • 6 Rick // Sep 7, 2004 at 1:03 am

    Nick, there’s no need to wait until November! Your brilliance in that last post has utterly silenced me now! How can I possibly refute the grounds you’ve given for believing everyone should vote for Bush?

    It was, as usual, another astounding argument from you against which nothing can be said.

    Were Bush half as brilliant as y— oh, wait…

  • 7 nick meyer // Sep 7, 2004 at 8:13 am

    Rick, I gave no grounds for everyone to vote for Bush. I simply stated the inevitable. Bush will retake the White House. In past posts you have said the same thing. Whether we like him or not there is no way he will not win. I believe you used the inference that the voting machines were owned by him or his cronies. (Which is B.S., But I attribute that to your closed mindedness.) have a great day. I am in meetings all morning.

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