This is why free (i.e. Federally funded) education "as far as you can go" should be a basic platform plank for any and all progressives. Its one of the few ways to turn poor folks into not poor folks. Not just the person helped, but so many their life then touches. Its not nanny-stateism, its investment that pays off tenfold and more.
"There was a visible audit trail from the vice president's office through the secretary of defense, down to the commanders in the field," authorizing practices that led to the abuse of detainees, Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson also called David Addington, then the vice president's lawyer and now his new chief of staff replacing Scooter Libby, "a staunch advocate of allowing the president in his capacity as commander in chief to deviate from the Geneva Conventions."
Most military recruits in the United States come from areas in which household income is lower than the national median, a non-profit group says.
Nearly two-thirds, 64 percent, of recruits to the military were from counties that have average incomes lower than the national median National Priorities Project said. The group looked at Department of Defense data for 2004.
no, neither was I.
"There is no question that under the law of armed conflict, the United States has the authority to detain persons who have engaged in unlawful belligerence until the cessation of hostilities," said the October 21 report, which was recently published on the State Department's Web site (http://www.state.gov).
"Like other wars, when they start we do not know when they will end. Still, we may detain combatants until the end of the war," the report said.
That means you cannot keep them in secret without revealing their names and locations, you have to allow access by humanitarian groups and you cannot torture them (or allow them to be tortured) for information. The last would be a war crime.
Could someone tell Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld?