Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Something to Know - 3 June

Jeff Stahler

1.  Rolling Stone on Bergdahl.  No doubt you have been listening or reading, or you soon will be, to the swirl of opinions about his negotiated release from the Taliban.   On one side, there is the prevailing feeling that we never leave any of our men in uniform behind on the battle field.   Partisan politics will now hit the fan, and piss and moan about this guy should have been left there because he went AWOL, or he had less that pure patriotic thoughts.  My own opinion is that you get all your men back that we put in uniform.  If there are reasons to cast aspersions on his character or accuse him of a crime...fine...but let the uniform code of military justice do the job.   This, I am afraid, is going to be like trial by media frenzy, like the gal who was tried in Italy, or OJ, or anyone else who can be glued to a TV screen to press "1" for guilty, or "2" for innocent.  If I had my way, I would empty out Guantanamo, close the place down, and try and recover from the fact that this country locked people up for over 10 years, and never brought them to a quick and speedy trial:

2.  Noam Choamsky on Snowden.   Of course, you can predict what Mr. Choamsky would say, but that does not in any way lessen the message that this country is so far off track from the US Constitution that one has to ask ...If Edward Snowden had not exposed the NSA, who would have?  Certainly not our own government.....:

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.
-- Kurt Vonnegut

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