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Archive for May 13th, 2009

ABC has reported that President Obama will fight the release of additional detainee abuse photos, that the ACLU has requested.

 http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/president-oba-5.html

 See the ACLU’s response HERE.

 Yah, why release more proof of your miscreant behavior, when you or someone in Congress might get sued for it….

 And, all this on the heels of Philip Zelikow’s  testimony to the Senate Hearing Committee today.

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In case you didn’t know, May is National Jewish Heritage Month. What are your doing to commemorate our history?

Do a Google of “jewish support of the american revolution” and you will get around 226,000 hits.

Think of people like Hayim Soloman, or these folks, without whom there would not be a United States.

Compare what Benjamin Franklin believed and did to how we think today.

Shalom!

 

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Associated Press reports that the United States won her first seat on the UN Human Rights Council yesterday HERE. As you may remember, the USA was required to produce a pledge to the Council, which the ACLU felt left several human rights points obscure. The Pledge can be found in the linked ACLU page on the recent blog HERE.

In case you forgot the history of the Council, Wiki has a brief chronology HERE.

When SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the US intent to seek a seat in March of this year, it reversed a Bush policy decision to shun the Council over membership of other nations who were considered to be repressive.  However, as she and US Ambassador Susan Rice have noted, the decision is part of “new era of engagement”.

The whole thing gets back to whether it’s better to work in the system in hopes of changing it, or outside of it.  Israel, one of the nations who, along with the US, first opposed the Council’s formation, continues to object to participation. 

Even so, the Council is purely advisory to the UN and has no authority to initiate actions on it’s own.

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