Monday, November 28, 2005
Bombing Al Jazeera Not a New Idea
Under a headline which proclaims "Take Out Al Jazeera," Mr Gaffney writes:
'If we are serious about this war, we need a totally revamped information policy -- replete with much more concerted and effective efforts to win the hearts and minds of people who have no reason to fear us, let alone to attack us, but are being told to do so by Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. A place to start would be to rapidly start up a satellite television service of our own, capable of reaching millions of currently unserved viewers in Iraq... In the meantime, it is imperative that enemy media be taken down if they insist on using their access to the airwaves as instruments of the war against us and our allies."
Kind of puts that "outlandish" comment by the White House to rest, don't you think?
Why do we still call them trial courts?
As a P.D., I see my job as making the system, which runs almost entirely on efficiency, focus on effectiveness. Taking cases to trial and winning is a great way of accomplishing this, but be careful. When you push for a trial in a system such as this, a "trial tax" often comes into play. In other words, if you actually assert your Constitutional right to a jury trial, you might draw the wrath of a judge who's upset not at the conduct that brought you to court, but your audacity in asserting your rights once you arrived there. Sad, but true, at least in my experience.
Here is an article I wrote that you can find at the same website.