US Military Base Not an Option for KSM Trial

by Charles D. “Cully” Stimson
Facilities Required Do Not Exist
To begin with, the terrorist trials will depend on highly classified information, and the intelligence community will insist–rightfully so–on appropriate security measures to protect its agents, sources, and methods.

There simply is no military courtroom in the United States that is even remotely acceptable for such a terrorist trial. I know, because I chaired the committee charged with upgrading and building the military commission’s compound at Guantanamo back in 2006-2007. The state-of-the-art facilities that were eventually built at Guantanamo are in place, ready, and waiting–but just not wanted.

Nonetheless, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon is poring over base maps, calling installation commanders, and following every lead that turns up. It is all a waste of time, however: No such place on U.S. soil currently fits the bill.

Charles D. “Cully” Stimson is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a military trial judge in the Navy JAG Reserves, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs (2006-2007).

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Family Budget Advice from Obama?

Dan Kennedy writes
In lecturing us about blowing our money, The Great Ozbama displays breathtaking gall. Given that he is blowing trillions of our money, not his, and burying us in debt as no president in history, silence on the subject would seem more reasonable.

To be nit-picky about it, since he is citing trips to Vegas as particularly objectionable, I hold in my casino chip-calloused fingers a list procured from CanadaFreePress.com of Mrs. Obama’s staff and their salaries. She reportedly has a staff of 22 assistants. Yes, I said twenty-two. (Previous First Ladies’ dedicated staffs were in the single digits).
Michelle’s little army includes a Chief of Staff costing $172,000 a year; a Deputy Chief of Staff at $90,000;
a Director of Policy and Projects at $140,000;
a Director of Communications at $102,000;
a Deputy Director of Scheduling at $62,000;
two Social Secretaries – mysteriously, one at $65,000, one at $64,000;
an Associate Director of Correspondence at $45,000,
an Assistant to the Social Secretary at $36,000, and more,
in total consuming $6.3-million annually thus $25-million during her 4-year term. Not to mention a make-up artist and hair stylist.

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The Washington, D.C. Disconnect

The disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country has never been greater. Why can’t the political class in D.C. produce a fiscal product that voters, taxpayers, and investors are willing to consume?

According to the Washington Post, voters want smaller government and fewer government services by a large 58 to 38 percent margin.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen reveals that 61 percent of voters believe tax cuts help the economy, that 59 percent think tax cuts are a better job-creation tool than increased government spending, and that another 59 percent believe higher deficits hurt the economy. Rasmussen also reports that a full 83 percent of Americans blame the deficit on the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending. And get this: In a whopper of a poll result, the New York Times reports that 75 percent of Americans dislike Congress.

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Promises, Promises: Jobs bill short on making jobs

There’s a problem with the bipartisan jobs bill emerging in the Senate: It won’t create many jobs.

The bill includes tax cuts to please Republicans and its passage would hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory. But even the Obama administration acknowledges the legislation’s centerpiece _ a tax cut for businesses that hire unemployed workers _ would work only on the margins.

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Security Risk: Eric Holder’s Latest Folly

How much time, do you suppose, has Eric Holder spent as attorney general of the United States explaining that he meant no harm by all the harm he’s done?

His not very acceptable explanations began even before he was confirmed as attorney general. That’s when he was quizzed about his role in approving a pardon for Marc Rich, international fugitive and big giver to various political causes.

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Politicians: Will They Ever Listen?

As the first ever Tea Party Convention kicks off, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has announced he would like to take away Georgia citizen’s ability to hold 4 state agency heads responsible for their actions.

The Tea Party movement’s core values are Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.

Governor Sonny Perdue announced that Senator Bill Heath, the Governor’s Floor Leader in the Senate, is introducing legislation and a Constitutional Amendment to create a cabinet form of government. Under the proposal the heads of the state’s Agricultural, Insurance, Education, and Labor departments would be appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate confirmation.

“This proposal will result in better government for Georgians,” Governor Perdue said. “It will ensure that agency heads are focused on good policy, and not bogged down with the politics of running for re-election.”

This, of course, would make these positions political appointees, accountable to the governor, rather than to the people of Georgia. Isn’t that exactly what has helped create half the country’s concern with the federal government? Bigger, less responsible government is not better.

If the General Assembly approves, the Constitutional Amendment would be on the ballot this November for approval by the voters. Those currently running for these offices would be able to serve a full term upon winning, and the positions would be appointed by the Governor that is elected in 2014.

This announcement really caught my eye because of a statement from Gerry Purcell, running for Insurance Commissioner.
This is not an endorsement, but his statement points out this new requirement.
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Last March, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted a “mandatory requirement” that insurance companies disclose to regulators the financial risks they face from climate change and the actions they are taking to respond to those risks.

All insurance companies with annual premiums exceeding $500 million would be required to complete and submit an Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey every year, starting in 2010.

Regrettably, Georgia has only a few insurance companies with headquarters within our state, but those that are should not be subjected to mandates that are motivated by the conjecture and hysteria of the questionable “science” of climate change. Until we separate truth from hyperbole regarding climate change, we should avoid punishing Georgia’s businesses and consumers with costly regulatory requirements.

As a general rule, I question the legality and appropriateness of any federal mandate on our state insurance markets, much less a mandate coming from a non-governmental association such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC does some very good work, but they should refrain from dictating state mandates. I will vigorously oppose these types of mandates as Georgia’s Next Insurance Commissioner.

Finally, given the economic climate, on which we do have reliable data, this is no time to impose additional administrative burdens on Georgia’s companies.

I call on Commissioner Oxendine(who is running for governor) to follow Indiana’s lead and reject this unfunded mandate.
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According to a December Rasmussen Poll
“50% of voters now believe that global warming is caused primarily by long-term planetary trends, a high for the year. Only 34% say climate change is due primarily to human activity, even as the UN summit tried to limit the human activity they blame for global warming.”

Politics, rather than facts, seem to continue the push to do something NOW about the so called Global Warming, now Climate Change. Even according to the EPA, based on the now very questionable IPCC reports,
What’s Not Certain?
Important scientific questions remain about how much warming will occur, how fast it will occur, and how the warming will affect the rest of the climate system including precipitation patterns and storms.”

Now, in the face of
“Health Care Reform”, which says the intent is to reduce health care costs, and the
Lack of Job Growth, primarily due to the uncertain costs the federal government will impose on businesses,
larger insurance companies have this costly survey-based on hysteria.

The required Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey includes
-Describe your company’s process for identifying climate change-related risks…
-Summarize the current or anticipated risks that climate change poses to your company.
-Discuss steps, if any, the company has taken to engage key constituencies on the topic of climate change.

“If you say something long enough and loud enough and often enough, the people will believe it.”

And more expense is coming for business. The EPA will continue its quest to punish anyone that is not carbon neutral (carbon neutral=send money). Assuming the Cap and Tax bill will not pass, the current administration’s EPA will by administrative order accomplish all that this bill would have if not opposed by the majority (July 09- 63% rate creating jobs as more important) of the citizens in the country.

All politicians need to begin listening, or they will find plenty of time to listen after the next election.

Nervous Dems Go On Polling Spree

Dems facing a difficult political terrain next year began polling their districts early to survey a tumultuous political landscape, according to reports filed with the FEC.
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At least a few of those targets have gotten the message. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), who hasn’t gotten less than 60% of the vote since ’82, put a poll in the field, as did entrenched Reps. Mike Ross (D-AR), Allan Boyd (D-FL), Earl Pomeroy (D-SD) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA).

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