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    I’m an opinionated Grumpy Old Man. I enjoy the intellectual give and take that goes along with that, but have very little patience for stupid people (Note: there is a big difference between “stupid” and “educated”. Some of the stupidest people I’ve ever met have a PhD…). Beside arguing, I like to build things in almost any media. Right now I’m mostly building in wood, Lego, and a bunch of different electronic media. I teach in a number of different venues - from preschool all the way through graduate school. Subjects range from talmud to neuroscience to engineering.

    For fun, I like to bash people with swords (OK, so they’re made of foam. It’s still fun). Although I spend a lot of my time in a wheelchair, I manage to keep pretty active (Like bashing people with swords). I am a libertarian, and have a hard time finding anything good to say about government or politicians. OK, politicians might make good sausage, but that's about as good as it gets.

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So you thought guantanamo was bad?

Well, we all know that guantanamo is falling apart under legal scrutiny. The Supreme Court has pretty consistantly found that the practices at guantanamo are illegal (not that that has made any difference…). So, what is an authoritarian semi-dictatorial government to do when its own courts start pulling on the reins? Take a read here:

http://www.slate.com/id/2172334/fr/rss/

If we can’t use our own military prisons to hold kidnapped civilians without trial, legal representation, or charging, we’ll simply use foreign prisons. Sound like the old “extraordinary rendition” (secret prison) scenario? Well, not exactly. Turns out that other governments are starting to realize that playing  that particular game causes all kinds of international problems. Instead, they simply allow the US government to build, staff, and run prisons in their countries. That way, the prisons are outside US jurisdiction, but the government of the hosting country isn’t responsible because it is a US prison.

Fortunately, the courts are starting to catch on, so there’s some hope that this practice will get shut down eventually. Of course, like the guantanamo detainees, the victims of this particular sham are looking at years or decades before the courts slam the door on the practice. And of course, many of those prisoners will disapear or die at the hands of their torturers.

Remember folks: The USA stands for Freedom, Justice, and All That is Right! (And we came up with great ideas like inteligent design too!)

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