There is no doubt that Bradley Manning broke the law. The doubt is about who those laws are meant to protect: American citizens, or the American military and government.
Police in the United Arab Emirates arrested an Indian national in a females-only park, saying the man was dressed as a woman. The man was charged with violating “principles of public decency and societal customs and authentic Arab Islamic traditions,” although he got a few points for not having shaved his mustache as part of his disguise. However those points were taken back when it was discovered he had shaved elsewhere.
Connecticut’s state legislature passed a bill Monday that makes racial profiling a crime. When asked who the new law targets, the state’s Attorney General said “usually a white male between the ages of 25 and 55, in the law enforcement community, or the legal professions.” The state Attorney General was immediately arrested under the new law.
Two American hikers who had been imprisoned in Iraq as spies were released Wednesday after over two years in captivity. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were arrested on the Iran/Iraq border and accused of being spies. A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released last year for “medical reasons”. Since then Shourd has tirelessly traveled nowhere near the Middle East as she spoke out in her companions’ defense.
The Sultan of Oman brokered the release of the pair in return for $1 million in
bribe bail money, which was not paid by the U.S. “Those were completely different dollars we gave to Iran – they were nothing like the dollars the U.S. gave us” the Sultan said.
The release comes just a day before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where no one is going to pay any more attention to him than they usually do.
Iranian officials said Fattal and Bauer had not actually been convicted of espionage as reported in the global media, but instead were held for “psychiatric evaluation. I mean who would go hiking along our border with Iraq but a bunch of lunatics?”
A Kentucky man and his wife are suing the surgeon who amputated the man’s penis in 2008. The doctor maintains the amputation became necessary upon discovering cancer during a circumcision procedure.
A jury was seated “swiftly”, if uncomfortably, with all the male jurors sitting with their legs crossed while all the female jurors are on the edge of their seats, many smirking or actually audibly giggling.