Iraqi Cameraman Acquitted, Yet Remains Imprisoned
In Iraq, an Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News was acquitted of charges Wednesday that have kept him in prison for one year. But despite the acquittal, the judge ordered him returned to his cell at Abu Ghraib. The cameraman, Abdul Ameer, was filming clashes in Mosul when US troops shot him and arrested him a year ago Wednesday. He was accused of incitement and of recruiting for the anti-U.S. insurgency. Ameer’s lawyer, Scott Horton, commented after the hearing: "I would like to observe first that this is has been a great day for justice in Iraq I think no one who witness the proceedings this morning would think that justice was served there, but let us think about something else - in a court room almost anywhere else in the world when an accused is acquitted, is to determined to be completely innocent of charges brought against him, he walks free from that court room. That didn't happen today. Abdul Ameer is still in detention by the American authorities. We should all focus on the fact even though he was completely acquitted he remains in prison and we should all direct our question to the Americans forces about his release."
Government Scientists Allege Global Warming Censorship
Here in the United States, the Washington Post is reporting government scientists who specialize in climate research are complaining the Bush administration has imposed difficulties on allowing them to speak publicly on global warming. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said administration officials have berated them for speaking on policy questions; removed references to global warming from their works; investigated news leaks; and sometimes urged them to stop speaking to the media altogether. In one case of White House censorship, several key words were removed from a press release, including “global warming,” “warming climate” and “climate change." Earlier this year, the top climate scientist at NASA accused the Bush administration of trying to stop him from speaking out about the links between greenhouse gases and global warming.
Insurance Companies Post Record Profits
In other news, the Los Angeles Times is reporting US insurance companies posted records profits last year -- despite the huge damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. In total, the insurance industry pulled in a record $44.8 billion profit – an 18% percent increase over the year before. The Los Angeles Times says the profits reflect a broader trend of “a shift of financial risks from business and often government to individual households.” Fred Cripe, the Vice President of insurance giant AllState said: "If last year's hurricane season had occurred 10 years ago, it would have been devastating for the company. Last year, it was merely disappointing."
Wow, what a friggin shame.
First story, what ever happened to the rule of law? How is a man who was found innocent in the court of law still in jail? Does this make sense at all to anybody? Is there any way you can spin this to insist he remain in jail? Some Democracy we are... just makes me sick.
Second story, nothing terribly new and surprising here. Still a friggin shame that science is being attacked by corporate interests and junk science spread by politicians.
Third story, the quote "its merely dissapointing" blows me away. And yet our government keeps handing out corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich, while the gap between the rich and the poor keeps spreading.
Man it makes me so mad sometimes.