Actually yes, ignorance of the law is an excuse

By George Sand

(Reprinted with author’s permission from Copblock.org)

There are countless laws. Literally.

Maybe not in the mathematical sense – it is technically possible to count the laws in existence, but based on a colloquial and general use of the term “countless” it is not really feasible for someone to count every law. Just this year, 40,000 laws were passed and are set to go into effect. On the other hand, we rarely hear news about laws being repealed.

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Man arrested with explosives at airport was Army expert

Nothing to see here folks, just a man with a bomb. It’s unclear why Yahoo put the headline in the past tense. The guy still is an explosives expert trained by the Army even if he just got fired.

Trey Scott Atwater

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A man arrested on New Years Eve at a Texas airport with explosives is an Army-trained demolitions expert and member of the elite Green Berets who served in Afghanistan and is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, military officials said on Monday.

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It continues until this absurdity:

“Officials declined to speculate on the reason Atwater had the explosives, which city officials said were in “military grade explosives wrapping” in his bag.”

“At no time was there any danger to the people at Midland International Airport or the people of Midland Texas,” Mark Morgan, Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso office of the FBI said in a statement.

NOTE: This was one of the rare times in four years that Yahoo actually named a source.

 

President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision.  While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations.  The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill.

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Remains of 274 U.S. Military Troops Dumped At Landfill By Dover AFB Mortuary 2004-2008

I’ll bet children of rich people don’t end up in landfills.

Investigators have discovered that the remains of at least 274 U.S. military personnel that died in battle were dumped into a landfill by the Dover AFB Mortuary between 2004 and 2008.

After three whistle blowers, James Parsons, Mary Ellen Spera and William Zwicharowski, sounded the alarm, they were fired but have since regained their jobs after an investigation by the inspector general found their allegations were true and that they are protected under the law.

Another 1,762 pieces of remains were also dumped at the same landfill and no DNA testing was done to them, and investigators are now trying to figure out how many more service-members were thrown away.

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