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February 19th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

You may remember Viet Dinh as George W. Bush’s Assistant Attorney General from 2001 to 2003, and the man hailed as the main author of The Patriot Act (for a memory refresher, download his opus here).

Dinh made a speaking appearance on a panel today at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and used the mic to defend the Patriot act as well as call out President Obama for killing too many terrorists.

From HuffPo:

“Why have executions increased?” asked Viet Dinh, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and one of the authors of the USA Patriot Act. Citing a recent Washington Post article on the increased targeted killing of terrorists, Dinh complained that “the president and vice president expound this fact as a fact that they are actually successful in war.”

“That doesn’t mean I think they are not illegitimate,” he added. “No, we have every right to kill the other side’s warriors. But at what cost? When we do not have an effective detention policy the only option we have is to kill them before we can detain them. And if we don’t detain them, we don’t know what they know and what they are up to.”

Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Viet Dinh

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Cancel Tomorrow’s Plans: Attend a Vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Lee

June 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were captured in March on the Chinese border of North Korea while shooting news footage for Current TV and have been held in North Korean detention since, will stand trial in Pyongyang on June 4 for “illegal entry” and “hostile acts.”

Lee’s husband, Michael Saldate, told reporters this week that their 4-year-old daughter “still thinks mommy is at work.” And Laura’s sister, Lisa, explained that she and her family are “terrified.”

From NY Daily News:

“We don’t really know what to expect with this trial,” Lisa Ling, also a television journalist, said on the “Today” show during an interview with the families. “The situation is so sensitive.”

Lisa Ling and friend Kelly Hu will co-host a candlelight vigil tomorrow in LA’s Santa Monica at Wokcano, 1413 5th Street, 6:30pm. If you are in the area, please come and show your support.

There are additional vigils being staged in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Portland, Chicago, Orlando, and Birmingham. Find out more here.

Can’t attend a vigil? Then spread the word and hope for the girls.

[NY Daily News: Euna Lee, Laura Ling - American Journalists Held in North Korea - 'Very Scared' as They Await Trial]
[Liberate Laura & Euna Now - Richard Horgan blog]

Thanks and good luck, Lisa and Cate. x.

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