Earlier, the 70-year-old ex-president was brought to the court from a military hospital in Rawalpindi in a heavily-protected convoy. He sat in witness box and stood briefly when addressed by the judge. But Musharraf did not speak.
When Justice Arab asked him how he was feeling, he replied with a smile on his face that he was “good”. He remained in the court for 20 minutes and was taken back to the hospital, where he was admitted on January 3 after complaining of chest pain while traveling to the court for hearing.
The trial against Musharraf is related to his suspension, abrogation and subversion of the constitution after imposition of emergency rule in November 2007.
Editor’s note: Dispatch reporter Alan Johnson witnessed today’s execution.
LUCASVILLE, Ohio - Dennis McGuire struggled, repeatedly gasping loudly for air and making snorting and choking sounds, before succumbing to a new two-drug execution method today.
The 24-minute execution process was a “failed, agonizing experiment by the state of Ohio,” said one of the killer’s attorneys, Allen Bohnert, a federal public defender.
My purpose isn’t to debate the death penalty, FWIW, I’m against it as a matter of principle, there have been far too many people exonerated long after convictions for me to feel comfortable with it. I do think that it should remain an option for the most heinous of crimes, where there is no doubt at all as the the guilt and culpability of the individual. I also feel that it should be available for treason, and for desertion in the face of the enemy.
This is just horribly wrong however on so many levels. Warning, this is a graphic description of his death.
After being injected at 10:29 a.m., about four minutes later McGuire started struggling and gasping loudly for air, making snorting and choking sounds which lasted for at least 10 minutes. His chest heaved and his left fist clinched as deep, snorting sounds emanated from his mouth. However, for the last several minutes before he was pronounced dead, he was still.
The situation arose because the makers of pentobarbital, which had been used before, no longer will sell it for the purpose of executions.
McGuire, 53, died from an injection of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. The combination, never before used in a U.S. execution, was chosen by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction because pentobarbital, the single drug previously used, is no longer available.
I’m not going to even go look at what is being posted in wingnut land about it, I’m sure that it’s the traditional piling on of more and more gruesome ways he should have been executed. It’s their way of dick measurement, I suspect.
You can’t make this stuff up. Radio show hosts Doug Hagmann, who says he’s a private investigator and senior columnist at Canada Free Press and David Hodges on the Hagmann and Hagmann Report claim, according to super spook Jim Garrow (the so-called Nobel Peace Prize nominee) and other high-level, super-duper, super-secret unnamed “sources, the US military would have overthrown the Obama administration in a coup if only the American people stood up with them.
You’ve got to wonder if these guys want the FBI or Secret Service to come knocking on their doors so they can cry victim and blame Obama while they accuse the military of treason.
Doug Hagmann also has his own site called the Northeast Intelligence Network if you can’t get enough of him.
David Hodges is a radio show host of The Common Sense show - seriously.
The Hagmann & Hagmann Report provides listeners information about current events and historical topics that transcend the political right-left paradigm and delve into the real issues behind the sugar-coated news.
The hosts will always leave the audience more informed yet wanting more. It can and does get lively at times, as they don’t always agree on matters of intent and motive!
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At first I thought he was honing a special message just for wingnut outlets, but it looks like the PJMedia blog actually hired a freelance journalist to go Obama’s correspondent’s dinner and interview Newt Gingrich for PJMedia, so it’s not as if Newt is seeking wingnut blogs out, they’re going to him. On the other hand, Gingrich HASN’T given this kind of message to other media outlets.
Gingrich: ‘Terrible, Terrible Mistake’ to Read Bombing Suspect Miranda Rights
Former House speaker: Tsarnaev is part of a “national security” investigation, not a criminal one.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told PJ Media that the Obama administration made a “terrible mistake” by treating Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a “normal criminal” instead of a “terrorist,” calling the decision “irresponsible.”
“I think somebody who attempts to kill a lot of Americans and who clearly was influenced by an outside ideology should be treated as an enemy combatant. I have no doubt about that at all,” Gingrich told PJ Media on the red carpet of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“I think it’s a huge mistake to read Miranda rights to a terrorist because in fact as he did, they just shut up and you want them to be able to be debriefed to find out who’s supporting them, who else is out there organizing, where did their money come from. It’s a terrible, terrible mistake to treat them as though they were a normal criminal when they’re a terrorist.”
Gingrich said Republicans like Radel are wrong, arguing that questioning Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is part of a “national security” investigation, not a criminal one.
“They’re wrong. Historically, they’re wrong,” Gingrich told PJ Media.
“The FBI was questioning him, the FBI wanted to continue questioning him, it was very irresponsible for that magistrate to walk in, insist on his Miranda rights and in effect cut off what is a national security investigation, not a criminal investigation.”
Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan said informing the suspect of his Miranda rights while the FBI was questioning him about the Boston attack was “dangerous” to the public.
“It’s confusing, it is horrible, [a] God-awful policy, and dangerous to the greater community,” he said. “And we have got to get to the bottom of this, and we’ve got to fix it right now.”
I did a news search to see if he’s saying the same to the media. The first thing I turned up was this centredaily.com
But that was it. All related news searches come up empty. Gingrich has made no statement to OTHER press about Boston and enemy combatant status, treason or Miranda rights.
UNIVERSITY PARK — Former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a crowd at Penn State Tuesday night he thinks the captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect should be tried for treason before a National Security Court and face an immediate death penalty.
“I believe if someone takes up arms against America it is an act of treason,” Gingrich said during a debate on campus with Robert Gibbs, former press secretary for President Barack Obama, that focused largely on national security. “They will be tried and they will be executed.”
Gingrich said he believes Americans who take arms against their country forfeit certain rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens and should face being tried outside the country’s judicial system and death if convicted.
It’s embarrassing in this context to admit that I’ve said in the past that I have sympathy for the sort of position Newt is taking. However, terrorism in the US isn’t such a big problem recently that we need to separate it from crime. Separating it has costs as does not separating it.
Newt’s “influenced by an outside ideology” is a very slippery qualification. If that ever becomes the only qualification for being an enemy then we’re in deep trouble. Was he just reaching for another way to denounce Islam? He did it directly when he was running for president.
In any case, if terrorism in the US gets to be a huge problem again, Newt has positioned himself to take advantage of that.
We The People will meet at the Capital Building in Washington DC to make a mass citizens arrest on every member of congress - both the house and senate, the Vice President and President for Treason against the United States of America.
With the aid of local law enforcement We The People will read formal charges of treason against each and every one of them and then each will be arrested and given due process.
We The People as American citizens have every right to make a citizens arrest if we see a crime being committed or know of a crime that has been committed and OUR elected officials are not holding their oaths to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution and they no longer represent the people and doing so is TREASON and they must be held accountable.
Its past time the American people took action to hold OUR elected officials accountable for the damage they have done to this great country. I hope you will be one of the true American patriots that will show up and help the American people to see OUR country again.
** If enough fellow Americans seriously want to go I can look into getting group discounts at local hotels.
This is exactly why the Tea Party can’t govern. Any attempts to work with their political opposites on anything are seen as treason, and the villagers immediately light up their torches to storm the castle. The ignore the reality that Democrats control the Senate, and the Presidency.
Republican Congressman Scott Rigell is facing push backs from Tea Party loyalists for his appearance with President Obama at Newport News Shipbuilding Tuesday.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) is not a surprising guest alongside the president, but many Republicans took offense to Rigell’s seemingly newfound friendship with Obama.
“I knew that some would misunderstand why I got on that plane,” Rigell told 10 On Your Side. “It wasn’t about getting a ride on Air Force One. It was about being able to speak directly to the president about the need to avoid sequestration… to replace it with something wiser.”
Rigell is also willing to revise the tax code in an effort to find middle ground with Democrats in time to avoid Friday’s sequester.
“[Rigell] was elected to restrain the federal government. He was elected to be in there to cut spending to cut taxes because when you cut spending you can cut taxes. He’s done neither,” Founder of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Tea Party Karen Miner Hurd said.
You’re going to hear about this, if you haven’t already, so why not get the facts first?
Here’s a picture that’s picking up steam around the Internet today. A picture of five aircraft carriers in port in Norfolk, Virginia. The chances are pretty good it’s going to show up in your Facebook feed soon.
From the inmates of Wingnutistan.
What is wrong with this picture?
The picture is of the five nuclear carriers.
Just like Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
This picture was taken the other day in Norfolk. The Obama Administration ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for “routine” (?) inspections. Heads of the Navy were flabbergasted by the directive.
NORFOLK, VA. (February 8, 2013). The first time since WWII that five (*) aircraft carriers were docked together.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are all in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station.
Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid massive enemy strike on major US forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released)
What’s the real story? Welcome to the sequester.
First, the picture was actually taken in mid-December, not this month. Second, none was ordered into port for “routine maintenance.”
The USS Enterprise was retired from the Navy in January. It’s being dismantled.
The USS Eisenhower deployed on Thursday and is on its way to the Middle East to relieve the USS Stennis, which will return to its home port on the West Coast. The Eisenhower was in port for two months to get its flight deck resurfaced.
The USS Harry Truman was to depart on a mission to the Central Command in early February, but Navy officials asked the secretary of defense to cancel that mission, which presumably was to the Persian Gulf where the U.S. has had two aircraft carriers. Now it will have one — the Eisenhower.
The USS Bush was not ordered into port for “routine inspections.” It had been undergoing tests of its ability to have aircraft, which it does not presently have. Its cruise was canceled because of the sequester.
The USS Lincoln also was not ordered into port for routine maintenance. It was in port for a two-year refueling mission, which the Navy has now canceled because of the sequester cuts.
The Truman’s situation is particularly interesting. WTVR TV in Richmond described what happens to people when a deployment is canceled.
If Barack Obama wins re-election, Republicans will accept the fruitlessness of strategic obstruction. Unencumbered by the imperative to defeat Obama, who will be a lame duck president anyhow, they will begin to work with him on matters of urgent importance to the country.
There’s just one problem with the theory. Republicans and conservative thought leaders both openly say Democrats are kidding themselves. Even if Obama wins, the GOP is prepared to stymie him all over again — unless he more or less adopts a Republican governing agenda. Some have even used the promise of ongoing obstruction as an argument for a Romney president: Better to let us run the whole show than to keep government divided, because we won’t work with Obama if that happens.
It’s a brazen admission, and one the White House doesn’t really have an answer for.
Explain to me again how vowing to make government even more dysfunctional isn’t treason?
Ladies and gentlemen I submit to you the man, Donald Trump, who is to be one of the most valued guests at the Republican National Convention this month. Going beyond his usual dog whistle of Obama’s place of birth we can now add treason and treachery.
Behold the most vocal Romney supporter:
What’s more dangerous for the country—the Iranian nuclear threat or @barackobama as President?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012
Bradley Manning can’t be a hero AND a victim
By Nicholas Wilbur
December 28th, 2011
Bradley Manning is a ‘true American hero,’ a modern-day Daniel Ellsberg, a brave and selfless patriot and soldier who sacrificed his own freedom in order to fight against the ‘enemies of public liberty’ and awaken the American masses to the realities of war.
But even if you believe Manning is a ‘true American traitor,’ a modern-day Benedict Arnold who betrayed his unit and disavowed his oath to country by haphazardly leaking hundreds of thousands of war reports and State Department cables, most of which he didn’t bother reading, Manning is entitled to a fair trial nonetheless.
Unfortunately for the Puritopian emoprogs of the far left who fueled this hero motif by peddling ‘Free Manning’ T-shirts and tweeting ‘Free Bradley’ hashtags, being a hero and getting a fair trial are mutually exclusive, at least as far as his attorneys can tell.