Scandal: Bush Is Coached on What to Say Before He Is on Camera!

This letter writer to the NY Times defends Rumsfeld's interrogator...

Re: "G.I.'s Query to Rumsfeld Prompted by Reporter" (news article, Dec. 10):

The revelation that a soldier's question to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld about the lack of armor on military vehicles in the Iraq war was suggested by an embedded reporter is really about as important as the fact that the president has speechwriters.

The facts are true, the issues are important, and the question addressed concerns of the troops and their families.

Something borrowed

From time to time, my snail mailbox here contains an interesting article sent to me from Paul Lomio, one of the amazing law librarians here at SLS.

Affidavit by Australian Guantanamo Detainee

The allegations in the David Hicks affidavit are shocking, even though we are inured to the steady stream of horrifying claims (some, at least substantiated by authoritative persons) regarding Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

a quick hello

i have been neglecting this blog, in part because of the spam, but also because the last month or so has been crazy busy. I'm very excited to be a non-res fellow. Lots more stuff and more attention to the blog starting in January.

Supreme Court to Rule on Grokster!

Cert. granted by the Court. 04-480 MGM STUDIOS INC., ET AL. V. GROKSTER, LTD., ET AL.

I personally would have preferred the Court to have waited longer to enter the fray, but here's the big fight for IP this year--or, likely, this decade.

It might be time to pull out my writing pen for an amicus brief.

Women in Power: Iraq v. U.S.

The interim Iraqi constitution requires that a quarter of the legislature to be elected in January must be women.

How does this compare with the composition of United States Congress? Women occupy 14 of the 100 seats in the Senate according to the official statistics.

Becker/Posner--Another Rebuttal

International law giant Thomas M. Franck offers another rebuttal to the Becker/Posner type of argument in his short piece in the Proceedings of the American Society of International Law annual meeting (ASIL Proceedings 2004 at p. 267).

"After World War II, it was the United States that was singularly responsible for designing the post-war system of institutionalized governance and international law that is embodied in the UN Charter. Chief of its characteristics was the strict limitation on the discretion of individual states to resort to force.

Safety valves

I came upon a public policy report entitled "The Progress of Science and Useful Arts: Why Copyright Today Threatens Intellectual Freedom" from the Free Expression Policy Project. (Report available for download here.) It addresses the intersection between free speech and copyright and discusses four "free-expression safety valves" which make up one component of careful balance between copyright and free expression.

Wanted: More Nobel Bloggers!

The entry of Gary Becker into the blog world makes me wonder what other Nobel laureates should enter the blogosphere.

My initial thoughts: Amartya Sen (Economics), Seamus Heaney (Literature), and V.S. Naipaul (Literature). Maybe Jimmy Carter (Peace).

But, alas, they probably all have better things to do...



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