The Monty Python Justice system

July 6, 2009

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When people are convicted of a crime and put in jail, they lose some of the rights of citizenship: the right to vote and the right to keep and bear arms among them. In Britain, however, the Ministry of Justice has decided that one right supervenes all others: the right to privacy for escaped prisoners:

Civil servants have refused to name inmates who have fled prison even though individual police forces will often identify them if they pose a risk to the public.

They say releasing their names would breach obligations under the Data Protection Act.

It echoes a row in 2007 when Derbyshire Police refused to release pictures of two escaped murderers.

The latest development emerged in response to Freedom Of Information requests to name inmates on the run from the prison near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

The open prison which has sea views and once held Tory peer Jeffrey Archer is known as Holiday Bay because of its easy-going regime.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed 39 prisoners had absconded from Hollesley Bay between January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2009.

It also provided a general list of crimes they were sentenced for and confirmed that 16 involved violence.

The offenders included nine robbers, two serving sentences for attempted robbery, one for wounding and four others for grievous bodily harm.

I’m sure the British people are reassured by Her Majesty’s Government’s concern for the privacy rights of even the least among her subjects, including ax-murderers on the lam. And I’m sure further innovations in the civil rights of prisoners are on the way:

"Next up on BBC-2, ‘Do bars on cell doors discriminate against the innocence-challenged community?’"

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Why we fight

July 6, 2009

Posted on Independence Day, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch looks at Islam versus the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights, and considers what we defend and what we defend against. Here’s one example:

4. Governments deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

What we must defend:

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…" — Declaration of Independence

What we must defend it against:

Non-Muslims have "absolutely no right to seize the reins of power in any part of God’s earth nor to direct the collective affairs of human beings according to their own misconceived doctrines." If they do, "the believers would be under an obligation to do their utmost to dislodge them from political power and to make them live in subservience to the Islamic way of life." — Syed Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Pakistani political party Jamaat-e-Islami

Or, as these Muslim demonstrators put it in 2006:

democracy

Just to be clear, am I saying Muslims cannot live peacefully in a democratic society? No, of course not. Many do. But, to do so, they per force have to ignore large sections of the Qur’an and the Sharia law that demand Islamic supremacy and unequal treatment for non-Muslims, something absolutely incompatible with the "truths we hold to be self-evident." It is the Muslim who takes those injunctions seriously and is willing to kill and be killed for them whom we fight, and to defend those truths is why we fight. As Winston Churchill said in 1941:

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

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Bravo, Buzz Aldrin!

July 6, 2009

He's a Traitor to the Planet, too!

Apollo moonwalker Dr. Buzz Aldrin announces his climate skepticism

Yes folks, NASA’s second man on the moon, Colonel and now Dr. Buzz Aldrin is an AGW skeptic. So is fellow astronaut Dr. Harrison Schmitt, NASA’s only geologist to walk the moon.

Welcome, brother! Big Hug