"I am not able to work because I have never worked in my whole life. I have experience in this business (children trafficking). In Greece, the only way for an idler like me to survive, is to make children work, either mine or others. I made children beg in Thessaloniki and in Athens. I always choose children from families I know well.."
Interview of an Albanian children trafficker with a Terre des hommes member in August 2001.
According to KFVS-TV "Heartland News" in the southeast Missouri town, young Boyd found an empty baggie on the ground during recess, filled it with dirt and debris, tied a ribbon around it, and gave it to a friend. But this was no harmless childish exchange in the eyes of school officials, who decided the bag of dirt looked like a bag of marijuana, and gave the child a punishment of two-days in detention for her alleged pseudo-pot peddling.
Young Michaela protested her innocence. "There was nothing in the bag. I just found it on the ground," the first grader explained. So she decided to make her friend a bag of goodies. "They said what did you make this out of? I said out of dirt. And what else? I made it with rocks, clover and dirt." Sticking with her story, Michaela said she then tied the bag shut with a purple ponytail holder and gave it to her friend, saying "here's a bag of dirt."
According to the child's mother, Michele Boyd, the trouble started when the recipient of the gift bag gave it to a teacher when recess when over. The teacher consulted the principal, and mom got a call. At a meeting with the teacher and principal, Boyd said, she was told the bag of dirt "looked like a bag of weed."
"They said it was kind of a drug," Michaela said. "I don't know what those are. I only see cigarettes. That's all I say."
Michele Boyd fears her daughter will be labeled a doper. "They said it would be on her school record as far as disciplinary that she made a look-alike drug, but I don't feel like that's right. Because she didn't do anything wrong."
While most people would probably roll their eyes at this ludicrous tale, Sikeston Police Sgt. Shirley Porter is not one of them. In a follow-up story on "Heartland News" a few days after the big bust, Porter said the case needs to be taken seriously. In Porter's eyes, 6-year-old Michaela Boyd was dealing fake drugs, and that's a crime. "If she would have been 14, we would have been arrested her and taken her to jail," Porter said.
Newsbrief: Heartland Hysteria -- Bag of Dirt Gets First Grader Punished as Doper
During a meeting to plan the recent Saudi conference on counter-terrorism the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia claimed that arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden was “sent by the Jews."And in case you didn't know, Israel has not suffered from terrorism and therefore had no need to be invited to a counterterrorism conference.
The Defense Minister, Prince Sultan Feted read a poem with the following verse: "Long live security - may its men hold their heads high on every corner. [Bin Laden], whose ideology is sick, who was sent by the Jews, who is the architect of theft, was treacherous and sent us the criminals. This traitor of the nation tried to harm us, but his efforts boomeranged back upon him."
Though the Saudi conference was attended by leading counterterrorism experts from over 50 different countries, Israel was excluded. "We have invited all countries that have suffered from terrorism to the conference, and all have agreed to take part," said Prince Turki ibn Muhammad, assistant undersecretary for political affairs at the Saudi Foreign Ministry."Come, my head's free at last!" said Alice in a tone of delight...
Up to 500 volunteers are signing up to for something called the "Minutemen Project" to patrol a 40-mile stretch of the Arizona broder. These are ordinary citizens, organized by a decorated Vietnam vet, who are sick and tired of seeing thousands of illegal aliens, with terrorists probably among them, waltz through our Swiss-cheese border. Historically, volunteer law enforcement (I don't like the term "vigilante") has always been the sure sign of the failure of the official law enforcement system to deal with a virus of illegal activity. The Bush Administration and Congress should not blame the good citizenry of Arizona for taking upon themselves the task for which we pay with our tax dollars. The proposed increase of just over 200 Border Patrol agents is too little and almost too late.This is no outlaw vigilante force of whack jobs; the linked story indicates that they are under strict orders to only follow illegals and report them; their only interactions with them are to be the provision of food, water and clothing. Relevant quote:
"I felt the only way to get something done was to do it yourself," said Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant and decorated Vietnam War veteran who is helping recruit Minutemen across the country.
"We've been repeatedly accused of being people who are taking the law into our own hands," said Gilchrist, 56, of Aliso Viejo, Calif. "That is an outright bogus statement. We are going down there to assist law enforcement."
Officials concede the 370-mile Arizona border is the most porous stretch on the U.S.-Mexico line. Moreover, recent intelligence show that al-Qaida terrorists are likely to enter the country through the Mexico border, James Loy, the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, said last week.
"Several al-Qaida leaders believe operatives can pay their way into the country through Mexico, and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons," Loy said in written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Of the 1.1 million illegal immigrants caught by the U.S. Border Patrol last year, 51 percent crossed into the country at the Arizona border.
The border agents agree.
The Minutemen "clearly have every reason to be upset with the federal government for abandoning them," said National Border Patrol Council president T.J. Bonner, no relation to the commissioner.
The ICC Is an Essential First Step for Justice.
The ICC is the only permanent international judicial institution with the power to exercise jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern - genocide, other crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Pursuant to article 13 of the Rome Statute, the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter may immediately authorize the ICC to exercise its jurisdiction over the serious crimes committed in Darfur.
Because the ICC is now operating, it could rapidly begin investigating and prosecuting those who bear the greatest responsibility for the serious crimes committed in Darfur. The court has existing facilities and infrastructure, its senior officials are in place, and there already is a staff of over 250 people at work.
The U.S. Proposal for New Tribunal Has Many Drawbacks.
In recent weeks, U.S. officials have sought to derail a referral to the ICC by advocating for a new, temporary international tribunal, mandated and established by the Security Council, and jointly administered by the U.N. and the African Union.
U.S. support for a new tribunal is based on its ideological opposition to the ICC - not practical reasons related to ensuring justice for the people of Darfur. Indeed, the U.S.-proposed tribunal would be burdened by unnecessary delay and expense.
"It is disheartening to see the United States undermine the leadership role it has played in focusing the world's attention on the human rights emergency in Darfur," said John Stompor.
Experiences with the temporary international criminal tribunals that were created for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda - in the absence of the permanent ICC - suggest that it would take many months, if not years, to get a new tribunal for Sudan up and running.
Such a tribunal would also require substantial and continuing financial commitments of hundreds of millions of dollars. It seems highly unlikely that any of the ninety-seven ICC member countries would support the creation of a new court, when they are already paying for the ICC, which is ready and able to take on the case of Darfur.
Another drawback of a new tribunal is that it likely would have problems of non-cooperation similar to those that have plagued the other temporary courts. Some of those who have been indicted by these tribunals are successfully avoiding appearing in court, hoping to exploit the limited time frame that such temporary tribunals have to finish their work. In contrast, the ICC is a permanent tribunal whose continuing jurisdiction is substantially more difficult for accused persons to avoid.
"It's high noon in America when it comes to that disabled Florida woman whose feeding tubes could be removed as early as this week," Michael Brown begins his indictment in today's Spirit Daily, continuing:so the courts have been quietly making the decision to kill people who've committed no crime other than inconvenience and disability for a quarter century now. Wow. The publicity and awareness generated by Terri's ordeal will end up saving a lot of lives that would otherwise have been criminally ended, I hope.It is beyond comprehension that a nation could sit back and watch the slow, painful death of a woman who can talk, who is aware, who expresses laughter, who has swallowed on her own, who expresses fear, whose parents love her.
But those of us for whom the fight for Terri Schindler-Schiavo is not our first, our tenth, or even our 100th battle—not our first fight for life nor our last—know only too well that that surrender to the law of the jungle was made long ago and that rather than high noon, it is, if seen from an optimistic viewpoint that rivals Pollyanna, minutes to midnight in America.
- Where was the national outrage, a quarter century ago when Clarence Herbert, a 55-year-old security guard, was starved to death on doctors' orders in the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Harbor City, CA, in 1981?
- And where was the public outcry in 1983 when the nephew of Claire Conroy, an 84 year-old resident of a New Jersey nursing home, described as "conscious but confused," sought to have her starved to death?
- And how many protested when the Florida Second District Court of Appeal—yes, that District Court—ruled that 75-year-old Helen Corbett, deemed "incompetent," could be starved to death in 1986?
- Or when 45-year-old Massachusetts fire fighter, Paul Brophy, became the first person to be starved to death on court order that same year?
Suffice it to say that he was not the last. We are well past midday indeed!
Someday, God willing, there will be another Doctors Trial like the one held in Nuremberg in 1946-1947, and those who committed such heinous crimes against humanity as starving to death innocent victims unable to defend themselves—and those who aided and abeted them—will stand in the prisoners' dock.
So too, shall a Nation that turned a deaf ear to such infamies perpetrated in its name and with the complicity of its courts. If not in man's court, then in God's, where at last the victims of man's inhumanity to man will find a tribunal where justice prevails.