The Kensington Review

8 September 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 107
Al-Qaeda Murderers Should Face Civilian Justice -- George “LBJ” Bush is trying to get his illegal secret prisons and military tribunals legalized by Congress. In a rather sharp political move, Mr. Bush has put the spotlight on the one card he has to play in this election. Because polls say the Republicans still score higher than Democrats on fighting terrorism (why is a tribute to the folly of the electorate), focusing attention on military trials for alleged Al Qaeda murderers should play well. Yet, if Mr. Bush wants to be tough on terrorists, military tribunals aren’t the way to go. Civilian jury trials in the Southern District of New York, just a few blocks from where the World Trade Center stood, would surpass the military approach in all respects.

Blair Says He’ll Quit within a Year -- Yesterday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair stated, “The next party conference in a couple of weeks will be my last party conference as party leader. The next TUC conference next week will be my last TUC, probably to the relief of both of us. But I am not going to set a precise date now. I don’t think that's right.” He was trying to put down a rebellion in the Labour Party, and he appears to have failed. For the next several months, Whitehall and the rest of Britain will be playing a new game, “When’s Tony leaving?”

California AG Starts Hewlett-Packard Investigation -- If the uproar at Hewlett-Packard were a Hollywood screenplay, the critics would claim it was too contrived to be plausible. However, the leaks of boardroom discussions and the board’s investigation of the leaks have resulting in a scandal over impersonations to acquire phone records and the resignation of a director. The California Attorney General is now investigating what he calls HP’s “obviously colossally stupid” actions.

Marion Jones’ “B” Sample Clears Her of Doping Charges -- Marion Jones is probably the finest female sprinter in the world. Five world championships and five Olympic gold medals in Sydney are clear indications that, if she isn’t the best, she’s awfully close. The question is whether she got that way by using performance enhancing substances. She tested positive for Erythropoietin [EPO] in June, but her “B” sample back-up test suggests that was a false positive. Her case just shows that the doping witch hunt in sports needs to be reined in.

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