The Kensington Review

22 February 2008


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Videotaped Interrogations at Guantanamo are Missing by Adam Deutsch -- Following the April 2004 news coverage of the United States militaryís abuse of prisonerís at the Abu Ghraib prison facility, investigations of foul treatment at other military prisons were initiated. In response to an FBI inquiry at Guantanamo Bay, Lieutenant General Randall Schmidt reported that 24,000 interrogations had been completed at the facility since the first prisoners of the war on terror arrived there in 2002. In May of 2005, Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley, MD, the Surgeon General of the United States Army, issued a report seeking to quiet concerns over the mistreatment of detainees from a medical standpoint. Offering comfort that no foul play occurred, General Kiley stated that each interrogation at Guantanamo Bay has been videotaped. Together, these two reports suggest that at a minimum, 24,000 videotaped interrogations of Guantanamo Bay detainees exist or have existed.

US Shoots Down Disabled Satellite -- The US Navy launched an SM-3 missile from the USS Lake Erie yesterday and appears to have destroyed L-21, a satellite that had not achieved its proper orbit. The pretext for the launch was concern that 1,000 pounds of hydrazine in the fuel tank could cause harm should the fuel tank survive re-entry. This is, of course, non-sense. The US wanted to test its anti-satellite weapons and send a message to China and Russia.

Stanford Offers Free Tuition to Middle Class Kids -- Starting this autumn, Stanford University will give free tuition to any student whose family earns less than $100,000 a year. Thatís a $36,000 freebie. Room and board, books and such will still cost, however. The move is welcome, but America can do better.

Catholic Church Bans St. Patrickís Day Celebrations -- Easter falls early this year, and as a result, March 17 is the Monday after Palm Sunday. Normally, this would be a three-day week-end for those of Irish stock, but the Roman Catholic Church has put up a roadblock. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops says that no mass in honor of Olí Pat can be celebrated that day because of Holy Week. Parade organizers and others are wondering what to do.

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