PBC News & Comment: Courtroom Antics, from Gitmo to ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’

by Peter B. Collins on January 28, 2013

Jason Leopold posts from Guantanamo; court throws out “conspiracy” charges; Obama shuts down “Close Gitmo” office, creating “tomb” for many…Truthout’s Jason Leopold posts brief statement from Guantanamo, as prosecutor Martins tries to dismiss “conspiracy” charges against KSM and 4 others, since an appeals court has twice thrown out similar charges.  The special office at the State Department that was supposed to manage the shutdown of Guantanamo is being shut down.

–Pentagon announces 5x increase in cyberwar staff, allegedly in response to cyber threats

–Glenn Greenwald offers great analysis, says the expansion reflects our aggressive offense in cyber wars

–Egypt cracks down on protests in Cairo and 3 other cities, Morsi uses Mubarak tactics to quell them, making things worse

–Israel dials down threats to Iran, dials up threats to Syria, as Israeli group confirms IDF kills unarmed Palestinians

–fires kill garment workers in Bangladesh, hundreds of party people in Brazil

–Friday’s ruling against Obama’s recess appointments to NLRB have real impact on working people

–national boy scout group, reeling from exposures of sex crimes, considers lifting its ban on gay scout leaders

–Florida shock jocks in court:  Todd Schnitt vs. Todd Clem (aka Bubba the Love Sponge): it’s all pretty ugly, shows how low broadcasters will stoop to make money

–Virginia man who exposed his chest (with 4th Amendment scrawled on it) at airport security wins right to trial

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