Interesting and informative news article:
Chinese Muslims Ordered Released From GuantanamoRead More: Chinese Muslims Ordered Released From Guantanamo
By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 8, 2008; A01
A federal judge yesterday ordered a small band of Chinese Muslims being held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison released into the United States by Friday, rejecting the Bush administration's contention that it could detain them indefinitely without cause.
It was the first time a U.S. judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the first time a foreign national held at the facility in Cuba has been ordered transferred to the United States.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina issued his ruling in dramatic fashion from the bench in a packed courtroom, saying he was ordering the release of 17 Uighurs because the government provided no proof that they were enemy combatants or security risks. Under the order, the men will live with Uighur families in the Washington area until a more permanent situation can be found.
Olydowntowner got me thinking.... usually he gets me angry so this is probably a good thing!
Some will focus on what is wrong with the United States, and please don't get me wrong, there are plenty of problems in this country. But I still think we have a pretty solid foundation to work with...
Consider what you can do in this state for instance.
Free speech is a carefully protected right. Exercise it at will, just be prepared to accept the consequences of your actions.
Worship as you please.
Vote as you please.
Walk down the street wearing a loaded handgun. Get hassled? There are plenty of good people who will come and back you up.
Travel within your own nation without permission. It is getting tough to get out or get back in, which is getting stupid, but we can address this and change this as a nation if enough people get upset.
I could go on and on and on I'm sure.
So for just a moment, can we please focus on any freedom you have enjoyed and maybe even pushed a little to it's utmost? You know what I do, and how I enjoy my freedoms and rights. What do YOU do? Post pics, push the envelope here... just don't knock another's rights for just a moment. We all enjoy the same Constitutions (state and federal) and the same protections therein. It's a sunny day, let's have a sunny rights thread! If nothing else, consider how wonderful Olyblog is, that we can freely publish on topics that would get us arrested elsewhere...
Then we can return to our regularly scheduled "What is screwed up and how to fix it conversations" :-)