Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


Guantanamo Bay Terrorist: The US Government

I want someone on the "right" to explain to me Guantanamo Bay.

We have a military base in Cuba, and Cuba says we have no right being there. Yet we say we do, and our dick is bigger than yours, so fuck you Fidel, fuck you world, we'll do what we want. (On a side note, imagine if some super-powerful government bigger than us decided to build bases here and we didn't have the resources to fight it? What would we do? Oh, never mind,... China already has a Wal*Mart in every town.) Back to Guantanamo.

And what we do in Cuba, is to illegally, detain people, REGARDLESS OF THEIR GUILT. And the only reason we detain these people there is because, if we detained these criminals on American soil, they would have specific rights under the Constitution, and get fair trials. But the current administration doesn't care about fair trials. Their only concern is to gain more power. wealth, and influence through the threat of fear.

So, if you are incarcerated by the American government and sent to Guantanamo (American soil right?, Isn't an American army base in a foreign country considered sovereign soil? If not, how is John McCain allowed to run for president, since he was born on a base in Panama?) you have no right to a speedy trail, you have no right to a public trial by an impartial jury, and no right to have the Assistance of Counsel for your defense. Despite the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, and despite what the Supreme Court ruled recently.
The Sixth Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
What are we afraid of? Aren't we the home of the brave? The land of the free? Why don't we prosecute these criminals in our existing court system?


lorenzowakefield said...

Interesting blog. Guantanamo Bay facility is indeed part of USA 'territory'. I think the Supreme Court is currently scrutinizing whether the USA Constitutional Rights to a fair trial and Habeas Corpus applies to the Guantanamo detainees. Some judges are of the view that it does and others think opposite.

Anyhow, before we even get to the USA Constitution and who it applies to, there is precedental case law on this in the USA jurisprudence that gives fair trial rights to EVERYONE under USA criminal justice system.

My last blog deals with this. Check it out at: www.lorenzo-wakefield.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Isn't this where we get into made-up concepts like "enemy combatants" which are somehow different than prisoners of war?

It's disgusting. At one time, we could at least pretend we were a nation of laws, the good guys. Maybe even moral.