Viktor Bout, 44, a former Soviet/Russian military officer and current black market arms dealer with ties to Russian military intelligence — the GRU, was apprehended by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Thai law enforcement officials in March 2008. Following two years of deliberations in Thai courts and much to the protest of the Russian government, Bout was extradited last November to the United States to face trial at the Southern District Court of New York, which is set to commence with a hearing on Friday, January 21.
The recent shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including a member of Congress, has inspired some predictable calls for new gun legislation. But it has also focused attention on state laws for dealing with the mentally ill and the call from some quarters for involuntary commitment or at least treatment of people with mental disorders — whether or not they have committed a crime.
In the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, the writers at the Media Research Center (MRC) are proving, once again, that they are better reporters than the “journalists” they monitor. According to a study by the MRC, there have been many occasions when reporters and liberal pundits have publicly aired their death wishes against conservatives, and have done so with impunity. Meanwhile, left-wing politicians and their media flacks have been deluging the airwaves with claims that conservatives are to blame for Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage at a political event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).