Earlier in the week, The New American reported that despite his inaugural promise to shutter the prison at Guantanamo Bay “as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order, some 19 months later the facility remains open."
An August 16 AP story tells of a former TSA supervisor who has admitted stealing from passengers. At the U.S. Attorney's Seattle office on Monday, 50-year-old Randy Pepper pled guilty to pilfering $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items from checked baggage at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
For the fourth time since 1973, and the second time in only two years, an Illinois Governor has been found guilty of wrongdoing. There is one consolation for former Governor Rod Blagojevich, however. Of the 24 charges levied against him, he was convicted of merely one: lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Unfortunately for Blago, that crime alone can secure up to five years in prison. On the other 23 counts, the jury was deadlocked, in most cases, by a lone juror.
Two days after taking the oath of office, President Barack Obama signed an executive order stating that “the detention facilities at Guantanamo … shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order.”
Just after midnight on Saturday, July 24, at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern — “Where everyone is treated like a regular” — a very irregular event occurred. After 13 years of routinely doing their Friday night fire-breathing tricks at the Herndon, Virginia, establishment, bartenders Tegee Rogers, 33, and Justin Fedorchak, 39, were hauled out in handcuffs.