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Top News Stories 2008-08-08 06:54:43

Front Page: Bin Laden Driver Sentenced, 13 Dead in Texas Bus Crash, Iraq Proposes Timetable

  • Bin Laden Driver Sentenced:
    A panel of military officers have sentenced the convicted former driver of Osama bin Laden to five and a half years in prison. Ignoring the prosecution's pleas for a strict sentence, the 66 month decision means that the first detainee convicted of a war crime in court could complete his punishment by the end of the year. The military judge said he had already planned to give credit for the 61 months the detainee has already served.
  • 13 Dead in Texas Bus Crash:
    A charter bus carrying 55 church members rolled on its side killing 13 instantly and sending 24 to the hospital. A blown tire caused the bus to run off a highway overpass. The passengers had been on their way to a religious festival honoring the Virgin Mary.

  • Iraq Proposes Timetable:
    Iraqi negotiators have decided on October, 2010, as the deadline when combat troops will have left the country. US troops will begin to withdraw from the streets in the middle of next year, and be gone by 2010, though some support units would stay on. If agreed upon by President Bush, the schedule will be close to the proposal of Barack Obama.

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stephley stephley 8 years
It's a pretty large group of people who can decide you may still be a threat and the rules of determination are fairly loose. We'll know how people feel about the idea in November. I'm not trying to be a downer, but if you have any extra rooms where you are, you might want to start fixing them up for permanent guests.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
"keep him in detention as long as they perceive him to be a threat" This sentence, if considered in a broader context, is terrifying. Bin Laden's driver aside, and thinking of ordinary citizens and the future of freedom in the USA for its own citizens I have to ask.. Who decides if someone is still a threat or not? Has the letter of the law now become so openly subjective that it can be rewritten on the flip of a coin?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I read something interesting about the trial. I read that they can keep him in detention as long as they perceive him to be a threat. So even after he serves his time he can technically be detained. I bet they won't do that though.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
So, the Iraqis will "step up so we can step down"? I will be so happy when this long nightmare is over.
stephley stephley 8 years
The LA Times has an article about Hamdan's trial setting the stage for the big ones, but then goes on about how the courts have tied things up and the delays could go on for months more. Next to be tried is Omar Khadr, a Canadian captured at age 15 on charges of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. His trial begins Oct. 8.
stephley stephley 8 years
The LA Times has an article about Hamdan's trial setting the stage for the big ones, but then goes on about how the courts have tied things up and the delays could go on for months more. Next to be tried is Omar Khadr, a Canadian captured at age 15 on charges of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. His trial begins Oct. 8.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I can't believe it took so long to get this trial started in the first place. I am a little surprised that they didn't give him more time. Since the whole trial system down there is so bias, I wasn't expecting a rational sentence. So when are we going to try the people that were actual participants or organizer or terrorist activity?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I can't believe it took so long to get this trial started in the first place. I am a little surprised that they didn't give him more time. Since the whole trial system down there is so bias, I wasn't expecting a rational sentence. So when are we going to try the people that were actual participants or organizer or terrorist activity?
stephley stephley 8 years
So the military jury had to convict Hamdan of something, but obviously didn't think he was that big a deal.
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