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Friday, May 23, 2003
Another Trial in Belgium

And this one is really going on, not being dismissed by the government like the one against Tommy Franks. The accused, Nizar Trabelsi and Tarek Maaroufi, are in the dock for plotting to blow up a military base and providing false passports. Those passports were later used by the 'journalists' who blew up Ahmed Shah Massood, the leader of the Northern Alliance in Afhanistan. This murder might even have been a trigger for the 9/11 attacks.
Along with Trabelsi and Maaroufi, a number of other shady types stand accused. There are links to Al Quaeda, too. Security is heavy, they even had to move the trial to a different location in order to provide enough room for all security measures.
Think about that next time you hear somebody complain about frivolous lawsuits agains general Franks in Belgium...

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
And That's the End of That...

Little for me to add, so I just quote The Command Post.
The lawyer who filed a war crimes complaint against the commander of U.S.-led forces in Iraq said Wednesday he will appeal a government decision to refer the case to the United States.
The government late Tuesday, acting on the advice of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, used a recently approved amendment to Belgium's universal jurisdiction law that allows a case to be sent to the country of the accused if it has a democratic and fair legal system.
Attorney Jan Fermon, who represents 19 civilians wounded or bereaved in the Iraq war, said the case could not be handled fairly by the U.S. legal system since Washington had already taken such a clear stance in defense of U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Whittle Uncovers the Truth

Just a small excerpt from his very long article. Be sure to read the entire thing, because the excerpt won't make much sense otherwise...
Robert Wayne Jernigan is now 28 years old. People who knew him said he was quiet, somewhat stand-offish. He was not widely liked in high school.

Four years ago, a witness reported seeing Jernigan enter a building in a remote suburb of Dallas with an axe. Four people were found dead at the scene, including a nine year old girl. No charges were filed. Less than two days later, Jernigan turned up again, this time at the scene of a suspicious fire in a day care center. Miraculously, no one was injured. But it was just a matter of time.

During the next several weeks, it is possible to place Jernigan at the scene of no less than thirteen suspicious fires. Eleven people died. Eyewitnesses were unshakable in their determination that Jernigan had been on the scene. And yet the police did nothing.

Jernigan had long been fascinated with fire. A search of his apartment revealed fireman-related magazines, posters and memorabilia. Despite the deaths of fifteen people, despite repeated eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence placing Jernigan at these fires, no criminal charges were ever filed against Robert Wayne Jernigan. He remains a free man to this day.

Now go read the whole thing:Eject! Eject! Eject!: MAGIC

Nifty Flash Clip

What do you get when you combine an evil dictator with Eminem? This!

Sunday, May 18, 2003
Belgian Election: Trends...

The most important result of the Belgian federal elections so far is that the Flemish Green party has been wiped out: right now it looks like they have lost all of their seats, and about 4,5% of the voters, leaving them with 2,5% of the total. The Walloon Green party has lost about 3,5% and keeps about 3,5% of the total.
The Socialist parties (in both parts of the county) seem to have won massively: it looks as if the Green voters switched parties, and the Flemish Socialists also boosted their total by joining forces with another progressive Flemish nationalistic party (Spirit).
The biggest party, VLD (Flemish, economically right, conservative otherwise) remains the largest one.

So far, it looks like we'll have a 'purple' government (blue=VLD + red=socialists).