"The writing was on the wall last night. Australian detainee David Hicks, brought before a military tribunal at Guantanamo today, agreed to plead guilty to one charge of providing material support to terrorists.yay, us.The guilty plea is sure to be seen by administration supporters as an affirmation of its efforts to detain and try terrorism suspects here, although the government’s detention policy still faces significant legal and political challenges.Baloney. The plea is nothing but a sign that David Hicks wanted to be free one day, and this was the only way to assure it."
"A federal law criminalizes the "pandering" of child pornography. The pandering law is violated by one who promotes "material or purported material in a manner that reflects the belief, or that is intended to cause another to believe, that the material" visually depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Note that the "material" need not actually depict sexual conduct, or even a minor. Note also that the panderer need not actually believe, and need not intend to advertise the belief, that the "material" depicts minors engaging in sexual conduct. Seems like an awfully vague law that doesn't carefully target actual wrongdoers, doesn't it?"