Sharia Law Replaces Civil Law in Poor Indonesian Islands – Lewis Simmons

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Lewis M. Simons, journalist and co-author of The Next Front, tells of how Sharia law has supplanted constitutional law in some remote Indonesian islands. The poverty stricken residents have allowed Muslim clerics to collaborate with military and police officials to enforce the Islamic religious law.


With his co-author, Senator Christopher Bond, Lewis M. Simons, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, argues that Southeast Asia, and especially Indonesia, will be the next hot spot in the war on terror. The authors propose that the U.S., having lost credibility with failed military efforts in the Middle East, deploy “smart power” — civilians — instead of soldiers to defuse anger and create alternatives to violent movements. – Politics and Prose Bookstore

Lewis M. Simons is a freelance writer who won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He served as the foreign policy correspondent for Time magazine from 1996 to 1997 and bureau chief in Tokyo for Knight-Ridder Newspapers from 1989 to 1996. He has also been a correspondent for the Associated Press and a reporter for the Washington Post.

Simons is the author of Worth Dying For, published by William Morrow and Company, as well as numerous articles for the Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Judgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law

Vanderbilt Law School professor and constitutional law expert Suzanna Sherry discusses the role and responsibility of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution. She also examines the issue of politics and the Court. Sherry is the author of a new book, Judgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law.

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Actress Jamuna Son-in-law arrested for dowry harassment case

TV5 News @ 03 PM 28th April 2010

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War Room: “Bubba Effect” – Martial Law, Looting, Hyperinflation, Depression, Chaos, America Implodes

Are you a Bubba? If not then you are doomed, but don’t let that bum you out, because it’s possible that none of this stuff will even happen. If any or all of this happens, I will be with my family and close friends in a compound of our own making. No outsiders will be allowed, and trespassers will be shot on site. It will be every man for himself. I hope that you are all ready for what is coming, and that you are a member of a Militia. Glenn Beck has warned you of this doomsday scenario, now it is up to you, you will have to take it from here.

Washington Post
Monday, December 1, 2008

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

The long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.

There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military’s role in domestic law enforcement.

But the Bush administration and some in Congress have pushed for a heightened homeland military role since the middle of this decade, saying the greatest domestic threat is terrorists exploiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The first 4,700-person unit, built around an active-duty combat brigade based at Fort Stewart, Ga., was available as of Oct. 1, said Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

Bert B. Tussing, director of homeland defense and security issues at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, said the new Pentagon approach “breaks the mold” by assigning an active-duty combat brigade to the Northern Command for the first time. Until now, the military required the command to rely on troops requested from other sources.

18th Amendment : The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits members of the federal uniformed services (the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) in the former Confederate states.
The statute prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.

For troops to be deployed, a condition has to exist that, (1) So hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or (2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws. In any situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.

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Bush v. Schiavo (2004)

Florida Supreme Court
8/31/2004, C-SPAN Product ID: 183214-1
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The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Jeb Bush v. Michael Schiavo. Mr. Schiavo is the husband and legal guardian of Terri Schiavo, who suffered cardiac arrest and fell into a coma in 1990, resulting in brain damage. Michael Schiavo received permission from a Florida trial court to disconnect his wife’s feeding tube and allow her to die. Terri Schiavo’s parents, the Schindlers, are fighting Michael Schiavo and that original court decision in order to keep her alive. They disagree that Terri Schiavo is in a “persistent vegetative state.”

In October 2003, the Florida legislature passed what is known as “Terri’s Law,” which allowed Governor Jeb Bush to issue an executive order to keep Terri Schiavo alive. Earlier this year, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal struck down “Terri’s Law.” Governor Bush appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. At issue is whether this law is a violation of the separation of powers and the Florida state constitution.

Robert Destro, a professor at Catholic University, argued Governor Bush’s case; Michael Schiavo’s attorney was George Felos of Dunedin, Florida. Each spoke for 20 minutes before the justices.

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Teaching Constitutional Law

The CUNY School of Law is “very different” because “we start constitutional law from day one,” says Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson. Students are then able to do advanced work in courses such as Race and the Law, Immigration Law and others.

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