Daily Archives: January 25, 2009

Colorado’s governor says Gitmo prisoners are welcome there

Jack Murtha has volunteered to take Guantanamo prisoners in Pennsylvania and now Governor Bill Ritter, Colorado’s democratic governor, has said he will take them at Supermax in his state.

Who knew they would be so popular?

Supermax is located in Florence about 90 miles south of Denver, and is under consideration to house at least some of the prisoners. Inmates already at Supermax include Zacarias Moussaoui, a Sept. 11 conspirator; Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack; and Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with a shoe bomb.

Ritter say he wouldn’t oppose transferring the Guantanamo Bay detainees to Supermax because it was built for just that type of high-risk inmate.

As a side note:

A Saudi militant who was released from Guantanamo Bay after six years of confinement is now a top figure in the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida, a U.S. counter-terrorism official confirmed Friday.

Said Ali al-Shihri was released in 2007 to the Saudi government for rehabilitation. He re-emerged this week, identified by a militant-leaning Web site as a top deputy in “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” a Yemeni offshoot of the terror group headed by Osama bin Laden.  More about al-Shihri here.

Posted:  01.25.09

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Google goes to Washington

Another inauguration took place in Washington this week — Google Inc. officially became a political power player.

The executives and employees of Google Inc., whose headquarters is in Mountain View, Ca., overwhelmingly supported Obama’s candidacy. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt is now as likely as any corporate chieftain to get his calls to the White House returned.

Its employees supported Obama, and four Googlers served on his transition team. Now the Internet giant hopes to win support for network neutrality and expanding high-speed Internet access.

In October, Google was only hours from being sued by the Justice Department as a Web-search monopolist. Today, less than three years after it made its first Washington hire, the Internet giant is poised to capitalize on its backing of President Obama and pursue its agenda in the nation’s capital. See the story here.

Google and You Tube censorship and selective enforcement has been in question for some time.  There is even a Wikipedia entry about it.

Some You Tube users are fighting back by posting some strong video protests.

First, neither side is 100 % right.  And secondly, users are very, very angry that their videos are being pulled down or muted when they contain background music owned by Warner Music.

You Tube was purchased by Google October 9, 2006 for $1.65B.

Posted:  01.25.09

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