The war on Islam escalates

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

When Donald J. Trump announced that he would impose a moratorium on admitting Muslims to the United States, there was consternation, except by the plurality of Republicans that continue to vote for him, that such an approach to a major world religion was bigoted and violative of principles of freedom of religion – and anti-American. Then media reported that Mr. Trump’s perspective was the opposite of the inclusive, tolerant approach under President George W. Bush. Such contrasting Mr. Trump and…

The indefinite detention of Mr. Abufayad

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the case of Tareq Abufayad. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed him to be removed from the United States because an FBI expert concluded he would become a terrorist in the future. I tried to read between the lines as to the “rest of the story” and invited readers to let me know whether I got it wrong or right. Since the posting, I had communication with people “in the know” and reviewed media reports…

It all depends on how you look at it.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Sometimes when a court issues a decision, its rendition of the facts helps reinforce the decision it makes. What the court stresses and the order it presents the facts suggests the conclusions that will follow. Often, you can tell the outcome of a case just by reading the court’s statement of the facts. A different court will choose and arrange the facts a different way and come to a different conclusion. A new case out of the Ninth Circuit published on February…