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  1. as my kid might say, “sucks to be you”:

    US apologizes for attack on Pakistani soldiers

    ISLAMABAD — The U.S. apologized Wednesday for a recent helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers at an outpost near the Afghan border, saying American pilots mistook the soldiers for insurgents they were pursuing.

    The apology, which came after the conclusion of a joint investigation, could pave the way for Pakistan to reopen a key border crossing that NATO uses to ship goods into landlocked Afghanistan. Pakistan closed the crossing in apparent reaction to the Sept. 30 incident.


    then, I need a little help here, Im kinda confused.

    I think this falls into the ‘Sucks To Be You’ category as well.

    bmaz at emptywheel-FDL: Key Prosecution Witness Excluded Over Torture In New York Terror Trial

    ….. YAY!

    Three cheers for Judge Lewis Kaplan, who made the tough, but required, decision. You would expect that of any Federal judge but, alas, that is not always the case in a Federal judiciary increasingly controlled by right wing ideologues.

    oh wait…. BOO!

    There is one note of caution on the celebration, and that is the concluding language from Kaplan in his order:


    Moreover, it is appropriate to emphasize that Ghailani remains subject to trial on the pending indictment, that he faces the possibility of life imprisonment if convicted, and that his status as an “enemy combatant” probably would permit his detention as something akin to a prisoner of war until hostilities between the United States and Al Qaeda and the Taliban end even if he were found not guilty in this case.

    As always, there may be no relief for those caught in the terrorism clutches of the United States government even when they are acquitted or ordered released.


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