I lied. Wednesday in "CCR," I promised that I would provide links to stories on the opening arguments Thursday (and I assumed but didn't state, on any witnesses today). I can't. I can't find a single news report on the case. I've tried searching by the judge's name, by the plantiffs and more.
This is really important case and I suspect immigration officials overstepped. The arguments are important and, of course, the verdict will be important. I assume CCR will do updates from time to time on this. But I'm not seeing any press on the case.
Vincent Warren wrote about the case earlier this month at Huffington Post. I know there's really not anything in the article that wasn't in the CCR alert I posted Wednesday. (Vincent Warren is executive director of CCR -- the Center for Constitutional Rights. Michael Ratner is president.)
Again, I assumed this would be a case that the media would cover. I was so wrong. Let me pull a C.I.: "My mistake, my apologies."
C.I.is forever apologizing. She's been that way her whole life. There was a joke that she probably woke upin the morning apologizing. But people who wrongly think she has a problem admitting she's wrong don't know her. C.I.'s problem is admitting she's right. You saw that this week if you paid attention. It's really past time for her to just state the obvious: "I was right." She was right. No one got the SOFA right except for her on the left. A few could have, but they were too scared and cowardly. For over two years, she told the truth about the SOFA and was attacked for it. She was called a liar and far worse for noting it was a contract (it is) and that it could be followed to the letter (it could) or it could be extended or replaced with something news. That last "or"? Are you not catching the news? That's what the US government is attempting right now. C.I. saw it.
At her lowest on this issue -- due to being attacked nonstop -- she made a comment that I love and that was closest to "I told you so" that she's gotten on this issue. I believe she made it in a 2009 snapshot. But it went something like, "It is a contract. If you can't understand that, why are you pontificating? Here's what let's do. Everyone who has broken a seven-figure contract with a corporation and walked away without facing litigation keep talking. What's that? Oh, it's just me." She has broken contracts and walked away without any law suit being filed against her. She knows contract law and if she wants out of a contract, she's always known how to get out of it -- more so than anyone who represented her.
Since Thanksgiving 2008, she has explained that the SOFA doesn't have to mean all US troops leave Iraq at the end of 2011. That's because it's a contract that can be extended or replaced. But people didn't want to listen. She tried everything to explain it. She went over it and over it. She was right. I'll say what she won't. She was exactly correct.
People should have listened. We gave two and a half years -- gave up as a nation -- that we could have spent calling for an end to the Iraq War. Instead we accepted the lie. (I know community members didn't, of course I didn't -- I know C.I. too well and too long to ever question her on a legal ruling or finding or contract when she's 100% firm on what it means.) (When she's not 100% firm? She'll call her attorney and get an opinion, she'll seek out input from her circle of friends which includes several retired and several sitting federal judges.)
By not listening, we allowed the Iraq War to continue. I think all the people who lied about the SOFA or got it wrong because they were stupid and knew not what they were talking about need to make a public apology.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):