"doubt belief"

2009/04/30

RADICAL FACTORY?

I sent an email to the United States Department of Justice today to ask questions that I have not seen or heard much,  if any, discussion about. 

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AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Dear Sir or Madam:

I have checked all the lists of detainees released from Guantanamo alleged to have returned to the battlefield. Whether the lists are valid or not is not my concern for the moment.

How many of the released detainees were actually Al-Qaeda members at the time of their capture? My follow up:  How many were radicalized by the treatment they received during their captivity? Did our treatment of some of the detainees produce new radicals for Al-Qaeda?

I believe that the discussion of the implications of my questions should be part of the public discussion.

Do I need to file a Freedom of Information Act request for this
information?

Yours Truly,

Thomas Elias Weatherly

Email: eliyahuman@comcast.net

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2009/04/25

How You Can Annoy Me

I am an advocate of American English usage evolving; although I have been complicit in its evolution, I confess, I am also an advocate of clarity, in not confusing folk with the blur of legit semantic distinctions.

I listen to news folk blur the distinction between "less" and "fewer" every day. Just today I heard a newsman say, "less people ...." He meant "fewer people...." Fewer is for individual items and less for quantity: fewer hailstones fell; less hail fell.

Many folk do not apparently believe that distinction is important, but I am not smart enough to know what they really mean.

2009/04/20

Security at Home with XP Pro

My main computer runs XP Professional, SP 3, with 768 MB RAM, on a 120 GB hard drive. I am connected through a network behind a Linksys router. These are the security applications that I use and recommend. I include defence, encryption, enquiry (programs to obtain information about my system and internet), and backup as 'defence.'

DEFENCE:
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Version 4.0.417.0
gmer.exe Version 1.0.13.12551*
catchme*
IceSword Application Version 1, 2, 2, 0*
Online Armor Premium Version 3.0.0.190
Rootkit Unhooker 37300509.exe Version 3.7.300.503*
RootkitRevealer 1.7*
Sandboxie Version 3.34+
SpywareBlaster-AutoUpdate Version 4.01+
Trojan Remover Version 6.7.4
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware*
SUPERAntiSpyware +

ENCRYPTION:
Password Safe Version 3, 12, 0, 1922*
PGP Version 9.8.3 (Build 4028)
Thawte Freemail certificates*

ENQUIRY:
aida32*
autoruns v9.35*
IPaddress Version 2.00.0006*
IPNetInfo*
Port Explorer
Process Explorer*
Belarc Advisor Version 7.2*

BACKUP:
CDBurnerXP*
ERUNT - ERUNT AutoBackup*
MozyHome Remote Backup Version 1,8,6,0

*freeware
+paidware and freeware versions

These may be found with a Google search.

2009/04/12

Catholic Bishops Should Be Discreet

Catholic bishops should be discreet in attempts to influence politicians, judges, and others in public policy positions, especially in the use of withholding communion or excommunication. You do not communicate privately or publicly what happens in the confessional; you should not say publicly when you advise a politician that their stand on a public policy issue is against Catholic doctrine. Your public declarations about a politician's public policy positions evokes from me an almost automatic closer examination of a Catholic politicians statements and votes.

I remember several years ago when one of the New York City bishops made statements about politicians who did not follow the Catholic, many Catholic politicians, left and right, Democrats and Republicans, said in essence, shut up. I believe that Catholic bishops now should shut up in public; although I allow that they may express their disapproval in private. My rabbi, a personal friend, gives me his opinion of my opinions in private. I am not a politician, even in an appointive position. He would have the right to criticize me in public. He definitely would not criticize a Jewish politician in public; he does firmly advise them in private. He does it vigorously. That is what I am saying to the Catholic bishops. I don't want the image that the Bishop of Rome dictates our public policy, especially in public.