On Judith Miller and Jose Padilla

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Let us not lose sight of the Jose Padilla and Judith Miller cases. It is probably that both infringe dangerously on the constitutional rights of all American citizens.

Jose Padilla, an American citizen has been detained for three years without proper access to litigation and without being officially charged. Last week the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Bush Administration, keeping Padilla unlawfully locked away, and setting a dangerous precedent.

San Franciso Bay View examines this verdict in “Jose Padilla and the death to personal liberty.”

FindLaw.com finds the detention unjust, and compares it to the recent Hamdi v. Rumsfeld ruling.

A recent Washington Post editorial asks for the U.S. Government to at least apply some criminal charge to Padilla to make his containment appear lawful, however the recent decision changes nothing in the way the U.S. government has dealth with potential terrorist of American citizenry.

Whatever Became of Judith Miller? asks Patt Morrisson in the Huffington Post. She’s been in jail since JULY in the case of the Valerie Plame name-dropping. Meanwhile, it appears that the media has forgotten that the leak may have originated with Karl Rove via Robert Novak.

Editor and Publisher reports that a visitor’s list has been released and John Bolton, the new US Ambassador to the UN’s name appears on it. In addition to a hundred or so other guests, Tom Brokaw, film director Irwin Winkler, Richard Clarke and two of his former aides, Iraqi weapons hunter Charles Duelfer, Bob Dole, publisher Mort Zuckerman, and Sen. Arlen Spector all paid a visit to the imprisoned New York Times reporter.

Miller’s imprisonment is comparable to Chinese government sanctions on journalists, according to a September 19 editorial in the New York Times.

The September 15 Christian Science Monitor asks for the U.S. to set a global example in regards to protection and freedom of the press by passing a federal shield law.

It is important that these stories continue to be covered while the media has gathered the impetus to bring a variety of social and cultural concerns to the forefront in light of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Meanwhile, Novak was last scene filing new stories from “unconfirmed White House sources” detailing President Bush’s desire to fill Sandra Day O’Connor’s Supreme Court seat with an ultra-conservative federal appellate judge from Austin, TX named Priscilla Owen.

In a more recent report filed Saturday, Novak reports that Sen. Harry Reid will filibuster an appointment of Judge Owen

Iranian President announces plans to potentially use nukes

New Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad convinced skeptical allies that Iran may, in fact, use its nuclear energy program to build atomic bombs at the U.N. conference this weekend.

The Washington Post declares it a diplomatic disaster that no U.S. official could convince the world of this and now Iran is in position to maintain control of its nuclear stockpiles.

“In the face of U.S. provocation,” he told the General Assembly, “we will reconsider our entire approach to the nuclear issue.”

In defending Iran’s right to a nuclear program, Ahmadinejad expressed doubt that the deadly attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, were really carried out by terrorists. He said Americans had brought the devastation of Hurricane Katrina upon themselves and that the U.S. military was purposely poisoning its own troops in Iraq according to the Washington Post article.

Tehran declared victory shortly afterward when the IAEA board decided against reporting the country’s nuclear program to the Security Council.

Media vows Persistence on Katrina related and inspired news coverage

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Along with Anderson Cooper and Shepard Smith, Brian Williams has been leading the charge of reporters and anchors reassessing their obligations and priorities as journalists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Williams has been keeping a detailed daily blog on the production of his Nightly News since before Katrina struck and in the wake of the Hurricane it has become a must read.

There continue to be cries of grandstanding, Geraldo quasi-heroics and more (see this report in Accuracy in the Media), however, many journalists have been expressing a sincere commitment to stick to the story and those that derive from it, as Matea Gold writes in today’s LA Times.

This week CNN, NBC and other networks have announced plans to open New Orleans bureaus to stay close to the story, and Williams hopes to meet with network execs to plan future stories on related issues including, race, poverty, the environment, and Iraq.

Nikki Finke declares that the media moguls have already brought Katrina coverage back to “post 9/11 caution,” in this week’s LA Weekly.