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For most Americans, the detention center at Guantanamo Bay—once the topic of heated political debate by presidential hopeful Barack Obama but rarely talked about by the incumbent President Obama—has become a footnote in the government’s ongoing war on terror.

Yet for the approximately 167 detainees still being held in that godforsaken gulag, 86 of whom have been cleared for release yet continue to be imprisoned at the facility, Guantanamo Bay is a lesson in injustice, American-style. It is everything that those who founded America vigorously opposed: kidnapping, torture, dehumanizing treatment, indefinite detention, being “disappeared” with no access to family or friends, and little hope of help from the courts.

For Adnan Latif—a 30-something-year-old Yemeni native detained at Guantanamo for ten years without a trial, despite a court ruling ordering his release and repeated military clearances ordering his transfer—his cell became his tomb. Latif, who had repeatedly engaged in hunger strikes and suicide attempts while proclaiming his innocence, was found dead in his cell in Guantanamo Bay mere days before the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

If Guantanamo is the symbol of American injustice, Latif’s death is the realization of that injustice, the proclamation of how far we have strayed from the original vision of America as a shining city on a hill, a beacon of freedom and hope for the world. Ten years after opening for business, Guantanamo Bay stands as a manifestation of America’s failure to abide by the rule of law and its founding principles in the post-9/11 era. As Baher Azmy notes in the New York Times, its defining features have been the denial of judicial oversight and its exclusion of lawyers. Making matters worse, “far from closing the prison camp as he promised, President Obama is steadily returning Guantanamo to the secretive and hopeless internment camp that he vilified as a candidate.”

Continue reading at The Rutherford Institute

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”

By Dr. Mercola

Mounting evidence shows that exercise can not only help cancer patients get well but also help keep their cancer from recurring. Yet, few oncologists tell their patients to engage in exercise beyond their simple daily, normal activities.

And many cancer patients are reluctant to exercise, or even discuss it with their oncologist.

A recent study1 by the Mayo Clinic investigated exercise habits among cancer patients and their clinicians’ roles in providing related counseling, and found that:

“Participants overwhelmingly cited usual daily activities as their source of ‘exercise.’ Symptoms, particularly treatment-related, discouraged participation, with fear of harm being a significant concern only among younger women. Exercise was recognized as important for physical and mental well-being, but seldom as a means to mitigate symptoms.

…Although respondents preferred to receive guidance from their oncologist, none reported receiving more than general encouragement to ‘stay active.’ A lack of direction was typically accepted as a sanction of their current activity levels. Participants appeared less receptive to guidance from ancillary health professionals.”

An Important Conversation You’d Be Wise to Have With Your Oncologist

Fear that exercise might be harmful appears to be largely unfounded, though it’s certainly understandable. It can be difficult to be enthusiastic about exercise if you struggle with nausea, fatigue, and other detrimental side effects from the treatment. However, it may be helpful to focus on the benefits you can reap from exercise. For example, research has shown that exercising during and after cancer treatment can:

Reduce your risk of dying from cancer

Reduce your risk of cancer recurrence

Boost energy and minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment (see additional listing below)
The fact that most oncologists overlook this vital aspect of their patients’ care is highly unfortunate, especially considering how most patients defer to their recommendations. However, it’s not unexpected. Conventional doctors are trained to prescribe drugs, not exercise.

Ideally, they’d prescribe exercise in the same manner drugs are prescribed – in specific “doses” and intervals. To do this properly, oncologists would be wise to develop relationships with personal trainers, and prescribe training sessions for their patients. If you have cancer, I would highly recommend discussing exercise with your oncologist, and/or work with a trained fitness professional who can help you devise a safe and effective regimen.

Continue reading at Mercola

Oops! It seems the folks at ABC News set up a little sting with TSA agents and wayward iPads. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for the agent (warning: auto-play video at that link). The iPad, however, survived both the abduction and the “generous” pat-down.

The news show Nightline intentionally abandoned an iPad at an Orlando, Fla., checkpoint (among others). They then used Apple’s Find My iPad app to track its movements once it had been recovered. Unfortunately, it traveled to a TSA agent’s home, where it remained for two weeks until a camera crew and reporter arrived to retrieve it from a much chagrined employee.

This was just one story from an investigation that had Nightline leave 10 iPads at security checkpoints in major airports across the US. The full story will air on Nightline this evening.

Source: The Unofficial Apple Weblog


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