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Friday, December 31, 2004

Lennie Briscoe, Requiescat in Pace

Lennie, we hardly knew thee.

According to the New York Post, "Orbach's family is suggesting that fans who want to pay tribute to the actor can do so by making donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Just write "prostate cancer research" on the memo section of a check, and send it to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, New York, NY 10087 "

Gothamist Tributes

To Viewers and Police, Jerry Orbach was Briscoe

In praise of Lennie Briscoe

Jerry Orbach, 1935-2004

A Star is Gone

Orbach Conveyed Humor, Frustration of Daily Life

Link to Older Terry Gross Interview with Mr. Orbach

National Institutes of Health:
Information on Prostate Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Research

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Are we on the interweb?

In the interests of customer service, I figured I'd let people in a big secret that can prevent them from losing their jobs, being arrested, harassment by neighbors, indefinite detention without charges under the Patriot Act and other inconveniences of modern life. When you have pictures of possible prisoner abuse and/or sensitive intelligence-gathering techniques, DON'T POST THEM ON THE INTERNET. (Text only below). This means any website, including commercial photo-sharing websites like smugsmug, shutterfly, ofoto, picasa/hello, etc. The same goes for your photos of loved ones engaging in bestiality, animal cruelty, unnatural acts with inflatable people, amateur adult videos, etc. Yes, I know you thought that the fact you needed a password to access them meant that they were private -- after all, who would guess that your secret code is PookyBear? It would take the NSA years to crack that. The notion that you thought the pictures were private is one thing, but why on earth would you want to post these photos of your husband hanging out with hooded and bleeding prisoners for your friends and family to see? When you think of an answer consistent with humanity, let me know. Until then, this has been a helpful tip from MM to you.

Navy SEAL Photos Trigger Inquiry Images May Be Earliest Evidence of Prisoner Abuse in Iraq
By Seth HettenaAssociated PressSaturday, December 4, 2004; Page A15
CORONADO, Calif., Dec. 3 -- The military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees, and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head.
Some of the photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could mean they are the earliest evidence of the possible abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The far more brutal practices photographed at the Abu Ghraib prison occurred months later.
An Associated Press reporter found more than 40 of the pictures among hundreds in an album posted on a commercial photo-sharing Web site by a woman who said her husband brought them back from Iraq after his tour of duty. It is unclear who took the pictures, which the Navy said it was investigating after the AP furnished copies when it sought comments for this story.
These and other photos found by the AP appear to show the immediate aftermath of raids on civilian homes. One man is lying on his back with a boot on his chest. A man is shown with an automatic weapon pointed at his head and a gloved thumb jabbed into his throat. In many photos, faces have been blacked out. What appears to be blood is shown dripping from the heads of some. One photo shows a family huddling in a room, while others show debris and upturned furniture.
"These photographs raise a number of important questions regarding the treatment of prisoners of war and detainees," Navy Cmdr. Jeff Bender, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, said in a written response to questions. "I can assure you that the matter will be thoroughly investigated."
The photos were turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which instructed the SEAL command to determine whether they show any serious crimes, Bender said Friday. That investigation will determine the identities of the troops and what they were doing in the photos.
Some of the photos recall aspects of the images from Abu Ghraib, which led to charges against seven soldiers.
Though they have alarmed SEAL commanders, the photographs found by the AP do not necessarily show anything illegal, according to experts in the laws of war who reviewed the photos at the AP's request.
Gary D. Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches at the U.S. Military Academy, said the images showed "stupid" and "juvenile" behavior -- but not necessarily crimes.
Retired Rear Adm. John D. Hutson, who served as the Navy's judge advocate general from 1997 to 2000, said the photos suggest possible violations of the Geneva Conventions.
Those international laws prohibit the taking of souvenir photos of prisoners of war.

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