The Thursday wrap |

The Thursday wrap

For the first time, a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the United States to face criminal trial, The Washington Times reports. Irek Hamidullan, a Russian who defected to the Taliban and in custody since 2009, faces arraignment on 12 terrorism charges Friday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va. Never mind that he’s not a “criminal” but a terrorist who should be tried by a military tribunal. … Department of Homeland Security employees, using government-issued credit cards, spent about $30,000 on food and other items at Starbucks in 2013. Could it be that Washington Apple Pound Cake and macchiatoes and mochas are secret weapons in the war on terror? Hardly. It’s just another in a long line of government abuses on the public dime. … It’s a particularly sobering story considering that we are entering the season of thanksgiving: Raw Story reports that two pastors and a 90-year-old activist were arrested Sunday last in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for distributing food to homeless people on a public sidewalk. They violated a brand-new ordinance that not only restricts where those homeless can be served but requires providers to set up portable toilets. The violators face up to two months in jail and a $500 fine. And government’s drive to destroy private charity marches on.

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