Five members of the University
of Missouri Extension Council of Jasper County
were re-elected and five were newly elected in
the balloting that ended January 25, 2010,
according to Peter Carter, council chair.
The re-elected members are
Pedro Pantoja, Joplin; David Shaw, Joyce Shaw and
Dorothy Shull, Carthage; and Marilyn Thornberry,
Webb City. Newly elected members to serve two
year terms are: Mick Cooley, Debbie Cooley, Jim
Creighton, and George Heisten, Carthage; and Mike
Grigg, Webb City.
These members will join the
following hold-over members: Emily Boydston,
Peter Carter, Debbie Carter, Helen Dillard, John
Dillard, Margaret Hartman, Glenn Moll, Karen
Moll, Marlene Payne, and Stuart Payne.
The council has four major
responsibilities. They are: (1) to advise the
University of Missouri on needed extension
educational programs, (2) approve the extension
staff housed in Jasper County, (3) arrange for
financing the Jasper County Extension Center and,
(4) hold elections to perpetuate the Council.
Plans for N.Y. Terror Trials Unraveled
For anyone wondering how one of
President Obamas signature pledges seemed
to unravel between Monday and Friday, heres
a look at the week that was.
Savvy readers of The New York
Times may have noticed a letter to the editor in
Tuesdays edition, co-signed by three city
council members including the speaker, the
chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the
chairwoman of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment
Committee. One month after the Christmas Day
terror plot aboard a Detroit-bound flight, all
three city officials came out against trials for
five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in Manhattan.
The officials letter was in response to a
speculative article, which ran a week earlier,
about possibilities for moving the trial 800
yards out of Manhattan, to nearby Governors
On Wednesday, Mayor Michael
Bloomberg publicly reversed his earlier support
for the administrations trial plan and --
backing the city council members -- also called
for the trials to be moved out of Manhattan.
Its hard to overstate the damage that
Bloombergs position has inflicted on the
White Houses efforts to put Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed on trial in New York, as the Justice
Department announced last November that it
planned to do.
Its also hard to
overstate how damaging this is to the
presidents efforts to close Guantanamo and
bring the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks to justice in a manner that he believes
is consistent with his values and promises. Not
because New York is the only place where the
trials could occur, but because a change of heart
from a powerful mayor, who supports Obama, just
gave cover to key Democrats to look tough on
terror by joining his push for a new trial
There was little reaction on
Capitol Hill when New Yorks unpopular
governor, David Paterson, came out against the
planned trials when they were announced by
Attorney General Eric Holder at a Washington,
D.C., news conference in November.
But Bloomberg is not Paterson.
Today, Spencer Ackerman, at The
Washington Independent, posted a letter from
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chairwoman of the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to Obama
calling for a venue change. It will be hard for
the White House to push back on the very public
warnings and concerns she voices in the letter,
especially in light of the Christmas Day terror
Hours after the letter
surfaced, administration officials said they
would continue to push for federal court trials
but appeared to be abandoning the New York
And that, in turn, could fuel
efforts by Republicans and others who oppose
civilian trials altogether.
A telling tidbit appears at the
very end of a Politico story today noting that
Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican senator
from Massachusetts, campaigned, in part, against
civilian trials for terror suspects. Heres
the kicker: Browns pollsters said the issue
polled better for him than even his opposition to
Since his inauguration, the
president has repeatedly taken positions
regarding Guantanamo and detention that surprised
his supporters on the left.
As a candidate in August 2008,
Obama said: "Its time to better
protect the American people and our values by
bringing swift and sure justice to terrorists
through our courts and our Uniform Code of
As president, his advisers
stressed that Obama was focused on prosecutions,
unlike his predecessor. No Guantanamo detainees
were convicted in federal courts during the Bush
administration. Three prisoners were convicted in
military commissions -- a system that Obama
derided as illegitimate.
Last May, in a speech at the
National Archives, Obama again pushed for
prosecutions in federal court. But he also
embraced reformed military commissions and said
some suspects would be held indefinitely.
"There may be a number of
people," he said, who could be held without
charge or trial after Guantanamo closes. Last
week, his task force recommended holding 50
detainees, roughly a quarter of the remaining
prisoners at Guantanamo, and two administration
officials said the number could be higher.
No more than 35 detainees of
the 240 who were in the prison when Obama took
office are likely to face charges anywhere. So
far, the administration has charged just one
detainee in federal court. Five others, including
the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators, are likely to
face charges. And five other detainees will be
charged before military commissions.
The White House knew months ago
that it would not be able to meet a one-year
deadline for closing Guantanamo. The White House
is still trying to figure out a way to move
detainees from Guantanamo to a prison facility in
Thomson, Ill. Now it is likely that it will also
be searching for new trial venues.
Obama did not mention
Guantanamo in his State of the Union speech
Wednesday night, and the White House has set no
new deadline for closing the facility.