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  1. IcyPatriot

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    So ... when did the Supreme Court become an arm of the politically connected? Seems more and more decisions go against the people.

    The Associated Press: Court turns down Agent Orange cases

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    One of the most heartfelt issues surrounding Agent Orange was the death of Elmo Zumwalt, 3rd... perhaps it was the timing but it just struck me.. it was very weird.

    With that being said it is a very strange decision for those who were exposed and affected...

    Elmo R. Zumwalt 3d, 42, Is Dead; Father Ordered Agent Orange Use - The New York Times

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    South Korean Vietnam War vets (ROK's White Horse and Tiger divisions) won something like $60M a few years ago in their higher court class-action suit against Dow and Monsanto.

    We get so caught up in the splashy socio-political decisions of the SJC that we've been missing a pattern of decisions. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum one comes from, the following is an interesting read nevertheless.

    Supreme Court Inc.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/magazine/16supreme-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
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    The military contractor defense is pretty straight forward, and has been in place for some time. It is basically a policy choice to encourage companies to do business with the government to make very dangerous products without opening themselves up to huge amounts of liability.
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    "Sovereign immunity" is a defense that needs to be readdressed by the courts to bring rulings more current given the different climate and conditions nation states wage wars.

    For example, I'd rather not see KBR get away with such a defense for having provided the troops with shoddy infrastructure they knew to be shoddy and were in fact electrocuting the soldiers who tried to wash their hands or take a shower.
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    I agree if we choose to put our soldiers in harm's way, there is a baseline of expected safeguards particularly as it relates to what should be considered benign infrastructure issues.. the issue all throughout this Iraq situation has been the transition to a massive influx of civilian contractors and the lack of oversight.

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