Somehow, I just felt the need to check up on ol' Manuel Noriega today. Actually, I've been meaning to check on him for the past few days. Well, turns out to be pretty decent timing, or I would have missed this item completely. Remember Manuel Noriega? As much as I thought he was a putz, though not quite as bad as Saddam, I was against an armed invasion into Panama to oust him (though I did wish I was part of the force that went in to get him). My memory of the trial, if memory serves, includes the fact that all the administration witnesses testifying under oath stated that Noriega had always complied with all official support requests, and the only people to testify against him were accused or convicted drug dealers given deals in exchange for their testimony. I didn't trust the whole thing, mostly cause I didn't trust Papa Bush, the CIA and the whole cocaine thing.
Now it turns out, that the federal judge who sentenced him came out in support of parole, but the U.S. attorney's office in Miami and the Department of Justice in Washington objected:
The Miami Herald | 03/11/2004 | Former dictator Noriega denied parole
Yep, the Baby Bush administration - like father like chimp. No pattern here, nothing to see, move along...