June 6, 2008
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has made national news for remarks dismissing FBI complaints that interrogators used inappropriate, possibly illegal techniques on suspected terrorist detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The remarks at a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also drew sharp words from his Democratic congressional challenger. Rohrabacher repeatedly cited a report of panties put on detainees’ heads as comparable to “hazing pranks,” arguing it didn’t come close to the definition of torture.
May 6, 2007
Athough it may have been intemperate if not mean-spirited for Rep. Dana Rohrbacher to suggest that the family members of those who disagree with him should suffer death or grievous injury at the hands of terrorists, I am more troubled by his position that it is OK for our government to capture and torture a few innocent people in its efforts to win the war on terror (The Political Landscape, "Local Rep. lambasted over comments," April 26). The first is nothing more than the type of thing you hear immature, junior high school kids mutter to one another fairly frequently.
October 10, 2005
First comes the devastation, then the dissection. Sometimes, the latter can be more excruciating than the former for high school football coaches, who seldom wait 24 hours to pick through the videotape remains of their latest loss. For Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley, this meant scanning the images of Friday's 23-20 nonleague overtime setback to visiting Mira Costa. In the process, a handful of potentially game-changing plays emerged.
July 12, 2003
Former UCI student faces 94 years to life A Superior Court Judge on Thursday found a former UC Irvine student guilty of sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet. Brian Dance, 21, of Newport Beach was convicted of three counts of forced penetration, one count of torture and one count each of robbery and criminal threat. He faces 94 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said he bound the victim with duct tape and carved a swastika on her cheek.
February 27, 2003
Sgt. Charles "Cass" A. Spence The photo is of my platoon commander and machine gun section/squad leaders. We were walking our furthest post. It's about 200 meters from Highway 80 (also known as the Highway of Death). The tower behind us is what's left over from the old base here in Kuwait. This was where Iraq began its invasion of Kuwait. The base, now called Camp Commando, resides here. The history on Camp Commando is a disturbing one. In the early 1990s, it housed Kuwait's elite commando forces, but once overrun, it became a prison and a place of torture.
February 16, 2002
postponed Deepa Bharath A pretrial hearing for Brian Dance, the 20-year-old UC Irvine sophomore accused of sexually assaulting and torturing a teenager he met on the Internet, was canceled Friday. A new preliminary hearing date was set for March 1. Investigators say Dance, of Newport Beach, met the victim in an Internet chat room and arranged to meet her at the Block at Orange on Dec. 20. Police said from there, he took her to an empty parking lot on the UC Irvine campus and assaulted her with his belt and other objects for more than two hours.
January 5, 2002
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- A 20-year-old UC Irvine student on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges of beating, sexually assaulting and carving swastikas on the face of a teenage girl he met in an Internet chat room. Prosecutors, who called the alleged act "brutal," have charged Brian Dance with one count of oral copulation, three counts of penetration by a foreign object and one count of torture. He also faces a charge of second-degree robbery and threatening to kill his alleged victim.
December 27, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- The Orange County district attorney on Wednesday charged a 20-year-old UC Irvine student with sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutor Ed Flores called the act, which was allegedly committed by Brian Dance in a deserted parking lot on the UCI campus Thursday, "brutal." Investigators say Dance, a sophomore from Newport Beach, met the victim in an Internet chat room and arranged to meet her at the Block at Orange on Dec. 20. Police said from there, he took her to an empty parking lot on campus, assaulted her with his belt and other objects for more than two hours.
December 18, 2001
Just to show the faithful reader that this column is not necessarily made up of meaningless fluff, I shall embark on an educational venture. The subject: quicksand. Once upon a time, or in the beginning -- take your choice -- we had quicksand around here, particularly in our rivers. Because I haven't the foggiest idea of the origin or cause of quicksand, the educational part of this venture will be a bit short. You simply have to accept my word that quicksand existed.