I'm thinking of starting a torture and assassination (T&A) discussion group. Along with the central issue--the propriety or impropriety of T&A--we'll talk about the tactics themselves: the purposes, processes and proper application of torture and assassination.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Suppose that the president of the United States received intelligence that a very dangerous man was hiding in a house in a foreign country. Would it be OK for the president to get in touch with the authorities in that country and ask them to drop a bomb on that house?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009(12 comments)
Fort Hood Mystery
How did one guy manage to shoot 43 people in a roomful of soldiers who have been carefully trained to bear any risk to protect each other from harm?
Saturday, September 20, 2008(5 comments)
All In for Rotten AIG
The proposed "bailout," is actually a vast transfer of wealth from the have-nots to the haves. Ask your congressman who's pocketing all this money (somebody is), and you'll discover it's people with too much money--including no small number of Arabs, Asians and Europeans--who risked some of it to make more. They suffered a modest loss, and they're turning it into a panic so they can loot our treasury.
Wright Wronged. Wrong Righted?
Jeremiah Wright is the hapless victim of neobigots, paid promoters of a popular racism that proceeds not from the presumed superiority of the white race but from its presumed inferiority.
Thursday, April 17, 2008(1 comments)
The George and Charlie Show
Between Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, the designated inquisitors, not a single intelligent question was put to either candidate during ABC News' so-called "debate" in Pennsylvania last night.
Friday, April 11, 2008(14 comments)
Yoo Disbarment Sought
The National Lawyers' Guild has called for the disbarment of John Yoo, the former Justice Department attorney who authored the notorious "torture memorandum," used to justify the illegal imprisonment and maltreatment of prisoners held by American military authorities as "unlawful combatants."
Thursday, February 21, 2008(3 comments)
Bill of Rights Toilet Paper in Army Lawyers' Latrine?
It's very likely that some federal judges will have occasion to review the Sixth Amendment rights of criminal defendants when the cases now pending before the so-called military commissions at Guantanamo prison reach them. The accused--six Arabs said to have been involved in the events of September 11, 2001--have been denied each and every right enumerated by the Sixth, and they're on trial for their lives.
Endtimes for Half-Measures: Radical Policy for the Near Term
It's possible, maybe even likely that we will see a radical shift in public opinion and political activity over the next few years. Our youth and their kids, who will fall victim to a catastrophe of our making if we don't act, take precedence over all else. Damn the consequences of revolution if it improves their chances!
What Else is on Those Tapes?
Obstruction of justice may well have been an important motive for those who erased the videotaped interrogations (and torture) of two arab prisoners, but that doesn't rule out other motives. Why is there no discussion of the possibility that the tapes were destroyed to suppress the contents of the interviews, to keep the public from knowing what the prisoners actually said?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Alarms Censored, Polluters Sanctioned, Ignorance Recompensed
The prospect of catastrophic climate change wasn't news to informed citizens, who have been following the story for the better part of 25 years, but it seems to have come as a shock to the embedded mass media. Now, the bill comes due for a generation of journalistic malpractice.
Friday, November 30, 2007(3 comments)
Rules of Engagement: Cowardice Codified
The bravest soldier becomes a coward when he follows an order to shoot unarmed people. The slaughter reported in this week's news of people on a Baghdad bus that didn't stop for soldiers at a roadblock is a case in point.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007(3 comments)
Censored: Media Consolidation Debate
Major broadcasters have turned their backs on the debate over media consolidation, as has the ink-on-paper press, and no wonder: their branch of the entertainment industry is the sole beneficiary of the FCC's unpopular deregulation move, and they'll be forever beholden to the reluctant regulators if any part of it gets through.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Ringer Departs U.S. Attorney's Office
Rachel Paulose, a beneficiary of the political pogrom that cost the last attorney general his job, will be relieved of her duties as U.S. attorney for Minnesota amid charges of mismanagement and misconduct lodged by her subordinates.
Friday, November 9, 2007(8 comments)
Neocrats OK Fascist AG
Senate Democrats Charles Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and four others teamed up with the entire Republican caucus to subvert the rule of law yesterday by appointing an openly fascist lawyer to serve as attorney general.
Friday, October 19, 2007(2 comments)
Imperial Courts Safe with Mukasey
We waited all day for this question: "Judge Mukasey, there's every reason to believe the last attorney general and the president have violated federal laws, precipitating a crisis of confidence in the Constitution of the United States and the rule of law itself. What are you going to do about that?"
Monday, October 1, 2007
Majority Rule Scatters Dems
The good news is that the Democratic party won a majority in the last congressional election. That's also the bad news. If upper-case Democrats ever acted in concert, things might change, and we can't have that. And so Dems are split on every important issue, and lower-case democrats are beginning to ask what the hell is going on.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
We seem to be witnessing the formation of the formation of a coalition in Congress made up of Republicans and just enough Democrats to ensure that the will of the people can't be done.
Friday, September 21, 2007(3 comments)
Lynch Mobs Still Control Cracker Justice
The man who prosecuted three white college athletes on charges that they raped a black stripper was disbarred for prosecutorial misconduct, unlike the man who is prosecuting six black high school students for attempted murder over a schoolyard brawl.
Sunday, September 16, 2007(2 comments)
Tyrants' Prosecution in Focus
By taking impeachment "off the table," the Speaker of the House of Representatives seems to believe that she's sparing the nation a gross-out of monumental proportions, and she may be right. Daunted by the prospect of extended hearings, the Speaker might be disposed to put impeachment back on the table if she considered what prosecutors do in cases involving multiple offenses.
Thursday, August 30, 2007(1 comments)
Blowing in the 911 Wind
A country is attacked within its own borders, and its leaders pay no price, but are instead given additional powers? In all his travels, Lemuel Gulliver never saw such utter foolishness.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Why Our Failing Infrastructure Isn't News
When the ceiling of a mine or a bridge over the Mississippi or a Brooklyn steam pipe or a New Orleans dike fails catstrophically, that's news. But when information comes to light warning of such a failure before it happens, that's not only not news, it's fodder for the censors.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007(5 comments)
Oh, Bomb 'Em, Obama
President Barak Obama, in possession of "actionable intelligence," would order our armed forces to drop bombs on Pakistan. His recommendation betrays him as a would-be dictator.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Impeachment Surges in Northeast
Impeachment advocates from various parts of the Northeast converged on Worcester yesterday to devise strategies and tactics for the summer and beyond. Billed as a summit conference, the event was a morale-builder for leaders of a movement most mainstream observers consider futile.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
A Summer Spoiled
The real reason Pelosi, Conyers, and the others don't have impeachment on the table is that it would spoil their summer. We've stopped counting dead and maimed GI's, but you can be sure that many thousand summers will be spoiled because of the war our thuggish leaders wage as a political diversion. Find a way to spoil your Congressman's summer.
Thursday, July 19, 2007(3 comments)
Scared Silly in the Homeland
Looks like Director Chertoff's gut feeling has spread throughout the commercial media. NPR, ABC, CNN, and the others can't seem to talk about anything but the threat of terrorism. It's a wave of hype that's transparent in its purpose: to scare the hapless people of the homeland silly.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Newark Ploy Will Backfire on Federal Prosecutor
The U.S. Attorney for New Jersey gives the public every reason to believe that he is manipulating the prosecution of former Newark mayor Sharpe James for political advantage, and the defendant's lawyers are likely to remind him of that regularly while the case is pending. The federal prosecution of this popular African-American politician could be a case study in the destruction of the federal prosecutorial function.
Sunday, July 15, 2007(1 comments)
Admiration Society Meets Idol in Journalistic Simulation
The reporters joked with him. They laughed at his wisecracks. He evaded their questions, instead bloviating endlessly to cut down on the number of questions they could ask. He mocked them. Press conference? It was an insult to responsible Americans.
Thursday, July 12, 2007(1 comments)
Don't Regulate. Confiscate.
The Supreme Court says that the Constitution forbids us from legislating a limit on the amount of money people can spend to manipulate public opinion. Fortunately, it doesn't limit our authority to tax wealth, even when our purpose is to limit the political power of those with too much of it.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Summer Fun for True Patriots
It will be a long, hot summer for the thugs who run our country, and a time of vindication and satisfaction for lovers of peace and justice.