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(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Our Fraudulent Two-Tiered Justice System
While judges can't state their political opinions when running for elections, it's completely acceptable to ask candidates for judicial posts about whether or not they will uphold the law regardless of a person's privileged status, either in race, gender, or class. What we allow is what will continue.
SHARE Sunday, May 25, 2014 Benghazi v. Beirut
The GOP's recent efforts to gin up presidential scandals in punitive hearings, media lynchings, and weekly calls for impeachment, evince a party-wide pathology that puts partisanship over patriotism. For Republicans who believe that patriotism ends with lapel pins and cowboy costumes, it might be useful to consider some historical examples of true patriotism by a political party.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 23, 2014 US Intelligence? Not Even Close
No one should expect Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and other digital giants to stand up against the NSA or lead a serious movement against the surveillance state. A far better bet is that individual scientists and technicians will create spy-free alternatives, and many of their efforts will find homes beyond US borders.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 13, 2014 Anyone who says metadata spying isn't extremely revealing is either misinformed or lying
You've probably heard politicians or pundits say that 'metadata doesn't matter'. They argue that police and intelligence agencies shouldn't need probable cause warrants to collect information about our communications. Metadata isn't all that revealing, they say, it's just numbers.
The truth is, Metadata surveillance exposes the content of our lives in a way that wiretapping can't. In a lot of ways, it's much more powerful.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Colder Winters Caused by a Warmer Planet
we can help our economy while also preserving our planet for future generations. By making massive investments in building a new sustainable energy grid across the country, we could create millions of new jobs in the construction, installation, transportation and maintenance of wind turbines, solar panels, and infrastructure to enable geothermal and biomass-based energy resources.
SHARE Monday, January 6, 2014 Where Glenn Greenwald Goes Squishy
A good starting point on the legal front might be what former chief justice Charles Evans Hughes said back in 1907, that "the Constitution is what the judges say it is." They frame the debates and provide the arguments and "values" that the justices use to convince each other and legitimize to the rest of us whatever they decide the Constitution now says.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 25, 2013 Run, Bernie, Run
Bernie for president looks like a real possibility! For the last few weeks articles have begun to come out indicating that he is taking this idea seriously. In an interview with Politico just a few days ago, he said, "[The] major issues of this country that impact millions of people cannot continue to be swept under the rug. And if nobody else is talking about it [running for president], well, then maybe I have to do it."
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Fight the So-Called Centrists! Finesse the Tea Party Extremists!
We need not become similarly suicidal, crazy, isolationist, or in any way reckless with the well-being of others, as the Tea Party groups are and will continue to be. Very much a wave of the past, the right-wing evangelicals and libertarians who identify with Cruz and Rand Paul are overwhelmingly white, small town voters who feel they are losing the white-bread Christian America they thought was theirs.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 30, 2013 Israel and Iran: Is Netanyahu Winning or Losing?
Stuck in the here and now, we can only judge Bibi Netanyahu as the nightmare man he plays on television. His latest drama is to push Washington to demand that the Iranians give up enrichment and most other elements of even a peaceful nuclear program. Call it chutzpah on steroids.
SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2013 If the House Says No to War
Antiwar actions will take place this weekend and in the days to come. Everyone should hit the streets. Everyone should lobby their Congressional representatives. Mass nonviolent direct action should take place now. It makes no sense after the vote. The idea is to make sure the bombs never fall. We have to take the field. We have to act.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Stop Larry Summers Before He Kills Again
For all his smarts, Larry Summers has one major crime on his rap sheet. He helped orchestrate the Clinton-era deregulation that ended up fueling the crash of 2008, killing economies, jobs, growth, and hope across the globe. President Obama should not name him to head the Federal Reserve, which would only encourage him to kill again.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Bradley Manning: "Everything is Going to Be OK"
Bradley Manning, moments after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, turned to his attorney David Coombs and told him, "It's okay ... I'm okay, everything is going to be okay." Coombs said it was the first time a client had cheered him up after a verdict.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 15, 2013 An Apology to Bradley Manning
The government was unable to present any evidence that anyone died or was harmed as a result of Bradley Manning's leaks. Even the so-called diplomatic harm as a result of the leak of the cables was really harm caused by the actions of our diplomats that you brought out in the open. The truth can be messy, but we should not punish the messenger who reveals the ugly truth.
SHARE Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Manning Defense Exposes a Dysfunctional Chain of Command
The Bradley Manning Support Network was very critical of the leaked video, pointing out that the March leak of Manning's one-hour testimony was accompanied by a statement in which the leaker took full responsibility and stated that no organization was behind that leak. The Army is still investigating and to date has not made an arrest.
SHARE Saturday, August 3, 2013 Can Drinking Tea With Republicans Curb the Surveillance State?
Toothless European lackeys, however opportunistic, and Tea Party Republicans, however principled, do not make the most alluring allies. But their varied reactions to the NSA's blanket surveillance open a new world of possibilities for effective political action. To quote the immigrant labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill, "Don't mourn! Organize!
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 29, 2013 Armed Intimidation of Journalists Covering Manning Trial
The day the closing arguments began, the monitoring was taken to a new level: intimidating. Armed MPs patrolled the media center, looked over reporters' shoulders, and scolded them if they had a browser open. During recess, wireless internet is provided for filing purposes, but as soon as court goes back into session the internet is cut off.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 26, 2013 Army Paints Manning as an Anarchist Seeking Notoriety
Maj Ashton Fein made the closing argument for the Army. He opened by saying that Manning violated a special trust that the Army puts in all-source intelligence analysts. He described Manning as someone who cared for no one but himself and was seeking notoriety. Fein immediately contradicted himself by arguing that while Manning was seeking ways to remain anonymous, his real motive was to become famous.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2013 U.S. a Lawless State -- Paul Craig Roberts
Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts says, "The country is not being run by the President. It is being run by spy agencies and private interest groups, Wall Street and military security complex . . . They run the country. The President is a puppet, a figurehead."