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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now writes on subjects ranging from human rights to foreign affairs for a number of newspapers and online journals.

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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2006
BUSH AT YEAR-END On September 11, 2001, GWB could have asked the American people to “pay any price” – and we would have done it.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2011
Liberties Lost Since 9/11 One of the world's renowned human rights defenders concludes that the so-called 'War on Terror' has cost Americans some of their most cherished liberties.
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(45 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Silence of the Sheep Do you want the president of the United States to have the power to kill you? Well, it seems he took the power without asking anyone.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 17, 2011
BAHRAIN: UNION LEADERS ON HUNGER STRIKE Will the findings of an international commission sway the King of Bahrain? I wouldn't take it to the bank.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Law Professors Outraged by Senate Vote on Indefinite Detention The U.S. Senate: The World's Leading Obfuscation Body Does It Again!
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Feel Safer Now? None of my usual distractions worked in this case to detour my anger! I am still angry; in fact, I am furious. Furious enough to try to tell this story. If this case didn't make you angry, you need to take a refresher course in American History or Civics 101. And you need to do it right away! Before the Constitution disappears altogether.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable -- A Must-Read. John Yoo's Smoke-Screen: Jimmy Carter?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 3, 2008
SIGNING AWAY THE CONSTITUTION
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 16, 2010
An Open Letter To Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen The Senator sounds really worried and abgry. She has good reason. But I think she's drecting her emotions at the wrong target. Janet Napolitano and Barack Obama should be her targets.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Limbaugh. Beck. O'Reilly. Hannity. Dobbs. Has Lou Dobbs had an epiphany? Or just got the memo from Management?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 24, 2011
Where is Mohammed al-Tajer? Do you understand how or why our government is so unwilling or so unable to speak out against man's inhumanity to man? Bahrain is a perfect example.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2011
The Army is Watching Over Egypt. But Who's Watching Over the Army? Egypt's young revolution needs grown-up leadership to un-learn the bloody lessons of Mubarak's time. Those grown-ups need to wear civvies!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2009
The Spirit of America: What Were They Thinking? In Dixieland I'll Take My Stand....
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Kidnapped in Macedonia, Tortured in Afghanistan, and Dumped in Albania: The Forgotten Case of Khaled Ed-Masri To those who still believe in the integrity of our justice system, this will come as a very big shock.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Egypt Shocked by Proof of Mubarak's Legacy Egyptian knew most of this grisly stuff anyway, either by gossip or by experience. But it's a different ballgame when it turns up on State TV as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 14, 2011
WILL SAUDI WOMEN DRIVERS MAKE NASCAR NERVOUS? Like all of the Arab Awakening demos that have takern place in recent months, this one is totally nmon-violent. But instead of using people to motivate the crows, it's using cars. Read and see how.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 27, 2008
OUR 'WAR ON TERROR' ALLIES The 'war on terror' produces strange bedfellows.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Man Who Refuses Silence What's the price for truth-telling? This man is about to find out.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 5, 2009
Titillating the News Business The hottest question for TV viewers: Do you want news or cleavage?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Book Review: The Foley Follies -- Today's Most Un-Political, Un-Productive, and Totally Hilarious Self-Help Book Ever tried to read a sentence in which no single word has anything to do with any other single word?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 22, 2009
OBAMA: WHITHER TRANSPARENCY? Is there an explanation for Obama's U-Turn on Open Government?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2011
Could Syria Be Next? People who are waiting for Tahrir Square in Syria may be disappointed for a while. But on the other hand, mayube not!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 2, 2011
"We've Never Seen Such Horror" -- HRW's Chilling New Report on Syria In Syria, there are still more security forces than anti-goverment demonstrators.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 4, 2009
GITMO'S CHILD SOLDIERS Are these, too, "the worst of the worst"?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 2, 2011
"This is Where I'm Going to be When I Die," say Prisoners sentenced for Juvenile Crimes Again, a situation that reveals the barbarian in us all. Makes you wonder how mature, thinking people could have arrived at such an inhuman solution!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Obama Considering National Security Courts George Orwell Redux! Barack Obama is considering the creation of a national security court to try cases in which there is enough reliable intelligence to hold a foreign terrorism suspect in preventive detention, but not enough to bring a case in federal court or even through military commissions.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A Simpleton Tries to Understand the Health Care Debate An ordinary citizen tries to navigate the vagaries cf the health care debate.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 23, 2011
Fbi Using Racial, Ethnic Profiling To Snoop On Us Citizens, Aclu Charges How can the FBI again deny it uses racial and ethnic profiling to snoop on us?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Obama's Executive Orders: Is Egypt Listening? President Mubarak and the Mother of all Hypocracies!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 8, 2008
Hope For Homeowners? Not So Much Does anyone remember what actualy caused our economic meltdown? Yep, at least one person.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Court Rebukes Bush, Obama Administrations A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the "state secrets privilege" - routinely used by the government to block lawsuits against its officials - can only be used to contest specific evidence, but not to dismiss an entire suit. Hailed by human rights advocates, the ruling addressed the role of a flight planning company, Jeppesen DataPlan, in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Cold Hand Of Ice Could Destroy Your Family! Is this the Change WEe Can Believe In? Apparently so!
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bahrain's Cat and Mouse Games The PR machine grinds out self-congratulatory rhetoric about Bahrain becoming a model for civil rights practice while the police and the courts dish out long jailtime for those who speak out. American's Ally!
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 21, 2009
ICE: ABOVE THE LAW? Give us your huddled masses -- but why?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Obama's Big Gamble Our new president's lawyers have been traipsing into court to argue the very same legal positions used by George W. Bush in his push for the Imperial Presidency. Torture, rendition, war powers, spying on citizens - it ain't over by any measure.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 18, 2011
Is ICE Running Out of Criminals to Deport? A few months ago, our immigration authorities were criticized for deporting people for broken tail lights and so forth under a program designed to catch serious criminals. Did things get better? Read On!
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 26, 2012
Bahrain in Wonderland Would tiny, oil-rich Bahrian actually go ahead with a premier Formula One racing event while the country's self-appointed king is tear-gassing and torturing his own subjects?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 2, 2009
Rummie's Gift to Obama The quote heard 'round the world!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 17, 2012
The GOP's Death Wish The GOP says "not so", but follow the feet and you'll get to the graveyard of what was once a legitimate political party.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 26, 2012
America: How Exceptional? Yes, America is extraordinary in many ways. But perfect it is not. And there's a huge question about whether we've even been truly "exce[tional."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 1, 2012
Texas Prosecutors Go Rogue --And Get Away With It! In its infinite wisdom, our Supreme Court has granted prosecutors virtual immunity from prosecution for misconduct that has doomed many to long prison sentences -- sometimes on death row. Now, a courageous group of lawyers are trying to correct this travesty of justice.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 18, 2013
Bahrain: Will Dialogue Bring Peace? Watch the behaviour of the King of Bahrain and his minions as they ponder just how much freedom they're willing to surrender in the interests of peace.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 22, 2006
THE OXYCOPS In its zeal to stamp out the illegal drug use, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is cracking down on doctors who prescribe medications to relieve chronic pain, and the patients who depend on these drugs to live normal lives.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 15, 2012
Bahrain Follows The Money Bahrain's Royalty is counting on the Formula One Grand Prix to refurbish the country's brutal image. But fun at the races might just backfire to the benefit of the thousands who have been arrested and tortured.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Pelosi's Loss; Our Gain A real investigation? Bring it on!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Rights Group Slams Governments For "Double Standard" on Arab Spring Amnesty Slams Western Responses to Arab Spring
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 13, 2008
THE HIGH COST OF OUTSOURCING SECURITY Are Iraq, Afghanistan private contractors really saving us money? The Congressional Budget Office asts doubt.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2009
The "Disappeared" Sound like something out of a Banana Republic? Well, we are now them.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 24, 2009
Shhhhhh...It's Still a (State) Secret Isn't it time see to a bit of the change we can believe in?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2012
Is This the Accountability We Were Promised? The lawyers who bring human rights cases to US courts have to be the most patient and most frustrated guys in the legal profession. How are they now looking for a way around America's courts, which seem to have forgotten their mission: Justice!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving 2012 What can we be thankful for?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2008
Goodbye, Mr. Brooks. John McCain: Sterling judge of character? What was David Brooks thinking?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bloggers Under Fire We sit down at our computers and write whatever's on our mind. We take it for granted that we can say pretty much anything we want. We have our First Amendment. Other folks aren't so lucky. Here are some of them.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 20, 2010
Where is the Outrage? Tea-baggers tilt at windmills while real outrages go unanswered.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 18, 2011
Egypt: The Murder of Dissent Press freedom is under a serious threat from Egypt's military rulers. Little has changed from the decades of repression under Hosni Mubarak.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 8, 2008
IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS This timeless press mantra is the fuel that drives the engine in the televised presidential debates.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 22, 2010
Life After Fifty? Listen Up Ladies! Here's a book for women that's every bit as relevant for men.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 3, 2008
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Brought You the Torture Memos Faith-based organizations shouldn't be allowed to use our tax dollars to adopt an ideology contrary to the most basic tenets of their faith.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 9, 2010
Is "Think" Just an Old Bumper Sticker? Government is the enemy -- until you need a friend. Former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 10, 2011
Struck by Lightning: Capital Punishment in the U.S. Who can tell me what Capital Punishment has every achieved?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 28, 2012
What We Left Behind in Iraq We pulled out of Iraq not because we wanted to but because the Iraqi government wanted us to. Today, it is arguable whether what we left there is better or worse than what we found there.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 15, 2009
Human Rights Groups Ask: Is this the Change We Can Believe In? Obama's positions on prisoner detention have Constitutional experts scratching their heads.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Diplomacy: Fig Leaf for Inaction? Human Rights: Has Obama done enough? How about Europe? And the UN? What should we expect?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 20, 2008
RICK WARREN: WHAT WAS OBAMA THINKING? Change We Can Believe In? What Change?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 5, 2011
Driving on Breast Milk A Saudi cleric proposes a solution to mingling by unrelated men and women. But the women see him and raise him.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2012
The Prince of God. Really? Should we execute mentally ill criminals? You tell me please.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 7, 2008
The End of Cowboy Justice? What future for George Bush's private army?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 19, 2008
No YouTube Left Behind Knowing everything about Paris Hilton ain't the same as reading a newspaper.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Perpetual Trial of Sami Al-Arian The power of the Justice System is truly awesome. Pray you never find yourself in its talons!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2011
The Constitution: Egypt's Job One A journay of a thousand miles begins with ...
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Arizona's Next Step: Guns in the Library Arizona wins another dubious honor. Guess what?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Palin: The Best We Can Hope For A peek at the Great Moose Hunt at Number One Observatory Cirle.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 20, 2011
Another Chance for Second-Class Justice? President Obama is reportedly getting ready to start terrorist trials of GITMO detainees using Military Commissions. Here's to second-0class justice!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2011
The Kids Count It's hard to fathom, but politicians won't act even when our children's welfare is involved! Unbelievable!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 9, 2011
Abu Ghraib Redux There's another Abu Ghraib scandal coming our way!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 1, 2012
How Nine Florida Republicans Sandbagged the Private Prison Industry It was a real kick to see nine Florida lawmakers thumb their noses at their leadership, their governor, their campaign purses -- and the for-profit prison industry.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2011
Egypt Security Raids US, German and Egyptian NGOs This couldn't be more Mubarak-esque! Take a look at what the Egyptian Army is trying to do to the country's last bastions of civil liberties and huiman rights!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2011
It's On to Cali and a Real Good Time! Is there a "Conservative History" that's different from "American History"? It would seem so. Just ask Messrs. Koch and Walker!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 11, 2008
BE VERY AFRAID. IT'S GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Keeping Fear Alive is Priority One for terrorism "experts"!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 20, 2012
Court Puts Obama's Vague Indefinite Detention Power on Hold Welcome to the Post-Law Era!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 2, 2009
Justice Delayed... For those of us who seek justice, the rule of law can be frustrating. But consider what kind of country we'd be without due process!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 2, 2008
A Debate Question for Joe Biden "Winning" tonight's debate should be a no-brainer. But Joe Biden needs to answer some hard questions too.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 22, 2011
Battle of the Prosecutors Military Commmissions: Due Process for the Accused or a Mistake of Epic Proportions?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Justice Delayed? Justice Cancelled? What can we do when our government fails? When it lies to us? When it takes away the freedom of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of its citizens?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2009
The Spies Who Came in from the Mosque Will two gaffes by the Feds help American Muslims win more public support?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 6, 2011
Even Great Journalism Leaves Questions! Who were the Egyptians who actually did the torturing? Egypt needs to find out.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 15, 2011
Those Pesky Renditions Again! Should someone be telling us voters and taxpayers about new information on thwe CIA's extraordinary renditions and secret prisons? Yes, but who?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 11, 2012
Sending Americans into Exile The President claims the authority to kill you with drones overseas. Now he refuses to let you back into your own country after you travel abroad.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2011
Egypt: Demonstrators Push to Reverse Army's Power Grab. Is the Egyptian Army trying to hang on to power as the country's rulers? Or is it trying to shed that responsibility a.s.a.p. because it knows nothing about governance? And it's getting tired of being everyone's whipping boy! You figure it out.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 16, 2008
THOSE PESKY ACTIVIST JUDGES Voters have a right to demand that presidential candidates let us know their views on detention, rendition, the role of the courts and the limits on presidential power.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 14, 2012
Not for the Faint-Hearted The Internet won't do all your work. You need to know what you're looking for. Stories like these are a lot harder to find than the latest steamy affair initiated by a guy who wants to represent you next year.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 20, 2010
Europe's Great Cover Up! American readers are conflicted about Europe's upcoming Burqa-Ban. Europeans, not so much!
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 28, 2005
NGO SUES OVER PROSTITUTION POLICY
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2010
Well done, Mr. Kennedy! Are you impatiently waiting to change Exxon-Mobil's diapers, or take KBR's kids (subsidiaries) to school? It's all about to happen!
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 16, 2009
DOJ Releases Torture Memos; Will Not Prosecute Torturers This is enough to turn your stomach --but there's still more to come!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 5, 2011
Can We Please Call a Nut a Nut? Here's how the cult of "objectivity" distorts our knowledge of what's going on in the world.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 3, 2010
Al Haramain: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop We're about to discover whether there's any difference between Obama's Justice Department and George W. Bush.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 24, 2012
Prosecuting the Prosecutor DID A FORMER TEXAS PROSECUTOR -- NOW A JUDGE -- WITHOLD EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE THAT PUT MICHAEL MORTON BEHIND BARS FOR 25 YEARS?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 28, 2009
At Last, a "Good News" Story Change I Can Believe In!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 22, 2006
PAIN MANAGEMENT: A DOUBLE STANDARD? Rush Limbaugh's drug case may reveal evidence of a double-standard applied by the DEA and its state and local partners.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 12, 2008
Let's Cut W. a Little Slack! Maybe the best we can do is to ignore George W. Bush until he leaves the White House. After all, he's the one who's going to have to live with his legacy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 16, 2012
Remember Mubarak? The King of Bahrain gives us all a lesson in PR 101, designed to turn day to night, handcuffs to jewelled bracelets, sows' ears to silk purses.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tortured Punished, Torturer Cleared: The Story of Ahmed Abu-Ali. Does this story illustrate the excesses of the "war on terror" or our government's vigilance in jeeoing us safe?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 9, 2012
Texas Justice: 22 Years on Death Row Our prosecutorial bar will be perceived as weak and uncaring until these peer groups are ready to use their power to aggressively weed out bad behavior
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Headless Horsemen of Tahrir Square Mubarak or Muslim Briotherhood: False Choice!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2012
How Does This Federal Judge Sleep at Night? The 'tough on crime" bunch continues to pack our prisons with hundreds of thousads of people who shouldn't be there at all. In the process, they ensure that we lose the so-called "drug war". And they do that with your money.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Oh Those "Debates" Republican Wannabees for the President Nomination seem to have drunk all the Kool-Aid.But they'd be great at a showbiz roast or, better yet, a Minstrel Show.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 1, 2011
He's Dead, But Is It Legal? Glenn Greenwald: He was simply ordered killed by the President: his judge, jury and executioner." Where are the courts?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Saudis to Reinforce Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters, Amnesty Says In Saudi Arabia, our ally and oil-supplier, the Arab Spring has been greeted by yet more repression. Here's the scoop on what may become SA's latest contribution to the rule of law.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 13, 2005
ROSA PARKS: WHY ONE PERSON MATTERS
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 14, 2011
GITMO By The Numbers Corporate Media are falling in lockstep behind the government in publishing unsupported data -- again.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 11, 2011
Egypt: Global day of solidarity against military junta's trials on Saturday Rising tensions between Egypyt's revolutionaries and its Army's generals threatens to scuttle the achievements of Tahrir Square.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 26, 2007
PATRIOT ACT LITE? Soft on Terrorism? Not me!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 30, 2009
What's in Annex M Anyway? Things you should know about the Army Field Manual on Interrogations
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Peace Groups Slam High Court Ruling on "Terror Support" Carter, whose organisation, the Carter Centre, filed a "friend of the court" brief in the case, said in a statement, "We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that inhibits the work of human rights and conflict resolution groups. The vague language of the law leaves us wondering if we will be prosecuted for our work to promote peace and freedom," he added.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 14, 2009
Bagram's "New" Rules. So What's New? Whatever happened to the rule of law?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2007
WAS TOP STATE DEPARTMENT RESIGNATION A POLITICAL MOVE TO PROTECT HIGHER-UPS? Was Griffin 'thrown under the bus' to protect politically connected higher-ups?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Blackwater's Migraines Multiply it emerged at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Blackwater employees took more than 500 assault rifles intended for the Afghan police force and routinely carried weapons without permission. Blackwater was awarded contracts worth billions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Mubarak Comedy Hour Wanted: Leaders Who Tell The Truth (Just for Fun, That Is!)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 4, 2012
Censoring the Whistle! Here we have yet another clue that the Afghan Government is skilled at poppy production and corruption. Don't expect much more from them regardless of what the propagandists tell us!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Rendition Victim Not Giving Up Thwarted by U.S. Courts, a German citizen who claims he was "rendered" by the U.S. and secretly detained and tortured for four months is taking his case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Ozzie: Open Mouth, Insert Foot? Ozzie Guillen has the same First Amendment rights as the rest of to say whatever he wants about anyone he wants to talk about. But, frankly, we enjoy his baseball more than his politics.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 19, 2009
Clinton, Agnew, Nixon Redux Will Bush's lawyers pay attention when their livlihoods are threatened?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Of Hope and Disgust: Solitary Confinement During the last generation,a virtual cavalcade of Federal lawmakers has proposed -- or opposed -- a comprehensive review of the solitary confinement regulations of our nation's bulging prisons. Nonjeof these proposals has resulted in a study. Now, thanks to Sen. Dick Durban, such a study is in the offing. But for many prisoners and former prisoners, it comes far too late.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Constitution Lives! The wheels of justice move slowly. But sometimes they do move.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 13, 2009
Good News 2009 Where I make good on a deal made with a friend -- to make up for all the depressing news stories I had to write this year.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 24, 2005
PLEASE, MISS CONDI… MAY I? President George W. Bush is famous for not admitting mistakes. But every now and then he tries to correct one –without fanfare and well under the radar.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 9, 2008
Palin: Sancho Pander My nomination for writing the most mindless cynical piece of the entire campaign. Lou Dobbs in drag!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 17, 2006
REACHING OUT TO IRAN: NEGOTIATION OR REGIME CHANGE? Congess got it right last week when it defeated Senator Rick Santorum's proposal to appropriate $100 million to promote pro-democracy efforts in Iran.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Iraq: Work in Progress, Wishful Thinking or Propaganda Vehicle? Iraq" The more things change, as they say, the more they are the same.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Three Blind Mice of the Middle East When movements such as The Arab Awakening reach the kind of numbers and intensity it took to oust Mubarak from Egypt and Ben Ali from Tunisia they become virtualy nstoppable.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 29, 2012
For one lucky guy, Mardi Gras comes early! Sure, luck has a part to play. But the courage and tenacity of this case of characters should make us all proud.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 11, 2008
Immigration: Have the Inmates Taken Over the Asylum? What happens when government lawyers spent eight years trying to make what appears to be a simple rule-change -- and come up with zilch?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 30, 2011
From Saudi Arabia: Thanks, Muammar! We may be treating Saudi Arabia's leaderhsip with kidd gloves, but the Saudi people may not be so patient.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 19, 2011
Death Sentences Drop to Lowest Number Since 1976 There are no do-overs for those we execute. Do we ever make a mistake? Ask the Innocence Project. Ask the Death Pentalty Information Center.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 15, 2012
A Judge Who Actually Judges A young recently appointed Federal judge is squaring off against giving even more intrusive power to the Executive Branch of overnment.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Royal Stall What part of "dialogue" does King Hamad not understyand?
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Bahrain: Iran Accused of Aiding Pro-democracy "Terrorists" While Syria steals the headlines for The Arab Spring, the protesters in tiny Bahrain are largely ignored. Particularly troubling is the silence of the Obama White House.
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Egypt: What Else is the Army Not Doing? What's going on in Egypt keeps reminding me of Don Rumsfeld's "command influence" and the "few bad apples." Tell me if I'm losing it!
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The "Yes We Can" Multiplier How Obama's appointees can make their work more effective.
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And Where Was A.G. Ashcroft? A.W.O.L. After years of denial, finally an admission of guilt from the Bushies. It's refreshing. But it's also worth remembering how panicked and paranoid most of us were right after 9/11!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2011
Lawyers Matter! The media naturally focuses on the most egregious sins of the legal profession. Very little far and balanced here! But just try to imaging an America without lawyers!
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"AMERICAN TALIBAN" WHISTLEBLOWER JOINS TAPEGATE FUROR
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DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL Twelve gays and lesbians discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation are suing the U.S. Government in an effort to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars homosexuals from openly serving in the military.
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Looking for Frank Church The CIA and the New York City cops? Brings back memories, no?
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Heck of a job, VA. Bush paid lip-service to our vets. Barack Obama has to DO something.
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Abu Ghraib Victims Can Sue Interrogators Well, it's not much, but it's not nothing either.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 8, 2008
SARAH'S BOYKIN MOMENT If God is your advisor, making public policy is a piece of cake!
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The Obama-Holder-Panetta Legal Disconnect President Obama needs a meeting with these officials.
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Democracy? Not So Fast! Egypt: Wghat Lies Ahead!
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How About a Different Kind of Rescue Plan? When we're spending $10 billion a month i Iraq, why be concerned about an $18 million budget shortfall?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 15, 2009
Obama's Dilemma: Prison Corruption a Symptom of How Sick We Are in Afghanistan There are serious doubts about the Karzai government's ability to run a just and transparent detention system.
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FOIA: Honored in the Breach! President Obama pledged an era of open government, of transparency and accountability. But it appears the Freedom of Information Act is going in the wrong direction.
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Mubarak: Autocrat With Chutzpah What happened to our $50 billion?
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Give Us Your Huddled Masses - But Battered Women Need Not Apply A job for Obama's new Domestic Violence Czarina!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 4, 2009
Torture Detainees Shoot Obama in Foot We're all paying a high price for W's legacy!
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Joe Trippi's New Gig Bahrain has hired a couple of high-powered PR people to erase its outrageous human rights record. One is Joe Trippi, John Edwards' former Internet guru. The other is Matt Lauer, who used to work for the State Department in the public diplomacy area. It's a good test of whether PR can change people's attitudes when nothing substantive really changes!
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OBAMA'S OTHER MIGRAINE How Will Bush-Appointed Federal Judges Treat Obama?
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THE PRICE OF SECRECY
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Still With Us: The Politics of Fear Will the Islamophobes and "Activist Judges" Ever Go Away? Let Us Pray!
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Barbour Burning? Is Haley Barbour really a color-blind,fair-minded son of the New South?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2012
Obama Immigration Agency Exaggerating Deportations Is this an Obama gambit for currying favor with with anti-immigrant right? But at the same time, it's likely to curry anger from Latino voters.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 12, 2012
A Second Chance for Second-Class Justice? Could Obama have fought harder to close GITMO?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Right: Muddying Up The Waters! Conservative critics: If there are no facts, just make 'em up!
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Head of Bahrain Investigation Finds "Systematic Policy of Torture" Will the Bahraini king pay any attention to the findings of the blue-ribbon commission he appointed?
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THE LIMITS OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER President George W. Bush's widespread use of so-called "signing statements" to unilaterally decide which parts of acts passed by Congress he will enforce continues to face mounting opposition.
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ANTI-TERRORISM FINANCING LAWS Muslim charities are being summarily shut down for supporting terrorist causes while giant firms such as Halliburton are receiving the full protections of American law for allegedly breaking U.S. government sanctions.
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THE END OF U.S. AID? The funeral of USAID is far from a done deal yet. But, given the tight relationship between President Bush and Secretary Rice, there's a good chance that USAID's demise may never have to be announced in a State Department press release.
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Pleading With Satan Such a smoke screen of mythology has now enveloped our beloved rule of law that even seasoned lawyers sometimes can't tell the real thing from the Kabuki version.
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Wittes, Goldsmith, and KSM: "Absurd," "Cynical." This so-called solution to KSM is too cute by half.
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Are Mideast Women Being Sidelined from "The Arab Awakening"? The women of Tahrir Square and similar hotspots in the Middle East weren't just there to make the tea. Nor onlt to raise their voices in protest along with their male colleagues, They were engaged in -- and in many cases led -- the pro-democracy demos. They were motivated, smart, courageous. So what's ther future in the democracy movement now?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 10, 2009
Sotomayor: The Umpires Strike Out! What did we learn from Judge Sotomayor's hearing in the Senate. Did we learn anything?
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DNA Keeps Spreading its Magic Dust Over Wrongly-Convicted Prisoners What motivates some prosecutors to ignore exculpatory evidence to get convictions? Scalps!
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Toothless and Tone Deaf Here's a classic example of the Arab League's Foxes mobilizing to guard Syria's Henhouses.
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Amnesty Urges Halt in Immigration Enforcement; Calls for I.G. Inspection In the land of John Perry and Joe Arpaio, the gun is the king, and racial profiling isn't just inconvenient and humiliating -- it can land you in jail.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 31, 2011
Assad's Cookie-Cutter President Hafaz al-Assad of Syria needs two things: 1) a few new ideas; 2) a good speechwriter.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2010
Post-Racial What? Bigotry has been with us always. The Tea Party crowd, and their allies, are unlikely to do much to stop it.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2008
Lipstick on the Constitution? Government secrecy: One of the big issues our presidential candidates are busy not discussing.
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Will He Bring Change We Can Believe In? Maybe this is what they meant by Obama being tested!
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THE ISSUE THAT WON’T GO AWAY 2005 may be remembered as the year “torture” and “rendition” became parts of the everyday American vocabulary.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Post-Mubarak Egypt: Ambiguity as a Way of Life How can you believe in self-government and military rule at the same time? Ask an Egyptian.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2012
Baradei's Anguish One of the prospective leaders of post-revolutionary Egypt has taken his hat out of the ring. He is Mohamed ElBaradei, whom naby consider on of the more capable among possible leders.
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Waiting for Lefty Wondering what ever happened to the prisoners who were sent to Guantanamo Bay? Many were released -- after years of captivity. Other were scheduled ti be tried in civilian courts, but Cibgress demurred and Obama didn't fight. Instead, he created a third-class systice system and is about to try these guys before Military Commissions -- a system most lawyers find has beebn designed to produce, not justice, but convictions.
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Is That a Light at the End of the Tunnel? Or an Oncoming Train? So far, the Egyptioan military appears to be responsive to the wishes of the Tahrir Square Democrats. Today they announced a new Prime Minister, after protests about the old one's ties to Mubarak. We talk with one of the most reliable analysts of all things Egyptian.
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Our New Double-Standard for Justice Our judges seem to be as befuddled as the rest of us when it come to defining exactly what 'terrorism' is and is not -- and whenand how people should be punished for it. One of the judges in this case could only comment that, like porn, he kew it when he saw it. Shouldn't we have to have a tad more precision than that?
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Gaming the Voters Can we find enough truth in what the pols are telling us to cast an inteligent vote -- on anything?
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Whaddya Mean, Don't Vote! Our candidates for president may think as little of us as many of us think of them. They have put the nation deep into catatonia by what they said - and didn't say.
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NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN, ET CETERA There are times when your friendly letter carrier can bring you bad news. Very bad.
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C.S.I. Next Episode: C.I.A. Black Sites Crime Scene: Preserve the Evidence!
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EGYPT: ARAB SPRING MORPHS INTO SUMMER OF CONFLICT What role should the Egyptian Army play as the people attempt to fashion a new era of freedom?
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Early Christmas for Virginia Prisoner Our Justice System is broken in many places, one of which results in innocent people being convicted and sentenced to long terms in prison. The job of The Innocence Project, and other groups like it, is to get these prisoners out. They have been hugely successful but continue to face daunting obstacles.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 11, 2008
WARRIORS IN KNEE-PANTS Is the U.S. contributing to robbing children of their childhood?
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RUSSIA’S NEW NGO LAW: A CONTRARY VIEW Human rights groups have condemned Russia’s new law governing non-governmental organizations, but the leader of one major NGO disagrees.
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UN Report: Rights Abuses In Iraq Is this what we spilled blood and spent treasure to achieve?
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The Third Branch: Alive and Well! Judges Who Follow the Law -- Thank Goodness They're Still Around!
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Reigning in the Prosecutors Is anyone trying to keep innocent people off death row? Well, yes!
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Is This the DOJ's Detention Model? What will Stateside detention look like for GITMO defendants?
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"Rendered" Canadian Blasts Assad, Living "in a state of denial." Maher Arar thinks Syrian President al-Assad is "committing political suicide." Sadly, hundredsof others are going to die in the process.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Gitmo Plea Deal Revealed Do we value secrecy more than justice?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 8, 2008
HAMDAN: AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE When you're acquitted, you go home, right? Well, not so fast!
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THE PLIGHT OF NATIONAL SECURITY WHISTLEBLOWERS Find illegal activity in the U.S. national security agency you work for. Report it to your superiors. Get rewarded by being demoted or having your security clearance revoked -- tantamount to losing your career – while those whose conduct you’ve reported get promoted.
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Happy Anniversary, Abu Ghraib! What will we learn? And will we do anything about it?
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A No-Brainer for the Supremes? There's no nuance here. This is a "bright line" case: Either the President has, or does not have, this power.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Back to the Future with the GOP Do you remember Dwight David Eisenhower? He was the WW II hero who became our president -- twice. And he was a Republican!
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Prisoner Transfer to Afghans Likely to Produce More, Not Less, Torture. Afghanistan: Isn't this the war we won in 2002? The longer we stay there, the more complicated our mission becomes. Do you know what the mission is?
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Crazy While Locked Up! For the past twenty years or so, a large and growing population of mentally ill men and women have been discovering that they have virtually no place to go and that their future is homelessness followed by jail. Thousands are serving long sentences for relatively minor infractions.
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THE OTHER GITMO Another piece of Bush legacy for Obama's clean-up-the-mess list.
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CLERGY JOINS "TAPEGATE" BATTLE
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Obama: Between a Rock and You Know What! How resolve this Booesian Choice? Dear Readers: Tell Me Your Thoughts.
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DEATH TO INFIDELS VIA VIDEO GAME "This is the first time any Christian religious instructional video has recommended killing all non-Christians who refuse to convert to Christianity."
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 15, 2009
DOD, CIA Cooperated in Detainee Abuse Human rights groups are getting a trickle of information from their lawsuit -- but enough to make some pretty serious charges.
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GIVE - AND GO TO JAIL? OFAC -- ANOTHER BLUNT INSTRUMENT.
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BOEING'S UNFRIENDLY SKIES
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GITMO’S FORGOTTEN SOLDIER Many people will remember Janice Karpinsky, the Army Reserve Brigadier General who was reprimanded and demoted for failing to stop the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. But few will remember Brigadier General Rick Baccus.
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Giving Voice to the Voiceless Some of law enforcement's most sacred cows are getting a long overdue critical look. Will Congress actualy stay with the program and get something done?
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Rights Groups Assess Obama's First 100 Days Obama's First 100: So far, so good...BUT
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What to do with The UnderBomber Can the Bureau of Prisons think outside the box?
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THE OTHER GITMO Human rights organizations are attempting to focus attention on "the other GITMO."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 31, 2006
MUSLIM-AMERICANS TURN TO THE LAW A rapidly increasing number of first generation Muslim-Americans have decided to pursue careers in the law.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Who'll Have the Last Laugh? You know how they define someone who keeps doing the same things over and over and expects a different result?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 17, 2009
The First Hundred Days Will the economy crowd out human rights on Obama's agenda?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Health Care Chamber of Horrors: Choose Your Bureaucrat! Harry and Louise Again?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Something Obama Can Do. The President is focused on our ecomnomic meltdown, and rightly so. But there's an unfinished task he could take on right now.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2008
Facts: Campaign Collateral Damage When the issue is the single one most central to the survival of our democracy, is having a beer with the new president an answer to anyting?
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THE PENTAGON'S REVOLVING DOOR One flew back into the cuckoo's nest. More to follow.
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The Fall and Rise of a Lovely Day President Ahmadinejad Threatens to Wreck My Much Anticipated Lovely Day
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Did You Give at the Office? In the name of "Global War on Terror" the U.S. Government is waging war against charities and foundations on the no-profit sector... and impeding the fight against terrorism.
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Egypt: The Army's Chess Match? US will pay Egypt aid funds despite arrests of American NGO workers.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2008
THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'? Evengelical What?
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Most Happy Fella! Can you imagine Glenn Beck at 2 A.M.?
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Will Iranian Government Use Brutal Tactics After Parliamentary Poll? Iran is taking no chances that a Persian Spring will descend on the country in the run-up to Parliamentary elections on Friday. They've got the truncheons, rubber bullets, tear gas, paramilitary on motorcycles, and thousands of troops with live rounds ready and waiting for another bloodbath.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 10, 2008
GITMO PROSECUTOR TO TESTIFY FOR DEFENSE "We can't have acquittals, we've got to have convictions."
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GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS By all means, we should talk human rights with China. But what's our credibility?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 18, 2009
A 'Must Read' for the Book Czar Since the Obama Administration now has czars for cars, information technology, bonuses, financial products, et cetera, can a book czar be far behind?
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EXACTLY WHAT ARE CONSERVATIVE JUDGES CONSERVING? A disgraceful Supreme Court Sesssion.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 21, 2012
For Prisoners in Afghanistan, Torture is the Old Normal If The Rule of Law is central to a sustainable democracy, we could be in Afghanistan for generations.
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Emma Lazarus Redux What will immigration reform look like? E Pluribus Gridlock!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Memo To Obama And McCain: Add To Your Do-Do List A couple of important things AG Gonzales didn't do, AG Mukasey is unlikely to do -- and will get left for our next President.
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GITMO Lawyers: America's Last Growth Industry? Who Knows if the Right Hand Knoweth What the Left Hand Doeth? Kafka May Know!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 29, 2006
OIL ON TROUBLED WATERS Hugo Chavez has been busily scoring points with low-income American consumers.
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A Judge Who Judges A young recently appointed Federal judge readies for a judicial battle with the heavyweights.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 15, 2008
GITMO AGAIN: JUSTICE OR SHOW TRIALS?
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Free at Last, Free at Last! Or Not.. Will the government again find a way to thwart the ruling of a federal appeals court?
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FINALLY - A GOOD NEWS STORY What were the immigration authorities thinking of? Were they thinking at all?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 29, 2009
Mr. Common Law's Next Adventure But before he disappears into the flinty wilderness of the rural New Hampshire he loves so dearly, let me say a few words about David Souter.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2005
Senate's Kabuki Dance With Roberts After three days of hearings on the confirmation of Judge John G. Roberts to be the seventeenth Chief Justice of the United States, what the public has learned is that the nominee appears to be as much Talmudic scholar as jurist.
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Peering Into the Racial Divide on the Redneck Riviera Racism hasn't gone away -- there are just a lot more people who reject it.
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FORUM FOR THE (DISTANT) FUTURE A key pillar of the much-vaunted Middle East democracy initiative of President George W. Bush has collapsed – brought down by Egypt’s insistence that Arab governments should have more control over grants from a new fund designed to help indigenous pro-democracy organizations.
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BOEING SUB SCOT FREE, HAYDEN, BRADBURY ON THE HOT SEAT
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY (AGAIN)
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HOW DO AMERICANS FEEL ABOUT TORTURE? If the Bush Administration listens to the American public, rather than to Sen. John McCain, it needn’t be too worried about the issue of torture of suspected terrorists.
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GIVE US YOUR HUDDLED MASSES – OR NOT There will be no comprehensive reform proposal approved by the U.S. Congress during this session or any session in the near future because the immigration restrictionists have seized control of the debate.
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Georgia Justice I'm going out on a limb and charging that the two affirming judges simply do not want this murderer to live. So they are finding whatever technicalities they can find to see that he's executed -- mental retardation or not.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 12, 2005
WINK, WINK, NOD, NOD Excusing political theater of the absurd.
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Seven Years and Counting! The U.S. lacks the leverage with other countries to get them to accept these GITMO detainees -- while the potential destination countries are all terrified of reprisals by China.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 1, 2005
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN NORTH CAROLINA
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NEW BROWNIES IN THE WINGS? Washington is a town where the best and the brightest co-exist with well-connected political hacks. It defies credulity that the Bush Administration continues to shoot itself in the foot by stubbornly choosing the latter, and thereby setting itself up for another ‘Brownie’.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 9, 2009
THE ROAD MORE TRAVELED How different will Eric Holder's Department of Justice Be, After All? First test: Not so Much.
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THINK YOU KNOW THE GODSQUAD? THINK AGAIN!
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DIPLOMATS DEBATE IRAQ, VIETNAM SERVICE
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U.S. v. BUSH, et al The charge is Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. And the defendants are President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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Can We Turn Hate Into Reason? A number of countries in the Arab Middle East now enjoy freedom of speech as a result of their Arab Spring revolutions. But their idea of free speech is far from ours.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 18, 2008
THE REAL STRAIGHT-TALK EXPRESS
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ANOTHER BRILLIANT BUSH APPOINTMENT: BUT DOES IT REALLY MATTER? Can competence sell a flawed product?
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Selling Democracy – De Lux Model with Double-Standards Built In Can our next president figure out how to combat terrorists while working just as hard to persuade authoritarian governments to allow Arab citizens their basic civil liberties?
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A Double-Standard for Jordan? Peace and Justice? Well, maybe not so much.
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FINALLY: A DEGREE IN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
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McCAIN'S TURNABOUT Pandering 101 for the Straight-talk Express guy.
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THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF FAKE NEWS Congressional leaders were angered by the Pentagon’s admission that it has been planting and paying for Iraqi newspapers to publish ‘good news stories’.
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THE DOWNSIDE OF THE 24/7 NEWS CYCLE Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for electronic journalism?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 2, 2008
ASYLUM: THE LATEST THIRD RAIL This ball is now squarely in the court of Michael Mukasey, our newest AG. We wonder if he'll defy the third rail and actually get something done. Watch this space.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 14, 2006
BLOCKING JUSTICE The "state secrets" defense has become a routine defense used by the U.S. Government to keep embarrassing cases from being tried.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Perturbing the Judiciary? Hurting the Country's Image? Shame on You! Another kind of terror!
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 4, 2008
NO TRIVIA LEFT BEHIND The Presidential "debates." Don't we deserve better?
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SKATING ON THIN ICE
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BEYOND ANNAPOLIS -- WHAT MODEL? Will a Palestinian state look like one of Israel's neighbors?
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CASHING IN ON THE WAR ON TERROR Yet another reminder of the prescience of President Eisnhower's warning about the growth of the military-industrial complex.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 23, 2008
DISCLOSURE BY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP?
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Virginia's Political Asset Our lawmakers desperately need to understand some of the paths toward better behavior. If they don't, we'll just go on spending more money and throwing more lives on the landfill of broken lives.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 12, 2006
SAUDI ARABIAN COSMETICS? Saudi Arabia puts the finishing touches on its new Human Rights Commission.
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ABOUT BUSH, MCCAIN, TORTURE AND BEYOND
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My Last Debate I have watched my last presidential debate. I am sick to death of well-coiffed cable TV news anchors asking vapid questions designed to generate heat, not light. I am sick to death of presidential wannabees filibustering questions they choose to avoid by delivering slogans, not answers. And I am sick to death of the faux choice presented to voters: Change versus Experience. Could someone out there please tell me...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 25, 2005
BILL O’REILLY IN DRAG
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MIXED MESSAGE? A new international exchange program for journalists named for famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and emphasizing “the democratic principles that guided Mr. Murrow's practice of his craft: integrity and ethics and courage and social responsibility”.
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LET THE EAGLE WHORE My nomination for "Most Outrageous Statement of the Year."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2006
WHO SAYS GOVERNMENT CAN’T HUSTLE?
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DEPORTEES SUE Another test of whether our justice system can work in an environment of war, fear, and executive power.
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BACKDOORING THE CONSTITUTION
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 21, 2007
GITMO LAWYERS KEEP TRYING GUANTANAMO FOREVER?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 31, 2008
CONGRESSIONAL ODD COUPLE Reigning in "State Secrets"
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 26, 2008
Obama Should Re-Think His Faith-Based Agenda Tearing down walls is great. But here's one that needs to be reconstructed.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 22, 2008
THE WHEELS COME OFF – AGAIN Whatever happened to the "maverick" many of us respected?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 19, 2006
OF PITBULLS AND LAPDOGS The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hamdan case has opened a widening chasm among members of the president's own party.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 24, 2007
THE ARMY: AHEAD TO THE PAST?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 11, 2007
"REALPOLITIK" LIKELY TO DRIVE US-PAKISTAN ALLIANCE More on the unending conflict between democracy promotion and "realpolitik."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 20, 2005
DIPLOMATIC ASSURANCES -- WORTHLESS
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 21, 2005
THE FOX AT THE HENHOUSE Can a member of the Bush team produce a credible report on what went wrong with Katrina and how to fix it?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 22, 2006
SCIENTIFIC SLEIGHT OF HAND Abstinence-until-marriage education programs -- which receive about $158 million annually from the Department of Health and Human Services -- are not reviewed for scientific accuracy before they are granted funding.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 15, 2007
RENDITION VICTIM TRIES AGAIN
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 2, 2008
A Prosecutor's Holy Grail: Another Scalp Ever wonder why prosecutors are so totally relentless in pursuing cases -- even when they know they are baseless?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 10, 2007
WHAT CAN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATE ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY? State Department report "a complete whitewash."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 10, 2006
THE END OF DEMOCRACY PROMOTION IN IRAQ? The Bush administration is substantially reducing funding for the organizations that are traditionally mandated to promote democracy in Iraq.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 27, 2007
ANN OF A THOUSAND SLURS The Goddess and Me
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 25, 2006
USED THE PHONE LATELY? WORRIED? The ACLU filed has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage citizens to make their utility commissions aware of their privacy concerns.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Inspector Clouseau Squared How Scott Bloch's investigation of the White House, and vice versa, will end: With a whimper!
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 3, 2008
THOSE PESKY JUDICIAL ACTIVISTS A decision for the next President. Who do you think will take it on?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Bush Spins Iraq. The Dems go A.W.O.L. When will Barack and Hillary give us a real plan to exit Iraq?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 4, 2008
McCain: Mushy Maverick? Another chapter in the Maverick Myth
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2006
RISING ABOVE PRINCIPLE
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 1, 2006
SON OF GITMO The Pentagon should have learned that getting out ahead of bad news is far better than waiting for its inevitable disclosure by the press.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 6, 2007
RELIGIOUS LEADERS PUSH BACK AGAINST REP. GOODE Prominent religious leaders launch an online petition pushing back against the bigotry of Rep. Vigil Goode of Virginia .
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Scapegoating US Diplomats Facing growing scrutiny of the State Department's shortage of experienced diplomats in Iraq - and the Department's announced intention to force Foreign Service Officers to serve in Baghdad against their will -- the leader of America's diplomatic service is charging that critics, "including people who urged the 2003 invasion," are seeking to blame the State Department for their own failures.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 14, 2008
It's About a Lot More Than a 3 A.M. Phone Call Remembering where we've been, and where we are now, has to trigger just a tad of optimism.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 26, 2005
DANGEROUS DENIAL America’s newest public diplomacy czarina, Karen Hughes, is in dangerous denial and needs professional help.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 30, 2008
American Values And The Financial Meltdown Are we suffering from "values schizophrenia"?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 27, 2006
DEATHS IN U.S. CUSTODY
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 16, 2008
CANDIDATES COMPETE TO BE "MORE CHRISTIAN"
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2006
REMEMBER RENDITION?
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WHY SHOULD WE BE SURPRISED? Iran’s president launched a media tsunami when he declared the Holocaust a myth.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 10, 2005
TODAY, PADILLA. TOMORROW, WHO?
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 29, 2008
UNSPINNING THE PRESIDENT "There Will Be Blood," was Dubya's message. Be afraid. Be very afraid!
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 20, 2008
GITMO FOREVER! Whether there will ever be any trials at Guantanamo Bay remains unclear. So does the future of America's Caribbean paradise.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 8, 2008
More Abuse by Pentagon, Contractors Questions our presidential candidates are not asking -- and aren't being asked.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 25, 2005
KAREN HUGHES BEHIND THE FIREWALL
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 9, 2008
Yes, we can - pander. How far should a presidential candidate go to win critical votes?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 18, 2007
CHARITY BEGINS...WHERE? It's not enough to say "I gave at the office."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 18, 2006
SUPPORT FOR “SPREADING DEMOCRACY” A majority of those surveyed in a recent poll 58 percent) said they feel "democracy is something that countries only come to on their own."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 10, 2005
LOOKING BACK AT LBJ
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 12, 2007
WONDER WHAT SHE STUDIED IN HIGH SCHOOL! Seems modern American history wasn't part of the curriculum!
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2005
WHO SHOULD PAY FOR KATRINA? Advertising gurus Gerald Rafshoon and Doug Bailey, who were on opposing sides during the Jimmy Carter-Gerald Ford campaign in 1976, have come up with a pretty good alternative to financing Katrina reconstruction with taxpayer money.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 4, 2006
BUSH'S MIXED SIGNALS The Bush Administration is sending dangerously mixed signals precisely to those whose "hearts and minds" it claims to be trying to win.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 5, 2008
Collateral Damage? These must be part of "the special interests" our presidential wanabees keep talking about.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 3, 2005
FROM THE IRAQI FRONT
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 30, 2006
THE ISSUE THAT WON'T GO AWAY Remember Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s 2002 statement referring to Guantanamo prisoners as “the worst of the worst”?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 7, 2009
ACLU REPORT CHARGES RACIAL PROFILING ACLU TO OBAMA: END RACIAL PROFILING
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 27, 2006
IRAQ TOLD TO REBUILD ITSELF Last week’s announcement that Iraq will now have to pay for its own reconstruction has left some observers wondering whether the yet-to-be-formed government there will be up to the task.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 2, 2006
AMERICAN BEDFELLOWS The “Global War on Terror” has produced the unintended consequence of bringing the United States ever-closer to some of the world’s most repressive regimes.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 25, 2006
DEATH IN U.S. CUSTODY “Command Responsibility” ought to begin with the Commander-in-Chief.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 13, 2006
ALAS, POOR SCOTT Scott McClelan, like most presidential press secretaries before him, he is kept out of the loop on many key issues so that is "plausible deniability" is not compromised.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 17, 2006
WHAT TO DO WITH THE PRISONERS? Foreign policy and human rights experts appear to agree with the United Nations report calling on the U.S. to shut down its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 13, 2006
QUOTH THE CRAVEN EVERMORE*
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 9, 2007
A DARK ANNIVERSARY This week, the world marks the fifth anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the U.S. naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Fierce Urgency of How Another debate? Issues we should expect candidates to address -- even if they're way down in the weeds.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 7, 2005
TERRORISM PROSECUTIONS, 2005: HOW MUCH PROGRESS? Amidst charges that President Bush and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are inflating the number of criminal prosecutions for terrorism, five cases shed light on the administration’s mixed record of convictions during 2005.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 2, 2008
IS THIS HOW TO WIN FRIENDS?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 15, 2005
ABUSE, WHAT ABUSE?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 28, 2006
THE ISSUE THAT WON'T GO AWAY The Pentagon is pushing to omit from new detainee policies a central principle of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans "humiliating and degrading treatment."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2006
PALESTINE: WHAT’S NEXT? That President Bush is a big fan of elections should surprise no one. He’s won a lot of them. But his simplistic equation -- elections = freedom = democracy = peace -- has been running into a bit of trouble lately.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 18, 2006
THE AGE OF ANXIETY REDUX We are living though an age of high anxiety (for which the government’s favorite cliché is “the post-9/11 environment”) that is likely to have a very long-lasting effect on the American psyche.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 16, 2005
MR. BUSH’S LEGACY: MORE THAN DUCT TAPE NEEDED The speech President George W. Bush delivered in New Orleans last evening had the phony ring of a second-term president driven by a single goal: to rebuild what is left of his tattered legacy.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2007
2007: YES, VIRGINIA, THERE WAS SOME GOOD NEWS Where do I find the Good News?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 12, 2005
THE NEXT JUDY MILLER?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 29, 2005
SAUDI AND NIGERIA IN THE CROSSHAIRS
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 19, 2006
WORDS TO PONDER Despite our flawed strategy and our many tactical mistakes over the past six years, the U.S. still has lots of lots of non-military carrots and sticks to apply.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 8, 2008
KABUKI ON THE HILL If there was a big winner here, it was the audience!
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 7, 2005
A WIN FOR SCIENCE!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 22, 2005
GOVERNMENT WATCHDOGS

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