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In a Small Minority, Harness the Power of Honest Embarrassment

Last week I went to the National Equality March. I saw tens of thousands of people marching in the street for equal rights. I saw ONE man, Randall Terry, standing all alone, straddling a sandwich board with an image of an aborted fetus and shouting into a megaphone. The news cameras and the photographers had […]

Thursday Is Constitutional High Noon for the Democrats

As the deputies disappeared one by one in High Noon, the supposed friends of the Constitution in the United States Senate have almost all abandoned the struggle to end the attack against the Constitution through the Patriot Act. Most Democrats in the Senate are now on the side of the criminal gang. […]

National Security Letters: On the Rise and Used Against Americans

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy described warrant-free National Security Letters in committee proceedings this morning:

They don’t require approval by a court, a grand jury or even a prosecutor. They are issued in secret, with a recipient’s silence under penalty of law. But they allow the government to collect sensitive information such as personal financial […]

Obama Embraces AntiConstitutional Claims of Bush

Should we not call for impeachment of Barack Obama now? Should progressives not hold Obama accountable to the law, simply because they like him better than Bush? […]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: “Could Have Been Clogged Arteries”

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the […]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: "Could Have Been Clogged Arteries"

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the […]

I Love Hubble: NGC6302

This is so cool. Click on the thumbnail to see an exploding star.

It’s not just a pretty picture, either. This picture, one of the first taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since its successful refurbishing, contains useful data on temperature and composition collected by the new Wide Field Camera 3 to help scientists […]

Bush Administration Directed Construction of Torture Chambers

This heartfelt stupidity wasn’t merely a mistake. It was criminal. Conspiracy to commit torture is a violation against the Geneva Conventions and two separate criminal codes. […]

Finally, Some Independent Justice on Torture

For years, it hasn’t mattered one bit that federal law outlaws torture of exactly the sort carried out by the Bush administration. It hasn’t mattered because impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors has been “taken off the table” by timid Congressional leaders. It hasn’t mattered because the Department of Justice under George W. Bush was […]

Mock Executions, Power Drills and Power Plays: The Curdling of Justice

The CIA reacts defensively today to breaking disclosures from Newsweek and the Washington Post, disclosures that the spy organization used power drills and mock executions in its interrogations of the indefinitely detained. The threat of imminent death in interrogation is specifically declared illegal by 18 USC 2340. The CIA’s defense?

This has all been looked […]

Most Inept Mercenary Assassins Ever: Money For Nothing

20 million dollars to pay a bunch of assassins who sit around and never even try to kill anybody? This is what they call Homeland Security? […]