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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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? [...]
Why, more than half a year into the Democrat-run government, have we not yet seen one single serious public investigation into any of the Bush Administration crimes? For the sake of political advantage? So the Democrats would have the chance to enact their political agenda? The Democrats have managed to make an almost complete mess of that agenda anyway. The original crimes of the Bush Administration are now being compounded by the cowardice of Democrats too timid to merely demand that the Constitution of the United States, and the laws established under its authority, be honored and upheld. [...]
Following the Constitution isn’t hard and complicated. Violating the Constitution, and then lying about it, and then pretending that you’re not lying about it, and then acting like you’re investigating the thing that you’re pretending that your not lying about, and then establishing a timeline for a report on the thing that you’re acting like you’re investigating but pretending that you’re not lying about – that’s hard and complicated. [...]
One of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 was to mandate that banks and other financial institutions send on an increased number of “suspicious activity reports” about the financial activity of Americans at a lower threshold for what qualifies as “suspicious” and a greater emphasis on the employment of financial surveillance over [...]
When Representative Reyes is done considering what he’s going to do when the President of the United States intentionally deceives Congress, he can finally sign up as a cosponsor for the legislation that would establish a national commission to investigate all the abuses of power by George W. Bush: H.R. 104. [...]
In March of 2008, Adam Davidson of NPR revealed the massive increase in “Suspicious Activity Reports” to monitor the purchasing and financial transactions of you and prominent “politically exposed persons,” without a warrant, to uncover evidence of precrime. Here’s Davidson’s description of how Suspicious Activity Reports work in the age of Homeland Security:
Banks monitor [...]