In Kenya, the national legislature has passed the Security Laws Amendment Bill. The law allows the government to imprison people for lengthy periods without criminal charge, and to conduct surveillance against Kenyans without any search warrant or other court approval.
Among the justifications for this action: The United States has imprisoned people for years without […]
Today saw the release of the Torture Report from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The CIA, whose “enhanced interrogation techniques” the report describes, has been trying to prevent the report’s release. The Central Intelligence Agency even engaged in criminal behavior to stop the facts in the report from being declassified. The agency sent spies into the […]
President Barack Obama has the power to adjust the way immigration laws are enforced, and Congress has the power to reign him in.
There is no present border crisis. Illegal border crossings have shrunk dramatically under President Obama. However, there is a lingering problem of an underground society of businesses who deal in exploited […]
Yesterday, U.S. the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5771, a bill that provides for:
– the classification of race horses as three-year property for depreciation purposes – accelerated depreciation of motorsports entertainment complexes – the expensing allowance for film and television production costs
Only 20 Democrats and 26 Republicans voted against these special tax […]
Chellie Pingree voted for the GOP Secret Science Reform Act. Perhaps Representative Pingree simply sees the way the wind is blowing, and is happy to go along with the rising tide of right wing politics in America, health, privacy and science be damned. […]
Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party lost ground in the House of Representatives, and lost control of the U.S. Senate. These losses were largely due to the inability of the Democratic Party to inspire voter turnout from the liberal political base that it has traditionally taken for granted.
Being taken for granted by the […]
Before they vote on Election Day, Bob Goodlatte’s constituents need to ask themselves why their U.S. Representative opposed anti-torture legislation, and whether they are willing to endorse that action. […]
As members of Congress abandon their task of crafting legislative solutions to America’s problems in order to find corporate patrons to bankroll their re-elections, there is much talk about the unfinished business of the 113th Congress. The unfinished business of Congress goes much further back than just the last couple of years, however. There are […]
This week, the U.S. Congress ought to be voting on whether to authorize Barack Obama’s new war against the Islamic State. However, members of the U.S. House and Senate are in a rush to leave Washington D.C., so that they can gather money for their re-election campaigns, so no such vote will take place. What […]
In spite of all the predictions by Republican activists that Barack Obama would snatch away their guns, nothing of the sort has happened. Six years into the Obama presidency, and there are still guns all over the United States, and no significant gun ban in sight. We can’t prohibit guns in the USA, because of […]
“We are at war with ISIL.”
This declaration was made at the end of last week by the top spokesman for President Barack Obama, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and was repeated by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
They are powerful people, who speak for the President of the United States, but who are they to declare […]