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 […]
Within Islam, as within other religions, there are moderates, people who simply belong to the religion because it’s their cultural norm, and there are extremists, people who are so obsessed with the supremacy of their religion that they are willing to engage in all manner of cruelties against those who do not share their beliefs.
Mykolas Mockus was a Lithuanian who wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind. Because he spoke his mind freely, Mockus was seized by the police, who had infiltrated a private meeting to record what he was saying by a speech. Mockus was thrown into a jail cell and criminally prosecuted for what he […]
Because I see Hindus threatening to kill anyone who shows this picture, I am deciding to join in the blasphemy, and to amplify it. If a Hindu activist group succeeds in pressuring the web host of the mythological discussion group to remove the blasphemous image, I want the image to survive, in defiance of the censorship. […]
In the wake of the 2014 elections, I return to a perennial puzzle for me: do I only support political candidates who I feel are the best match possible, or do I recognize that some politicians are better than others, and that better is good enough? I’ve been voting for a quarter of a century […]
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. […]
The presidential administration of Barack Obama has promised to respond to any petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov gaining more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days or less.
On June 22, 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, only 14 days after the petition was started.
It’s October 30, 2014 […]