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Tea Party Contributions to State Candidates: 92% Republican, 0% Democrat

Looking at data on federally-organized political action committees and Section 527 groups that identify themselves as part of the “Tea Party” movement, we’ve discovered that such openly-disclosed grassroots groups have levels of activity too low to account for the highly visible “Tea Party” activity seen splayed across the national media. Indeed, most of them are [...]

Change the Names and it’s 2001 All Over Again

Last night I stumbled upon this political cartoon Irregular Times whipped up in criticism of the policies of the Bush administration back in 2001:

With a little updating, it’ll be as good as new:

[...]

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 [...]

Warrantless Wiretapping: Then and Now, Bush and Obama, Feingold and Holder, Illegal or Illegal? (With Transcript)

When reading today’s revelations in the New York Times regarding U.S. government warrantless wiretapping programs, it is crucial that you pay attention to time and tense. Wired Magazine botches the job when it comes to describing a program code named Pinwale. Wired says:

The database, codenamed Pinwale, allows NSA analysts to search through and read [...]

When Doctors Participate in Torture, The Rot Spreads

Contrary to popular opinion, the Hippocratic Oath has never contained the exact words, “First, Do No Harm.” Regardless, expressed in other words across the various codes and oaths for medical practitioners this standard is ubiquitous. Among the nine principles of medical ethics articulated by the American Medical Association, one prominently reads “A physician shall, while [...]

Obama Open Govt. Just Pretty Talk At FBI

If Barack Obama wants the government to do better, now is the time he needs to make it happen. He has no one to blame but himself for the fact that his promises are being broken. [...]

Press Release: Pro-Constitution Demonstration Meets Obama in Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2009

If you are concerned about the state of civil liberties in America, please come out to a Bill of Rights protest on Stelzer Road tomorrow morning (3-6-2009), just east of Easton Town Center, as Barack Obama comes to town. Click here for logistical details, and here for more general discussion about the protest.

Please feel [...]

Obama Coming to Columbus, Ohio on Friday March 6. Protest, Anyone?

Barack Obama has gone to court declaring information about American torture or domestic warrantless spying to be an off-limits state secret. Barack Obama has gone to court to prevent people from preserving their constitutional rights.

Barack Obama is coming to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 6, 2009.

This is an opportunity to speak truth to [...]

HEART for Women Act Hides Race-Based Medicine Research Agenda

S. 422, a bill introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan earlier this month, has a companion in the House, Lois Capps‘ H.R. 1032. It takes the short title of the “HEART for Women Act of 2009,” with HEART being an acronym for “Heart Disease Education, Analysis Research, and Treatment.” Its longer title: “A bill [...]

Now That Obama’s Elected, No Daily Kos Concern for Library Privacy

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allowing the government to obtain library records without a warrant, before the election of Barack Obama as President: 68

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act after the election of Barack Obama [...]

Now That Obama's Elected, No Daily Kos Concern for Library Privacy

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allowing the government to obtain library records without a warrant, before the election of Barack Obama as President: 68

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act after the election of Barack Obama [...]