The Washington Post reports that Barack Obama has approved a plan for the U.S. Government to collect information about Americans who are not terrorists and who have no connection to terrorism, then keep it for 10 times longer than under George W. Bush. This is all without a warrant specifying a reasonable suspicion. Which is [...]
Do you remember the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001?
Events were canceled out of respect for the dead. People cried in public. The newspapers ran entire sections on the attacks for months. Nations around the world played the Star Spangled Banner and raised the American flag at official ceremonies in respect for [...]
Four years ago today, smack dab in the middle of the Bush years, a visitor to Irregular Times named Kevin made this remark about allegations that people had been tortured by agents of the U.S. government after being dumped into a system of indefinite detention without charge:
I refuse to apologize for the mistreatment of [...]
In an interview aired tonight between journalist Brian Williams and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Palin repeatedly refused to define as “terrorists” the people who bombed abortion clinic, firebombed clinics, shot doctors and killed nurses.
When you read this transcript of Palin’s remarks, pay special attention to the way that Sarah Palin relies on [...]
This is why America needs habeas corpus.
A McClatchy Newspapers investigation reveals that “dozens and perhaps hundreds of men” have been wrongfully detained at the Guantanamo Bay indefinite detention facility without charge and without the habeas corpus right to challenge the basis for their detention. A review of the cases by McClatchy journalists revealed “fabricated [...]
Over at Homeland Stupidity, Michael Hampton does a good job of answering the question: “If you have nothing to hide, then what do you have to fear?” His essay is a long and well-considered one with a number of hyperlinks to information and cases backing him up, but one paragraph of his is the keynote: [...]