Enter your email address to subscribe to Irregular Times and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 371 other subscribers

Irregular Times Newsletters

Click here to subscribe to any or all of our six topical e-mail newsletters:
  1. Social Movement Actions,
  2. Credulity and Faith,
  3. Election News,
  4. This Week in Congress,
  5. Tech Dispatch and
  6. our latest Political Stickers and Such

Contact Us

We can be contacted via retorts@irregulartimes.com

Government Transparency: A Question And An Answer

I would have loved to see the people at these two committee meetings get together and have a shared meeting, and see how they could come to a shared conclusion to their various problems. [...]

116 days left before “certain” attack on U.S. Homeland: Cigarette?

On February 2, 2010, leaders of the civilian and military intelligence agencies of the U.S. Government went before the Senate Intelligence Committee to proclaim with unanimity that an attempted terrorist attack on the “U.S. Homeland” within six months was “certain.”

There are 116 days left before August 2, the end of this period. Has there [...]

2 Months Since Government Declared Attack in 6 Months to be Certain

It’s been two months and two days since officials from civilian and military intelligence agencies declared unanimously before the Senate that an attempted terrorist attack on the “U.S. Homeland” within six months was “certain.”

There’s been no such attack yet, and the days are ticking down on this event whose occurrence is agreed to be [...]

Certain Terrorist Attack Attempt on the US? Nearly 2 Months in and None Yet.

“Certain” is a very strong word. It doesn’t mean that an attack will “probably” happen. It doesn’t mean that it’s “likely” to happen. An event that is “certain” is destined to happen, 100% likely, absolutely unavoidable and inescapable.

So when five senior government officials tell you an event is “certain” to occur, then they’re [...]

Barack Obama Administration Lied About Torture and National Security

Back during the Bush administration, it was common for liberals to declare “Bush lied!” because, well, he did. Often. About matters of life and death.

Will those same liberals now declare “Obama lied!”?

In February 2009, a letter marked “Obama administration’s communication” was delivered from the U.S. State Department to the British government [the name [...]

Obama Fails To Confront Fear

When he was campaigning to become President last year, Barack Obama promised to put an end to the politics of fear. However, in his reaction to the failed attack by Abdulmutallab, Obama has fully embraced the politics of fear. [...]

Only 3 Senators Show Up for Fusion Center Chief Confirmation Hearing

Regardless of your position regarding Fusion Centers, it’s hard to argue that their ongoing implementation across the United States is unimportant. Through these new centers, 72 of which are fanned out across the country and more of which are being built, information from classified military surveillance programs regarding people not necessarily suspected of any crime [...]

U.S. Intelligence Official: Torture Practices Lasted Nearly Seven Years

The comment is tucked away in a Washington Post article, and it’s nominally a meta-comment, a criticism of a critic of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” aka EITs, aka drowning people, freezing them and slamming them into walls, aka the federal crime known as torture. But carefully this anonymous intelligence official’s denigration of FBI Agent Ali Soufan. [...]

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 [...]

Government Use of Torture Was Isolated. 92 Times in Isolation Chambers, That is. What is the ACLU’s Problem?

Sure, at first the government said there were no tapes of American agents torturing detainees. After all, as President George W. Bush said unequivocally, “We do not torture.”

Then, sure, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose the truth, the government said that OK, there were two videotapes of American agents torturing detainees, [...]

Government Use of Torture Was Isolated. 92 Times in Isolation Chambers, That is. What is the ACLU's Problem?

Sure, at first the government said there were no tapes of American agents torturing detainees. After all, as President George W. Bush said unequivocally, “We do not torture.”

Then, sure, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose the truth, the government said that OK, there were two videotapes of American agents torturing detainees, [...]