Who Are the Guantanamo Prisoners Not Being Prosecuted But Who the Obama Administration Refuses to Release?

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 5:43 pm

A journalist for the Miami Herald, who has been diligently covering Guantanamo Bay prison and those being held there in detention, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking the names of prisoners who are not being prosecuted yet have not been cleared for release. Carol Rosenberg submitted a FOIA request on December [...]

Obama’s State of the Union: Afghanistan Drawdown & the Covert Drone War

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 1:01 am

President Barack Obama delivered his “State of the Union” address on Tuesday night. And though he suggested there may be minimal reductions to wartime spending, he jingoistically declared, “We will maintain the best military the world has ever known.” The speech renewed the US government’s commitment to a permanent war on terrorism. While it signaled [...]

The Perpetual War on Terrorism Ensures Presidents Will Be Increasingly Worse on Civil Liberties

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 11:39 am

A poll by the The Hill has found that a majority of “likely voters” think President Barack Obama has been the same or worse than Bush when it comes to “balancing national security with protecting civil liberties.” The results from 1,000 “likely voters” showed 37% considered Obama to have been worse. Fifteen percent said he [...]

Obama’s Inaugural Speech Misleadingly Suggests End to Perpetual War

By: Monday January 21, 2013 2:31 pm

(update below) President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address for his second term. It was a veritable stew of historical quotes from American history laced with several nods to progressive positions and achievements. It acknowledged past struggles launched by US citizens for equality and justice but mostly lacked a vision for what Obama hoped to [...]

Rachel Maddow Fails to Question Guest Who Served as Top Pentagon Lawyer Under Obama About Drones

By: Friday January 4, 2013 11:28 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had former Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson on her show Thursday night. The previous night she hyped up the exclusive interview, as he had not been on television since leaving his position at the Pentagon: …I am excited to [...]

The 2013 NDAA & Obama’s Expansion of Indefinite Military Detention Powers

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:05 pm

UPDATE – 9:10 PM EST Josh Gerstein of POLITICO reports the Feinstein Amendment has been dropped: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced the removal of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s indefinite detention amendment Tuesday afternoon as he described the results of a House-Senate conference on the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. “The language of the [...]

Federal Judge’s Injunction Finds NDAA Is Worse Than Material Support Law

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:52 am

(update below) Activists and journalists who brought a lawsuit against a Homeland Battlefield Act provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last December are celebrating this morning as a federal judge ruled yesterday that the provision likely violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the [...]

Further Legitimizing Targeted Assassinations by Drones

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 5:01 pm

President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism chief John Brennan delivered a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on Monday on the “ethics” and “efficacy” of the Obama administration counterterrorism policy. He particularly explained the policy of using remote-controlled aircraft or drones to target and assassinate alleged terror suspects or “militants” extrajudicially. He prefaced the explanation of why the [...]

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