Making the Indisputable Fact the US Engaged in Torture a Part of Consensus in Washington

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 11:16 am

A major report on the United States government’s use of torture was released on April 16. The product of a two-year intensive study. It examined discussion involving President George W. Bush and his top advisers after 9/11 and the how they had considered inflicting “pain and torment on detainees” in custody as part of challenging [...]

White House Still Disingenuously Presents Release of Visitor Logs to Public as Transparency Achievement

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:02 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government. During an event this week, [...]

Targeted Killings & the Right to Know When Your Government Can Kill You

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 12:18 pm

The notion that any presidential administration or Executive Branch agency can keep secret official interpretations of the law is indefensible. A few members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives understand this and are pushing to find out information about President Barack Obama’s targeted killing program that the public has a right to [...]

Obama Administration Excludes National Security Policies from Commitment to Transparency

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 10:59 am

A chief counselor for the White House’s Open Government Partnership spoke at a Sunshine Week event on Monday and declared, “President Obama understands our government’s obligation to serve the American people to the best of our ability. He has made clear that citizens deserve accountability, and the opportunity to participate in their government – and [...]

Drones, Permanent War, Rand Paul’s Filibuster & John Brennan as New CIA Director

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 5:47 pm

The United States Senate confirmed John Brennan, who served as President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and was a key architect of the Obama administration’s secret drone policy, to the position of CIA director today. The confirmation came a day after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) mounted a more-than-twelve-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. Paul held up [...]

The Obama Administration’s Reluctance to Say Drone Strikes on US Soil Against US Citizens Are Illegal

By: Wednesday March 6, 2013 5:08 pm

The nomination of John Brennan to the position of CIA director is currently being held up by a filibuster being led by Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. He has been joined by Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah and even Democratic Senator Ron Wyden to ask “questions” of [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder: US Government Has Authority to Target & Kill US Citizens on US Soil

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 6:28 pm

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who sent three letters to CIA director nominee John Brennan requesting an answer on “whether the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil,” finally received an answer from Attorney General Eric Holder. The answer indicates the [...]

Guantanamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike Against New Guard Force for Confiscating Personal Items

By: Monday March 4, 2013 4:06 pm

Most of the men imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay prison’s Camp 6 have been on hunger strike for nearly three weeks, according to their attorneys. In response to reports, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and habeas counsel have sent a letter to military officials take measures immediately to improve the situation. The letter notes, “Since [...]

Secrecy Games: Obama Had Official Policy to Not Acknowledge Drone Program Existed

By: Monday February 25, 2013 12:32 pm

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared in his new role as MSNBC contributor on Sunday and acknowledged it was official policy within the administration of President Barack Obama to not acknowledge the existence of a drone program. On “Up w/ Chris” [...]

Obama to Give Information on Benghazi to Republicans to Avoid Sharing Drone Memos with Senators

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 10:20 am

President Barack Obama’s administration, according to the New York Times, is reportedly in talks with Republicans on providing more information on the attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Administration officials hope this will secure enough votes so John Brennan can be confirmed to the position of CIA chief without the administration having [...]

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