Obama’s Embrace of Rendition & the Appearance of Three Men with Somali Roots in Federal Court

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 12:09 pm

(update below) The Washington Post has published a story that spotlights how the administration of President Barack Obama has embraced the practice of extraordinary rendition, highlighting the rendition of two Swedish men and one British-Somali man who had his British citizenship revoked. It details what is known about the men who had been missing and [...]

Indefinite Military Detention Powers and the Death of the Feinstein Amendment

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:16 pm

Lawyers involved in bringing a lawsuit against an indefinite detention provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have expressed outrage over a Congressional conference committee decision to remove an amendment offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that she thought would ban the indefinite detention of US citizens. Michael B. Kelley for Business Insider reports [...]

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 [...]

System of Classification for Information Enables Corruption, Increases Likelihood of Leaks

By: Monday December 17, 2012 12:11 pm

The Cold War system of classifying and declassifying information held by United States government agencies is “overly complex,” “keeps too many secrets” for too long and obstructs information sharing inside government and with the public, according to a report produced by a board of individuals that President Barack Obama ordered on classified information. As part [...]

Obama Administration Was Not Willing to Trust Romney with a Secret Kill List

By: Sunday November 25, 2012 10:32 am

The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the weeks before Election Day began to develop a set of rules for using drones, according to a New York Times report by Scott Shane. An unnamed official with the Obama administration told Shane: …“There was concern that the levers [...]

Obama’s Secret Directive Keeps Evolving Cybersecurity Policy Concealed

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 6:29 pm

President Barack Obama has issued and signed a secret presidential directive that the Washington Post reports is “the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an ‘offensive’ and a ‘defensive’ action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism.” The directive—Presidential Policy Directive 20—will reportedly make it possible for [...]

Time for the Real Barack Obama to Stand Up

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 2:19 pm

One of the important things we may learn during the lame duck session as the White House hammers out a deal with Republicans on the fiscal slope is an answer to the vexing if tiresome question of what “really” motivates President Obama’s policies. There are two schools of thought among progressives. For those who consistently [...]

How the Major Newspapers Which Endorsed Obama Celebrate His Foreign Policy Record

By: Monday November 5, 2012 5:48 pm

The major newspaper endorsements indicate the makeover American superpower received when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 worked. There is unanimous consensus among the top twenty newspapers that endorsed Obama that Obama repaired the image of America that was damaged by two terms of President George W. Bush. The Plain-Dealer wrote, “Obama has shown [...]

Major Newspaper Endorsements for Obama: Reviewing Domestic Accomplishments Which Received Praise

By: Monday November 5, 2012 1:03 pm

Elections in the United States are a public relations industry. How a campaign convinces a newspaper to respond to its campaign is part of maintaining good relations with the public. Through top newspaper endorsements, one can tell how a campaign has been able to persuade establishment news media that it has the right message for [...]

The Problem with ‘Safe State’ Strategies or Strategic Voting

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 1:21 pm

During the 2008 election, the late great people’s historian Howard Zinn wrote about “election madness.” He said every four years it “seizes the country” because “we have all been brought up to believe that voting is crucial in determining our destiny, that the most important act a citizen can engage in is to go to [...]

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