Currently making the rounds in media and political circles, discussions about Donald Trump and the disqualification clause of the US Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment, Section 3: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any … Continue reading What say you?
This morning the state-owned North Korean news agency said US claims that North Korea is behind the attacks on Sony are groundless slander and offered a joint investigation: “As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident.” It then warned of serious consequences … Continue reading Enough! Release ‘The Interview’!
Colorado’s Sen. Mark Udall (D), member of the Senate intelligence committee and now a lame duck, is in a unique position to do something critically important. He can read into the Congressional record the Senate’s still-classified 6,000-page CIA torture report. He can do so while still in office and be protected from prosecution by the Constitution’s Speech and Debate clause, … Continue reading Sen. Mark Udall should release secret CIA torture report
A comment yesterday prompted the reprinting of this post from July 24, 2012, a few days after the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting. How many more times will it have to be reprinted? In the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, last week, there has been a lot of soul-searching and discussion about the … Continue reading Worth repeating — Tighter gun laws: If not now, when?
“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.” Those are the words of Judge Richard J. Leon of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia as … Continue reading Judge comes down hard on NSA phone tactics
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOya0-Dk_TE] On August 9 President Obama announced reforms to the US intelligence gathering system, apparently in an effort to reassure an increasingly skeptical public. As I sat rolling my eyes at changes we’ll have no way of verifying, he said, “America is not interested in spying on ordinary people.” My thoughts at the time were … Continue reading NSA reforms: Obama not believable