CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou resumed speaking with the press and writing his ‘Letters from Loretto’ after the Bureau of Prisons reneged on their deal to give him 9 months in a halfway house. Unfortunately, prison officials have chosen to respond with brute force: conducting surprise searches of his cell, attempting to remove his writing desk and threatening him with ‘diesel therapy.’
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday February 20, 2014 11:18 am|
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|By: danps Saturday January 18, 2014 12:45 pm|
It is up to us to think in advance what those hazards might be, and to insist that business as usual is not good enough. Pipeline companies have proved to be extraordinarily poor neighbors of late, and we should require a much higher standard of conduct for one that wants to move into our neighborhood.
|By: DSWright Thursday December 5, 2013 10:31 am|
While Congress dithers, Obama deflects, and the NSA lies outright – some ordinary Americans have come up with a plan to nullify the NSA surveillance state. Cut off the water.
|By: David Swanson Saturday November 16, 2013 5:20 pm|
What Localities and States Can Do About Drones.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm|
In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.
|By: danps Sunday September 15, 2013 5:20 pm|
Attitudes like this have nothing to do with having a level headed, non-magic powers based outlook. They have instead to do with inculcating a sense of fatalism and resignation among activists. It can’t be done, is the message, not because it’s impossible but because it’s hard.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 5, 2013 12:45 pm|
Things are looking pretty grim today for the pro-bombing camp in Congress. Firedoglake’s latest whip count indicates that there are 94 firm “nay” votes and 99 “lean nay,” which means the world of potential “nay” votes is approaching the magic 217 votes needed to stop passage.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday September 5, 2013 10:45 am|
As far as the mainstream media is concerned, the fight for LGBTQ civil rights is only about marriage. Yet being queer is not a protected class — there are no federal protections as there are for race, gender, or disability. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act would change this, but it has little hope of passing despite direct action by groups like GetEqual. Only 21 states plus Washington, D.C. have passed LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws. During his first candidacy, Barack Obama promised to sign an executive preventing federal contractors from discriminating but he’s refused to address the issue since.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 pm|
President Obama has said he will ask for Congressional authorization to attack Syria.
We know that Alan Grayson is firmly against going to war with Syria. Grijalva is also opposed. Justin Amash will lead the opposition from the Republican side.
Eliott Engle has a war boner on, and as head of the Foreign Relations Committee he can do a lot of damage. And the firmly anti-war Nancy Pelosi will undoubtedly whip her caucus in support of the President and his desire to wage an extremely unpopular war.
So where does your member of Congress stand? Let us know in the comments so we can start vote counting.