John Brennan, Dianne Feinstein, and the Soon-to-be-Released (?) Torture Report

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 9:20 am

CIA Director John “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Overseers” Brennan and Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (i.e., the aforementioned “Stinkin’ Overseers”) have been having a nasty little spat, revolving around both the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique, and also the CIA’s spying on SSCI staffers who are trying to investigate and report on the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique. This past week has given us a few new developments, with Feinstein saying that the report will be out by the end of the month.

Lucy’s holding the football again, but will Charlie Brown finally get to kick it? There’s reason to hope that he just might . . .

 

Senators Write Letter to Harry Reid Opposing Fast Track Authority for TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 10:50 am

According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Two trade bills that shred national sovereignty as well as labor, environmental, and financial regulations passed in democratic governments.

Renewed Push to Curb Money Laundering Could Threaten Wall Street

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 10:20 am

New legislation being proposed in Congress meant to crackdown on illegal money laundering could pose a problem for Too Big To Jail banks on Wall Street that frequently make use of offshore business entities to avoid taxes and regulations.

Carl Levin Is a Truly Horrible Person

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 12:10 pm

This is a sickening and truly despicable move by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich). He has removed from the Defense Authorization Act the bipartisan provision that would have provided the best chance of improving the rampant problem of sexual abuse in the military. From New York Times:

The Uniparty Fights Back Against Regulating Derivatives

By: Sunday March 24, 2013 4:01 pm

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee voted to cut regulation of derivative transactions, and to insure that derivative transactions could take place inside FDIC insured banks. Six Democrats voted for the bill according to Gaius Publius at AmericaBlog, including Ann Kuster NH-2, one of those true progressives supported by the likes of EMILY’s List. It certainly is discouraging to see the party that claims to represent the interests of everyday Americans holding hands with the banksters.

Syria: Chemical Weapons Allegedly Used, U.S. Senator Calls For No Fly Zone

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 8:30 am

An Israeli official has claimed that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, crossing the stated “red line” of the Obama Administration regarding U.S involvement in the Syrian Civil War.

“A senior Israeli official said Wednesday that it is “apparently clear” that chemical weapons were recently used in Syria, and that the alleged attack will be a main topic of conversation with visiting President Barack Obama.

Lessons From the Senate Hearing on the London Whale Trades

By: Friday March 15, 2013 3:18 pm

It’s not all fun and games to listen to these interminable Senate Hearings, but some are more fun than others. Can Carl Levin replace Preet Bharara?

Secrecy Confronted at Brennan’s CIA Confirmation Hearing

By: Friday February 8, 2013 11:00 am

A confirmation hearing for President Barack Obama’s national counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, who Obama nominated to head the CIA, took place yesterday and lasted for more than three hours. Senators on the Select Committee for Intelligence questioned him about targeted killings and the use of drones, the CIA’s interrogation program under President George W. Bush and national security leaks.

Levin on Filibuster: Cynical Deception or an Idiot?

By: Friday January 25, 2013 10:10 am

One of the most painful things about following Congress is that it is often hard to tell if a member is being an idiot or engaged in a cynical attempt at deception to hide their true position.

Indefinite Military Detention Powers and the Death of the Feinstein Amendment

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 3:57 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.

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