Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, author of the Patriot Act, has decided to publicly condemn the NSA for abusing trust, even going so far as to call for more oversight. Sensenbrenner authored an op-ed for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel claiming to be in solidarity with Americans who were outraged over the NSA’s domestic spying program. and also claiming he never imagined the NSA would use the Patriot Act to spy on the American people.
|By: DSWright Monday November 4, 2013 8:20 am|
|By: DSWright Monday June 10, 2013 6:40 am|
In testimony before Congress the Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper claimed there was no program to collect information on American citizens.
|By: Gregg Levine Sunday August 28, 2011 7:40 am|
It is now believed that a meltdown in at least one of the reactors started before the tsunami that followed Japan’s March 11 earthquake. In other words, as I reported previously, the earthquake damaged the containment vessel or, more likely, the cooling system before the massive wave knocked out the backup generators and, thus, power to the cooling system. So, the loss of power did not lead to at least some of the meltdown—earthquake damage did.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday September 8, 2010 3:05 pm|
Eric Sterling is a member of the Just Say Now advisory board, and President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He released this statement in response to comments made by LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to the effect that the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries has resulted in more crime in Los Angeles:
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday September 8, 2010 7:29 am|
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca may have used his role in law enforcement to advance the political agenda of the “No on 19″ campaign, bolstered by drug treatment program theories and materials which California’s Dept. of Education reported as “misleading” and “inaccurate.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday July 30, 2010 9:30 am|
Recent polling by Angus-Reid shows that a majority of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana. Moreover, a SurveyUSA poll in California indicates that 74% of people between the ages of 18-34 favor legalization. So, where have members of the House come down on marijuana bills in the past? If you have links that indicate where your Senator or Representative stands with regard to marijuana, leave it in the comments. Better yet, give them a call and ask.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 29, 2010 6:55 am|
We learned Wednesday from The Hill that many Democratic Senators don’t actually support all the great things they claim they have “fought for.” They lied to voters; they refuse to take the small step that would actually allow them to become law.
|By: Charles Davis Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:40 pm|
The Obama administration has approved covert military operations in a wide number of Middle Eastern countries, The New York Times reports, including in Somalia, Yemen and Iran (not to mention the long-running, kinda sorta covert war in Pakistan). As former National Security Council staffers Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett note, Obama’s move marks a particularly dramatic “intensification of America’s covert war against Iran” — a war that, because it is being run out of the office of General David Petraeus and CENTCOM, is “not subject to the same congressional oversight and reporting requirements as the Central Intelligence Agency.”
|By: Spencer Ackerman Thursday May 13, 2010 3:15 pm|
Kit Bond, who cares very much about not overstating threats. . . .
|By: emptywheel Thursday April 15, 2010 12:45 pm|
Here’s one of the more curious details about yesterday’s surprise news that Steven Kappes was leaving the CIA.
Best as I can tell, the White House has not yet issued a statement about his retirement (at least not via the White House press list). Not even in a week when one of the key issues for which Kappes gets some credit, the elimination of loose nukes (in Kappes case, in connection with Libya), was much in the news.