Kucinich: Want to Stop Attacks on US Embassies? Stop Trying to Overthrow Governments (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:18 pm

A congressional committee held a hearing on the security failures that led to the killings of four Americans at a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.

It was Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, who had the fortitude to call attention to the real reasons why US personnel were vulnerable.

 

Hundreds of Quantico Emails Handed Over to Bradley Manning’s Defense

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 7:25 am

The government handed the defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning around six hundred emails between commanding officers at the Quantico Marine brig in Virginia, where Manning was held in pretrial confinement for nine months. The emails make up just less than half of a cache of possibly relevant emails in the government’s possession, 84 of which were already turned over to the defense.

Pentagon Worked to Cover Up Human Suffering at Afghan Military Hospital

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 3:37 pm

A congressional subcommittee heard statements from investigators and members of the US military who had observed shocking conditions at the Dawood military hospital in Afghanistan. The story involves corruption and a coverup by senior commanders in Afghanistan who order non-cooperation with investigators and destruction of evidence.

UN Torture Chief’s Report Officially Condemns US Treatment of Bradley Manning

By: Monday March 12, 2012 12:44 pm

After fourteen months of investigation, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez has published his report on the United States’ “cruel and inhuman treatment” of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who allegedly released classified information to WikiLeaks. The findings are part of a report on “torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” in countries of the world.

Live Blog: Homeland Security Committee Hearing on DHS Monitoring of Social Media

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 7:00 am

A congressional committee hearing is being held today on the Homeland Security Department’s (DHS) monitoring of social media. The meeting, being convened by the House Subcommittee of Counterterrorism and Intelligence, chaired by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), is being held as a result of documents on DHS monitoring that were exposed through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public research center that focuses attention on emerging issues of privacy and other civil liberties issues.

Hearing on Occupy DC’s ‘Indefinite Camping’ an Example of Why Movement is Flourishing

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 1:10 pm

The House Committee for Oversight & Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, held a hearing on the presence of Occupy DC in McPherson Square. The hearing was titled “Who Made the Decision to Allow Indefinite Camping?” and called into question the National Park Service’s role in allowing occupiers to have tents and engage in what Issa and other members of Congress believe to be illegal camping.

Investigative Officer Refuses to Compel Two Key Witnesses to Testify at Manning Hearing

By: Sunday December 18, 2011 1:10 pm

Two witnesses called to testify have been deemed “unavailable” to give testimony by the presiding investigative officer of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing after invoking their rights under Article 31 of the US Code of Military Justice.

Both SFC Paul Adkins and WO-1 Kyle J. Balonek refused to give testimony. They did so under advice of legal counsel. They were able to escape providing information to the court despite the fact that David Coombs, a member of the defense, wholly objected and read off codes of military justice that are supposed to be followed during the hearing, which should have prevented the witnesses from invoking their rights under Article 31.

Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing: Live Blog, Day 3

By: Sunday December 18, 2011 6:45 am

Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing or, as it is more generally called, pre-trial hearing resumes today with the government continuing to present the evidence it thinks it has to support the prosecution of Bradley Manning for allegedly leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.

Members of the prosecution include Captain Ashden Fein, Captain Joe Morrow and Captain Angel Overgaard. Members of the defense include Mr. David Coombs, Major Matthew Kemkes and Captain Paul Bouchard.

Liveblog: Homeland Security Hearing on Whether America is Safer Ten Years After 9/11

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 7:20 am

The Senate Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), is holding a major hearing on whether the United States is safer ten years after the September 11th attacks. Homeland Security Department Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen will be testifying before the committee.

Rep. Smith Says ‘Creative Mind’ Came Up with Name for His Anti-Immigration Bill

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 4:20 pm

HALT

Republican Lamar Smith of Texas, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, profoundly wasted the committee’s time today with a junk piece of legislation that would only make matters worse for immigration authorities if passed. The legislation, the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation (HALT) Act,” limit the administrative authority the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration Customs & Enforcment (ICE) has to consider waivers and issue cancel deportations, if deemed necessary.

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