During his confirmation hearing CIA Director nominee John Brennan was asked what role the Enhanced Interrogation/Torture Program had in finding the location of Osama Bin Laden. The question was raised due to numerous Bush Administration officials publicly claiming that torture yielded the information that was vital in planning the Osama Bin Laden raid.
|By: DSWright Monday February 11, 2013 8:00 am|
|By: DSWright Saturday December 8, 2012 4:00 pm|
Act 1: Delight
For the glory of Summer we are punished with Fall. So it was that on November 16th, 2012 the Republican Study Committee offered a bold proposal to reform America’s ridiculous copyright system titled Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where To Fix It. The contact and alleged driving force behind the document was Derek Khanna a staffer at the RSC.
The policy brief was nothing short of a full frontal double barreled blast at Copyright Trolls (also known as the entertainment industry).
|By: David Dayen Sunday November 18, 2012 6:45 am|
One post-election question up for debate is where the Republican Party would go to try and capture the areas of the electorate they cannot penetrate – particularly minorities and the youth vote. The watered-down version of the DREAM Act suggested a policy path for reaching some segments of the minority electorate. And for about 24 hours this weekend, it looked like Republicans would make their pitch to the youth vote on copyright law.
Late on Friday, the Republican Study Committee, the far-right caucus in the House, put out a policy paper on copyright reform that really sought to upend traditional notions of the issue, which in the US really skews in favor of copyright holders.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 10, 2012 12:21 pm|
Campaign for a Fair Settlement hopes to mobilize the 11 million underwater homeowners in America as a constituency that will be heard throughout the election. Some of those underwater homeowners will be at the protest tonight.
And provided that Los Angeles traffic patterns cooperate, I will be there as well. My Twitter feed is probably the best place to find quick updates from the protest tonight, which should kick off around 6pm Pacific time/9pm Eastern.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday March 10, 2012 6:55 pm|
Just because you’re the President of the United States doesn’t mean you can just order a movie made based on your favorite book. Even if you’re pitching one of your biggest donors who also happens to be one of the biggest producers in Hollywood.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 19, 2011 9:00 am|
When the House Judiciary Committee adjourned without a final vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act, the expectation was that they wouldn’t take up the matter again until next year. HJC Chairman Lamar Smith appeared to agree to allow technical experts give testimony on the implications of the bill to the Internet’s architecture, particularly the Domain Name System. But quietly, Smith announced a resumption of the markup for this Wednesday, at a time when Congress may not even be in session.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 16, 2011 3:30 pm|
The House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned today without completing work on the Stop Online Piracy Act, an unexpected twist in the high stakes battle between Hollywood content providers and leading Internet companies.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 15, 2011 3:50 pm|
The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out the proceedings. Rep. Zoe Lofgren refused to waive the reading of the bill, so Judiciary staffers needed to spend an hour doing that.
Understand that this bill is getting a hearing, and a markup, because very wealthy interests want it to pass. It so happens that very wealthy interests want it to fail, but that puts it on the agenda as well, because both sides can go to their funders and raise money off the threat of the bill passing or failing. This becomes a bonanza for K Street lobbyists. There are over 1,000 of them working on SOPA.
|By: Phoenix Woman Thursday December 15, 2011 6:00 am|
And how much money are you getting from the SOPA lobby, Mel Watt?
|By: David Dayen Friday August 19, 2011 11:00 am|
Following a surprise announcement, three men convicted of murder in 1993 were suddenly set free today following protests and efforts to have new evidence of their innocence considered. The West Memphis Three left prison today with all their belongings.