August 2013 Jobs Report: “Good” News That Isn’t

By: Friday September 6, 2013 1:30 pm

Well the August Jobs Reports are in, and, as usual, the numbers were not as expected.

 

MENA Mashup: Putin, Rohani, Syria, and Turkey

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 8:00 pm

I always hate to see a good man forced to eat crow.

Holder’s Off-the-Record Meetings With the Press: A Ploy Intended to Make a Public Relations Point

By: Friday May 31, 2013 4:30 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole and other Justice Department officials held two planned off-the-record meetings with the press on Thursday and Friday. At the moment, details from the Friday meeting have yet to be publicized by media executives or representatives who attended, but there are numerous details from the Thursday meeting that have surfaced.

Human Rights Groups Challenge Obama’s Claimed Targeted Killing Authority & Secrecy

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 9:30 am

Ten human rights groups have sent a letter to President Barack Obama on “shared concerns” related to the “targeted killing” policies of his administration. The letter also makes recommendations the Obama administration can take to make policies accountable and transparent.

The organizations call for the public disclosure of “targeted killing standards and criteria.” They urge the administration to “ensure that US lethal force operations abroad comply with international law.” They request the administration “enable meaningful congressional oversight and judicial review” and also “ensure effective investigations, tracking and response to civilian harm.”

Top Secret Intelligence Reports Show Obama’s Drones Aren’t Only Deployed Against Al Qaeda Leaders

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 5:00 pm

United States government officials like now-CIA director John Brennan have asserted individuals must be a “legitimate target under the law” in order to be targeted and killed. However, top secret intelligence reports indicate “drone strikes in Pakistan over a four-year period didn’t adhere” to such a standard.

Press Objects to Decision to Close Guantanamo Hearing to Keep Details on Detainee’s Torture Secret

By: Friday April 6, 2012 5:00 pm

A group of news organizations that include the New York Times, the Washington Post and the McClatchy Co. has filed an objection to the Pentagon’s plan to close an upcoming hearing in the case of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is alleged to have been involved in masterminding an attack on the USS Cole in 2000 which killed seventeen US sailors.

As McClatchy reports, “Al-Nashiri is expected to testify” at an upcoming hearing on April 11 because his attorneys are going to argue before a military commission at Guantanamo that their client should not be “shackled to the floor” when he testifies because that is likely to remind him of “trauma that he suffered in CIA custody.” The testimony is to be given “behind closed doors” to protect “sensitive information” from being revealed.

Marist Poll: 49 Percent Definitely Plan to Vote Against Obama

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 9:45 am

Just shy of a majority of registered voters, 49 percent, say they definitely plan to vote against Barack Obama in 2012, but just 36 percent say they definitely plan to vote for him, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Regulations Are an Opportunity for Job Creating Innovation

By: Sunday September 18, 2011 5:00 pm

It is an article of faith among Republicans (and far too many Democrats) that all those pesky “regulations” are to blame for the lack of jobs today and the ongoing economic slowdown. Just the first of this month, McClatchy had an article where they had surveyed small business owners across the country and the consensus was that in fact regulations are not the problem for small business but lack of demand is.

It figures

By: Monday September 5, 2011 1:30 am

At least one news organization is trying to be a “news” organization.

WikiLeaks Docs Reveal Eight Unreliable Detainees, Tortured Confessions Responsible for Hundreds of Cases at Guantanamo

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 2:45 pm

Eight unreliable detainees, several of whom are known to have been tortured, provided a great deal of the intelligence justifying the continuing detention of Gitmo detainees.

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