Nothing exemplifies an open society like secret laws. According to a report by the New York Times, an entire new body of law has been created, in secret, to govern the NSA’s operations. The FISA court, under dubious pretexts, has rewritten the Fourth Amendment.
|By: masaccio Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00 am|
The oligarchy has won. Heaven help the rest of us.
|By: DSWright Monday April 22, 2013 6:40 am|
A joint statement by Senators John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and Representative Peter King calls for a man accused of participating in the Boston Marathon Bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to be charged and handled as an enemy combatant and outside the constitution despite Tsarnaev being a U.S. citizen.
|By: DSWright Friday March 29, 2013 6:50 am|
Hope and change strikes again. A provision many are dubbing the “Monsanto Protection Act” was covertly inserted into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill that President Obama signed Tuesday. The provision protects genetically modified food interests from litigation.
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 12, 2013 11:15 am|
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has been complying with a “no press release” clause added to its settlements by banks that break the law. The clause is added to keep the regulator quiet on reputation damaging legal settlements. Typically settlements are announced by regulators in hopes of deterring would be law breakers but the FDIC has changed its previous policy without explicitly stating why.
|By: joanneleon Tuesday March 12, 2013 6:40 am|
Within one week Republicans are going to grab the national spotlight on two huge issues that should be the realm of the party who stands up for the little guy. That party used to be the Democratic party. How can they let this happen?
On Friday, at the CPAC convention, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher is going to call for breaking up the big banks in the wake of a failed Dodd-Frank bill.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 23, 2013 6:51 am|
Last night Frontline aired a program on the Department of Justice’s failure to prosecute Wall Street executives over fraud in the mortgage market that caused the 2008 financial crisis. The program included compelling testimony from the “due diligence underwriters” those responsible for the integrity of the loans that were being originated from firms like Countrywide (now Bank of America) then chopped up into derivatives and sold by Wall Street to the world.
|By: szielinski Sunday December 9, 2012 7:00 pm|
The stakes are high, and can be encapsulated in this predicament: Will Egypt complete the transition from Mubarak’s authoritarian regime to a consolidated democracy or will it eventually — soon — produce another authoritarian regime, this one dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, its allies and the military?
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 1, 2012 7:52 am|
The Justice Department ended its investigation into the final two cases of suspected CIA torture, both of which resulted in deaths of the detainees (two of the over 100 detainees who have died in US custody). Glenn Greenwald writes eloquently and comprehensively on that as the final immunity given to the crimes committed during the Bush Administration.
And of course, this isn’t the only area. In addition to veritable immunity for those who committed torture in America’s name, we’ve seen veritable immunity for those in the financial sector who committed crimes that led to the crash of our economy.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 31, 2012 3:41 pm|
n an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Julian Assange addresses the political persecution he faces from the United States, why Ecuador was right to grant asylum, the Swedish case against him and the efforts to marginalize the WikiLeaks organization by refusing to consider it a journalistic organization or by accusing it of having “blood on its hands” for releasing documents.