Updates and Pictures From Today’s Capitol Hill Action in Support of Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Friday May 9, 2014 11:37 am

Imprisoned CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou is in the midst of serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute in Loretto, Pennsylvania. On May 1st, he became eligible to be transferred to a halfway house closer to his wife and 5 young children in Arlington, VA.

According to John’s Letters from Loretto published here at Firedoglake, the Bureau of Prisons had promised to move him on May 1st for a total of 9 months in the halfway house if he promised to stop speaking with the press. John complied, but when it came time to review his case, the BOP rescinded their offer. When John resumed writing his letters and speaking to the press, prison officials began a campaign of harassment and intimidation in an effort to silence him.


On May 9th, Stand Up for Imprisoned Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou in Washington, DC

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:05 am

On Friday, May 9th in Washington, DC, supporters of imprisoned torture whistleblower John Kiriakou will visit a select group of congressmen and senators to request that they contact the Bureau of Prisons to immediately move John to a halfway house near his family.

Washington DC Residents Need Your Help to Regulate Marijuana

By: Monday April 7, 2014 3:19 pm

Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and reduce penalties from arrest to a small fine. This is an important step forward for a city that arrests one person for marijuana possession every two hours on average: the highest per capita marijuana arrest rate in the country.

Call your member of Congress today and tell them to let Washington DC make its own decisions when it comes to regulating marijuana.

No Line in Front of Best Buy in Affluent DC Suburb

By: Friday November 29, 2013 8:00 am

Maybe instead of chalking Black Friday mania up to rampant greed we should be looking at the ever increasing gap between the rich and the poor — and the economic policies that are fording people to participate in a Hunger Games-like spectacle in order to provide for themselves and their families.

As Nation’s Income Gap Widens DC Sees Boom Times

By: Monday November 18, 2013 12:48 pm

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. As poverty and unemployment numbers are revised upwards and the nation’s income gap widens, DC is having boom times as the Dow crosses 16,000. Truly a tale of two economies with a 9.9 out of 10 chance that you aren’t in the one that is having a great time.

Saturday Art: Lincoln Memorial

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 6:40 pm

We all instantly recognize the Lincoln Memorial next to the tidal basin, a feature of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, on the national Mall. While Abraham Lincoln is one of our best known U.S. figures, his Memorial is a unique blending of historic setting and architecture, as well as the president’s sculpted figure.

FDL Photos and Videos From the StopWatching.US DC Rally

By: Sunday October 27, 2013 1:20 pm

On Saturday, October 26th, protesters gathered in Washington DC to speak out against the NSA’s illegal dragnet surveillance tactics. StopWatching.Us organizers estimated 2,000 people attended the DC rally alone, with several rallies taking place across the world from San Francisco to Germany.

FDL journalist Kevin Gosztola and I attended the rally.

Yet Another Reason for DC Statehood: Government Shutdown

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 5:38 pm

The threat of a possible government shutdown highlights yet another reason why it should be a national embarrassment that DC hasn’t yet been made a state. If Congress doesn’t get its act together basic government services in the city of Washington will need to be shut down even though the district has its own tax revenue to pay for them.

Just Say No

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 4:20 pm

This lack of trust in the government goes much further back than just the ten years ago run up to invading Iraq based on lies and half truths. It goes back beyond the Gulf of Tonkin “incident.” It goes back beyond the recent admission by the CIA that they helped over throw an elected Iranian government in 1952, installing the Shah; eventually leading to his overthrow, the attack on the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the stand-off between the US and Iran that exists today. I am not a tin-foil wearing conspiracy theorist but these items I have mentioned are not conspiracies, they are facts, albeit often not admitted for decades.

Wal-Mart’s Loss in Fight for Lower Wages in DC Concerns Congress

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 11:10 am

Wal-Mart, which repeatedly ranks amongst the richest companies in the world, has a pretty clear business model. The model is structured on getting slave-labor based suppliers to underbid each other, fleecing Wal-Mart’s low level workers, and destroying competitors – usually local businesses – through monopoly pricing power. Needless to say it is not surprising that any even mildly farsighted people don’t want Wal-Mart in their community.

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