Archive for ‘April, 2010’

Tea Partiers: ‘Obama Is Considering Banning Fishing…End of Life As We Know It’

Tea Partiers: ‘Obama Is Considering Banning Fishing…End of Life As We Know It’

On Thursday, April 15, Tea Partiers from around the country gathered in the nation’s capital to protest what they perceived to be egregious increases in taxation under the Obama administration, despite taxes having actually been lowered for 98 percent of working Americans. The usual anti-science and nativist rhetoric, and praise of Fox News personalities, ensued. […]

Top Washington Lawyer, Holder Friend to Be Next Deputy Attorney General

Top Washington Lawyer, Holder Friend to Be Next Deputy Attorney General

The Obama administration is preparing to announce the nomination of James M. Cole to serve as deputy attorney general, according to two individuals with first-hand knowledge of the appointment. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Cole and his firm were paid more than $20 million by AIG as part of negotiated settlements reached in 2004 and 2006 between the insurance giant, the Justice Department, the SEC and former New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Although Cole’s oversight role continued into 2009, he did not oversee the credit default swap contracts that led to AIG’s near collapse in September 2008.”

Guantánamo Habeas Results: Prisoners 34, Government 13

Guantánamo Habeas Results: Prisoners 34, Government 13

As part of my series, “Guantánamo Habeas Week” (introduced here), it’s my pleasure to present a list of the 47 habeas corpus rulings made to date, with links to the articles I have written over the last 19 months analyzing the judges’ rulings.

Guantanamo Habeas Week: Exposing Torture, Misconceptions and Government Incompetence

Guantanamo Habeas Week: Exposing Torture, Misconceptions and Government Incompetence

In an attempt to raise awareness of the importance of the rulings being made in US courts on the habeas corpus petitions of the prisoners held at Guantánamo (as authorized by a significant Supreme Court ruling in June 2008), I’m devoting most of my work this week to articles covering the 47 cases decided to date (34 of which have been won by the prisoners), as a series entitled, “Guantánamo Habeas Week.”

Taibbi Discusses SEC Suit Against ‘Great Vampire Squid’ Known As Goldman Sachs

Taibbi Discusses SEC Suit Against ‘Great Vampire Squid’ Known As Goldman Sachs

Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, talks with Bloomberg’s Carol Massar about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Goldman Sachs was sued by U.S. regulators for fraud tied to collateralized debt obligations that contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Tweet

I’m Not Shedding Any Tears For Daryl Gates

I’m Not Shedding Any Tears For Daryl Gates

The former Los Angeles police chief, Daryl Gates, who died last Friday of cancer at his home in California, is being widely credited in mostly laudatory newspaper obituaries as the man who developed the idea of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) units–those paramilitary police teams so loved by Hollywood filmmakers–who bring the art and weaponry of modern warfare into communities, breaking into houses with faces covered in ski masks, and carrying assault weapons in order to make arrests for often minor offenses, or blowing away people–often innocent people–in what the modern military calls “force escalation incidents.”

Frontline Fronts for Corporations, Not the Public

Frontline Fronts for Corporations, Not the Public

It was with a sense of déjà vu that I watched the latest PBS Frontline documentary about health care. “Obama’s Deal” endeavored to reveal the significant influence of health industry dollars on our political process; however, as in Frontline’s “Sick Around America,” the producers did a disservice by the failure to educate the public about […]

Right-Wing Pursues Spanish Judge Who Probed Pinochet, Bush Torture, Franco-Era Killings

Right-Wing Pursues Spanish Judge Who Probed Pinochet, Bush Torture, Franco-Era Killings

An appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court by National Court judge Baltasar Garzón was denied last month, and in May he must appear before the Supreme Court itself. The charges? That Garzón violated his jurisdictional authority by investigating mass murder that took place under the rule of fascist dictator Francisco Franco. In Spain, judges have investigatory and prosecutorial powers that judges do not have in the United States.

Obama’s Record On Guantanamo Just As Shoddy As Bush’s

Obama’s Record On Guantanamo Just As Shoddy As Bush’s

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised the country “change we can believe in.” Yet, more than a year into his administration, he has delivered “more of the same” on issues pertaining to Guantanamo Bay. The island prison is still open, detainees still await trials, and officials have recommended the worst of George W. Bush’s policies — indefinite detention.

Wilkerson Demolishes Bush, Cheney, And Rumsfeld’s Lies About Guantanamo

Wilkerson Demolishes Bush, Cheney, And Rumsfeld’s Lies About Guantanamo

Those of us who have been studying the recent career of Col. Lawrence Wilkerson were not surprised when, last week, he submitted a declaration (PDF) in a lawsuit seeking compensation from the US government that was filed by former Guantánamo prisoner Adel Hassan Hamad. A Sudanese hospital worker, Hamad was sold to US forces by their unscrupulous Pakistani allies in the summer of 2002, but was only released from Guantánamo in December 2007.

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