Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Congress’

Gaming The Voters

Gaming The Voters

Like millions of my countrymen, I have been following the “debate” in Washington over whether it’s better to walk to work or carry your lunch, which is how the “conversation” appears to me. The Three Stooges would have been proud of the script. Cable news has been dishing up a toxic smorgasbord of lies, half-truths […]

Even More ‘Congressional Depravity’ On Guantanamo

Even More ‘Congressional Depravity’ On Guantanamo

On Monday, in an article entitled, “House Kills Plan to Close Guantánamo,” I described my despair at the House Armed Services Committee’s unanimous refusal to provide $350 million (out of a war budget of $726 billion) so that President Obama can close Guantánamo by moving prisoners to a facility in Illinois. As I explained in the article, I was not upset that the administration’s plan to replicate Guantánamo in Illinois was being turned down, because I have nothing but contempt for President Obama’s assertion that 48 of the remaining 181 prisoners can continue to be held indefinitely without charge or trial, and simply moving them from Guantánamo to the US mainland would only make matters worse. However, what distresses me about the Committee’s refusal to back the President’s plan is that its only purpose is to keep Guantánamo open forever.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

President Obama’s hopes of closing Guantánamo, which were already gravely wounded by his inability to meet his self-imposed deadline of a year for the prison’s closure, now appear to have been killed off by lawmakers in Congress. Although the House Armed Services Committee was happy to authorize, by 59 votes to 0, a budget of over $700 billion for war ($567 billion for “defense spending” and $159 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) for the fiscal year beginning in October, lawmakers unanimously saw through — and turned down — a fraction of this budget for what the administration had labeled a “transfer fund” — money intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois for prisoners designated for trials or for indefinite detention without charge or trial.

How Congress and the SEC Can Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup

How Congress and the SEC Can Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup

Have you heard the news? It’s everywhere! The SEC and Congress have all of a sudden sprung to life and are now “getting tough” on Goldman Sachs. Is this all the first phase of a long-awaited investigation that will reveal the causes of our current economic crisis, or is this just more show trials and psychological operations designed to manipulate public opinion and make the American people feel that our elected officials are finally standing up to their campaign funders on Wall Street?

An Accidental Experience with a Health Care System that Seems to Work

An Accidental Experience with a Health Care System that Seems to Work

As I write this article, I’m seated in a hotel room across from the train station in Geneva, Switzerland. There’s a slight, dull pain in my forehead from a two-inch line of stitches that are pulling together a gash that runs diagonally across my brow, thanks to a stumble on a high step on a sidewalk in the rain last night, that sent me flying airborne headfirst into a round metal lamppost.

Govt Official Fired For Writing Critical Op-Eds About Gitmo Military Commissions

Govt Official Fired For Writing Critical Op-Eds About Gitmo Military Commissions

So much for the First Amendment. Morris Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel who served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo from September 2005 until his resignation in October 2007, has just lost his job at the Congressional Research Service (a branch of the Library of Congress) for writing, in his […]

Epicenter of Mendacity: The Illegal War Against Afghanistan

Epicenter of Mendacity: The Illegal War Against Afghanistan

Nobody in the corporate media mentions it, but the war in Afghanistan which President Barack Obama just ramped up by 50% this year, with the dispatch, first of 17,000 troops last spring and now with another 30,000 troops, to begin deployment on Christmas, is being fought on the shaky legal basis of a hastily passed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) voted by Congress back in October 2001, more than three years before Obama was even elected to the Senate.

Senate Finally Allows Guantanamo Trials In U.S., But Not Homes For Innocent Men

Senate Finally Allows Guantanamo Trials In U.S., But Not Homes For Innocent Men

After railing against Senators and Representatives for their cowardly, uninformed and unacceptable attempts to prevent President Obama from bringing any Guantánamo prisoner to the US mainland for any reason — even for trials — I’m delighted to report that, last Tuesday, the Senate finally saw sense, voting, by 79 votes to 19, as part of a $42.8 billion bill for Homeland Security, to accept that the administration can bring prisoners to the US mainland to face trials.

Presidential Power Grows: Will You Love Every Future President?

Presidential Power Grows: Will You Love Every Future President?

Presidential power has been on a pathway of expansion beyond what the Constitution outlined, and what a government of, by, and for the people requires, since George Washington was president. That expansion, which hit the highway after World War II, got a turbo boost during the co-presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Our Neighbors’ Keeper: Local Cops Want to Create a Nation of Snoops

Our Neighbors’ Keeper: Local Cops Want to Create a Nation of Snoops

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and other big city cops are calling for a new system of “citizen watch” programs, allegedly to help them spot hidden terrorists. I view this new call for a nation of private spies with a deep suspicion born of experience with the LAPD and its historic penchant for spying on law-abiding residents of that city.

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