Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘President Obama’

Torture: The Bush Administration on Trial

Torture: The Bush Administration on Trial

Law-abiding US citizens have been appalled that Jose Rodriguez, the director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service until his retirement in 2007, was invited onto CBS’s “60 Minutes” program last weekend to promote his book Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, in which he defends the use of torture on […]

Hispanic Caucus Blasts “Secure Communities” Demands A Moratorium From Obama

Hispanic Caucus Blasts “Secure Communities” Demands A Moratorium From Obama

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is charging that the President’s Secure Communities (S-Comm) policy “is not living up to its name,” and is demanding that the Obama Administration declare a moratorium on the program’s implementation. The Caucus said it has sent a letter to President Obama “following a chorus of growing criticism of program.” The letter […]

The Black Hole Of Guantanamo

The Black Hole Of Guantanamo

When it comes to dealing with the thorny question of how to close Guantánamo, the remaining prisoners have been caught between two competing systems since President Obama took office last January, and the result, to put it mildly, has been confusing. Under President Bush, prisoners were cleared for release by military review boards, established to review the supposed evidence against them, and to determine whether they constituted an ongoing threat to the US. This appeared to be a maddeningly arbitrary system, but it led to the release of hundreds of the prisoners.

Change And The Chosen Path

Change And The Chosen Path

President Obama has failed his mandate. It’s not a happy thing to have to say. Many won’t agree, desperately fending off the obvious. The campaign sloganeering, well, it turned out to be just that. All the worse that so many had hoped otherwise. Obama has been embarrassingly supine in dealing with the know-nothings. The end game of which is what, exactly?

Af-Pak War Racket: The Obama Illusion Comes Crashing Down

Af-Pak War Racket: The Obama Illusion Comes Crashing Down

The amount of private military contractors deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is rarely reported on in the US mainstream press, but a Congressional Research Service investigation into this revealed that a record high 69 percent active duty soldiers are in fact private mercenaries. Although the administration is yet to disclose how many private mercenaries will be deployed in the latest surge, it is believed that the 69 percent ratio will remain in tact.

KSM and MSM

KSM and MSM

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the corporate “mainstream” media make quite a pair. We’re hearing a very “balanced” debate over whether KSM should be tried in New York City, and whether the most insane objections to that proposal are really insane or not. But what are we not hearing?

Chomsky: Iraq Invasion ‘Major Crime’ Designed to Control Middle East Oil

Chomsky: Iraq Invasion ‘Major Crime’ Designed to Control Middle East Oil

Political activist Noam Chomsky says that although President Obama views the Iraq invasion merely as “a mistake” or “strategic blunder,” it is, in fact, a “major crime” designed to enable America to control the Middle East oil reserves.

Obama Urged to Fully Comply with Anti-Torture Treaty

Obama Urged to Fully Comply with Anti-Torture Treaty

The 15th anniversary of the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture passed last week with little fanfare and virtually no press attention from the mainstream media here. But according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “U.S. policy continues to fall short of ensuring full compliance with the treaty.” For example, the organization said that an appendix to the Army Field Manual (AFM) can still facilitate cruel treatment of prisoners and detainees at home and abroad.

Report: Drone Strikes Increased Dramatically Under Obama

Report: Drone Strikes Increased Dramatically Under Obama

Since taking office, President Obama has sanctioned at least 41 Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes in Pakistan that have killed between 326 and 538 people, many of them, critics say, “innocent bystanders, including children,” according to published reports.

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.

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