Democracy


Andrew P. Napolitano  Antiwar.com

Last week, National Intelligence Director Gen. James R. Clapper sent a brief letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he admitted that agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) have been reading innocent Americans’ emails and text messages and listening to digital recordings of their telephone conversations that have been stored in NSA computers, without warrants obtained pursuant to the Constitution. (more…)

Rawstory

In an interview with Nick Gillespie on Reason TV, documentary film-maker Errol Morris claimed that Donald Rumsfeld’s success was dependent not upon his brilliance so much as the fact that the American people “are morons.” (more…)

Truthout

In an article in the November 2009 issue of Police Chief Magazine, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck asked his fellow law enforcement leaders, “What can we learn from Walmart and Amazon about fighting crime in a recession?” (more…)

By Noam Chomsky ICH

A leading principle of international relations theory is that the state’s highest priority is to ensure security. As Cold War strategist George F. Kennan formulated the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provide for the common defense.” (more…)

William Blum

When it gets complicated and confusing, when you’re overwhelmed with too much information, changing daily; too many explanations, some contradictory … try putting it into some kind of context by stepping back and looking at the larger, long-term picture. (more…)

Nat Hentoff Cato.org

As the CCR’s legal director, Baher Azmy, correctly tells us:

“The court’s decision gives legal sanction to the targeted discrimination of Muslims anywhere and everywhere in this country, without limitation, for no other reason than their religion” (more…)

AFP

Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a French judge Wednesday to subpoena a former prison commander they accuse of overseeing their alleged torture. (more…)

commondreams.org

Perhaps one of the most striking and revelatory aspects about the latest NSA surveillance news story, this one published Sunday by The Bild am Sonntag newspaper in Germany, was that it was not based on leaked documents from the now famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.(more…)

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