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thewe.cc

Padilla Convicted

After suffering three years of isolation, alleged torture and constitutionally suspect detainment, Jose Padilla has been convicted of terrorism conspiracy charges. The government’s key piece of evidence was an al-Qaida application, which Padilla was accused of filling out in Arabic, using an alias.

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Mr. Cheney’s Surprise

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Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Department of Homeland Security

Robert Higgs on The Perils of Trading Freedom for Safety

Robert Higgs author of “Neither Liberty Nor Safety” speaks with Truthdig’s James Harris and Joshua Scheer about how political opportunists and fear mongerers are gobbling up our individual liberties.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


The Supremely Disappointing Court

Let me wish the Supreme Court justices a fond farewell as they set out on their summer vacation. We can all rest assured now that they won’t do any more damage until the first week in October.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


A ‘Dignified End’

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stance on the death penalty issue raises some serious questions, according to actor, author and activist Mike Farrell, who poses several of his own in this fiery piece.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


wardrobe malfunction
msnbc.com

Court Rules Against FCC Censorship

In a landmark ruling, a federal appeals court has sided with broadcasters against the Federal Communications Commission on the issue of indecency, saying the regulatory body has not adequately explained how the Constitution could permit the censorship of “indecent” language.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Repudiation, Not Impeachment

The former weapons inspector and author of “Waging Peace” argues that the mere impeachment of President Bush would fail to repair the damage caused by an executive branch run amok and an uninformed and uninvolved citizenry.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


terminator
allscifi.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Execution Chamber

Democratic legislators in California are upset over a new execution chamber to be built in San Quentin Prison. Some lawmakers have accused Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of trying to “bypass the Legislature” by concealing details of the project.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Unsafe, Barely Legal and Rare

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Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


In the Battle Over the War, Pelosi Wins

The president and his allies seem eager for a constitutional showdown, but with the people on their side, the Democrats and the Congress are poised for victory. Updated to reflect Tuesday’s Senate vote

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


From the Mind That Brought You Torture

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suddenly finds himself in hot water over the U.S. attorneys scandal, but the truth is, the Senate should never have confirmed him in the first place.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Spy on the Government

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in 1966, and has proved to be an indispensable tool for our democracy, but negotiating the bureaucracy can be intimidating. Luckily, the Bad Guys blog has collected a helpful assortment of FOIA resources. Check it out and find out what your government is up to.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


Arlen Specter
msnbc.com

Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


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From USA3

Cheney Appears to Confirm Waterboarding Use

In an interview with a conservative radio talk show host, the vice president apparently confirmed that U.S. interrogators waterboarded Al Qaeda suspects.

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Keith Olbermann

Olbermann: ‘Why Does Habeas Corpus Hate America?’

Keith Olbermann responded to the passage of the torture bill with this tongue-in-cheek investigative report on habeas corpus. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


Rocky Anderson

Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - Playing Fast and Loose With the Constitution

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Playing Fast and Loose With the Constitution

  • Above, Mr. Fish takes on the nation’s constitutional crisis from a historical perspective. (click here for the full-size image.)
  • In this article, satirist Andy Borowitz reports on the crisis from a current perspective: “Bush Declares Independence From Constitution.”
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    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush on a Leash

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    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Luckovich - Wrapped in Red, White and Blue

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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Antonin_Scalia
    From koce.org

    Even Scalia Opposes Flag-Burning Amendment

    The arch-conservative Supreme Court justice is quoted in this Jonathan Alter column as saying that banning flag-burning would “[dilute] the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered.?
    Mr. President, when you find yourself to the right of Antonin Scalia, you’ve crossed over into crazy town.

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    anti-gay protester
    From real-e-works.com

    Religious Right Seeking to Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress

    In the wake of the marriage ban’s failure in the Senate, conservative Christian leaders are discussing an unprecedented—although apparently legal—maneuver to amend the Constitution without congressional approval.

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Norman Solomon: The Gay Marriage Ban Isn’t Just Politics as Usual

    Members of the media have been too easy on the Republican push to ban gay marriage. Yes, it may be all about politics, but does that mean society shouldn’t react harshly to the attempt to codify discrimination in our Constitution?

    Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Sanity: Gay Marriage Ban Fails in Senate

    The Senate voted down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but Republicans will keep the issue alive in the House with another vote. Two Democrats, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, voted in favor of the ban.

    Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush's new marriage amendment
    Top: Mike Luckovich / Middle: Dwayne Powell / Bottom: Mr. Fish

    Debate Begins on Gay Marriage Amendment

    President Bush renewed his call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Detractors called the move transparently political—in light of the fact that the proposed amendment stands virtually no chance of passing either house of Congress.

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    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Hayden’s Confirmation Hearings

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    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE    


    We the People

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    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Antonin_Scalia
    From koce.org

    Did Scalia Prejudge Guantanamo Case?

    Newsweek surfaces unpublicized comments by the Supreme Court justice in which he scoffs at the idea of extending full legal rights to Guantanamo detainees. Problem is: He has yet to judge that case.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Sign Me Up for the Pentagon Democracy Plan

    I do like the idea of supporting democracy ... and think we should try it—especially here in the U.S. of A.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
    Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Tenn. Backs Anti-Abortion Step

    Right on the heels of South Dakota, the Tennessee Legislature is moving to ban abortion.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_roberts
    From nndb.com

    Pat Roberts, Uncovered

    Think Progress puts together an in-depth cheat sheet on all the ways Roberts has shrunk from his responsibilities as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


    simpsons_first_amendment
    Fox via CNN

    ‘Simpsons’ Trump First Amendment

    OK, OK, we know that it’s a waste of breath of get exercised over the ignorance educational quirks of the American populace, but get this: Only one in four people can name more than one First Amendment freedom, while half of people in a poll can name at least two “Simpsons” family members.

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Scalia Dismisses ‘Living Constitution’

    The Supreme Court justice drives home his misguided belief that changes in society’s mores shouldn’t be reflected in the Constitution. Sure: the Founding Fathers got it all right 200 years ago—including the bit about counting Americans of African descent as three-fifths of a person.

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    The Cure for Executive Excess

    Can impeachment heal the malady of executive privilege and wiretapping?  It has before.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal’s State of the Union

    The famed novelist, playwright and social activist continues his 30-year-old tradition of delivering his own State of the Union address. | streaming media and transcript at Democracy Now!

    Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Public Schools Mulling Bible Literacy Class

    The high school course on the Bible’s influence on society would be an elective. story
    It’s such an obvious end run around the Constitution’s Establishment Clause that we’ll hold fire. But check this: The course textbook contains a boxed feature that shows how the Bible was used “to justify and even encourage anti-Semitism.” Wow! A whole boxed feature? We wonder if there’s a footnote about that whole Spanish Inquisition thing….

    Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Gita Deane, left, and Lisa Polyak of Baltimore
    Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post

    Judge Strikes Down Md. Ban on Gay Marriages

    Couples, don’t start lining up on the steps of City Hall just yet: The judge immediately stayed her own decision. story

    Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore for President?

    The transcript of the Al Gore speech that’s got everyone talking—as well as links to C-SPAN’s downloadable video of the event.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE


    If Al Gore Speaks Out in the Forest and No One Is There to Hear Him…

    Buzzflash decries the fact that the former VP’s gutsy critique went largely ignored by the traditional media. | editorial

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Alito Proves His Conservative Mettle

    Profile of rise through right-wing ranks; “Constitution does not protect a right to abortion.” | more
    Also: Check out our extensive paper trail on the nominee. | link

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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