Thomas R. Eddlem

The “Reuther Memorandum” — written by Democrat Party operatives in 1961 — outlined steps the Kennedy administration could use to isolate the political Right via government.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:00

Obama's SOTU: Gearing Up for 2016

President Obama tried to set the national conversation for the 2016 elections, outlining in his State of the Union address a host of expensive new social programs that are doomed in the GOP Congress. The speech, which included a proposal to increase taxes on the most wealthy and a host of new welfare programs for the middle class, was scripted to bait the Republicans into crying “class warfare” and backing the GOP into a campaign of defending the rich.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officials have admitted in court filings that they engaged in widespread warrantless surveillance of the American people as far back as the 1990s, back during the Clinton administration and before the September 11 attacks.

Friday, 16 January 2015 16:50

If I Were an ISIS Recruiter

If I were an ISIS recruiter, I’d tell Iraq and Syria that our government is the enemy of Islam, bombing Muslim countries and interfering with their governments worldwide.

According to a damning report  from Bloomberg News January 8, “U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias,” militias that are allied with Iran.

The Washington Times published two news stories December 30 in which America's Founding Fathers would have seen as a disturbing pattern.

The paper reported that the pace of military-grade equipment shipments to local police stations has accelerated in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri riots, and that Maryland State Police have been targeting out-of-state handgun owners on highways for technical violations of state gun control laws.

The German magazine Der Spiegel has has published a revealing exposé about the loose standards with which the Obama administration assassinated people, including many non-combatants, in Afghanistan. The December 28 story documented a quick-to-assassinate tendency which took the form of readiness to loosely classify anyone in the drug trade as a legitimate assassination target, as well as a willingness to accept large numbers of civilian casualties.

The NSA has been forced to admit it has violated Americans' personal privacy thousands of times — and even transgressed its own insanely loose rules — with warrantless surveillance, thanks to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. The NSA released a series of quarterly reports from 2001 through 2013 revealing many ongoing privacy violations against Americans on its website in a document dump just before the Christmas holiday.

Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

The Tortured Logic of the Torture Lobby

Some argue that the torture of innocents under the Bush/Cheney program simply needs to be reformed. But you can't reform the abuse of a program when the program is abuse. You can't defend constitutional liberties with a program that is by definition set against constitutional liberties. In the end, you don't fight tyranny by becoming the tyrant.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and CIA Director Michael Hayden have been out front in the media defending the torture methods used by the CIA in the past decade in the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, and the language of the federal statute on felony torture may help explain why. It's quite possible that Cheney, Hayden, and other Bush-era officials who ordered the torture techniques will face criminal convictions on felony torture charges if they do not generate enough political pressure to prevent a wave of indictments. by Thomas R. Eddlem

 

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