The the U.S. military is deployed in over 80 countries around the world. But why? And should they be there?
While Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake infamously has said “We don’t have thugs in Baltimore,” they certainly did have at least one: Freddie Gray.
Baltimore police received an order to “stand down” amid the recent violence and unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray that swept the city, according to a Maryland sheriff who was there to help guard City Hall and the Baltimore Police Department headquarters. Wicomico County Sheriff Michael Lewis revealed in an explosive radio interview that law enforcement officers were outraged about the instructions, which contributed to the widespread property damage and looting, and the injuries sustained by about 100 police officers. Critics of the mayor are calling the order "reprehensible" and wondering whether the Obama administration may have played a role in jeoperdizing police, residents, and businesses.
On April 30, the House Judiciary Committee approved the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 25-2. A description of the legislation on the Judiciary Committee website notes that it would prohibit bulk collection of all records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, prevent government overreach, and establish procedures for individual companies to challenge nondisclosure orders. The vote allows the bill, H.R. 2048, to go to the House floor for a vote, where passage is expected later this month.