Several public school teachers are facing investigations for posting items on social networking sites that opposed President Obama and his agenda. Parents raised concerns regarding the teachers’ posts prompting the school distracts to launch investigations. Similarly, teens who posted anti-Obama messages on social networking sites are being targeted by a website called Jezebel, which not only reveals the identities of the students who made the posts, but reported the students to their schools.
Nearly 80 years after a stark wooden cross was erected at Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve by veterans of World War I, and 13 years after it had been removed via an ACLU lawsuit, a seven-foot steel cross was returned to its place of honor in a solemn ceremony on November 11, Veterans Day, at Sunrise Rock.
U.S. Navy Veteran Donald Vance and fellow FBI informant Nathan Ertel are not entitled to sue their U.S. government torturers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District ruled November 9. Both Vance and Ertel are native-born U.S. citizens.
As private contractors in Iraq in 2006, Vance and Ertel witnessed U.S. soldiers trading bullets for alcohol, and volunteered to become FBI undercover informants to stop the leak of weapons to the Taliban. But while in Iraq, the two men found that their cover had been blown, and were “rescued” by the U.S. military. But the U.S. military then arrested them, and threw them in Camp Cropper in Iraq, where they were tortured.
The Terrorist Expatriation Act, which was proposed in 2010 by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), would have stripped of his citizenship any American accused of terrorism. This would have placed the suspect outside the jurisdiction of Article III courts and assigned the trial on his alleged crimes to a military tribunal.
Remarkably, given the penchant of lawmakers for violating constitutional protections on civil liberties, Lieberman’s bill died in committee.
Undaunted, in October 2011, Lieberman introduced an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act giving the federal government the same citizenship stripping power as was included in the Terrorist Expatriation Act. The latest iteration of the bill is known as the Enemy Expatriation Act.