Following a 50-year low last year, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S. rose nearly 43 percent in the first six months of 2010, according to a recent report released by the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). The group noted that if the trend continues, “2010 could end up being one of the deadliest years for U.S. law enforcement in two decades.”
Success or failure for a political lobbyist often comes down to access; without easy access to legislators, it is naturally much harder to apply the pressure to drive legislation in the desired direction. But lobbyists in Austin, Texas, may soon begin applying a variation on Chairman Mao’s saying, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” — albeit not in the way the Marxist dictator had in mind.
“And even if there were only one Communist in the State Department, that would still be one Communist too many.”
— Senator Joseph McCarthy, at the 1952 Republican National Convention
On July 19, the Washington Post published the first installment in a series of investigative reports looking at the U.S. intelligence community’s massive growth since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Post titles the series, posted on a special website established for the project : “Top Secret America.”