Fox News online has found an attorney who says the Bush administration did not engage in torture. David B. Rivkin, whom FoxNews.com describes as “constitutional lawyer and member of the Council on Foreign Relations,” concludes that the Bush administration’s claims that “the specific interrogation techniques used by the CIA did not constitute torture — are eminently reasonable.”
Gun control is off the agenda for now, according to Newsweek. Although the Obama administration is packed with anti-gun stalwarts, from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Eric Holder to President Obama himself, the political will has dwindled to revisit the misnamed “assault weapons ban,” which expired in 2004, or close the so-called “gun show loophole,” whereby firearms can be bought and sold between private individuals without the transaction being registered, to name just two long-standing agenda items of the gun confiscation lobby.
Well, the Tax Man has cometh, and he has goneth. And one thing is certain, according to a report (pdf) authored by economist and former Forbes magazine editor Edwin Rubenstein: the Tax Man has been ripped off by millions of illegal aliens, who have applied for, and who will receive a federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) this year. This, of course, is fraud because, by law, illegals are not entitled to an EITC. In fact, some of these "tax collectors" use stolen or otherwise ill-gotten Social Security numbers to file income tax forms and receive EITC benefits.
The nation’s two largest labor union federations, the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win, announced on April 13 unanimous support for planned legislation that will achieve a wholesale overhaul of the official American stance on immigration. Specifically, the plan would legalize the status of illegal immigrants already in the United States, establish a “worker verification program” (national ID card?), and erect significant barriers to those businesses attempting to bring in foreign-born temporary workers. All three planks of this platform represent compromises among the various supporters, anxious to get something done quickly.
On April 7, when President Barack Obama was winding up an overseas tour that included bowing to Saudi King Abdullah and expressing mea culpas for America’s past sins, his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was unleashing the dogs of war against his political opposition at home: Americans alarmed by his radical policies on gun control, abortion, illegal aliens, nationalizing the economy, and more. A secret 10-page DHS document sent to law-enforcement agencies nationwide is stirring up a political firestorm. Entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” the DHS report (pdf), dated April 7, sloppily (or cleverly and maliciously) demonizes millions of law-abiding Americans, conflating them with violent, criminal groups such as Neo-Nazis and “white supremacists” simply because they adhere to political beliefs at variance with those of the administration.