Today Sonia Sotomayor begins what will likely be a tough confirmation process. The Senate Judiciary Committee will decide this week whether Sotomayor will become the 111th person to have a lifetime appointment on this nation's highest court and the first Hispanic to reach that pinnacle. She would be replacing the retiring David Souter.
Seven Democratic members of Congress recently penned a strong letter to CIA Director Leon Panetta asking him to apologize for claiming back in May that the CIA didn't lie to Congress. Panetta had written in May: “Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and values.” Panetta’s claim was false. Last week, Panetta informed House Intelligence Committee members for the first time of an intelligence program that had existed since 2001.
The House of Representatives passed a measure that is a direct attack on the First Amendment on June 25 by a vote of 389-22. Within the $671 billion fiscal 2010 Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 2647) is a proposal to ban the U.S. military from recruiting or retaining “a person associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States Government, as determined by the Attorney General.”
This past Independence Day weekend, my friend, LCDR (Retired) Guy Cunningham, delivered an outstanding address here in Pensacola, Florida, in which he said that America is now in "The Age of Perfidy." He went on to say that our country is soon to enter "The Age of Despotism." I candidly confess that I believe the retired Naval officer could be more right than we might want to admit.
The new guidelines that will govern how human embryos and cell lines will be treated by the government, researchers, and experimenters has been issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The guidelines purportedly reflect the general policy of Congress and the feelings of the American public, over the last few years.