U.S. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) has announced that he will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its refusal to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. King has made it clear that he is “not bluffing” and that he intends to forge ahead with the suit, criticizing what he calls “unconstitutional overreach” on the part of the Obama administration.
Our latest "Freedom Index," the third for the current (112th) Congress, shows how every U.S. representative and senator voted on key issues such as raising the national debt limit, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (a corporate-welfare program), and developing our oil and gas resources. We encourage everyone to go to our new index to see how their own Congressmen voted on each of the 10 key issues, as well as overall.
The United States is building Afghanistan a $92 million "Pentagon," one of more than 1,100 buildings built or under construction in that country at a cost to the United States of $10 billion.
On Monday a group representing about 7,000 drone manufacturers and operators from government organizations, industry and academia released an industry-wide code of conduct to allay fears of privacy violations.
According to the press release issued by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, describes the code as “a set of guidelines to provide AUVSI members – and those who design, test and operate UAS for public and civil use – with recommendations for their safe, non-intrusive operation.”
“We understand as an industry that we’ve got a public relations problem,” Paul McDuffee, a director of the association who helped write the code told the Associated Press.
Information obtained as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that the U.S. Army is actively investigating a group of journalists and activists working on behalf of PFC Bradley Manning.
While the request for documents was denied, the text of the denial issued by the Army is newsworthy of itself. According to the rejection of the petition, the Army writes that "an active investigation is in progress with an undetermined completion date.”
Kelli Conlin, a former president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York has been accused of pocketing $250,000 in charitable money to fund her lavish lifestyle.
The United States Senate is currently working on cybersecurity measures, but Senate Democrats and Republicans cannot reach an agreement on key provisions. Meanwhile, privacy advocates are opposed to all the cybersecurity measures proposed and have circulated a Declaration of Internet Freedom.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has proposed legislation to force Senators to read bills before they vote on them.
Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson announced his intention on Friday to give $10 million to political action committees controlled by Charles and David Koch who in turn are themselves giving substantial sums to unseat President Obama and turn control of the Senate back to the Republican Party.
Earlier this year, Adelson, the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation which owns and operates the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and who is reputedly worth $25 billion, attended a Koch brothers-sponsored gathering of super-wealthy conservatives in Palm Springs, and after listening to the action plans and strategies to influence the November elections, decided to support their effort.
Although the Obama administration has been a bit more forthcoming lately in its admission of its policy of using drones to kill enemies by remote control, there is still an official reluctance to let too much information reach the public.
In the last year or so, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a group of reporters have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) petitions requesting that the federal government provide greater access to operational details of the drone program and the legal arguments forwarded by the Obama administration in justifying not only the use of the drones, but their use in the killing of thousands in Pakistan alone.