hal turnerThe strange case of blogger Hal Turner may offer the American people an opportunity to better understand the concept of a government controlling its own opposition. Turner is facing federal charges for allegedly making threats against federal judges and state lawmakers, but his case — regardless of its outcome — raises fundamental questions about the state of the nation.

blackwater worldwideThe CIA outsourced its assassination program to controversial security company Blackwater Worldwide, according to the New York Times for August 20. The assassination program never got to the point of actually carrying out assassination missions, but the New York Times and other news sources reported that Blackwater had received a multimillion-dollar contract to draw up the program and provide training.

Rifqa Bary familyAmericans and Europeans have learned at least one unpleasant truth about unfettered immigration, even if government officials don’t want to admit it: many of the immigrants are criminals. European jails are full of North African Muslims. American jails are full of Mexicans and other Hispanic illegal aliens. Unhappily, however, another crime related to immigration is growing in the United States and Canada: honor killing.

 

ObamaPresident Obama is expected to revise his fiscal 2009 deficit estimate to $1.58 trillion, which is down from the $1.84 trillion estimate earlier in the year. Nearly all of the difference is based upon the Obama administration not using the $250 billion “placeholder” he had built into his budget for a second round of bank bailouts under the TARP program.

mi-17In a tale that sounds like something out of a spy movie, the New York Post has revealed intricate details about a secret mission to Russia to purchase “black” Mi-17 helicopters, a mission that landed a defense contractor and an army official in federal prison.