Plaxico Burress and Francis Lewis, two prominent residents of the state of New York, lived three centuries apart. Burress is a New York Giants football player, and he was the star of football's Superbowl XLII, catching the winning touchdown for the Giants against the New England Patriots last year. Lewis was one of our Founding Fathers, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and a congressional representative. In many ways the two men are very different in terms of character, heritage, circumstances, profession, and temperament. Yet both surprisingly share several common threads beyond somewhat unusual names.
More than six years after they were thrown into a U.S. prison, the New York Times has reported that six Algerian detainees may finally get their day in court.
ABC's Nightline has broadcast a shocking interview with two former NSA clerks who were charged with recording and transcribing even intimate telephone conversations between U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and their wives back at home.
The president now has an active-duty Army unit here in the United States to use at his beck and call. The unit will serve as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks. But some people warn that this action establishes a standing army that could be used for executive abuse of power — and even to enforce martial law.
Dr. Ron Paul, Texas congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, was the featured speaker Saturday evening, October 4 on the final day of the John Birch Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration. The topic of his keynote address was "Restoring the Republic: Lessons From a Presidential Campaign," in which he lectured the audience on how our republic can be restored with groups such as the John Birch Society (JBS) and his own Campaign for Liberty leading the way.
NEWS FLASH: Wednesday, September 17, was Constitution Day, though one would not know it from the news coverage (or rather, lack thereof). None of the major television news networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox) bothered to mention it, as far as I could tell (from channel surfing, as well as searching on Google and Yahoo). Naturally, we shouldn't expect our "news" channels to interrupt 24-7 coverage of essential celebrity gossip — say, the latest scoop on Britney Spears or the 1,847,000th story on Brangelina — to remind us, in this election year, of such mundane and inconsequential matters as our Constitution or the Founding Fathers!
In California on August 20, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel denied a request by the federal government in Santa Cruz v. Mukasey to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Santa Cruz city and the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana that accuses the federal government of unconstitutionally trying to nullify California's medical marijuana laws.
A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held on June 17 made public several documents from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including a chart that outlined the use of “coercive management techniques” by military interrogators. Subsequent information revealed by the New York Times on July 2, after the newspaper had been tipped off by “an independent expert on interrogation who spoke on condition of anonymity,” indicated that the chart used at Guantanamo had been copied from a 1957 article, “Communist Attempts to Elicit False Confessions From Air Force Prisoners of War.” The article had been written by Alfred D. Biderman, a sociologist then working for the Air Force. Authorities at Guantanamo dropped the chart’s original title: “Communist Coercive Methods for Eliciting Individual Compliance.”