“The Bush administration constructed a legal framework for torture, but the Obama administration is constructing a legal framework for impunity,” the American Civil Liberties Union said in a post originally published on the leftist DailyKos blogsite.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has placed five employees on administrative leave pending the results of the agency’s investigation of how a confidential passenger-screening manual was posted online without proper redaction of classified information.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated on December 9 that her department is investigating how a version of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger-screening manual was posted online.
FBI Director Robert Mueller on December 8 ordered an independent review of the agency’s handling of information pertaining to the military psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting. One particularly significant point for investigation is the shooter’s e-mail communication with an anti-American cleric in Yemen.
Al Qaeda agents pose a threat to the United States and to U.S. interests abroad, and some are already here on American soil with the intent to attack various targets, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on December 2.
On the morning of November 29, Maurice Clemmons entered the Cafe Forza coffee house in Spanaway, Washington, pulled out a handgun, and opened fire at four Lakewood Police officers who were sitting together in the shop. All four officers were killed.
Accused Ft. Hood murderer Major Nidal Hasan was charged Wednesday by military attorneys with 32 counts of attempted murder in connection with the victims wounded in his armed rampage on November 5. Among those injured by Hasan were the two civilian police officers who eventually fired on Hasan and brought him down, ending the massacre.
Justifiably, much is being made in the press of FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Pentagon investigators’ inscrutable failure to take any sort of appropriate action that may have prevented Major Nidal Hasan’s shooting spree of November 5 — when he shot 13 people to death and wounded more than 30 others at his duty station of Fort Hood, Texas.
For a man who has shown little regard for the immutable and sacred principles of the Constitution during his 13-year legislative career in Congress, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is inexplicably very anxious to extend constitutional protection to accused noncitizen terrorists. When questioned whether he would read Osama bin Laden his rights as required under the Supreme Court’s Miranda ruling, including the right to remain silent and the right to legal counsel, Representative Kucinich responded that everyone, without exception, should be afforded those basic rights.
In a gambit he must have known was futile from its inception, John Galligan, attorney for accused Ft. Hood murderer Nidal Hasan, played upon the sympathy of the military magistrate presiding at a pre-trial confinement conference held in Hasan’s hospital room on Saturday.