Why would Louis Caldera, a member of the White House military office, okay a plan to have the 747 that's used as Air Force One, the president’s plane (the president was not on board), fly low over New York’s skyline on April 27, followed by a fighter jet, considering New Yorkers’ experiences with 9/11? Because image is important.
The world watched warily on April 27, as cases of swine flu that first emerged in Mexico in recent weeks in near-epidemic proportions started surfacing in other nations. Mexican officials said the flu strain may have sickened 1,614 people since April 13. Officials were awaiting the results of laboratory tests to confirm how many of 149 suspected flu-related deaths were in fact caused by the illness. So far, at least 22 deaths in the nation of 111 million people have been attributed to swine flu.
Feeling the heat from veterans groups, pro-life organizations, conservatives, and even Democratic members of Congress, President Barack Obama’s Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was forced to make a slight about-face regarding a controversial intelligence report issued by her department for law-enforcement agencies, including federal-state "Fusion Centers." In a string of media appearances in mid-April, Secretary Napolitano half-apologized for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that has drawn severe criticism for targeting conservative political opponents and associating them with dangerous terrorists.
“Mexico as the ‘pier,’ Arizona as the ‘docks’ ” — meaning that Mexico serves as the initial port of entry while Arizona supplies the warehousing and transportation facilities — is the vision of John Munger, chairman of the newly formed political action committee ImagineArizona.
A conservative movement led by Republican politicians whose only vision for the future includes more war and torture will never regain popular support with the electorate for the Grand Old Party. Despite this fact, it would appear that GOP conservative leaders have learned nothing from the neoconservative disasters of the George W. Bush years.
“End the Fed” rallies were staged across the nation in more than two dozen cities April 25. Attendees protested in front of every one of the dozen Federal Reserve Bank branches and expressed support of Ron Paul’s H.R. 833, which would abolish the Fed, and H.R. 1207, which would provide an independent audit of the quasi-private central bank.
The Supreme Court on April 21 heard arguments in a school strip-search case, Safford School District v. Redding. Savana Redding was 13 years old in 2003 when she was subjected to a strip-search at an Arizona middle school to determine if she had any pain medication. She claimed her Fourth Amendment protection against "unreasonable searches and seizures" had been violated, and a U.S. circuit court of appeals agreed with her.
During the second day of four days of scheduled hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 22, Obama administration officials and members of Congress traded opinions about the discussion draft of "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009."*
President Barack Obama has equivocated once again about the possibilities of torture prosecutions. "For those who carried out some of these operations within the four corners of legal opinions or guidance that had been provided from the White House, I do not think it's appropriate for them to be prosecuted," Obama told the press on April 21, according to the Washington Post. "With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws, and I don't want to prejudge that."
President Obama signed the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act" on April 21 with the following words: “That is, after all, the beauty of service. Anyone can do it. You don’t need to be a community organizer, or a Senator — or a Kennedy — or even a President to bring change to people’s lives.”