Word is going around Minneapolis that the FBI is looking for a few good spies to break up the dangerous world of vegan potlucks. That's right — the nation's newest terrorist threat is not from explosives or Al Qaeda — you should be worrying about the imminent threat of soy dogs and tasteless, overly dry chocolate cake.
The theme of this year's Law Day, "The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity," recognizes the fundamental role that the rule of law plays in preserving liberty in our Nation and in all free societies. We pay tribute to the men and women in America's legal community. Through hard work and dedication to the rule of law, members of the judiciary and the legal profession help secure the rights of individuals, bring justice to our communities, and reinforce the proud traditions that make America a beacon of light for the world.
Not a bad sentiment, I know. I agree with it, actually. But when it comes from mouth of one George Walker Bush, the words, 'Today, we are reminded of that past and look toward a hopeful future as we work to secure the liberty that is the natural right of every man, woman, and child' one cringes a bit. Securing liberty, he says, on a day where the U.S. prepared to conduct a trial against an empty chair at Guantanamo? Celebrate free society on a day that it's announced that a secret court has more than doubled the number of secret warrants approved in the last seven years?
I was just doing a little light reading this morning, on the New York Times website, about Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay when something caught my eye. Right there, atop a photo of Kal Penn and John Cho in orange jumpsuits was this:
The hype around this year's Oscars, which took place last night at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, seemed to be triple because the writer's strike meant that the usual precursor shows like the Golden Globes were stiff, studio-shot affairs. So there were even more eyes peeled for dresses, style, and statements last night.
The ACLU was right in the mix. The first major nominee down th
It's hard not to mention a certain marsupial in relation to Guantanamo and the military commissions the government is attempting to hold when you read this story from The Nation. The former chief prosecutor there, Col. Morris Davis, says that, in 2005, he met with Pentagon General Counsel William Haynes,
So the plan this morning was to infiltrate the Today show viewing audience. We wanted millions of home viewers to see people wearing orange today and make sure people took note that this is the six-year anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners at Guantanamo Bay's detention facility.
The Today show has an outdoor studio audience, visible through the windows behind the anchors. The only problem was - we had to be subtle because the Today show screens out "political" protest. They also run on a time lag, ostensibly to keep streakers away, but which is also handy for switching camera shots and making sure no one with a message that might matter (not that "HI MOM" isn't an important sentiment, but you can always call the lady after the show).
I arrived at a very prompt 5:51 a.m. Here's how it went down after that:
The frustrating thing about doublespeak is not its untruth - lies can be called out and disproven. No, the frustration with doublespeak is that there is no position to pin down at all. The Bush administration continues to say "we don't torture" out of one side of their mouths while saying "it's necessary" out of the other. It's just damn near impossible to wrestle with that level of Read More»
Does the President want to implement a policy of presidential prerogative trumping the Constitution, international law, and... well...everything - not just on foreign soil, but in America's heartland as well?
It sometimes seems that way. It was smack dab in the heart of the Midwest that Ali Saleh al-Marri was arrested in 2001. At the time, al-Marri was living with his wife and five children