Politics

Senate Torture Report Ignores CIA’s Most Brutal Crimes

  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a scathing report condemning some of the abuses and torture committed by the CIA’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation (RDI) program, but failed to expose the CIA’s most heinous human rights violations. According to the report, the CIA lied to the Committee regarding prisoners’ deaths, the backgrounds of […]

The American Dream: “You Have To Be Asleep To Believe It”

“It’s never gonna get any better, be happy with what you got… because the ‘owners’ of this country don’t want that. The ‘real’ owners of America – the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions – got you by the balls… What they don’t want is a population of […]

War without end: 12 years of US drone strikes in Yemen

The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counterterrorist” action often appear boundless. Salem al-Taysi’s big brown eyes stared straight through me. I was trying to ask him about his father, who had been killed six days earlier in a US drone strike that […]

Does the Constitution Still Matter? Americans right and left tend to give up on the Constitution whenever it gets in the way of policies they like.

 Does the Constitution still matter? When it was written, Ben Franklin said the Founders gave us a republic, “if you can keep it.” Few people thought the republic would last another 227 years, but it has. The Constitution’s limits on government power helped create the most free and prosperous country on earth. But now, some […]