In Post-Constitutional America (2001-Present), the government has taken a bloody box cutter to the original copy of the Constitution and thrown the Fourth Amendment in the garbage.
Critics have expressed legitimate concerns about U.S. conspiracy law, saying it's too easy to convict some people accused of low-level terrorist assistance and sentence them to hard time in highly restrictive prisons. But the claim that the U.S. prison system gives terrorists rights that ought to be reserved for U.S. citizens is simply impossible to support.
There was always talk that the fibbies looked the other way when it came to Bulger because he was an informant. But was he really? Based on what I saw in this documentary, the answer was no... or at least more no than yes.
The commissioner then went on TV and fielded softball questions about the entire matter and all was well. Then came all the other revelations about the travels of the full video, and the reports on what Rice had told the commissioner back in June. What to do now? 'Fess up. Throw yourself before the mercy of the court of public opinion.
Storm's own blustery self-image and the bit of unrealness noted aside, Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA is a decent read for anyone watching the world of intelligence who also appreciates a good story.
I slowly dialed the FBI field office in Chicago and listened to the numerous voice prompts. Not sure what to press, I eventually chose '3' since I am a media representative. A female agent answered. "Who would I speak to if, uh, compromising material was stolen from my phone?" I asked.
No less a brainiac than Albert Einstein could have weighed in on the phenomenally ineffective efforts of American aviation and law enforcement to combat laser attacks on airplanes.
After unexpectedly deciding to split the 9/11 case into two trials last month, a military commission judge reversed himself and decided on Wednesday to put the severed case back together again. At least for now.
The government's tactics to seek out terrorism suspects, at times before the target has demonstrated any intention to use violence, has undercut parallel efforts to build relationships with American Muslim community leaders and groups that may be critical sources of information to prevent terrorist attacks.
A lot of attention Post-Snowden has been paid to what the NSA does-- vacuum up emails, listen in on Skype chats and so forth. Too little attention has been devoted to what is done with the information NSA collects.
A professional photographer taking a photo of a well-known Boston landmark is now considered to be engaged in suspicious terrorist activity?
So, what about the persons who did think the children were for sale, and purchased them? The politely termed "Johns" who purchased children for sex? Shouldn't the FBI "crush" them too?
We've heard variations on the phrase "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" from the government for quite some time. It appears this may be true, at least if you are the government.
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a ...