We Americans must ask ourselves why we are not clear enough; why we are not serious enough; why we are not decent enough to call the American torturers into court and give the victims a chance to look at their violators?
The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.
How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.
CIA torture program architect and defender Jose Rodriguez is certain that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's (SSCI) torture study is full of errors. Rodriguez does not say what those errors are; he claims he cannot rebut them in detail because he has not read the report.
But as dedicated and conscientious as some of the intelligence committees' members and staff are, there is a pattern of institutional failure. For much too long, the intelligence committees have been trying to do oversight in almost complete secrecy.
Holding American citizens who have been arrested on U.S. soil in indefinite military detention is absolutely incompatible with our values. I believe military detention is not only unconstitutional, but has also proven ineffective at achieving justice and gaining intelligence.
Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.
Put aside the crazy "Obama's a Muslim" idiocy -- assume John McCain had won the presidency instead. Do you really think the Senate would confirm a Muslim candidate right now, even a conservative right-wing one? I don't.