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Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a "breach of international law." Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.

A Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In the years before 9/11, the U.S. focused its global attentions on what it then called "rogue states." The U.S. now resembles a rogue superpower to an increasingly resistant and restless world.

The Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

President Obama's declaration that "America is at a crossroads" in the fight against terror, a fight that is increasingly turning inwards, setting its sights on homegrown extremists, should give every American pause.

Sightseers' Ben Wheatley: The CFQ Interview

Dan Persons | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Welcome to the banality of evil, Ben Wheatley-style: In his horror comedy Sightseers, a couple (Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who also scripted) decides to take a caravan trip across the British Isles.

Home Drone: Art at the Border of America and the Muslim World (PHOTOS)

Heather Layton | Posted 03.27.2013 | College
Heather Layton

2013-03-27-home_layton.jpgWhat would drone strikes look like if we were the targets rather than unknown people in a place too distant to imagine?

Attorney General Eric Holder: If the President Does It, It's Legal

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It may be that the time has come to create a "non-political" and "independent" attorney general, one who would serve the interests of the public by upholding the rule of law rather than justifying the whims of the president.

Prioritize Your Rights

Walker Bragman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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The (Very) Few Proud and Brave

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

America's moral leadership is gone; we have subverted our own liberties -- we have panicked in an unmanly manner. Taken together, these failures and transgressions are a heavy load on the collective national psyche. We are now a people whose timidity in acknowledging their failings is fear by another name.

Two White House Petitions on Civil Liberties and Executive Power

John V. Santore | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
John V. Santore

Michael Hastings described last week as a time when the "country started to show signs of outrage over the Obama administration's targeted killing pro...

Courting Injustice: The 'Kill List' Proposal

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The constant that underlines discussion of extraordinary -- and unconstitutional -- methods to secure the United States against terrorist attack is the premise that a grave menace lurks out there. Yet there is no evidence that such is the case.

You Can't Just Execute Him

James Peron | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
James Peron

How convenient! Anyone the president has executed is considered guilty unless proven innocent after they are dead. There is no messy due process, no court, only secret evidence; the president personally judges the merits and orders the executions.

Learning From America's History of Assassinations

Gary Hart | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

Expediency is never a justification for unconstitutional and immoral actions. It has proved incredibly easy to assassinate someone (and his family) half a world away. And that is what makes this new style of warfare so attractive... and so dangerous.

We Don't Need a New Drone Rulebook: Follow International Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, in an armed conflict the United States can kill members of the armed forces of the enemy, or civilians while they directly participate in hostilities. In Afghanistan, the United States is still clearly in an armed conflict. But where else does the law of armed conflict apply?

Our Civil Liberties: What Exactly Is Obama's Track Record?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

So what does the future hold? Unless President Obama changes course -- and drastically so -- freedom as we have known it will become extinct.

Joshua Hersh

Obama's Second Term Will Bring New Challenges Over Drone Strikes

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, as many Americans sifted through the voter data and exit poll numbers of President Barack Obama's reelection the n...

Romney Rep. Peter King: Kill List 'Constitutional'

Dan Johnson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Dan Johnson

Representative Peter King (R-NY) was questioned by Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change about the "Presidential Kill List" last week. His exact words? "Tot...

How Not to Ask an Important Question

John V. Santore | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

On her end, Wasserman Schultz should now offer a public statement explaining the extent of her knowledge of the White House's drone program, and answering the more legitimate part of Rudkowski's question: Should Mitt Romney be trusted with this same power?

This Is It: America Needs to Hear Obama, Romney Talk About Drone Strikes in Last Debate

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Monday's debate may be the largest American audience to pay attention to the subject of drones strikes that are done in their name. That is, if moderator Bob Schieffer dares press the candidates on what may well be the most ominous power a president has: choosing who to kill.

Democracy, Trust and WikiLeaks: A Conversation With the Mother of Julian Assange

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I believe that people such as Julian Assange, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and those behind the Arab Spring, actually want change for a better, not worse and more chaotic, world. But their image and their hard work is being hijacked and manipulated.

Terror Tuesdays, Kill Lists and Drones: Has the President Become a Law Unto Himself?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Now, once again, we find ourselves skating dangerously close to becoming a nation ruled not by laws but by men -- and fallible, imperfect men, at that. Yet this latest crisis did not happen overnight.

Do Liberals Support Obama's Kill List?

Ari Melber | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Ari Melber

All the recent attention on Obama's "kill list" -- a set of targets that has included American citizens as young as 16 years old -- seemed like an opening for a new chapter in challenging the administration's security policies.

Leaks & Winks: America at the Brink

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The flare-up over "kill lists," cyber war and the manipulation of information by our leaders has revealed deep seated flaws in our political culture and the mentality of our political class that are toxic to a healthy democracy.

Realists Play Video Games

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Obama the realist is pursuing a policy that isn't working, even in its own terms, but the powers that be, including the media, don't seem to notice.

Michael Calderone

Lawmakers Pledge To Crack Down On Leaks

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.07.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Four top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees condemned recent national security leaks during a Thursday news confe...

Michael Calderone

NYT Editor Defends Coverage Amid Leak Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.07.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Dean Baquet, managing editor of The New York Times, defended his paper's national security coverage after members of Congress called for a...