What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?

Americans live under a governmental regime that openly breaks its own laws. The government not only believes it can do whatever it can get away with politically, not only believes that it can torture its foreign foes and claim the torture is a state secret, not only can bribe and coerce witnesses into saying what … Continue reading “What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?”

The Government Lies About Its Secrets

Recently, this column offered a critical analysis of the state secrets privilege. Last week, the government twice brought it to new lows. Here is the backstory. A legal privilege is the ability of a party in litigation to keep a communication from the court and one’s adversary because of a public policy determination that the … Continue reading “The Government Lies About Its Secrets”

CIA Torture Program Condemned by Jury of Military Officers

During the past three weeks, some unexpected government events occurred, exposing more government crimes and lies. In the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice claimed that while the government knows about torture during the presidency of George W. Bush, nevertheless, because the U.S. is still at war, it can refuse to provide documentation of the … Continue reading “CIA Torture Program Condemned by Jury of Military Officers”

When Are Secrets Not Secret?

"Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead." ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Last week, President George W. Bush’s torture regime reared its head in an unusual argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, Abu Zubaydah was captured by a militia in Pakistan and handed over to the CIA, which brought … Continue reading “When Are Secrets Not Secret?”

What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?

In October of 2020, 14 people were arrested in Michigan and accused of being participants in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The governor had imposed draconian restrictions on religious, travel and commercial activities as a means, she claimed, to stem the spread of COVID-19. All of her restrictions were eventually found by courts … Continue reading “What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?”

Does the Constitution Mean What It Says?

"No person … shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law." Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Abdulsalam al-Hela is a 53-year-old Yemeni cleric who has been incarcerated by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba since 2004. He has not been charged with any crime. … Continue reading “Does the Constitution Mean What It Says?”

Can the President Kill?

Last weekend, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. ordered the U.S. military to bomb targets in Syria and Iraq in an effort "to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message" to Iran. It is apparently the belief of the Biden administration – as it has been with Biden’s three immediate presidential predecessors – that the US … Continue reading “Can the President Kill?”

Torture Enters the Courtroom

For the first time in American history, a federal judge last week authorized the government to admit as evidence in a criminal case in a public courtroom words uttered by the defendant that were obtained under torture. The fruits of torture – which is any cruel or degrading or intentionally painful or disorienting behavior visited … Continue reading “Torture Enters the Courtroom”

More Government Spying and Lying

Twice last week, the federal government’s unconstitutional spying on ordinary Americans was exposed. One of these revelations was made by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., who wrote that the FBI is still using warrantless spying in criminal cases, notwithstanding the Constitution and federal laws. The other revelation was a surprise even to those of … Continue reading “More Government Spying and Lying”

The Power To Make War

Two weeks ago, while the House of Representatives was finalizing its 700-page legislation authorizing the Treasury to borrow and spend $1.9 trillion in the next six months, and the Senate was attempting to confirm more of President Joseph R. Biden’s cabinet nominees, Biden secretly ordered the Pentagon to bomb militias in Syria. The United States … Continue reading “The Power To Make War”