U.S. Navy Veteran Donald Vance and fellow FBI informant Nathan Ertel are not entitled to sue their U.S. government torturers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District ruled November 9. Both Vance and Ertel are native-born U.S. citizens.
The Terrorist Expatriation Act, which was proposed in 2010 by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), would have stripped of his citizenship any American accused of terrorism. This would have placed the suspect outside the jurisdiction of Article III courts and assigned the trial on his alleged crimes to a military tribunal.
The dizzying speed of the growth of the surveillance state and the increasing sophistication of the tools used to build it are paid for in large measure by funds doled out by the Army’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Flush with electoral capital, President Barack Obama is spending it like mad in pursuit of his radical power consolidating agenda. Over the past few days we have chronicled the fast-tracking of a UN gun control treaty, the prosecution of another alleged espionage case, another deadly drone attack, approval of a planned UN invasion of Mali, etc.
China’s support of regimes and international actors hostile to American interests overseas (such as Sudanese leader Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and Syrian ruler Bashar Al-Assad) has been well-documented for several years; however, evidence has recently emerged pointing to growing ties between the People’s Republic of China and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist party classified as a terror group by the U.S. State Department and European Union.
On Wednesday, the day after President Obama was re-elected, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) leaned on the president to keep one of the first promises he made after being elected in 2008. In its letter, the ACLU encouraged President Obama to shutter the infamous detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The request was couched in congratulatory tones praising the president for his Election Night victory.
The reelection of President Barrack Hussein Obama may coincide with an escalation from covert to open warfare by the United States and its NATO allies against the Assad regime in Syria. Reports from the United Kingdom indicate that mere hours after Obama’s reelection, British Prime Minister David Cameron was already calling for the United States and its allies to do more to “shape the opposition” into a more effective force, and speed the process of overthrowing the government of Syria.
In a recent Washington Post article covering the drone war, White House counterterrorism “czar” John Brennan was quoted as saying, “There are aspects of the Yemen program that I think are a true model of what I think the U.S. counterterrorism community should be doing” to fight the spread of al-Qaeda in Northern Africa.