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The Jehoshua Novels


SCOTUS Overstepping?

That’s what I think in light of the flapdoodle at SCOTUS over recess appointments:

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed inclined to rein in the president’s power to make “recess appointments” when the Senate is out of town, as justices on Monday suggested the practice under both parties had exceeded constitutional limits.

The Constitution grants the president [...]

Their Satanic Majesties Request

I can’t imagine what kind of blowback this might cause. Can you?

Justice Scalia ‘very much’ suspects he has homosexual friends

MSNBC, By Irin Carmon, October 6 Few Supreme Court Justices are as comfortable with the media as Antonin Scalia, but the three voluble interview sessions he sat for in the forthcoming issue of New York magazine stand out even for him for their candor.

In the interview with New York’s Jennifer Senior, Scalia discusses everything [...]

Humanity is drowning in Washington’s criminality

Snowden’s email provider shuts down abruptly – resistance squashed

Cory Doctorow

Yesterday, I asked the question, “Is Obama losing it?” This may provide part of the answer. Lavabit, the email service used by Edward Snowden, was shut down abruptly by Ladar Levison, Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC.. In an open letter to former users, Levison starts out by saying:

“I have [...]

Federal appeals court: Journalists can’t decline to testify in criminal trials

New York Times, By Matt Zapotosky & Justin Jouvenal, July 19

A New York Times reporter whose book is at the center of a criminal leak case against a former CIA officer accused of being one of his sources cannot invoke a reporter’s privilege and refuse to testify at the officer’s trial, a federal appeals [...]

FISA Court: Almost a parallel” Supreme Court?

(Tom Dispatch)-

Here’s the must-read money paragraph from Eric Lichtblau’s New York Times front-pager on the vast broadening of the powers of the NSA and the FISA secret court — with a question to follow: “The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case [...]

The list

I was heartened to learn that Alan Grayson took the correct side on the surveillance issue.

This is a watershed moment.

So far, Dick Cheney, John Kerry, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Lindsey Graham and Nancy Pelosi have publicly placed themselves on the shit list, along with a host of “reporters” and bureaucrats.

Ron [...]

Captain Queeg Commands the Good Ship Obama?

Captain Queeg at the helm of Obama’s ship of state?

This is not encouraging. According to Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, President Barack Obama is circling the wagons on leaks. This was happening before Snowden blew his whistle. It sounds serious:

WASHINGTON — “Even before a [...]

Decline and Fall – Snoop Daddy ECHELON, Real Unemployment, Syria

A chronicle of the spectacular incompetence of those who purport to lead us

WASHINGTON – Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, revealed a government process of spying on citizens and organizations, not information about the subjects of cyber spying. If not illegal, it is a process that should be illegal. The real term for what [...]

Treason

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Droning On

This should come as no surprise to anyone, even without the recent foofaraw about NSA grepping phone numbers:

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged Wednesday that the agency has deployed drones to conduct surveillance in the U.S., and that the bureau was developing guidelines for their future law enforcement use.

Mueller told the Senate [...]

Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship voting law

(McClatchy) – The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law requiring that people registering to vote in federal elections provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

In the latest round of an immigration debate pitting state vs. federal powers, the court in a 7-2 decision declared that Arizona’s law went too far. Conservative and liberal [...]

Decline and Fall – Preplanned War in Syria and PRISM’s Snowden

A chronicle of the spectacular incompetence of those who purport to lead us

The invasion of Syria – Preplanned?

I don’t know but some interesting evidence surfaced this week that supports a serious look. Roland Dumas, French Foreign Minister under Mitterrand, made some disturbing statements on French television. He said that the British were preparing [...]

Manning Goes on Trial Tomorrow

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WikiLeaks: Manning to go on trial tomorrow The Statesman 03:14 WikiLeaks trial opens Monday Monterey County Herald, California 23:55 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 US soldier faces trial over WikiLeaks disclosures Channel NewsAsia 22:55 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 US soldier Bradley Manning goes on trial for WikiLeaks disclosure on Monday NDTV.com 22:49 Sat, 01 [...]