Joe Palermo: Given its epic flaws and omissions, it’s little wonder that the Warren Report, which the Commission presented to President Johnson with great fanfare on September 28, 1964, has been over the years widely condemned as a monumental government fraud.
For mismanaging realignment in LA County, we are putting you “on probation.” We list for you the following five rehabilitation benchmarks that we expect you to meet over the next year.
Alexa Koenig: A report released this morning concludes that post-9/11, doctors and other health professionals working in U.S. security detention centers engaged in torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees.
Bruce Reilly: People want and deserve highly trained and highly effective individuals being constructive in the community. This means more than simply training police as soldiers. We don’t need any more war in America.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: While much of the damage and power interruptions were inevitable, the situation was aggravated by the fact that ConEdison’s systems were in a weakened state prior to Sandy.
Norman Solomon: Although Snowden was able to stay in Russia, revocation of his U.S. passport has been a crucial weapon to prevent him from crossing an international border for any reason other than to come home to prison in the United States.
Mike Males: Doesn’t it seem logical that a curfew requiring police to remove an entire group of people from public spaces for hours would at least reduce public crimes and safety risks involving that group? Well, it doesn’t.
Walter Moss: Let’s not just complain about our dysfunctional Congress. Let’s demonstrate that ordinary citizens still have a voice that matters in our democracy.
Jamala Rogers: At a time when Detroit needed him the most, Kwame chose the opportunist path by adding to the oppression of black folks and looking out for himself.
Robin Lakoff: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission will do for wealthy individuals what Citizens United did for corporations: allow them to give essentially unlimited amounts of money to political parties and candidates.
Will Matthews: By vetoing S.B. 649, Gov. Brown has thwarted the will of the voters and their elected representatives by rejecting a modest reform that would have helped end mass incarceration in this state.
Thomas P. Moss and Walter G. Moss: Not only would passage of the Justice Safety Valve Act prevent lives and money from being lost down the drain. It would also demonstrate to politicians and average citizens in this time of ideological rigidity that Congress still can, at least occasionally, come together to work for the common good.
Steven Mikulan: McCutcheon, like Citizens United and virtually every other right-wing attempt to return the United States to its Gilded Age of conspicuous inequality, stakes its claim on the First Amendment — it’s all about free speech.