American Exceptionalism, American Torture

CIA Torture Report

*+-Bill Blum: In the United States, military torturers and their political godfathers are granted amnesty automatically, simply for being American, solely for belonging to the “Good Guys Club”.

CIA Torture: Crystallizing Cleavages

CIA Torture Report Released

*+-John Peeler: The release of this report, however, must be seen as a victory for Democratic liberals. They have won a key battle. The larger war over governing principles in foreign policy and international affairs will go on.

Does Homeland Glorify the CIA?

Homeland Glorifies CIA

*+-Randy Shaw: In its essence, Homeland is reclaiming and reviving the same dangerous myth of the “CIA knows best” that has caused misery to millions across the globe.

“Don’t Tread On Me!” Unless You’re the NSA

nsa listening

*+-Joseph Palermo: Our political leaders and courts are clearly incapable of providing the needed “check” on the inevitable abuses that will occur when the government chooses to keep a domestic spying behemoth behind a veil of state secrecy.

President Hugo Chavez and America’s “Backyard”

Hugo Chavez Mural

*+-Joseph Palermo: The simple fact remains: Chavez, who died of cancer at the age of 58, was the only president of Venezuela in modern memory who did ANYTHING for the poor people of that country who make up the vast majority of its nearly 30 million citizens.