Onward Christian Soldier: Donald Rumsfeld Reportedly Sent Briefing Booklets on Iraq War to Bush Containing Inspirational Biblical Sayings

GQ has an array of daily briefing booklet sent by Donald Rumsfeld to George W. Bush on the Iraq war and the war on terror that featured Biblical sayings. This is the reading prepared for a president who called the war on terror a “crusade.” Such Biblical inspirational sayings as “Behold, the eye of the … Continue reading Onward Christian Soldier: Donald Rumsfeld Reportedly Sent Briefing Booklets on Iraq War to Bush Containing Inspirational Biblical Sayings

WA Supreme Court Rules Superior Court Order For Defendant To Write Apology Letter To Victim Does Not Violate First Amendment

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor We have seen many incidents of lower courts ordering those convicted of crimes to endure unusual punishments: some as novel as holding signs advertising that they are criminals; requiring the cutting hair of their children; or forced attendance in Church. While these are fundamentally unusual, a case before us here fortunately never rose to … Continue reading WA Supreme Court Rules Superior Court Order For Defendant To Write Apology Letter To Victim Does Not Violate First Amendment

Airlines Prevail In The Second Circuit In Avoiding Clean Up Costs For 9-11 Attacks

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has handed down a major decision on responsibility for 9-11 liability. In a decision by Judge Dennis Jacobs, a panel ruled that American Airlines, United Airlines and the World Trade Center leaseholder are not liable for environmental cleanup costs for the attacks in New York … Continue reading Airlines Prevail In The Second Circuit In Avoiding Clean Up Costs For 9-11 Attacks

The CIA Psychologist Who Designed the Torture Program Claims It Was Not Torture

Respectfully Submitted by Lawrence E. Rafferty (rafflaw)- Weekend Contributor We have seen and heard the claims from Donald Rumsfeld and others that the leaked Senate torture report is off base because the enhanced interrogation techniques were not only legal according to the Office of Legal Counsel, but they also produced results.  Putting aside the idea that just … Continue reading The CIA Psychologist Who Designed the Torture Program Claims It Was Not Torture

New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Photographer Cannot Refuse To Work At Same-Sex Marriage

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a photography studio violated the the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA) by refusing to photograph a same-sex wedding. Vanessa Willock was told that Elane Photography had a moral objection to her gay wedding and sued under the act, which “prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to … Continue reading New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Photographer Cannot Refuse To Work At Same-Sex Marriage

Single Mom Versus George W. Bush

Respectfully submitted by Lawrence E. Rafferty (rafflaw)-Guest Blogger With all of the discussion we have had on his blog about the abandonment of the rule of law in this country, I was very interested when I read about a class action lawsuit that was filed in March of this year.  The case is Saleh v. … Continue reading Single Mom Versus George W. Bush

Lest We Forget

Submitted by: Mike Spindell, guest blogger The issues discussed on this blog are wide-ranging even though at base we are all about upholding the Constitution and ensuring civil liberties. The disputed election of a President began this millennium in controversy, underlined by a horrific terrorist attack and the prosecution of two unnecessary wars. These wars … Continue reading Lest We Forget

Brennan And The War On Terror

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, gave a speech at Harvard Law School entitled “Strengthening our Security by Adhering to our Values and Laws.” According to Marty Lederman, “it is the most comprehensive single statement of the Obama Administration’s policies and practices with … Continue reading Brennan And The War On Terror

The American Quest for Empire

Submitted by: Mike Spindell, guest blogger A startling thought occurred to me recently and that is while I’m only approaching the age of sixty-seven, I have lived in eight decades on this planet. Every one of those eight decades has had an American involvement in a foreign war. To be sure there is a massive … Continue reading The American Quest for Empire

Panetta: Iraq Really Was A Response To 9-11

For years, the Bush Administration was denounced for the false statements and intelligence that led to the Iraq invasion. Even after it was shown that there were no weapons of mass destruction, many Americans continued to believe that Iraq was being invaded as a response to the 9-11 attacks. Now, in the latest morphing of … Continue reading Panetta: Iraq Really Was A Response To 9-11

Is Free Speech Really Free?

  Submitted by Lawrence Rafferty, (rafflaw), Guest Blogger   After a few recent discussions about Free Speech in earlier threads, I came across another example of how limited our Free Speech really is.  At a recent speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a former CIA employee, Ray McGovern, attempted to protest her speech about … Continue reading Is Free Speech Really Free?

Judge Disallows Padilla Torture Suit Because He Was Tortured?

Submitted by Lawrence Rafferty, (rafflaw), Guest Blogger   You may have missed this story in the corporate media.   It is an issue that is near and dear to my heart.  It seems that a Federal Judge has dismissed a case brought by Jose Padilla and others against Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials, for a … Continue reading Judge Disallows Padilla Torture Suit Because He Was Tortured?

Comedy Duo Entertains CPAC

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger First it was Hope and Crosby, then Rowan and Martin, and now the straight-laced conservative crowd at CPAC (The Conservative Political Action Conference) has its own custom-made comedic duo. Facing a chorus of boos and cheers former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld teamed up once again with straight man (and former VP) Dick Cheney … Continue reading Comedy Duo Entertains CPAC

Muggle Rebellion: Bush White House Blocked Award to J.K. Rowling Due To Her Connection to Witchcraft

In this new book, Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor, Matt Latimer has an interesting insight into the presidency of George W. Bush. When author J.K. Rowling was proposed as a recipient for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Bush nixed the idea because Rowling’s Harry Potter series “encouraged witchcraft.” While many of us may … Continue reading Muggle Rebellion: Bush White House Blocked Award to J.K. Rowling Due To Her Connection to Witchcraft