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The Military Exception to the Bill of Rights

DEAby Jacob G. Hornberger

Consider the following hypothetical. DEA agents in Columbus, Georgia, suspect that Joe Blow is selling cocaine and heroin to city youths. They’re sure he’s guilty but have been unable to come up with any evidence of his guilt. Under a formal policy established by the DEA, they take Joe into custody without a warrant, take him to a secret federal facility, keep him in solitary confinement for 3 years, and brutally torture him until he finally confesses to the crime. The federal grand jury issues a criminal indictment and the U.S. Attorney proceeds to prosecute the case. The prosecutor introduces Joe’s confession into evidence.

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A Nation of Morons

tea-partyJefferson called an educated citizenry "a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."

Madison warned that "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or, perhaps both."

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Remember Deir Yassin

Remember Deir YassinYesterday, after an absence of five years, Deir Yassin was once again remembered.

Deir Yassin Remembered is an organisation which exists only to remember the massacre of Deir Yassin of April 9th 1948. I became familiar with DYR in the early 2000s. I performed at a few DYR commemorations and each and every time I was overwhelmed. It wasn’t only the emotional intensity of the commemorations but also only at DYR events could one see the true commitment and devotion of the Palestinian community.

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Good for the ACLU and Jose Padilla!

Jose Padillaby Jacob G. Hornberger

Good for the ACLU! It is taking Jose Padilla’s civil suit to the U.S. Supreme Court for what will hopefully be an adjudication by the highest court in the land as to the power of the U.S. military and the CIA in modern-day American life.

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On Marine Le Pen and Populism

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen and The French’s Front National are the big winners in the French elections yesterday. France’s Front National scored the best ever presidential campaign first-round result (18% of the votes).

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