Tag Archives: Constitution

What are the Prospects For Peace: an Interview with Noam Chomsky

“According to the Constitution, Article I, Congress has the sole right to declare war. But that provision has long been dispatched to the ashcan, along with other inconvenient provisions of the document that we are taught to revere.”

ACLU | Why the U.S. War on ISIS Is Illegal

No court has ever addressed the government’s legal justifications for military action in so many different parts of the world. Now, in a case brought by the ACLU, one court will.

John Rachel | The Politics of Panic and Puerile Propaganda

…we are still looking at a total retreat from journalistic integrity, an abandonment of responsibility vital to our survival as a nation…

Peter Van Buren> Welcome to Post-Constitution America

The war on whistleblowers is metastasizing into a war on the First Amendment. People may now be convicted based on secret testimony by unnamed persons. Military courts and jails can replace civilian ones. Justice can be twisted and tangled into an almost unrecognizable form and then used to send a young man to prison for decades. Claiming its actions […]

Jon Stewart Takes Fox News to Warp Speed on Boston Bombing Trial

Jon Stewart Comedy Central Click to watch a video of the show:  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ESTHER ZUCKERMAN    APR 25, 2013  The Atlantic Wire On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart explained how, in the wake of the Boston bombing and at the beginning of the controversial prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Fox News went all willy […]

Democracy Now!> Journalist, Plaintiff Chris Hedges Hails “Monumental” Ruling on NDAA Indefinite Detention

Published on May 17, 2012 by democracynow DemocracyNow.org – In a rare move, a federal judge has struck down part of a controversial law signed by President Obama that gave the government the power to indefinitely detain anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world without charge or trial — including U.S. citizens. Judge Katherine Forrest […]

Adam Liptak> Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest

Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest By ADAM LIPTAK     April 2, 2012     New York Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of […]

Carol Masters> A Common Thread

A Common Thread By Carol Masters   WAMM Newsletter    February 2012 But until the occcupation of Wall Street, we had not yet been able to define ourselves as belonging to a collective group with shared interests; shared interests that cross religious, ethnic, and political lines. The proverbial cat was out of the bag, and […]

WAMM Women at the Capitol

WAMM Women at the Capitol, March 23, 2012 Our Voices Count> No Voter ID While outside the Senate chambers, we happened to look up at the sayings on the wall above.  Here are a couple we thought really applied to the day.  It would be good if the Senators and Representatives took them to heart. […]

Glenn Greenwald> NYPD spying program aimed at Muslims

NYPD spying program aimed at Muslims BY GLENN GREENWALD   FEB 22, 2012   Salon.com Mohammed el-Sioufi, an accountant and vice president of the Islamic Culture Center, a mosque in Newark, is interviewed by the Associated Press about the New York Police Department’s surveillance of the Muslim community in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.  (Credit: AP/Charles […]

Video> The Young Turks> Liberal Hypocrisy on Obama Vs Bush – Poll

Uploaded by TheYoungTurks on Feb 9, 2012 Are liberals in favor of policies under Democratic President Barack Obama that they despised under Republican President George Bush? Sadly the answer is yes according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down a piece by Glenn Greenwald on the topic including thoughts on […]

Rob Kall> Is The USA The Only Nation in the World With Corporate Personhood?

Is The USA The Only Nation in the World With Corporate Personhood? By Rob Kall   Posted: 02/ 8/2012    Huffington Post It’s not surprising to learn that no nation on earth enshrines in its constitution the right of corporate personhood. Mila Versteeg, associate law professor at the University of Virginia, is probably the only […]

The ACLU on Obama and core liberties, by Glenn Greenwald

The ACLU on Obama and core liberties BY GLENN GREENWALD     salon.com AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File In this photo taken Aug. 31, 2011, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House (updated below – Update II) WAMMToday Note:  The quotations in white are cut off, but click on them and you will […]

Defending the Constitution vs. Pledge to Government Secrecy, by Linda Lewis

Defending the Constitution vs. Pledge to Government Secrecy Linda Lewis  Scoop The Oath to Defend the Constitution vs. the Forced Pledge to Protect Government Secrecy August 2011 “Which of the applicable laws has priority?” In the debate on reducing the national debt, members of Congress have focused on two options–tax increases and entitlement cuts—both considered […]

Facts and Fairy Tales: How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington

How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington  By William J. Astore        Tom Dispatch I have a fairy tale for you.  Once upon a time, a representative democracy was established with a constitution that distilled the wisdom of the ages.  Its foundational principles included civilian control of the military and a system of checks […]