Tag Archives: U.S. Senate

Organizing Notes: Who Really Runs Ukraine — Read the Fine Print

Read the Fine Print! Bruce Gagnon   Organizing Notes   July 5, 2015 Click on the letter for a clearer view Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America’s declining empire…. Media for the people!  Click here to […]

Reversing Grassroots Win, US Senate Approves Fast Track Trade Measure

Friends of the Earth: “These trade deals would harm the environment, allow corporations to roll back government laws on fossil fuel exports and impede future action by Congress to protect the planet from climate disruption. A vote for Fast Track is a vote for climate disaster and an attack on our clean air and water.”

Dan Froomkin: John Brennan exonerates himself with sham investigation

Far from “clearing” anyone of anything, the panel’s report is just the latest element in a long string of cover-ups and deceptions orchestrated by Brennan.

▶Truthdigger of the Week: Navi Pillay

“…the voice of the victim everywhere” The lawmakers criticizing Pillay for attempting to do her job represent a government entangled with the interests of multinational business, including and especially purveyors of Middle Eastern oil. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visits South Sudan in April. AP/UNMISS By Alexander Reed Kelly  truthdig.com  August […]

Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken: Behind the odd progressive divide between senators, intellectuals on Gaza

For many outside the U.S. Senate, the discovery that even progressive stalwarts such as Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Al Franken, D-Minn., voted for the resolution is more than disappointing. It does more than confirm U.S. Senate support for Israel. It pushes that statement beyond any rational or ethical or moral framework imaginable. […]

Trevor Timm: The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it

 Politicians are still trying to hand over your data behind closed doors, under the guise of ‘cybersecurity’ reform. Have we learned nothing? Trevor Timm    theguardian.com, Saturday 12 July 2014 Senator Dianne Feinstein says a new cyber security bill helps share information ‘through a purely voluntary process and with significant measures to protect private information.’ Did you […]

John Nichols: The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’

Once dismissed even by many reformers as an appropriate yet impossible initiative, the movement for a “Money Out/Voters In” amendment to the Constitution has grown so strong — and been proven to be so necessary — that it has now achieved what most organizers of amendment movements only imagine.   By John Nichols  BillMoyersNews  July 12, […]

▶ Mark Fiore: Bestest Friends, Featuring Knuckles and Snuggly

Click where it says “Watch on Vimeo” to see video.  Senator Dianne Feinstein’s condemnation of CIA spying marked both a low and high point for the U.S. government. Finally, someone in office is angry enough at the privacy violations occurring daily in the United States to publicly denounce a spy agency’s actions. Mark Fiore weighs […]

Ceding Liberty to Terror: Senate Votes Against Due-Process Rights> How they voted

Ceding Liberty to Terror: Senate Votes Against Due-Process Rights  CONOR FRIEDERSDORF  DEC 2 2011, 11:17 AM ET 76    The Atlantic  Asked to deny presidential authority to indefinitely detain Americans without charges or a trial, they declined, citing the threat of al-Qaeda. Is it lawful for the president to order any American held indefinitely as a terrorist, without […]