“Sexually Dangerous” Can Be Imprisoned Indefinitely: Can Politicians Be Considered “Sexually Dangerous”?
A Supreme Court decision on Monday stated that federal official could hold people who are considered “sexually dangerous” indefinitely. The idea of keeping sexually dangerous people off the streets is not a bad one until you think of the enforcement mechanisms. Who gets to decide who is sexually dangerous and who is it? Aren’t these the same people who go to work with politicians who themselves have committed sex crimes?
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Federal District Court in New York granted Chevron’s request for a subpoena, which demands access to over 600 hours of footage from “Crude,” a documentary that chronicles a legal battle being supported by 30,000 Amazonian settlers hoping to hold Texaco (now owned by Chevron) responsible for environmental devastation in Ecuador. Local documentary filmmakers in Chicago react to the decision.
A look at recently passed health reform, growing momentum for the public option, and the movement for and future of single payer healthcare in America
Health reform passed really is “what change looks like.” What’s at stake isn’t simply the future of health care but the future of change in this country. The process that unfolded over the past year is an example of what any meaningful reforms or proposed radical changes dealing with issues will face in the future. And, it’s up to us, the people, to decide if this is how we wish future reforms to be handled.
It was only a matter of time before military commanders began to claim that the Taliban was using “human shields” to make it difficult for U.S. and NATO to carry out their offensive without killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan.
Ahead of the current offensive by U.S. and NATO forces in Marjah, the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance assisting the U.S. heavily in efforts to control and secure Afghanistan, issued these words for civilians: “Keep your head down.” These words along with other messages warning of civilian casualties were effective; many civilians fled the area in and around Marjah.
A look at the use of night raids in Afghanistan. Anand Gopal’s recent article “Afraid of the Dark” is used to enhance the exploration of night raids in Afghanistan and the “war on terror”
The Citizens United v. FEC decision lays bare the need for not only a reassessment of how we allow corporate power to pervert our political system. It also shows America needs a movement for fundamental electoral reform.
When we consider the indignity and inhumane treatment that detainees at Guantanamo have experienced and the torture and abuse which has surely inflamed Islamists who fill the ranks of al-Qaeda-like networks, what is our nation’s collective reaction? How do we respond? Does the thought of Guantanamo even matter to us?
The media spent a full day on Monday, January 11th, dissecting and reconstructing the surface meaning of Sen. Harry Reid’s remarks on Obama, which most pundits and political leaders have characterized as racist. But was the comment really racist? Was it correct but said the wrong way? Does it mater how it was said? And how much more damage did the media do to the public’s already existing inability to unflinchingly address and discuss real issues concerning race?