interpreting the constitution

crowd control

spread of the red

one nation, under surveillance

fun d' mental

in bed with the red

red state rebate







previous editions

   Links of the Week

CRS report : Congress's
Contempt Power: Law, History,
Practice, and Procedure

Congressional Committee
Hearing :Ensuring the
Availability of Federal Student

Thomas Hardy :  
Jude the Obscure, 1895  
Project Gutenberg EBooks

H L Mencken bibliography and
resource page

Carved cedar Sun Rattle,
Native American, Northwest

contact us  
back to top of
interpreting the constitution
in bed with the red
crowd control
crowd control
spread of the red
one nation, under surveillance
number 152    
Lawyers for the American Civil
Liberties Union, acting on
behalf of 12 advocacy groups,
have filed suit in federal court
in Denver asking a judge to
order municipal authorities to
make their security measures
for the Democratic National
Convention available to the
public in a timely manner. The
suit alleges that delays in
announcing parade routes,
schedules and locations of
public events, and proposed
security protocols are
undermining efforts to organize
protests during the convention.
Spokesmen for some public
interest groups planning
events at the convention have
alleged that the City of Denver
and the Secret Service have
deliberately delayed finalizing
their plans in an effort to thwart

The plaintiffs say they are
seeking to avoid a repeat of
events at the 2004 Democratic
Convention in Boston, where
last minute implementation
effectively prevented a
meaningful legal review of
harsh security measures. A
federal court found that the
limited “protest zone” set up in
Boston infringed citizens’ First
Amendment rights, but noted
that there wasn’t time for a
proper hearing on the issues,
or to carry out any resulting
court orders.

In a statement, ACLU legal
director Mark Silverstein said,
"We are asking the federal
district court in Denver to take
immediate steps to ensure that
what happened in Boston in
2004 will not be repeated in
Denver this summer."            
it's all true
Blackwater Worldwide will not face
charges of corporate culpability in
connection with a botched
September operation in which 17
Iraqi civilians were killed by
employees of the private security
contractor. An investigation by the
Associated Press, citing
anonymous sources familiar with a
Justice Department probe of the
incident, reports that the inquiry is
focused on the actions of a handful
of individual Blackwater guards.
According to the report, the Justice
Department investigation will not be
concluded before the end of the

The civilian deaths ignited a storm of
criticism of US reliance on private
security forces in both Iraq and
Afghanistan, highlighting the lack of
legal authority over the behavior of
the paramilitary forces. A 2004
by the US-led Coalition Provision
Authority grants foreign security
contractors immunity from
prosecution in Iraqi courts. At the
same time, some legal experts doubt
that the companies or their
employees can be tried in US courts
for crimes committed overseas.

AP reports that Blackwater
officials have signaled their
willingness to cooperate with a limited
Justice Department probe. Company
spokesperson Anne Tyrrell said, “If it
is determined that there are any
individuals who need to be held
accountable, we support that.”

Despite numerous allegations of
criminal activity against Blackwater
guards, the State Department last
month renewed its contract with the
company for another
it's all true
Protesters Set To
Defy Convention
Blackwater Security a Corps of Bad Apples
Evidence that the sharp spike in
staple food prices that has caused
massive disruptions to world markets
is increasingly impacting US
consumers continues to accumulate,
with unprecedented numbers of
Americans accessing assistance
programs and food stamp enrollment
at record levels. International
criticism of the diversion of food
crops to biofuels such as corn-based
ethanol has forced Congress to
reconsider recent initiatives adopted
to encourage the expansion of
ethanol production. The Bush
administration has attempted to quell
a controversy over remarks by the
president that appeared to blame
high food prices on rising demand in
the developing world, in an incident
that underscored an increasing
international willingness to point to
excessive US consumption as a
direct cause of privation in other
Federal statistics indicate that some
28 million Americans, about 10
percent of the population, will use
food stamps in the next fiscal year,
the highest enrollment ever except
for a surge following Hurricane
Katrina in 2005. Officials note that
many new recipients of food stamps
are full-time workers whose low
wages leave them eligible for the
program. Food stamp benefits
average about $100 per month

Officials at the United Nations and
the World Bank have publicly urged
the US to consider the impact that its
biofuels policies will have on the
world’s poor. Last week, UN
economic adviser Jeffrey Sachs told
reporters, “In the United States as
much as one third of the maize crop
this year will go into the gas tank.
This is a huge blow to the world food
supply.”  World Bank president
Zoellick told a conference in
Mexico City that the US should
assess its policy in the context of
“the overall set of humanitarian
issues in terms of the price of
food products.”

President Bush’s attempt to
explain the rise in food prices
solely in terms of growing demand
in emerging economies generated
resentment across the developing
world, where the remarks were
widely reported.  Business leaders
and government officials were
quick to point out that US energy
policies and consumption habits
have global ramifications. Food
policy experts note that while
economies in India and China
have been growing exponentially
for decades, the surge in
commodity prices is a recent,
it's all true
"Opening up ANWR is not
long term, it's intermediate
term…I firmly believe that,
you know, if there was a
magic wand to wave, I'd be
waving it, of course...
verbatim                                                                 number 29.6
...I think that if there
was a magic wand,
and say, okay, drop
price, I'd do that."
Washington DC 04.29.08
norway   france    spain       
funds commited to tsunami
aid (per $100 GDP)
selected countries
US Pantry Stocked With Delusion of Profusion, Presumption of Consumption
Two recently released studies
show that minorities have been
targeted for arrest at a glaringly
disproportional rate since the
inception of the so-called ‘war on
drugs’.  The reports, from Human
Rights Watch and the Sentencing
Project, reveal that African
Americans are arrested for drug
related crimes more often than
whites and they are more likely to
be sent to prison than whites.

The report from Human Rights
Watch found that in 34 states, "a
black man is 11.8 times more
likely than a white man to be sent
to prison on drug charges."  The
researchers found that in 16
states African Americans are sent
to prison for drug crimes at rates
that are 10 to 42 times higher
than whites.  The second report,
released by the Sentencing
Project, reveals that between
1980 and 2003, drug
arrests for blacks in the nation’s
largest cities increased by 225
percent while the arrest of whites
for drug crimes rose only 70
In 11 of the nations largest cities,
“black drug arrests rose by more
than 500 percent” over the same
time period.     
it's all true
CIA and Pentagon Waged a Different Kind of War on Drugs
Allegations that detainees held by
the US military at the detention
center in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and
at black-site prison camps scattered
across the globe were not only
subjected to torture, but also given
mind altering drugs by CIA
interrogators have resurfaced
following the publication of White
House memoranda that discuss the
use of torture during interrogations of
terror suspects.

Washington Post reported that
“at least two dozen” detainees have
reported in interviews and in court
documents that they were forcibly
given unknown drugs or that they
witnessed  interrogators injecting
other detainees
with drugs prior to interrogation
sessions.  Detainees held by the US
have reported that the effects of
these unknown drugs ranged from
sedation to nausea, with some
detainees describing that the drugs
they were given left them in a trance-
like state and caused them to
experience hallucinations.

Although the CIA and the Pentagon
have vigorously denied the claims of
detainees who previously reported
that interrogators forcibly
administered unknown mind-altering
drugs as an aspect of the
interrogation process, the release of
the now infamous “White House
Torture memos”, which provided a
legal justification for using drugs
interrogations, has lent credibility
to the detainee’s allegations.  
White House counsel, John Yoo,
provided a legal argument for the
Bush administration that held that
US interrogators could use “mind
altering substances” to enhance
interrogations, a practice long
banned by both international and
US law, so long as the drugs
effects on detainees was not
permanent or “profound”

The president of Physicians for
Human Rights, Leonard
Rubenstein  demanded an official
investigation saying,“The use of
drugs as a form
of restraint of prisoners is both
unlawful and unethical."     
it's all
Documented in
Drug Prosecutions
Investigative targets of republican
appointed US Attorneys in two
southern states have reported that
they are victims of suspicious
robberies and other acts of
intimidation.  An investigative piece
by pulls together the
several incidents, suggesting a
pattern of criminal acts all carried out
against defendants and other
witnesses and whistle blowers
associated with the what the
defendants consider to be politically
motivated prosecutions.  The crime
are suspicious because, unlike most
burglaries, the thieves who broke into
homes and offices in the incidents
took nothing of value, they
rummaged through and stole files
and documents.  There were ten
separate incidents related to three
different US Attorney prosecutions,
which included two acts of arson and
a threatening incident with an

Incidents related to the high profile
case involving the former Governor
of Alabama, Don Siegelman include
two separate break-ins at his home.  
The Siegelman’s reported that no
jewelry or stereo equipment was
taken, but the thieves had apparently
rifled through the files in Siegelman’s
home office.   The break-ins
occurred during the summer that
Siegelman was indicted.  Later, an
attorney who worked on Siegelman’s
appeal, Susan James, reported that
her office was ransacked.  The
thieves stole
nothing of value, but James told raw
, “They went through our
client files.”  A republican attorney
who came forward to testify in
support of Siegelman reported that
there was a suspicious fire at her
home and that she was forced off the
road while she was driving by
another vehicle.  The events
happened within a two-week period.

A defendant in another case that was
prosecuted by the Alabama US
Attorney’s office, John Goff, reported
that his office was vandalized at the
time that he was being prosecuted.  
Goff also believes that he was
prosecuted for political reasons.  

The raw also reports on
incidents related to the allegedly
political prosecution of an attorney
and three judges in Mississippi.  
Justice Oliver E. Diaz, who sits on the
Mississippi Supreme Court, is one of
the victims who reports that his home
was burglarized while his family was
out of town and, in the pattern of the
incidents in Alabama, nothing of
value was taken.  

Raw said “These crimes
raise serious questions about the
possible use of deliberate
intimidation tactics.”   The victims of
the crimes have called for an  
investigation by authorities into the
pattern of suspicious burglaries and
acts of arson.                   
it's all true
Suspicious Pattern Tied to US Attorney
previous editions archive