Senator Ron Wyden blasted former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden when he suggested Dianme Feinstein was "too emotional" about torture undertaken by the CIA during the Bush administration.
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The NSA has confirmed in an article from The Guardian that a loophole in the restrictions against domestic spying was employed to search US citizens communications without any warrant. This should p
The Associated Press did an analysis of how well the Obama administration was doing on his promise to have "the most transparent administration in history", and it's not looking good according to their analysis in an article published by The Guard
While Dianne Feinstein has long protected the US Intelligence agencies in the Senate, she finally had enough when the CIA accused her staff of hacking while investigating waterboarding Post 9/11 by the CIA. She took to the floor of the Senate for 90 minutes
The US Senate Democrats (28 of 55) are holding an overnight talkathon on the reality of climate change and urging legislation to deal with it, which sadly won't happen any time soon given the poisonous divisions in congress and the mass
I don't take seriously much of anything that comes out of the Conservative Political Action Council known as CPAC, but it provides a clear view of what goes on in the heads of the attendees, it resembles a tent revival gathering of the mean spirited crowd, and all they want is to be told the devil is a really bad dude.
Ahh, how wonderful to have the Swiss banks, and the Swiss government looking out for you if you're a maligned US millionaire sheltering a few mil from taxes, but the winds of change may be blowing in an different direction, maybe jail. The Swiss bankers claim they can't under Swiss law disclose the names of rich tax d
According to research at MarketWatch.com, the lopsided income distribution portrayed in the series Downton Abbey is the reality of the US economy, our income inequality is about like that of the period 90 years ago in England.&
The end game is approaching in negotiations for a sweeping "free trade" pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP for short, and alarm bells are ringing out everywhere. Public
This is one of those "you gotta be kidding" stories, the Uintah Elementary school in Salt Lake City made the national news, and not in a good way. They served 40 kids their lunch, then confiscated the food and threw it aw
I never thought I would agree to anything the Republican party did, but they finally came up with a position I agree with as reported in The Guardian. The Republican National Committee adopted a
This article from The Huffington Post says it all on the subject of "free trade", courtesy Alan Grayson.A picture is worth 1000 words. So let me show you two of them. On the left, o
A new report has been published by Oxfam, an international organization that works to eradicate the sources of poverty, showing that the richest 85 people
President Obama gave the big NSA reform pitch, but it didn't make many people happy, for a lot of different reasons. My own reaction is pretty unhap
The US Department of Labor investigates minimum wage violations, and rightly so, but they have a tool called the "Hot Goods Order" which they used in 2012 against three Oregon Blueberry farm operations. The tool was employed in the 1930's to shut down garment sweat shop
Dave Barry gives us the low down on important events in 2013, along with his twisted humor.
The Washington Post has a column called Wonkblog, which solicited suggestions for the "Graph of the Year" from a number of policy and academic experts. Here is the contribution from Senator Chuck Schumer.
I have blogged before about Oregon tax policy that rewards the big fat cats Nike and Intel, which is a huge transfer of tax responsibility from highly profitable corporations to me and you, and continuing that train of thought we
A federal court judge ruled that the NSA was perfectly within its rights to collect the phone records of every US citizen in an absurd ruling against the ACLU. The ACLU will appeal the dismissal of their lawsuit.&nbs
A Federal Court judge in Washington DC has ruled the NSA bulk phone metadata collection is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches without due process, and he called the program "Orwellian". Thanks to Edward Snowden the cracks in the NSA armor are about to break. T
The new revelation reported in the Washington Post is not that earth shaking in itself, but it points out how the NSA builds big haystacks of data, making it harder to find a needle.&nbs
The Hill.com published excerpts of an interview with Rep. James Sensenbrenner in which he called for James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, to be indicted for lying to cong
This has to be the most bizarre news story of the day. The Guardian is reporting that the NSA somehow believed terrorists might be lurking in the hordes of innocent gamers, so naturally they had to do so
The largest private employer in Oregon with about 16,000 employees, Intel says they'd like the same sweet tax deal Oregon gave to Nike, a 30 year guarantee that their income tax basis won't change from t
Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013) has died at age 95. He was on my list of most admired and was a huge inspiration to the world for his opposition to apartheid most of his life. President Obama ordered
The Washington Post has broken a new story based on internal NSA documents courtesy of Edward Snowden, it turns out the NSA is intercepting data worldwide from major cell telecoms and storing billions of records
According to Census Bureau Historical tables, we are just now recovering income lost in the cataclysmic Crash of 2008. The destruction of family earnings took us back to 1996 levels, undoing all the gains of the Clinton y
Pope Francis has stunned the world, and shook up Sarah Palin, with his statements on homosexuality, abortion and birth control, but that ain't all. The Pope has gone from being suspiciously liberal to outright radical with his views on "Unfettered Capitalism". I almost never even think about Sarah Pa
A non-binding UN resolution that declares a "human right to privacy" as a basic right is being drafted and will come up for a vote soon. The US and UK are opposing the language, as it would put them in violation,
There are 38 news organizations ready to stage a revolt over what they view as the "White House’s own Soviet-style news service, which gets privileged access to Mr. Obama at the expense of journalists who cover the president."At issue is President Obama's policy of not allowing press photographers to cover m