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Putin’s “State of the Union” speech on December 4, 2014 (with link to text)

To understand Russia, it is important to observe closely the public face the President puts on the actions and policies of the Russian government. Of course, it is equally important to pay careful attention to…


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Outlook for 2014 and beyond: Technology and the creation of increasingly powerful instruments of totalitarian control

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” –Lord Acton (1834-1902) “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke The onward push of technology…


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Torture and torture memos pose serious obstacle to confirmation of Carolyn Krass as CIA General Counsel

The Trenchant Observer noted, quite some time ago, that torture will not be done with Obama, or with us, until we are all done with torture. See The Trenchant Observer, “The Clock is Ticking: U.S….



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Where are the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights?

U.S. law requires that the annual State Department Country Reports on Human Rights be published by February 25 of each year. The seriousness with which the State Department views human rights is reflected by its…


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Drone Killings, the Constitution, International Law, and the John Brennan File

Developing story Check back for updates Recent News Reports and Commentary Michael Isikoff (National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News), “Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans; A secretive memo from the Justice…


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“L’État, c’est moi”—Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood launch coup d’état in Egypt

“L’Etat, c’est moi.” “I am the state.” –quote attributed to King Louis IV Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has executed a legal coup d’état through a decree by President Mohamed Morsi arrogating all legal power to himself,…