ACLU: Senators Should Use Brennan Hearing To Probe Targeted Killings

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee should use Thursday’s confirmation hearing of John Brennan to be director of the CIA as a means to get more detailed information on the Obama administration’s policies of targeted killings of suspected terrorists, a leading civil liberties group urges. These issues, raised anew by the leak of a government white paper, are on top of the longstanding concerns about what role Brennan may have played in torture, extraordinary rendition, and secret prisons during his tenure at the CIA, according to a top official at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The issue has become explosive on the eve of Brennan’s hearing with the leak of a White House paper on its policies to allow … Continue reading

Prominent Progressive To Fight U.S. Mail Cut

One of the Senate’s most outspoken progressives is vowing to fight the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decision to end Saturday delivery of mail. “The postmaster general cannot save the Postal Service by ending one of its major competitive advantages.  Cutting six-day delivery is not a viable plan for the future.  It will lead to a death spiral that will harm rural America while doing very little to improve the financial condition of the Postal Service,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “Providing fewer services and less quality will cause more customers to seek other options.  Rural Americans, businesses, senior citizens and veterans will be hurt by ending Saturday mail.” The House last year refused to consider a Senate-passed postal reform bill … Continue reading