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

Romney’s Charge That ‘Any President’ Would Have Killed bin Laden False, Former White House Adviser Says

A former White House adviser during the Clinton administration is striking back at Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s assertion that “any president would have done” the operation President Obama ordered last year which resulted in the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The former Massachusetts governor last month argued: “With regards to Osama bin Laden, we’re delighted that [Obama] gave the order to take out Osama bin Laden, any president would have done that. But this one did and that’s a good thing.” Obama last May ordered a strike by U.S. commandos on the compound in Pakistan where bin Laden had been living, which resulted in the death of the al Qaeda leader who had planned the Sept. 11, … Continue reading

How Much Will $31.50 Buy?: Administration Officials, Lawmakers To Experience Food Stamps

What if you had just $31.50 to spend for a week’s worth of groceries? That’s the average allotment to those who receive federal assistance through Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as Food Stamps. Top Obama administration officials, including senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, several members of Congress, and others plan to find out on Thursday during a shopping trip to a Capitol Hill grocery store as part of the National Food Stamp Challenge. With Congress considering cutting the budget for SNAP, the religious community is leading an effort to focus the country’s attention on the realities of hunger and poverty. Poverty is at an all-time high in the United States, and more than 45 million … Continue reading