With Osama bin Laden still at large and no obvious ties between him and Saddam Hussein, taking the fight to Baghdad makes little sense. That hasn't stopped the hawks in D.C. from arguing it does, though.
When Congress pushed Plan Colombia, it took into account concerns that the U.S. might find itself mired in another Vietnam. So it placed caps on the number of military specialists -- government and private -- that could operate in Colombia. No more.
Back in 1994, a law was written to protect U.S. officials who supplied information to Peru about drug smuggling aircrafts, just in case Peru accidentally shot down a civilian plane. Or had Peru already done so?
While offering a public prayer at the 1992 Republican National Convention, then-Missouri-governor John Ashcroft requested that "those in the media join us to spread the truth of His word." How will he affect the freedom of the press if he becomes the Attorney General?
With the constant buzz of police helicopters overhead, the alternating scents of irritant gas, pepper spray and vinegar, police barricades at intersection after intersection and throngs of protesters expressing themselves in every which way, downtown D.C. was quite a scene on Sunday, April 16. Jason Vest happened to be in all the right places at all the right times and filed this report on the major clashes of the day.
In burnt-out Midwestern towns, private prisons are sprouting up among the shuttered steel mills that dot the landscape, intended to shore up the sagging local economies and create new jobs. But while the prisons have produced plenty of bounty for the politicians that cut the deals, the communities that got the jails are worse off than ever.
Since late March, a number of anti-IMF/World Bank activists and organizers (as well as a few journalists) have been confronted by the DC police force with numerous tactics -- from surveillance to implicit threats to bureaucratic intransigence -- apparently designed to marginalize the effectiveness of their mission.
As activists gear up for protests against the IMF and World Bank in Washington, they are facing an abnormal hurdle in their planning -- DC cops. Washington's Metropolitan Police Department has been monitoring activists' e-mails and has dropped in on at least one meeting to intimidate protest organizers.