American presidents, whatever their politics or campaign rhetoric, over and over stick with essentially the same security programs as their predecessors. In this new epoch of American double government, the disquieting question is: Who really is in charge? Unless the United States confronts that question squarely, Congress, the judiciary, and the presidency itself will continue, slowly and quietly, to fade into museum pieces.
Japanese lawmaker calls Obama descendant of black slaves
Kazuya Maruyama speaks to reporters at the Diet after he referred to U.S. President Barack Obama as a descendant of a black slave. The lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party called U.S. President Barack Obama a descendant of black slaves at a Diet meeting. “In the United States, a black man has become its president. I mean, he is in a bloodline of black people, who were slaves,” Kazuya Maruyama said during a session of Upper House Commission on the Constitution.
Four Surefire Tips for Following the Money in Your State: Here is the 2012 tax filing for Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS nonprofit. Highlighted in yellow is the most valuable information — total money spent and raised, key personnel and grants given out to other nonprofit groups. - Money & Politics, What Matters Today:BillMoyers.com
Exclusion of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny
Exclusion of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny: Here are some reasons prosecutors have offered for excluding blacks from juries: They were young or old, single or divorced, religious or not, failed to make eye contact, lived in a poor part of town, had served in the military, had a hyphenated last name, displayed bad posture, were sullen, disrespectful or talkative, had long hair, wore a beard.
Yoichi Masuzoe apologizes but remains defiant in funds scandal
Caught with his hands in the cookie jar, the greedy, corrupt governor of Tokyo talks out of both sides of his mouth to retain power. Embattled Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe insists his use of political money was legal even as he admits feeling embarrassed.
State secrets law endangers freedoms in Japan: Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe expressed grave concerns about how the new state secrets protection law will affect human rights guaranteed by the nation’s Constitution. “It will endanger the freedoms of religion, thought, conscience, expression, assembly and association,” Oe said Dec. 10 to an audience of about 800.
Economist: How do Hong Kong’s protests stack up against other displays of people power? They are brave and important, posing the biggest challenge from the streets to China’s government since Tiananmen Square in 1989.
National Security and Double Government features a broad and extensive array of supporting evidence from the Truman through the Obama administrations. A concise summary of organizational theory to aid in understanding why concealed government security actors resist policy change.