Thursday, June 18, 2009

Senate Unanimously Passes Torture Photo Release Ban

Remember how the Lieberman-Graham torture photo secrecy amendment was ix-nayed from the war supplemental bill by the House-Senate conference committee? Yesterday, without any fanfare, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass the measure on its own. You read that right -- unanimously. Read all about it. This is just one more blow against transparency in government. Another win for the same kind of secrecy that characterized the Bush administration. Where's the change we can believe in?

June 18, 2009 at 01:55 PM in Government, Military Affairs, National Security, NM Congressional Delegation, Obama Administration, Torture | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Compare Language of Obama and Cheney Speeches on National Security

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These are word clouds created by the language used in the speeches about national security given today by President Barack Obama and Dead-Ender Dick Cheney. The bigger the word, the more it was used in the speech. Click on the images to see larger versions. Notice any big differences? Like use of the words TERRORISM and 9/11 by Cheney vs. the words WILL, AMERICAN, PEOPLE and GUANTANAMO emphasized by Obama? Click for the complete texts of the speech by Obama -- and the one by Cheney. There he goes again. Hey, Dick, go back to your bat cave!

May 21, 2009 at 03:34 PM in Afghanistan, International Relations, Iraq War, Military Affairs, National Security, Obama Administration, Terrorism, Torture | Permalink | Comments (3)