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Constitutional attorney: Guantanamo ‘nearly impossible to close’ thanks to NDAA

The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will not be closing any time soon thanks to President Barack Obama’s approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a constitutional attorney who’s represented terrorism suspects told Raw Story this week in an exclusive interview.

Even though President Barack Obama made closing Guantanamo one of his core campaign promises in the lead-up to the presidential election in 2008, that promise now appears to be “nearly impossible” to fulfill thanks to provisions in the new laws, Baher Azmy, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, explained. ……….


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Obama’s change: From kidnapping and torture to assassination

The coming war inside America

As the attention of most Americans was captivated by the shiny object in Times Square this weekend like infants fixated on car keys dangled in front of them, Barack Hussein Obama signed into law  H.R. 1540, better known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Regardless of any concurrent executive signing statements that are mere window dressing and not legally binding, Obama and every member of congress who crafted and voted for this act has essentially declared war on American citizens on U.S. soil.

To quote Rush Limbaugh, “words mean things.” As a career investigator, I can assure you that words contained in local, state and federal laws most certainly mean things, and provide the legal authority for conduct sanctioned by national or state authorities without regard to any promised judicial or prosecutorial discretion that could be likened to the signing statement. The NDAA now codifies the most controversial aspects of the Patriot Act, which “candidate” Obama publicly opposed. What changed?………………………..


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December 23, 2011 Poll: Ron Paul would fare best against Obama among non-white voters

A poll released Tuesday found that in head-to-head election match-ups between President Barack Obama and various Republican presidential candidates, Texas Rep. Ron Paul fared best among non-white voters.

In a hypothetical contest against the president, the CNN/Opinion Research poll found Paul with 25 percent of the non-white vote. …….


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Gingrich and the Courts: No, Sir, That Ain’t History

Newt Gingrich is fond of reminding listeners that he was a history professor. As with most things the former Speaker of the House says, there’s a bit of truth and a lot of exaggeration in that line of his résumé.

In 1970, Gingrich joined the history department at West Georgia College as an assistant professor. In 1974, he moved to the geography department where he helped found an interdisciplinary environmental studies program. After eight years at West Georgia, the 35-year-old Gingrich was denied tenure and he abandoned his planned professorial profession.

The same year he departed West Georgia College, Gingrich took his third shot at Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat. With the incumbent’s decision not to seek reelection, Gingrich successfully defeated his Democratic challenger and went on to spend 20 years in the House of Representatives, including four years wielding the powerful Speaker’s gavel.
The brief biographical sketch provided above casts legitimate doubt on the strength of Gingrich’s scholarly claims. Not one to let the facts stand in the way of a good story, Gingrich relies on his paltry professorial past to intimidate opponents and convince voters that he is the thinking man’s Republican and thus more intellectually equipped to take on his fellow former professor — Barack Obama.
During an appearance on the CBS Sunday morning mainstay, Face the Nation (picture above), presidential candidate Gingrich demonstrated how his time studying history did nothing to improve his woeful understanding of the separation of powers and checks and balances — two of the principal pillars upon which our Republic is built. ………………

Obama demands Iran return downed US drone

President Barack Obama acknowledged for the first time Monday that a US drone was in Iranian hands and said the United States has asked Tehran to return the sophisticated spycraft.

“We’ve asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond,” Obama said at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

It was the first open confirmation by the Obama administration that Iran was in possession of the drone, which Tehran says it brought down as the plane was flying over its territory. ……..


Obama demands Iran return downed US drone