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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration today argued before a federal court that it should have unreviewable authority to kill Americans the executive branch has unilaterally determined to pose a threat. Government lawyers made that claim in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) charging that the administration's asserted targeted killing authority violates the Constitution and international law. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments from both sides today. "If the Constitution means anything, it surely means that the president does not have unreviewable authority to summarily execute any American whom he concludes is an enemy of the state," said Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, who presented arguments in the case.
LOL 9:51 pm December 7, 2010 The United States, which is currently engaged in a complete war against some weird guy with a website, is going to host “World Press Freedom Day,” the Department of State announced today. They’re all especially excited about protecting the flow of digital news, which is why Washington is “concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information.”
WikiLeaks cables show Germany has questioned the US about money contributed by allies to a trust fund to finance the Afghan national army's kit and infrastructure.
Saturday the 4th of december. 6.41 pm. Julian Assange seats in front of his computer for a chat interview with EL PAÍS. Interpol is looking for him.
This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America’s leading linguists and political dissidents.
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An Army physician called it "pharmacologic waterboarding."
The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum Posted on Nov 15, 2010
Passive solar is just so easy, it's a wonder we don't all do it.
Photos: Dentu This is how we shall grow produce in the post-apocalyptic future Finally -- a device that will guarantee we can still grow vegetables in the dark, after a nuclear holocaust has blocked out the sun or rampaging zombies have taken over our farmland. This Japanese lettuce-growing vending machine has been making the blog-rounds over the last few months, both because it doesn't require sunlight (it uses fluorescent bulbs) and because of the surprising yield it can churn out: 60 heads a day, or over 20,000 a year.
2 December 2010 Last updated at 19:30 ET By Duncan Kennedy BBC News, Tocco Da Casauria Tocco Da Casauria has embraced its wind turbines
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The Senate's leading climate change denier, James Inhofe (R-Okla.), isn't making an appearance in Cancun this year. He dropped in for a short visit to Copenhagen last year, where his presence mostly served to confuse and disturb reporters from other countries.
Incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor called yesterday for the closing of an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery that features work with sexual themes and a video about the AIDS epidemic in Latin American culture that includes 11 seconds of ants crawling on a Christ figure.
Low oxygen levels, which have been found along southeastern Australia, are known to increase stress on fish. (Ho New/Reuters)
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[October 2010] Iraqi war logs