In 1976 the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) was established to investigate both the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations. The HSCA met from 1976 to 1978 and finally in 1979 issued its final report that concluded that President Kennedy was probably assassinated not only by the Mafia but maybe the CIA.Write comment (0 Comments)
Over the years, African Americans have been accused of being a culturally suspicious group to a fault. The actions throughout the decades by the U.S. government toward Blacks, i.e., slavery and syphilis, have often justified our suspicions. One of the most talked about conspiracy theories of the mid-’80s and early ’90s had to do with the crack epidemic. A common-held belief was that the CIA flooded the Black community with crack so that we could do each other in.Write comment (0 Comments)
UPDATE: CISA is now the law.
Back in 2014, civil liberties and privacy advocates were up in arms when the government tried to quietly push through the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, a law which would allow federal agencies - including the NSA - to share cybersecurity, and really any information with private corporations "notwithstanding any other provision of law." The most vocal complaint involved CISA’s information-sharing channel, which was ostensibly created for responding quickly to hacks and breaches, and which provided a loophole in privacy laws that enabled intelligence and law enforcement surveillance without a warrant.Write comment (0 Comments)
Bob Marley, the iconic Jamaican Rasta musician died prematurely at the young age of 36 on May 11 1981. The cause of his death is listed as melanoma cancer, however there have always been questions about the circumstances leading up to his death.Write comment (0 Comments)
The Library of Congress is dropping the terms “illegal alien” and “alien” from its subject headings after a group of college students and the American Library Association protested the words’ usage.
As early as May, the Library of Congress will begin revising its subject headings and replacing “Aliens” with “Noncitizens” and heading references to “Illegal aliens” with “Noncitizens” and “Unauthorized immigration.”Write comment (0 Comments)
Let’s return to Annie Leonard’s profoundly ignorant attack on the cap-and-trade bill working its way through congress. Leonard’s primary contention is that the bill is a con job cooked up by Wall Street. We know this to be false both because it doesn’t make any sense and because it’s easy to trace the actual lobbying on the bill to the usual suspects.
But in a way this analysis of lobbying dollars is still a step removed from the more fundamental issue: a large bloc of legislators simply have no interest in climate change. For structural reasons, this problem is particularly devilish in the Senate, but the House of Representatives is hardly an environmental utopia.Write comment (0 Comments)
Those UTD students who haven’t begun shooting up pumpkin spice lattes, wearing a parka on sixty degree mornings, or binge-watching House to study for Anatomy midterms may have noticed that news from Washington has taken an intriguing new tone this autumn. Notable examples of a new wave of D.C. shake-ups include a rare alignment between far left Democrats and far right Republicans in opposition to President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, along with a historic visit from Pope Francis— whose more liberal take on social and environmental issues has left God-fearing, Bible-toting, “Jesus hates tree-huggers” conservatives with some explaining to do. Yet the most perplexing turn of events thus far has been House Republicans’ decision to finally seek medical treatment for their Boehner lasting longer than four years.Write comment (0 Comments)