May 6, 2012 |
In recent weeks, a parade of top officials has given sober, underpublicized speeches explaining why President Obama not only considers "targeted killing" drone strikes against terrorists legal but has massively expanded their use, even approving a strike against a U.S. citizen, the New Mexico-born Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Awlaki, in Yemen last year. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a lecture arguing that the government has a right to kill U.S. citizens who practice terrorism as long as it observes some form of "due process" in its secret decision-making.
November 17, 1986 |
On a day when the gods were restless, Thrill Show tried to restore normalcy to Hollywood Park by predictably winning the first half of Sunday's Hollywood Derby. But Sunday was a day when normalcy was vastly overmatched. One power failure later, Spellbound, a 3-year-old colt who travels with a pet goat, won the second division of the Derby at 87-1 and just as he crossed the finish line, lighting on the track and on the tote board went out for the second time.
May 20, 1994 |
He was only trying to protest the Vietnam War and follow a creed of nonviolent resistance. But after he was gang-raped 50 times in the Washington, D.C., jail, Stephen Donaldson started a war of his own. It all began on a hot August afternoon in 1973, when he was arrested at a White House pray-in. For reasons of conscience, the Quaker activist refused to post $10 bail and was placed in a cell with other first-time offenders. Then, without warning, he was sent to a wing with hardened criminals.
December 13, 1988 |
The Supreme Court, in a key ruling supporting the enforcement powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., ruled Monday that the organization may force Nevada Las Vegas to suspend its highly successful basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, for recruiting violations and other irregularities. On a 5-4 vote, the high court said that the NCAA does not have to follow the same constitutional guidelines that cover government agencies in investigating violations of regulations.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A secret Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects makes “rather damning” allegations of mismanagement and misrepresentation by CIA officers that must be investigated, President Obama's nominee to be CIA director said at his confirmation hearing. John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “there clearly were a number of things, many things…that were very concerning and disturbing to me and that I would want to look into immediately.” The classified 6,000-page Senate Intelligence Committee report focused on the now-shuttered CIA program to detain Al Qaeda operatives at then-secret prisons around the world.