February 17, 2013 |
In 2011, Anwar Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, was reportedly targeted and killed by our government in a drone attack. Ever since, a chorus of scholars, lawyers and civil and human rights activists has been asking about due process. Now we know they were right to be concerned. The Obama administration's lawyers have gotten it wrong. The Justice Department "white paper" leaked early this month raises many troubling legal, ethical and policy questions, but none is more fundamental to our democracy than the way it deals with the 5th Amendment's admonition: No American citizen shall "be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. " The administration memo concludes that there are no due process problems with a drone program that targets Americans, and it relies primarily on Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld, a 2004 Bush-era Supreme Court decision, to justify that conclusion.
February 7, 2013
Thursday's confirmation hearings for John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, offer a rare opportunity for senators to press the architect of the administration's policy of targeted killings about its legal rationale and practical application. The urgency of such an inquiry was underlined by the release this week of a troubling Justice Department document suggesting that the administration asserts the authority to assassinate suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens, even when they aren't planning an imminent attack - guidelines that could allow for a broad expansion of executive power to authorize such killings.
September 12, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Thom Browne returned to the Edna Barnes Salomon room at the New York Public Library to present his spring-summer 2013 women's collection Sept. 10 during New York Fashion Week. The inspiration: After the show, Browne told us that this season's collection had been inspired by German painter, choreographer and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer . “And I'm continuing to expand on that whole preppy thing I started with in the men's [spring-summer 2013] collection.” Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Browne's “preppy” meant skirts, suits, jackets, sweaters and dresses in multicolor madras, pieces in pink and orange bearing an all-over print of a preppy-style whale motif -- rendered in both whole and partially skeletized versions.
June 19, 2012 |
Small to midsize component suppliers are among the U.S. companies most likely to benefit first from a resurgence in American manufacturing, according to a new white paper by the Boston Company Asset Management, a BNY Mellon company. The analysis, authored by Shirley E. Mills, vice president and senior research analyst, looked at various changes in the landscape affecting U.S. manufacturing opportunities, and it concluded that the best investment opportunities might not involve large-scale manufacturers.
May 21, 2012 |
Los Angeles Opera can stop worrying right now. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," which had its first of four performances Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, is certainly getting all the attention at the moment and for all the obvious and all the right reasons. The hall's architect, Frank Gehry, has designed stunning sets. The fashion world, long enamored of Disney, is involved, with powerfully theatrical costumes from Rodarte and hairstyles by Odile Gilbert.
August 5, 2011
Preventing self-radicalized Muslim Americans from engaging in or abetting acts of terrorism is obviously a national priority. But a new Obama administration position paper offers an implausible approach to achieving that objective. The blueprint , titled "Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States," mentions other sorts of terrorism, but its focus is on that fueled by Islamic extremism (though it doesn't use that term). Its recommendation is that the federal government engage in "strengthening community partnerships and preventing violent extremism … as a facilitator, convener, and source of information.