The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, has said the new security measures outlined by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) unfairly single out a particular religious group and may therefore be illegal.
In the days since the attempted terrorist attack aboard a U.S. bound airliner, Americans have been engaged in a full-blown debate regarding privacy, security and the limits of government’s right to search individuals who have not been suspected or charged with criminal activity.
Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele made a splash in the news this week, accusing the Obama administration on Tuesday of following an inconsistent policy toward terrorism, just a day after the release of his new book where he denounced the president’s overall policies while heavily criticizing recent members of the GOP for losing touch with America.
Democrats in the House and Senate intend to bypass conventional procedures by negotiating the merger of the two versions of the healthcare bills behind closed doors, a move that will prevent Republicans from delaying or modifying the process, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
The staff of Parker Griffith, a first-time congressman who announced his decision to change party affiliation from Democratic to Republican before Christmas, have tendered their resignation in a sign of protest.
Human Events magazine, a weekly conservative publication, has named former Vice President Dick Cheney ‘Conservative of the Year’ for his ongoing criticism of the Obama administration’s national security policy.
After an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen claimed credit for Christmas day’s failed terrorist attack aboard a flight bound for Detroit, several U.S. Congressmen have called on President Obama to stop the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Arab country.
The District of Columbia City Council has voted to legalize gay marriage, making the nation’s capital the sixth jurisdiction to allow such unions, and the first below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Legislators in Iran have rejected top Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) request to visit the country, the media have reported. According to TheHill.com, Iranian media have said that Kerry, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had submitted an official request to visit Tehran as an emissary.
Rounding off a busy year in 2009 campaigning for Americans’ constitutional rights, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has condemned leading politicians in Washington state and Chicago for what they see as an attack on civil liberties.