S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Recommending Investigative Journalists: Part 1

For several years this blog has acquired much of its original material from a stable of skilled writers I label as "investigative journalists."  You can count on their curiosity, their accuracy and there is commitment to the truth over time.  I begin with three of them and will present others in subsequent posts.

Zachary Roth covers the latest Tea Party story headlined, "Another Tea Party Convention Sponsor Pulls Out," 1/26/10. Yesterday Roth wrote these fine pieces on the recent SCOTUS ruling regarding corporate donations to elections: 1) "Game Change: Corporations Gearing Up To Exploit New Money-In-Politics Rules," and 2) "Reformers: Court Decision Creates 'Huge Opening' For Foreign Companies To Sway Elections."

Glenn Greenwald's current updated post explores "the sanctity of military spending" in light of the upcoming announcement of a budget freeze in President Obama's State of the Union address.  A couple of days ago Greenwald interviewed Anthony Romero, Director of the ACLU, regarding President Obama's record on civil liberties since taking office.

From Steven Aftergood at the FAS project on government secrecy, we learned that the Department of Defense has issued a new publication (pdf) to update and clarify its doctrine on "psychological operations."  The January 19th, 2010 article is titled, "DoD 'Clarifies' Doctrine on Psychological Operations."  In addition, "Commission of Inquiry on Torture: A Road Not Taken," January 26th, 2010 is today's post by Steven Aftergood.  To quote the intro:

Last year the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a proposal by Senator Patrick Leahy to establish a formal “commission of inquiry” that would investigate the conduct of the post-9/11 war on terrorism, including detention, rendition and interrogation policies. The record of a Senate hearing on the proposal was published earlier this month, but that seems to be all that remains of it.
To be continued.

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