The American people deserve to know the facts behind the CIA’s torture program.
Though they rarely make the headlines, cases of smuggling, theft or loss of nuclear and radiological materials are alarmingly frequent.
Some analyses show roughly $100 billion squandered over two decades as futuristic weapons platforms take years in research and development – and then are cancelled, delayed or scaled back to “save money” when they fall far behind schedule.
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies says North Korea is building a new rocket able to strike deep into the continental United States. With help from North Korea, China, and Russia, Iran is also developing long-range rockets.
The issue here is not whether Eliot Ness should have a building named after him. It is whether it should be at the expense of Ariel Rios and all that he represents.
To advance the public’s understanding of the CIA torture program the Senate intelligence committee should vote to declassify the report with as few redactions as possible.
The targeted cuts, however, are only one aspect of the budget. The other involves the new sources of priority spending.
But even as the Obama administration appears to be facing budgetary reality, efforts to evade genuine budget discipline are well under way.
The Navy will be reduced from about 280 ships today to just 230, a far cry from President Ronald Reagan’s vision for a 600-ship Navy.
The federal government that took possession of the territory in 1898 has a moral and practical obligation to intervene.