Is Torture Constitutional? Depends On Which Judge You Ask

Opinions have been flying fast and furiously in Washington, D.C., since the release last week of the Senate report on torture of detainees by the CIA. And the latest figure to weigh in is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In an interview with a Swiss broadcast network, Scalia said there is no prohibition against the […]

‘No Better Than A Terrorist’

  Less than an hour after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the mistreatment and torture of detainees taken into custody after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, I received a call from a man I’ll call Major James. I’ve known Major James for decades. He served in […]

Hillary vs. Jeb: Let’s Ask the People

Over the weekend, former President George W. Bush told CNN’s Candy Crowley that he wants his younger brother, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, to run for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, and while presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be “formidable,” he is of the firm belief that Jeb would “absolutely” beat the former […]

The Value of a Life: A Few Loose Cigarettes

By now, we have all seen the video numerous times. It is probably fair to say that the video has been seen around the world by billions of people. Yet no matter how many times we see this video of New York City police officers accosting Eric Garner–insisting that he put his hands behind his […]

Pot & The Peach State

For the past two sessions of the Georgia General Assembly, advocates for medical marijuana have seen their efforts come to naught at the end of the state legislative body. But in the 2015 session of the Peach State’s legislature, which begins in January, there is a renewed hope for passage of a medical marijuana bill. […]

Texas Justice: The Case of Scott Panetti

Later tonight, the state of Texas was set to execute a mentally ill man, and before you make any judgement on whether not the accused committed a crime heinous enough to merit the ultimate punishment, let’s take a moment to consider the entirety of the story surrounding this one condemned man who is caught in […]

The Immigration Debate: View from the Real World

  Maria Torres has lived in Atlanta for five years and will graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2015.  She came here with her aunt and uncle and was technically considered to be in the United States illegally until President Obama extended the opportunity for Maria and millions of other […]

Careful Where You Step, You Might Offend a Cop

No doubt you heard about the five St. Louis Rams players who raised their arms as they took the field Sunday  in a show of sympathy and compassion with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, who are still upset by the lack of an indictment for Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager.  One […]