Heard of those FBI "Shared Responsibility Committees" purportedly designed to get social service help to would-be terrorists before they become terrorists? A letter obtained by The Intercept suggests that these committees are little more than a way for the FBI to get more informants. Folks may never confide in their clergy, their teachers, or their social workers again. And, as a Muslim advocate says with admirable understatment, "it’s not clear why an agency tasked with arresting people would also be handling community interventions." Then again, since these committee members get zero legal protections, I'm not sure how many will ever join such a committee.
John Laurits, writing at Nation of Change, suggests that Bernie Sanders has a much wider path to the Democratic Presidential nomination than most folks think. But never mind the noise Sanders supporters might make at the convention if the delegate total is close enough, which it may well be. The more interesting question is: what concessions would Mr. Sanders have to make to superdelegates to secure the nomination? And, given that he won't be working with a filibuster-proof Senate majority and very likely won't have a Democratic House majority, either, how many of these concessions would he make freely?
USA Today interviews Nike CEO Phil Knight, without highlighting the overseas worker abuses that made him and his corporation famous back in the 90s -- worker abuses he may be prepared to repeat, given Nike's recent announcement that it wouldn't allow the Worker Rights Consortium to monitor its factories anymore. Instead, they let him spew forth about how "free" trade "always" works (for whom?) and how America is losing its "entrepreneurial edge." Those gosh-darn Americans, so unwilling to pay wage slaves in dung pellets to make non-essential and overly-expensive consumer products!
Hedrick Smith, writing at the Our Future blog, warns us that most of the big SuperPAC money will be spent "down-ballot" on House and Senate races rather than the Presidential race. I've been thinking for a while now that most folks simply place too much energy in the Presidential race, when Our Glorious Elites know that where the right has made gains the past few years, they've made those gains at the state level. Aside from setting a good example, I am somewhat at a loss as how to convince folks to realize that the other 1,460 days of a Presidential term matter more than Election Day.
Finally, TruthOut takes us in the wayback machine to 1934, when an avowed Socialist ran for Governor of California as a Democrat -- and Our Glorious Elites cut him down. Possibly when folks warn of the onslaught of negative advertising that will befall Bernie Sanders if he becomes the nominee, they're thinking of what happened to Upton Sinclair: quotes from his novels taken out of context and used to prove his "communism" and "atheism," newsreels interviewing "real people" shown at move houses all around the state, and a steady drumbeat of fearmongering about unemployed folks moving from all over to California. Worse, the Democratic establishment, state and national, obstructed Mr. Sinclair. Worse, he compromised with them. So what's the lesson? Believe in yourself, not some savior -- or realize that you are a savior.