Tom Engelhardt @ TomDispatch - Sometimes, the world can be such a simple, black-and-white sort of place. Let me give you an example. Imagine for a moment that the Iranians kidnap an American citizen from a third country. (If you prefer, feel free to substitute al-Qaeda or the North Koreans or the Chinese for the Iranians.) They accuse him of being a terrorist. They throw him in jail without charges or a trial or a sentence and claim they suspect he might have crucial information (perhaps even of the “ticking bomb” sort -- and the Iranians have had some genuine experience with ticking bombs). Read more.
A mother of a student in a Montgomery County Public School in Maryland is outraged that police and school officials were called on her 10-year-old son for handing out play money to his friends on a school bus. Read more.