#18: the maltese falcon (john huston, 1941)
snapshot of my family, 354 years ago

as the republicans choose their presidential candidate

Anthony D. Romero, executive director for the ACLU, on the recent signing of the National Defense Authorization Act:

President Obama's action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law. … The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield. …

We are incredibly disappointed that President Obama signed this new law even though his administration had already claimed overly broad detention authority in court. … Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was extinguished today. [emphasis added]

“Frank Mikulak, Hand Nailer” may have had the last word, on the Onion site: “Why would we need to detain American citizens indefinitely when we already have the authority to shoot missiles at them from drones?”