There are few things going on in Washington, DC, that are worse than the DARK Act. Nobody benefits from the passage of this legislation, well, except for corrupt politicians and Big Food corporations like Monsanto.
The DARK Act is all about using Federal Law to prohibit states from passing their own laws to force food manufacturers/distributors to label food with information that may hurt sales. You know – like “country of origin” or whether or not it contains GMO’s. Some people have euphemistically called it the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act.
If you care about your family’s health, or the food you eat – PLEASE contact your senators and urge them to oppose The DARK Act. In the US House it was H.R. 1599, but I haven’t heard if it has a new designation in the Senate.
In case you missed it, the US Senate released it’s report on the use of torture to gather intelligence from the prisoners at Guantanamo (and other places, presumably).
I can sum it all up for you very quickly. Yes, they used torture. Yes, it was despicable what they did, and threatened to do. No, they did not get any good information from it. The use of torture did not help catch Osama bin-Laden.
AND – the use of torture should still be left in the toolbox. Quite simply put, when you are conducting an interrogation and the person answering questions KNOWS ahead of time that there are certain things you can not do, he’s already won. I’m not saying that we should use those things every time, or even ever, but we should never prohibit interrogators from using them.