Police departments across the country are feeling the need to upgrade their forces’ weaponry with military grade firearms. The International Association of Chiefs of Police cites an increasing number of “assault weapons” on the street, particularly since the 2004 expiration of a ban on civilian possession of certain semi-automatic weapons deemed to be “assault weapons”.
Under a European Union directive tabled this week, anyone found denying or even questioning the official history of the Holocaust or recent conflicts in Africa and the Balkans could be punished with up to three years in jail. The legislation was proposed by Germany, the current holder of the rotating EU presidency. Germany currently has
A recent study of social attitudes in Britain has discovered that support for civil liberties is on the wane, with the majority of the population seeing infringements on their rights as a reasonable price for apparent security. The British Social Attitudes Survey, released every year since 1983, reports that the vast majority of British citizens
Worried Central Intelligence Agency counterterrorism officers are increasingly taking advantage of government-reimbursed insurance plans to help them in the event of their being sued, the Washington Post reports. According to many fomer intelligence officials, increased usage of the program is representative of a growing fear among CIA officers, many of whom fear accusations of prisoner
Republican Senators were frustrated once more this week in their attempts to see levels of taxation reduced. GOP lawmakers had bundled the cuts with a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage in an attempt to engender Democrat support; however, the bill failed Thursday in a Senate vote. Despite this setback, GOP representatives have promised
The United Nations issued a damning report Friday decrying the human rights record of the United States. The report urges the U.S. to close its secret detention centers, reduce its usage of the death penalty, ensure that minorities are adequately aided in relief efforts such as those after Katrina, and more, the Associated press reported.
In September 1999, painter and decorator Harry Stanley was shot to death by armed police in London. Challenged by Metropolitan Police officers who thought the table leg he was carrying was a gun, but given no chance to respond or display the fact that he was unarmed, Stanley’s death was a chilling precursor to the
Minarchism, sometimes known as “minimal statism”, is a governmental framework that aims to keep government as small as possible and places an emphasis on constrained government power, minimal spending and minimal levels of intervention. Minarchism is in keeping with liberal tradition and has won particular favour amongst libertarians.
Democrats announced plans Monday to block a proposed Congressional pay raise unless the federal minimum wage sees its first increase in nearly a decade. The Democrats, frequently accused by Republicans of lacking initiative, seek to establish a coherent policy platform in the run-up to the 2006 Congressional elections as well as show that they have