The practice of solitary confinement in the US has been a topic of human rights activists and international organizations for a while. Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and a visiting professor at American University, is finally taking action, requesting to visit California prisons and determine if America is violating international law.
A new report by Amnesty International details the expansive civilian deaths caused by 9 of the 45 CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. One of the alleged victims was a 68-year-old grandmother blown to pieces while farming with her grandchildren.
American taxpayers are quite often skeptical and critical of federal government bureaucracies. That skepticism is amplified when applied to international institutions like the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), which receives more than $1 billion in taxpayer dollars.
Any way you slice it, the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) threatens American sovereignty. So why would the Senate even consider ratifying it?
Want the United States to gain legal access to the vast amount of oil and natural gas in the underwater Extended Continental Shelf? Get LOST.