Thoughts on Florida v. Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were two men from the same coin. Both men felt the need to define their masculinity beyond their character. One sought to define his masculinity through his fists. The other sought to define his masculinity through a gun. Tragedy was bound to happen when you have both kinds of men …

Be careful what you say, you never know who is listening … at Starbucks

If you’re looking for a post bashing the NSA, sorry to disappoint. We’re going to talk about a truly menacing problem in this fair city: big mouths. You can learn a lot about a city from coffee shops. Take the local Starbucks near our law firm’s Washington, DC office. It is right on the corner …

Put the National Security Crucifixion on Hold, We Need to Learn More

During an interview on CNN’s Directo USA yesterday we talked about the leak of National Security Agency (NSA) documents of what seems to be various U.S. surveillance programs. Before the taping, the other guest, Mr. Roberto Izurieta from the GW University Graduate School of Political Management, and I were  discussing what may have motivated Edward …

Obama’s UN Nominee Should Make for Interesting Confirmation Hearings

It has been a while since we had an interesting and politically-charged Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) confirmation hearings. That could change soon. President Obama has nominated liberal hawks to fill his national security roster. While the Senate cannot really do much about the National Security Advisor, the UN Ambassador is a different story. With …

Colombia Needs Another Approach, Land for Peace Not a Solution

Cuba sees political gold in this process. Land. We live on it. We grow our food and cultivate medicines from it. It is energy and mineral rich. A limited resource, land is the source of much conflict but also the key to future prosperity and stability. At least in theory. In Colombia, they’re fixing to …

Latin American Nuclear Powers Ink Cooperation Deal

Our Latin America Nuclear Problem Does the title of this blog post seem a little odd sounding, “Latin American” Nuclear Powers? A close friend was somewhat shocked when I told him earlier this week that Brazil and Argentina are the two more advanced nuclear powers in the Western Hemisphere. Mexico operates several reactors as well, but …

Defending Our Borders & Americans

The murder of a District Attorney and his wife in Texas barely registered with the mainstream news. The likely assassination (folks still calling it murder) of a law man should have the ABA tied in knots, screaming for justice. They are saying nothing right now. But this will change. The death of Texas District Attorney …