Bart Hawkins Kreps

Bart Hawkins Kreps
November 21
As an American expatriate, I struggled for 30 years with the question of whether to become a citizen of Canada. On the one hand, Canadians still must swear their fealty to a bizarre, outdated, anachronistic medieval figurehead as our "head of state". On the other hand, we Canadians can truthfully state that our monarch no longer claims the right to imprison people indefinitely or execute them without trial.


Feinstein defends process as “nearly perfect” but McCain and Graham demand investigation


A leaked budget document reveals that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court’s annual budget includes $13.5 million in salary costs, $4 million for office supplies, and $3Read full post »


“Americans are tired of having to keep track of their phone bills,” US President Barack Obama told a news conference today. “Well, I’ve got good news – we are happy to take your phone worries off of your hands”.


“Once we’ve enrolled you inRead full post »

President Barack Obama is making a last-minute plea to undecided voters, warning that a Republican president could misuse the extraordinary powers contained in his recently publicized “Disposition Matrix”.

The warning came in an exclusive sit-down with an anonymous trusted journalist &ndaRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 11:57PM

Klondike Solitaire



Neither a high-stakes wager, nor a midnight ride to the Tombstones, were part of my plans that rainy Friday evening in Dawson City. When I knocked on the door of a cabin I had visited briefly a few weeks before, I sought only a warm/… Read full post »


A Federal Court of Appeal in Canada ruled today that the Canadian government must seek the return of a Canadian citizen held in Guantanamo, due to Canadian officials' complicity in interrogating the man under duress.


Omar Khadr has been a US captive for a third of his… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2009 12:25PM

Canada Day on the Klondike

Campsite at Carcross, Yukon Territory


July 1, 2008 – The sound of soft rain on our tent woke us on the morning of July 1st, and the showers continued long enough to make us consider staying in our comfortable campsite beside the Yukon River. But by mid-afternoon the rain slowed to a drizzle,… Read full post »


‘War on terror’ hypocrisies cross many borders


In October, 2003, Canadian citizen Maher Arar returned home to Ottawa and told his grim story of extraordinary rendition. Detained by the US at John F. Kennedy Airport as a suspected member of Al Qaeda, he was refused passage b… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 28, 2009 5:14PM

Bipartisan lovefest in Toronto

All right, I’m a slow learner. Until I saw the ad in the newspaper, I really didn’t get it. I didn’t really understand that if the Bush administration torture architects are brought to justice, it won’t be because of the Democratic Party, but in spite of the Democratic Party./… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2009 2:08AM

An American Hero in Canada

Last night I had the privilege of meeting an American hero.

His name is Chuck Wiley, and he spoke to a small group of Canadians who believe that George W. Bush should be arrested when he steps onto Canadian soil next Friday.

Bush, along with another well-connected American,/… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2009 9:59PM

Obama's selective empathy



Last week’s controversy was about President Obama saying Supreme Court nominees should possess empathy. This week’s controversy is about Obama’s decision to fight to keep additional photographs of torture secret. What’s the connection?

Over the last few months,/… Read full post »


Do you and I believe that the UN Convention Against Torture is part of our law, and therefore we must abide by its terms? Ah, we may say so, but David S. Broder knows better. Our "plausible-sounding rationale", he says, "cloaks an unworthy desire for vengeance."

So the Washington PostRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2009 11:17PM

Decriminalizing torture


Will Barack Obama decriminalize torture?

President Obama did renounce torture as an interrogation tactic at the beginning of his administration, with an Executive Order that appeared to reaffirm long-standing principles of international law. But since that opening move, the Obama administratio… Read full post »