WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, Iran's hardline clerics rejected a move for that country to ratify the United Nations's Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). While most of the world - 173 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan - has spoken out against discrimination against women by binding themselves to this convention, Iran remains on a short list with the United States of countries who have yet to ratify. The Bush Administration refuses to take a position on the Convention and continually deflects questions about it. Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), a multiple-time sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Congress, expressed continuing confoundment at the Bush Administration's refusal to express its desire to ratify the convention.
WASHINGTON, DC - According to a news report today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has turned on some of its most vital employees by conducting a "witch hunt" of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) to determine the source of previous news reports that FAMs would be cut from flights to save on hotels. Today's report is the latest eye-opening story about the internal management of the FAM program and has raised new questions about whether the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is more concerned with internal politics than it is with properly securing America's airliners. In response to today's report, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, called on her colleagues to investigate the internal TSA probe and the agency's reported threat to use the USA Patriot Act on its own employees.