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Alyssa Rohricht

Major General Buchanan: Sir, you have the power to do the right thing and make sure that Bradley Manning is commended for his actions, not thrown in jail for the rest of his life. Manning exposed war crimes. Whether or not those war crimes were confidential should have no bearing in this instance. “If you [...]

Dear Raging Chicken Press readers and supporters, Two years ago today Raging Chicken Press’s first issue hit the Internet. Back then we were publishing one online issue a month. That first issue featured: “An Open Letter to Governor Corbett,” by Wendy Lee “[Self] Pep Talk,” by Seth Kahn “Plan to Renew Pennsylvania – A New [...]

“Where you die matters.” We know the names of the children killed in Newtown, CT. We know the names of those killed in the Boston Bombing. The lives and deaths of those killed in these tragedies are important because journalists did their jobs and covered the stories. But if you die in a drone strike [...]

On Monday, the Associated Press revealed that the Department of Justice used subpoenas to obtain phone records of its editors and reporters from April and May 2012. The records were obtained due to the investigation and supposed leak to the AP last year that the CIA had “thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen [...]

To the Supreme Court of the United States: There is only one correct decision today, and that is a landmark ruling stating that the right to marry is a constitutional and inalienable right for all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Today, the Supreme Court will look at California’s Prop 8 law that bans same-sex marriage [...]

Soldier Suicide: What Isn’t Being Said

March 22, 2013 // 3 Comments

On March 21, 2013  at around 11 p.m., a tragedy occurred as a U.S. Marine shot and killed two co-workers at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia and then committed suicide. While this instance is a tragedy in itself, it marks an alarming trend among U.S. active-duty soldiers and veterans. Suicides in the U.S. military [...]

I wasn’t sure what to write about today. I wrestled back and forth with different topics, knowing I needed to write something but lacking the focus to really tackle any of the topics I would normally jump at.  Truth be told, I’ve been distracted. Hugely distracted. And not only that. Obsessed. I have been obsessing [...]

After a series of votes through the Maryland House and Senate, SB 276 was passed through the Maryland House of Delegates on March 15, 2013, to repeal the state’s death penalty and replace it with life without parole. It is widely accepted that Governor Martin O’Malley will also add his signature to officially sign it into law, making Maryland [...]

On February 28, 2013 at Fort Meade, in a military courtroom, Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him, admitting to sending classified materials to Wikileaks but denying the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy.” According to the Bradley Manning Support Network,  Bradley was authorized to read a 35-page personal statement for nearly two hours in the courtroom explaining and [...]

An Orwellian Looking Glass

February 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

In 2014, for a mere $1,500, you can literally have Big Brother strapped to your retinas. It isn’t marketed that way, of course. Instead, Google Glass is marketed as making “augmented reality” a part of our every day lives. And while Google’s mantra may be “Don’t Be Evil” (though the company’s own morality is questionable [...]

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