Daily Topics - Monday April 5 2010
Hour One - Has the militarization of our police departments cost us our 4th Amendment rights?
Hour Two - Is the Obama Administration really worse than the Bushies when it comes to illegal wiretapping? Jon Eisenberg, Attorney for Al-Haramain Charity www.eandhlaw.com
Hour Three - Who's really behind the right wing attack on climate scientists Jim Hightower www.jimhightower.com
Plus...The right wing "Conspiracy of Silence" Gov. Don Siegelman former Governor of Alabama 1999-2003 www.donsiegelman.org (and www.donsiegelman.com)
Top State Dept Lawyer Defends Legality of Drone Strikes
March 29, 2010 5:00 PM http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/03/state-department-lawyer-defends-legality-drone-strikes-against-terror-targets.html
ABC News' Kirit Radia reports:
In a little noticed speech last week, State Dept. Legal Advisor Harold Koh for the first time outlined, and ardently defended, the legal basis for the use of lethal drone attacks against terror targets.
In a keynote address to the American Society of International Law on March 25, Koh says “that it is the considered view of this Administration—and it has certainly been my experience during my time as Legal Adviser—that U.S. targeting practices, including lethal operations conducted with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war.”
Koh, a former human rights lawyer and dean of Yale Law, argues that drone attacks are justified in the interest of national self-defense against terror targets.
“As a matter of international law, the United States is in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, as well as the Taliban and associated forces, in response to the horrific 9/11 attacks, and may use force consistent with its inherent right to self-defense under international law… As recent events have shown, al-Qaeda has not abandoned its intent to attack the United States, and indeed continues to attack us. Thus, in this ongoing armed conflict, the United States has the authority under international law, and the responsibility to its citizens, to use force, including lethal force, to defend itself, including by targeting persons such as high-level al-Qaeda leaders who are planning attacks,” he said. more...
Former Human Rights Lawyer?????
@Richard, Well said.
(both of your last comments)
Remember to use it, esp after sweets...
the toothbrush, that is... (hitting reply does not reply to specific post)
@Zero G, fighting Terrorism with force is equivalent to fighting fire with Gasoline.
If President Obama wants to energize HIS base, prior to the mid-term congressional elections, he needs to dis-associate himself from certain of his cabinet members -
1) Rahm Emmanuel
2) Tim Geithner
3) Ben Bernanke
He should forget about all the bi-partisan crap, about trying to "win over" the haters, and concentrate on "Winning BACK" those Americans who see him as having sold the left downriver over the past 2 years. Dropping Rahm and the Goldman boys would be an excellent first step down that road.
Boxer: Legalizing pot could increase crime, car accidents
By John Byrne
Monday, April 5th, 2010 -- 8:08 am
Legalizing a criminal offense is going to increase crime?
Myth: Marijuana Causes Crime. Marijuana users commit more property offenses than nonusers. Under the influence of marijuana, people become irrational, aggressive, and violent.
Fact: Every serious scholar and government commission examining the relationship between marijuana use and crime has reached the same conclusion: marijuana does not cause crime. The vast majority of marijuana users do not commit crimes other than the crime of possessing marijuana. Among marijuana users who do commit crimes, marijuana plays no causal role. Almost all human and animal studies show that marijuana decreases rather than increases aggression.
- Fagan, J., et al. “Delinquency and Substance Use Among Inner-City Students.” Journal of Drug Issues 20 (1990): 351-402.
- Johnson, L.D., et al. “Drugs and Delinquency: A Search for Causal Connections.” Ed. D.B. Kandel. Longitudinal Research on Drug Use: Empirical Findings and Methodological Issues. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1978. 137-156.
- Goode, E. “Marijuana and Crime.” Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding, Appendix I. National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1972. 447-453.
- Abram, K.M. and L.A. Teplin. “Drug Disorder, Mental Illness, and Violence.” Drugs and Violence: Causes, Correlates, and Consequences. Rockville: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1990. 222-238.
- Cherek, D.R., et al. “Acute Effects of Marijuana Smoking on Aggressive, Escape and Point-Maintained Responding of Male Drug Users.” Psychopharmacology 111 (1993): 163-168.
- Tinklenberg, J.R., et al. “Drugs and criminal assaults by adolescents: A Replication Study.” Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 13 (1981): 277-287.
The old car accidents canard?
Myth: Marijuana Use is a Major Cause Of Highway Accidents. Like alcohol, marijuana impairs psychomotor function and decreases driving ability. If marijuana use increases, an increase in of traffic fatalities is inevitable.
Fact: There is no compelling evidence that marijuana contributes substantially to traffic accidents and fatalities. At some doses, marijuana affects perception and psychomotor performances- changes which could impair driving ability. However, in driving studies, marijuana produces little or no car-handling impairment- consistently less than produced by low moderate doses of alcohol and many legal medications. In contrast to alcohol, which tends to increase risky driving practices, marijuana tends to make subjects more cautious. Surveys of fatally injured drivers show that when THC is detected in the blood, alcohol is almost always detected as well. For some individuals, marijuana may play a role in bad driving. The overall rate of highway accidents appears not to be significantly affected by marijuana's widespread use in society.
- Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Legalization: Panacea or Pandora’s Box”. New York. (1995):36.
- Swan, Neil. “A Look at Marijuana’s Harmful Effects.” NIDA Notes. 9.2 (1994): 14.
- Moskowitz, Herbert and Robert Petersen. Marijuana and Driving: A Review. Rockville: American Council for Drug Education, 1982. 7.
- Mann, Peggy. Marijuana Alert. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985. 265.
This is a so-called "liberal stalwart"? Hell, she's even Jewish...
"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards
that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish" Richard Nixon
Yeah ... we Jews want Mary Jane to be legal, cuz it'll help us to "maintain control" over the blacks in the war against "white people" - like Glenn Miller, who's running for Senate from Missouri (If you haven't heard of him, Google him ... he's downright SCARY!).
FDR and Eisenhower are turning in their graves . . . I bet that even Nixon is P.O.d.