Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He just co-wrote the New York Times op-ed "Get the Military Off of Main Street," which states: "Ferguson, Mo. has become a virtual war zone. In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and tear gas has filled the air. Officers dressed in camouflage uniforms from Ferguson’s 53-person police force have pointed M-16s at the very citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.
Courtney Radsch is advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, where she is leading the Right to Report in the Digital Age campaign aimed at ending surveillance and harassment of journalists. She said today: “The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the United States Department of Justice to withdraw a subpoena seeking to force journalist James Risen to give testimony that would reveal a confidential source and uphold the administration’s professed commitment to press freedom.” Risen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2006 for his stories about Pres. George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program. He was also a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for coverage of 9/11 and terrorism.
Norman Solomon has coordinated the petition campaign “We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press,” which presented the petition with 100,000 signers to the Justice Department on August 14. He said today: “With press freedom at stake, the extreme contrast between the Obama administration’s fine words and corrosive actions has become too flagrant and damaging to ignore. The First Amendment and the informed consent of the governed cannot function when the government is using surveillance and legal threats to inculcate fear and foster intimidation. It’s no longer just a matter of a chilling effect. The administration has systematically moved to freeze a basic necessity for a free press -- the confidentiality of sources.”
Addressed to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the petition states: “Your effort to compel New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources is an assault on freedom of the press. Without confidentiality, journalism would be reduced to official stories -- a situation antithetical to the First Amendment. We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources.”
Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
Antonia Juhasz is an oil industry analyst and investigative journalist who has written extensively on oil and the war in Iraq in two books, The Bush Agenda and The Tyranny of Oil, including “Why the Iraq War Was Fought for Big Oil,” on CNN.com.Antonia Juhasz is an oil industry analyst and investigative journalist who has written extensively on oil and the war in Iraq in two books, The Bush Agenda and The Tyranny of Oil, including “Why the Iraq War Was Fought for Big Oil,” on CNN.com.
Vernellia Randall is Emeritus professor of law at the University of Dayton, Randall's writings are at her website: racism.org.
Jim Loewen taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism in which he describes "Sundown Towns" as predominantly white communities in which people of color are not welcome. They are described as such because some of them posted signs at their city limits reading, typically, "Nigger, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On You In ___." He is also the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong.
Today's guest will be Neal Baer, executive producer CBS's the Dome.
NY television legal commentator and news decoder. Ex prosecutor, author, standup and spoken word monster Lionelmedia. The second guest will be Paul Martin; who is a Policy and Political Director of of the Unites State’s largest peace organization, Peace Action. Martin is also a Nuclear Weapons Expert in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
Tammy Strickling is the CEO of Suncoast Rehab Center, a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization. According to Suncoast Rehabilitation Center, teens are using synthetic marijuana and other substances as a way to cope.
Josh Ruebner is author of Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace and policy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. He's pointing out that: "In its current attack on the occupied and besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip, Israel is misusing U.S.-supplied weaponry, in violation of U.S. laws such as the Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Act, to carry out massacres against Palestinian civilians and deliberate destruction of Palestinian civilian infrastructure. However, instead of holding Israel accountable for its violations of these laws, the United States is deeply complicit in Israel's apparent war crimes by continuing to allow U.S. weapons to be employed in this manner." See "Is U.S. Military Aid to Israel Legal?" -- part of the the group's policy paper on military aid to Israel.
Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley's books include The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict, Genocide in Cambodia, and The Ruses for War.
Prof Quigley says the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is concerned that the fire power being brought to bear on Gaza indicates that war crimes are being committed. The level of civilian deaths being caused is out of all proportion to whatever military objectives are being targeted."
Dr. Bethany Marshall, weekly commentator on HLN's The Nancy Grace Show. You can also catch her on Al Zazeera America and Good Morning America. Dr Marshall is a Psychoanalyst and Marriage and Family Counselor is in private practice in both Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She is the author of Deal Breakers: When to Work on a Relationship and When to Walk Away.
Supplementing and expanding an investigation first published in Ed Haslam's 1996 title Mary, Ferrie and the Monkey Virus, this volume introduces the remarkable story of Judyth Vary Baker, a brilliant cancer researcher recruited to work on a clandestine project in which viruses were irradiated. Apparently inaugurated in order to create an anti-cancer vaccine, the project morphed into an effort to create biological weaponry, initially to assassinate Fidel Castro and, perhaps, to create genocidal weapons. Among Ms. Baker's co-workers in the project were (allegedly) Lee Harvey Oswald. After a rupture with Dr. Arnold Ochsner, the medical luminary who presided over the project, Lee allegedly traveled to Dallas to attempt to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy by elements of U.S. intelligence. Unsuccessful, he was framed for the crime and murdered before he had a chance to defend himself. After the 1964 murder of Dr. Mary Sherman, the Ochsner associate who was a pivotal member of the project's staff, the deadly mutated viruses appear to have fallen into the hands of murderous right-wing extremists connected to the intelligence community.
Justin Nelson is the co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce--The organization has grown to be the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world. “This is truly a disappointing day because a majority of the Supreme Court justices has made a decision that will hurt our country, hurt businesses and hurt equality. The ruling for Hobby Lobby sets a dangerous precedent for future laws, such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, because it could give legal argument to for-profit companies to claim religious exemption on non-discrimination policies,” said Justin Nelson, co-founder and president NGLCC
Conservative Presbyterian Pastor Writes Explicitly about Sex and Relationships Syrios is not afraid to get very specific about what all that “more” involves—including foreplay, sexual techniques, role play, oral sex plus the balance of partnering in household work, parenting children, thoughtful gestures and romantic time together.
BRUCE KAUFFMANN is a columnist and historian whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers, including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Buffalo News, American Politics magazine, Virginia Country magazine, and The Early American Review. Formerly, he was a speechwriter for CBS News managing editor and news anchor, DanRather, as well as the head writer for the CBS News radio program, “Dan Rather Reporting, News Analysis and Commentary.” In this position he won several writing awards and citations from the Writer’s Guild of America, including the 1990 award for “Best Spot News Radio” writer and the 1991 Hal Terkel Memorial award for general excellence in news writing.
Hitler and Jihad + PROOF OF GOD IN HEAVEN
international executive and a New Yorker from Austria who ran construction companies in Islamic countries. He observes a parallel between the rise of National Socialism and the Islamic Jihad.
Marcy Wheeler is an independent investigative journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She writes for various outlets including heremptywheel.net blog. She just wrote the piece "Working Thread: The Awlaki Memo" and is tweeting critical information about the memo. [PDF] The New York Times is reporting: "A federal appeals court in New York on Monday made public a redacted version of a 2010 Justice Department memo that signed off on the targeted killing of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial, following Freedom of Information Act lawsuits." The memo was written months after the killing of Awlaki.
Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Cohn said today: "Under the War Powers Resolution, the President can introduce U.S. troops into hostilities, or into situations 'where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances,' only after (1) a Congressional declaration of war, (2) 'specific statutory authorization,' or (3) in 'a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.' This is the current situation: First, Congress has not declared war. Second, neither the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) (which Bush used to invade Iraq), nor the 2001 AUMF (which Bush used to invade Afghanistan), would provide a legal basis for an attack on Iraq at the present time. Third, there has been no attack on the United States or U.S. armed forces. Moreover, the UN Charter only allows a military attack on another country in the case of self-defense or when the UN Security Council authorizes it; neither is the case at the present time."
While Texas Gov. Rick Perry says being gay is similar to alcoholism, the mayor of Longview Texas initially rejects gay pride proclamation.