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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."
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Smart Show - 06/16/14

While Texas Gov. Rick Perry says being gay is similar to alcoholism, the mayor of Longview Texas initially rejects gay pride proclamation. 

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Ann Wright, a former State Department diplomat and retired Army colonel, helped re-open the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2001. She resigned from the State Department in protest of the Iraq invasion in March of 2003. She said today: “As we stand in the shadow of the State Department, we challenge Secretary of State Kerry and other agency heads to MAN UP and listen to whistleblowers and not force them into going outside the system to resolve government malfeasance, particularly criminal acts committed by government officials.”

Currently in U.S., Rafia Zakaria is a columnist for Dawn, Pakistan’s largest English newspaper. Her book The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan will be published this year. She recently wrote the piece "Taliban's Rise in Karachi Must Be Stopped."    She said today: "Taliban activity in Karachi has increased exponentially over the past year as the extremist group fleeing military operations and drone attacks in the northwest has now set up shop in this densely populated city of 20 million. It is a dire situation with Karachi's many millions now hostage to the War on 
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Smart Show - 06/02/14

Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and Institute for Policy Studies Climate Policy Program Director Janet Redman released a joint statement this morning: "On the heels of two telling reports from the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment detailing the substantial negative impacts from climate change around the world, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to incorporate emissions trading and offsetting in their new carbon dioxide rule undermines its ability to deliver the real reductions in carbon emissions so urgently needed.

    “We applaud the President for using the tools he has available, given a Congress that refuses to act, and for setting hard targets for emissions reductions. 


Since 1954, the Bilderberg Group—a secret, ever-changing network of the world’s most powerful people in business, media and politics—have been meeting annually in late May or early June at a top secret location in Europe or North America. The location changes each year. Every five to seven years, the meeting takes place in the U.S., the last having been held in the Virgin Islands in 2002. This year, May 29-31, European prime ministers, American presidents, and the wealthiest CEOs of the world will come together to discuss the economic and political future of humanity in Copenhagen, Denmark.   The first conference was held at the Bilderberg Hotel in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek. This principle meeting established the precedent that the working press would never be allowed to attend, nor would statements be released on the attendees' conclusions or discussions, which have ramifications on the citizens of the world.   Using methods that resemble the spy tactics of the Cold War—and in several instances putting his own life on the line—award-winning investigative journalist and international bestselling author, Daniel Estulin, did what no one else has managed to achieve: he learned what was being said behind the closed doors of the opulent hotels and has made it available to the public for the first time in The True Story of the Bilderberg Group (Trine Day).ince 1954, the Bilderberg Group—a secret, ever-changing network of the world’s most powerful people in business, media and politics—have been meeting annually in late May or early June at a top secret location in Europe or North America. The location changes each year. Every five to seven years, the meeting takes place in the U.S., the last having been held in the Virgin Islands in 2002. This year, May 29-31, European prime ministers, American presidents, and the wealthiest CEOs of the world will come together to discuss the economic and political future of humanity in Copenhagen, Denmark.   The first conference was held at the Bilderberg Hotel in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek. This principle meeting established the precedent that the working press would never be allowed to attend, nor would statements be released on the attendees' conclusions or discussions, which have ramifications on the citizens of the world.   Using methods that resemble the spy tactics of the Cold War—and in several instances putting his own life on the line—award-winning investigative journalist and international bestselling author, Daniel Estulin, did what no one else has managed to achieve: he learned what was being said behind the closed doors of the opulent hotels and has made it available to the public for the first time in The True Story of the Bilderberg Group (Trine Day).

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