After dodging shoes, and taking a critical look at commercialism, we’ll take a deep dive into Obama’s bad week
From the leaked Justice Department memo establishing the legal framework for killing American citizens without due process, to the new report showing 54 different governments around the world still hosting CIA black sites.
And the story of the congressmen who say they can generate $20 billion a year in new revenue, by Ending The Federal Prohibition of Cannabis, but there’s an expensive catch.
All that and much more, on this week’s Unfilter.
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Cairo, marking the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
- Ahmadinejad Visits Egypt, Signaling Realignment
- Iran’s president begins historic Egypt visit – YouTube
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A new report from the Open Society Foundation details the CIA’s effort to outsource torture since 9/11 in excruciating detail. Known as “extraordinary rendition,” the practice concerns taking detainees to and from U.S. custody without a legal process — think of it like an off-the-books extradition — and often entailed handing detainees over to countries that practiced torture. The Open Society Foundation found that 136 people went through the post-9/11 extraordinary rendition, and 54 countries were complicit in it.
- More Than 50 Countries Helped the CIA Outsource Torture
- Extraordinary Rendition Report Finds More Than 50 Nations Involved In Global Torture Scheme
- 20 Facts About Extraordinary Rendition, Torture, and Secret Detention « Antiwar.com Blog
While Obama issued an executive order in 2009 to get the CIA out of the detentions business, the order “did not apply to facilities used for short term, transitory detention.” The Obama administration says it won’t transfer detainees to countries without a pledge from a host government not to torture them — but Syria’s Assad made exactly that pledge to the U.S. before torturing Maher Arar.
The sixteen page white paper, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial policies: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.
- Someone Just Leaked Obama’s Rules for Assassinating American Citizens
Early Drone Kill List Coverage: Obama’s Dronegeddon | Unfilter 19
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED
Congressmen Jared Polis, D-Colorado, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, introduced a set of bills to end federal marijuana prohibition for states which determine the drug is legal. The bills would also provide a system of regulation and method to levy a federal excise tax on the drug.
A rough figure based on a tax amount of $50.00 per ounce of marijuana, is said to generate $20 billion a year, according to policy paper Blumenauer and Polis are releasing this week.
The “Washington State Preservation of Liberty Act” introduced on Wednesday condemns and criminalizes the use of the 2012 NDAA’s provision purportedly authorizing the indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens.
After news of H.B. 1581’s introduction caught wind, an Internet campaign went viral asking activists to contact their Washington state representatives to co-sponsor the legislation.
In less than 24 hours the number of the bill’s co-sponsors tripled.
“We agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department’s priority. The vehicles will be returned to the vendor,” McGinn said in a written statement.
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