Crushing Cannabis | Unfilter 40

Crushing Cannabis | Unfilter 40

A well organized effort is underway by nine former DEA chiefs and big pharma to stop the spread of Cannabis legalization. We’ll break down their argument, and analyze the talking points from the front lines.

Plus we’ll look at the real fallout from the sequester, and the possible political motivations that led Washington to this point, and catch Rand Paul’s filibuster as it happens.

Then it’s all about the pipeline coming to a town near you, America’s perpetual state of emergency, your feedback, and much much more!

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A 2,000-Page Lubricant for Keystone XL: State Dept. report assumes the oil sands would be exploited regardless of whether the pipeline is built.

But it will certainly add a new element to the already robust climate change and energy debate around the $7 billion proposed project. The new report does not make any policy recommendations, but its conclusion that the environmental and climate change impacts are manageable could provide Mr. Obama political cover if he decides to approve the pipeline.

The White House has yet to embrace the proposed expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the American public is on board.

$250 Million in U.S. Aid for Egypt

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt\’s president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms.

\”The United States will now provide the first $190 million of our pledged $450 million in budget support funds,\” Kerry said, adding that Washington has also pledged an additional $60 million for a new joint Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund.

Egypt will get the aid after \”Morsi\’s assurance that he plans to complete the IMF process,\” Kerry said, referring to a $4.8 billion loan Egypt is currently negotiating with the International Monetary Fund. The loan was agreed in principle last November but was suspended at Egypt\’s request due to violent street protests the following month.

The release of the rest of the $450 million and the other $550 million tranche of the $1 billion in US aid that President Obama promised last year will be tied to what US officials see as successful reforms within the country.
Kerry said the separate $60 million in aid will be for a new fund for \”direct support of key engines of democratic change.\” The top US diplomat added that the funding for that program could rise to $300 million over time.

Perpetual National State of Emergency

During an emergency, the writ of Habeas corpus can be suspended, as can the privilege of a trial with a grand jury for National Guard members. (Habeas corpus is the part of the constitution that says you cannot be detained without reason or a trial—and when it\’s suspended, you could theoretically be held indefinitely without either.) Abraham Lincoln is infamous for suspending it.

The United States has been in a state of national emergency continuously for over 30 years, since the Carter administration invoked it premised on the \”situation in Iran\”.

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Pot Attack

It turns out Peter B. Bensinger, who in the letter is representing the lobbying organization Save Our Society from Drugs, has a huge financial stake in preventing the legalization of cannabis. He is the founder and CEO of a drug testing company.

The Prescription Drug Research Center (PDRC) is a subsidiary of BDA that provides consultation, monitoring the nonmedical use of specific prescribed controlled substances and efforts to reduce the nonmedical use of these medicines. BDA strives to provide quality services that exceed our customers’ expectations everyday.

Some of the garbage they repeat

The latest came Wednesday from Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who told Holder to focus on prosecuting larger federal crimes as he deals with the fallout of automatic spending cuts ordered by Congress.

\”If you\’re going to be — because of budget cuts — prioritizing matters, I would suggest there are more serious things than minor possession of marijuana, but it\’s a personal view,\” Leahy told Holder, adding that other states are sure to follow the lead of Washington and Colorado.

Senate committee approves Brennan as CIA director

The full Senate could consider John Brennan\’s nomination by week\’s end, which it is expected to confirm despite some senators\’ reservations.

Rand Paul Leads Filibuster of Brennan Nomination

\”I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan\’s nomination for the C.I.A.,\” Mr. Paul began. \”I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.\”

Mr. Paul is the first senator to use an actual filibuster after the Senate reached a deal earlier this year to take some basic steps to limit the filibuster.

Over-hyped Sequester

Israel said Obama told him \”how focused he would be on winning a House majority for the Democrats,\” many of whom complained that the president did not do enough during his first term to help members on the Hill.

In response, McConnell said Obama and Democrats have \”expended enormous amounts of energy to advance that goal — rebooting his political organization, provoking manufactured crises with Congress, engineering show votes in the Senate, and traveling around the country to campaign relentlessly against his opponents. That\’s why the Sequester went into effect in its current form. That\’s why Washington continues to careen needlessly from crisis to crisis. And that\’s why we find ourselves in a situation where more than 1,400 days have passed since Senate Democrats last passed a budget. What a sad state of affairs for our country, and for the notion of governance in general.\”

Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically

Attorney General Eric Holder is not entirely ruling out a scenario under which a drone strike would be ordered against Americans on U.S. soil, but says it has never been done previously and he could only see it being considered in an extraordinary circumstance.

Anti-government groups on rise

The number of anti-government groups in the United States is at an all-time high and has increased 800 percent since President Barack Obama took office, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center report.

Google Transparency Report now includes the FBI\’s National Security Letters

Americans won\’t feel much more comfortable now that Google has added the FBI\’s National Security Letters to the mix. The investigative branch wants the numbers vague for secrecy\’s sake, but curious residents at least have access to annual data that shows the range of requests for information and roughly how many users were affected — in this case, about 1,000 to 2,000 Google account holders every year since 2009

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