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February 7, 2013
Exercising a power that no prior president ever thought he possessed — a power that no prior president is known to have exercised — President Obama admitted that he ordered the execution of American citizens, not on a battlefield, based on his belief that they were involved in terrorist activities. It is known that at least three U.S. citizens, including a 16-year old boy, were killed on the president’s order in drone strikes in Yemen in 2011.
As the worldwide drone program ramps up, there have been increasing calls for the president to reveal the basis for his claimed authority. Only a few weeks ago, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon denied both the ACLU’s and New York Times‘ requests under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain any and all legal documents prepared in support of the president’s claim of unilateral powers. While Judge McMahon was concerned that the documents “implicate serious issues about the limits on the power of the Executive Branch under the Constitution and laws of the United States, and about whether we are indeed a nation of laws not of men,” she felt constrained by precedent to withhold them. Now, a bipartisan group of 11 senators has written a letter to president Obama asking for “any and all legal opinions” that describe the basis for his claimed authority to “deliberately kill American citizens.”
However, not until the Senate began gathering information for hearings on John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA director, to begin February 7, has public attention finally been focused on this remarkable presidential usurpation of power.
On the night of February 4, the walls of secrecy were breached when NBC News released a leaked U.S. Justice Department White Paper entitled “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen Who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa’ida or An Associated Force.” Now we can see why the Department of Justice has been so reluctant to share the basis for its legal analysis. It is deeply flawed — based on a perverse view of the Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause. Additionally, the white paper completely ignores the procedural protections expressly provided in the Constitution’s Third Article — those specifically designed to prohibit the president from serving as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner.
The white paper does not seek to delimit the federal power to kill citizens, but simply sets out a category of “targeted killing” of American citizens off the battlefield on foreign soil which it deems to be clearly authorized. Moreover, this power is not vested exclusively in the president, or even the secretary of defense, or even officials within the Department of Defense — rather, it can be relied on by other senior officials of unspecified rank elsewhere in government.
According to the white paper, there are only three requirements to order a killing. First, “an informed high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.” Second, capture is “infeasible.” And third, the ” operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable law of war principles.” Indeed, from the white paper, it is not clear why killings of U.S. citizens on American soil would be judged by a different standard.
Mimicking a judicial opinion, the White Paper employs pragmatic tests developed by the courts to supplant the plain meaning of the Fifth Amendment Due Process and Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure texts. Balancing away the constitutionally protected interests of the citizen in life, liberty, and property against the more important “‘realities’ of the conflict and the weight of the government’s interest in protecting its citizens from an imminent attack,” the Justice Department lawyers have produced a document worthy of the King Council’s Court of Star Chamber — concluding that the U.S. Constitution would not require the government to provide notice of charges, or a right to be heard, “before using lethal force” on a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorist activity against his country. How very convenient. The Obama administration lawyers appear to have forgotten that the Star Chamber was abolished by the English Parliament in 1641 in order to restore the rule of law adjudicated by an independent judiciary, terminating the rule of men administered by the king’s courtiers.
Also, conspicuously missing from the Justice Department’s constitutional analysis is any recognition that the Founders already balanced the life, liberty, and property interests of an American citizen suspected of “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort,” and provided them the specific procedural protections in Article III of the Constitution. When a U.S. citizen is suspected of treason, the constitutional remedy is not to invent new crimes subject to the summary execution at the pleasure of the president and his attorneys. In Federalist No. 43, James Madison proclaimed that the Treason Clause would protect citizens “from new-fangled and artificial treasons … by inserting a constitutional definition of the crime, fixing the proof necessary for conviction of it[.]” To that end, the Constitution does not permit the Obama lawyers to invent an elastically defined offense of “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States,” in substitution for the constitutionally concrete definition of “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Moreover, Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution requires trial in “open court” — not in some secret “war room” in an undisclosed location. That same section of Article III requires proof by “the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession” — not by a unilateral “determin[ation] that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of an attack against the United States.” Finally, as is true of “all crimes,” Article III, Section 2 requires “trial … by jury” on a charge of treason, not trial by some unidentified “high-level official of the U.S. government[,]” no matter how well-“informed” he may be. In short, the Constitution provides that an American citizen must be tried and punished according to the judicial process provided for the crime of treason, not according to some newfangled and artificial executive “process” fashioned by nameless collection of lawyers.
These nameless lawyers have also ignored the Justice Department’s own venerable precedents. The White Paper relies on the “laws of war” — but laws of war do not control here. On August 21, 1798, U.S. Attorney General Charles Lee — serving under President John Adams — directed to the U.S. secretary of state an official opinion in which he determined that in the undeclared state of war between France and the United States, “France is our enemy; and to aid, assist, and abet that nation in her maritime warfare, will be treason in a citizen[, who] may be tried and punished according to our laws[, not like a French subject, who must be] treated according to the laws of war.”
It is a measure of how far we have fallen as a nation — not only that President Obama asserts and exercises such a terrible power, but that only 11 U.S. senators would be willing to affix their names to a letter to ask the Obama administration to provide its legal reasoning. If John Brennan is confirmed as CIA director, and the killings of U.S. citizens continue based on this whitewash of a white paper, then the U.S. Senate will have yielded up to the president without even a fight the power to kill citizens without judicial due process — a power that has been unknown in the English-speaking world for at least 370 years.
Herb Titus taught constitutional law for 26 years, concluding his academic career as founding dean of Regent Law School. Bill Olson served in three positions in the Reagan administration. They now practice constitutional law together, defending against government excess, at William J. Olson, P.C. They filed an amicus curiae brief supporting a preliminary injunction in the Chris Hedges challenge to the detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (“NDAA”), addressing the Treason Clause, and also filed an amicus curiae brief in that case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. They can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/OlsonLaw.
Martial law declared in New England
Facing up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine for merely driving their own cars on public streets and highways, citizens in various areas within the New England region have been hit with executive orders, threatening residents with criminal penalties if they leave their homes and attempt to drive during the current snowstorm.
Using the color of law to impose demands on the public that can only be seen as a massive overreach of power, individuals inConnecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusettsthus far have been issued bans on driving in those areas.
The only exceptions, according to R.I.’s WPRI, are the news media, public safety vehicles and public works vehicles and workers that includes contract personnel, government officials on official business, utility company vehicles and workers, health care workers who travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services, travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies, financial systems and critical commodities and travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gas stations, food stores and hardware stores.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also signed an executive order banning all non-essential motor vehicle travel statewide beyond 4 p.m., believed to be the first such travel ban since the blizzard of 1978, according to the Associated Press.
Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel P. Malloy imposed a travel ban of his own Friday on the state’s limited access highways and deployed National Guard troops around the state for rescues or other emergencies.
Thus far, authorities in other areas in the region, such as New York, have not stated if they will be following suit. It is also unclear as to how long the executive orders stand or if it is even legal to impose such demands on the public’s right to travel freely, regardless of the conditions.
Many residents in the area have openly expressed being surprised by the “overreaction,” seeing the executive orders as completely unnecessary, considering New England and surrounding areas are used to seeing snow storms of similar magnitudes almost every season.
Turn Down The Heat: Why A 4 Degree (Celsius) Warmer World Must Be Avoided! (Click on title or link to read full report!)
It is my hope that this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting
climate change, I hope it causes us to work with much more urgency.
This report spells out what the world would be like if it warmed by 4 degrees Celsius, which is what
scientists are nearly unanimously predicting by the end of the century, without serious policy changes.
The 4°C scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water
scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of
biodiversity, including coral reef systems.
And most importantly, a 4°C world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs.
The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people
in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.
It is clear that we already know a great deal about the threat before us. The science is unequivocal
that humans are the cause of global warming, and major changes are already being observed: global mean
warming is 0.8°C above pre industrial levels; oceans have warmed by 0.09°C since the 1950s and are acidifying; sea levels rose by about 20 cm since pre-industrial times and are now rising at 3.2 cm per decade;
an exceptional number of extreme heat waves occurred in the last decade; major food crop growing areas
are increasingly affected by drought.
Despite the global community’s best intentions to keep global warming below a 2°C increase above
pre-industrial climate, higher levels of warming are increasingly likely. Scientists agree that countries’ current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change emission pledges and commitments would
most likely result in 3.5 to 4°C warming. And the longer those pledges remain unmet, the more likely a
4°C world becomes.
Data and evidence drive the work of the World Bank Group. Science reports, including those produced
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, informed our decision to ramp up work on these issues,
leading to, a World Development Report on climate change designed to improve our understanding of the
implications of a warming planet; a Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change, and a report
on Inclusive Green Growth. The World Bank is a leading advocate for ambitious action on climate change,
not only because it is a moral imperative, but because it makes good economic sense.
But what if we fail to ramp up efforts on mitigation? What are the implications of a 4°C world? We
commissioned this report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics
to help us understand the state of the science and the potential impact on development in such a world.
It would be so dramatically different from today’s world that it is hard to describe accurately; much relies
on complex projections and interpretations.
We are well aware of the uncertainty that surrounds these scenarios and we know that different scholars
and studies sometimes disagree on the degree of risk. But the fact that such scenarios cannot be discarded
is sufficient to justify strengthening current climate change policies. Finding ways to avoid that scenario is
vital for the health and welfare of communities around the world. While every region of the world will be
affected, the poor and most vulnerable would be hit hardest.
A 4°C world can, and must, be avoided.
The World Bank Group will continue to be a strong advocate for international and regional agreements
and increasing climate financing. We will redouble our efforts to support fast growing national initiatives
to mitigate carbon emissions and build adaptive capacity as well as support inclusive green growth and
climate smart development. Our work on inclusive green growth has shown that—through more efficiency
and smarter use of energy and natural resources—many opportunities exist to drastically reduce the climate
impact of development, without slowing down poverty alleviation and economic growth.
This report is a stark reminder that climate change affects everything. The solutions don’t lie only in
climate finance or climate projects. The solutions lie in effective risk management and ensuring all our
work, all our thinking, is designed with the threat of a 4°C degree world in mind. The World Bank Group
will step up to the challenge.
Dr. Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
CHEMICALS USED IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING:
rockdrillers. Crystalline silica has been classified
“The photographs below depict the typical gas well drilling operations found in Texas. Starting with a sand mining operation, then a well pad site that is being drilled and finally the ravages of natural gas production.”
Last, but not least! Here’s a good one to throw at them:
What does Sand Fracking do to the land?
“Make sure you watch the photo clips towards the bottom!”
Don’t let Del Twidt, Buffalo County, WI Board Supervisor, get away with letting these companies slip into our area via any conditional permit of any kind, because once they are in, they will not leave until they have stripped us bare and caused a massive toxic environmental catastrophe for us to clean up! Let him know what you think about fracking anywhere in Buffalo County, that he needs to permanently ban fracking in Buffalo County, otherwise his job is on the line for neglecting
I agree with everything you said, John. You are well informed and see the big picture.
I was just happy that we had something to give to the county board that may buy us some time!
If public health recommends extending the moratorium, how can they proceed without ignoring our health?
Maybe the press will get on this and people will start to wake up! Our meetings are televised.
They won’t listen to you or me but maybe to public health?
I haven’t read all 86 pages, just the summary.
From: Johnnie Schmeckpeper
Date: 8/24/2012 11:55:08 PM
Subject: Re: [BuffaloCounty] NOTE: Public Health moratorium study report.Recommends monitoring and extending moratorium
This is a problem! Under Recommendations #1: Conditional Use Permits!
That is how the frack sand companies move in is by getting CUPs!
Do you honestly think the DNR and EPA are going to keep up with
monitoring? If you do, then you’ve been fooled like the rest of America!
Schemers, Defrauders, Greedy, Smart But Actually Really Retarded business
guys are getting their foot in the door, then they spread and morph into
Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking Companies who do the most damage, because they
are being “Federal or State Government Regulated,” therefore not being monitored
Think of it as “Humanity’s Last, Great Gold Rush” if you want to.
Except, this time it’s not panning out for everyone! The one’s
who admire the immorality of Greed & Power will have the last laugh
until they die, and the world runs quiet for however long it takes
for humans to resurface to a non-toxic environment. Thousands of
years if those radioactive containers of spent nuclear fuel ever
leak out, or we lose our entire power grid, all of the nuclear
reactors in the U.S. go into total meltdown, because we only have
the sustainability to keep them cool for two days or so. Our own
government has admitted that power grid failure would be catastrophic
for us not to mention the entire planet Earth! Here’s an example or two:
Our sun is in its Solar Peak right now. NASA, other onlookers as well,
has stated that we are in a maximum solar flare activity pattern right now.
It started in 2012, and it is not even going to peak until 2013. The Earth
has been hit by at least three Class X Solar Flares so far this year:
Examples of large solar flares
The most powerful flare ever observed was the first one to be observed, on September 1, 1859, and was reported by British astronomer Richard Carrington and independently by an observer named Richard Hodgson. The event is named the Solar storm of 1859, or the “Carrington event”. The flare was visible to a naked-eye (in white light), and produced stunning auroras down to tropical latitudes such as Cuba or Hawaii, and set telegraph systems on fire. The flare left a trace in Greenland ice in the form of nitrates andberyllium-10, which allow its strength to be measured today (New Scientist, 2005). Cliver & Salvgaard (2004) reconstructed the effects of this flare and compared with other events of the last 150 years. In their words: While the 1859 event has close rivals or superiors in each of the above categories of space weather activity, it is the only documented event of the last ∼150 years that appears at or near the top of all of the lists.
In modern times, the largest solar flare measured with instruments occurred on November 4, 2003. This event saturated the GOES detectors, and because of this its classification is only approximate. Initially, extrapolating the GOES curve, it was pegged at X28. Later analysis of the ionospheric effects suggested increasing this estimate to X45. This event produced the first clear evidence of a new spectral component above 100 GHz.
Other large solar flares also occurred on April 2, 2001 (X20), October 28, 2003 (X17.2 & X10), September 7, 2005 (X17), February 17, 2011 (X2), August 9, 2011 (X6.9), March 7, 2012 (X5.4), July 6, 2012 (X1.1). July 6, 2012- The solar storm hit just after 12 midnight UK time, when an X1.1 solar flare fired out of the AR1515 sunspot. Another X1.4 solar flare from AR 1520 region of the Sun, second in the week, reached the earth on July 15 2012 with a geomagnetic storm of G1-G2 level.
It would take the United States years, not months, to fix our entire grid!
That means no electricity! No gas, no phones, etc. We would be instantly zapped
back into pre-electric civilization with no way of stopping it! It only takes
15 minutes for a solar flare to reach our planet!
Look at Fukushima in Japan. Scientists & Environmentalists are saying it is
up to 5 times or more worse than Chernobyl! Why is nothing being done about it?
Japanese and U.S. Officials have been covering up the severity of Fukushima’s
nuclear meltdown since the tsunami hit it. The reactor was not built to properly
withstand such tidal force despite sitting next to an ocean that is known to carry
massive tsunamis at times like in the 1950’s Hawaii incident caused by a massive
earthquake in Alaska, U.S…and that was minor in size to other recorded tsunamis!
Try to find sites that are able to leak out how radioactive Japan is now. Most of
them have been taken down or communication links are “disrupted” on a seemingly
Now, back to where I left off where there is inadequate federal and state regulation.
Our own govt. cannot even keep up with food supply monitoring. Very little of our
food is tested or tested safe for human consumption. Don’t forget about GMOs and
where they fit in here! Corporate and Govt. corruption run amok!
Then the Schemers, etc. win, because they get what they want which is money, a.k.a.
“Greed & Power,” and the taxpayers are left with a ruined environment with no way to
safely cleanse the entire area. All the fish w/be dead or rendered too poisonous to eat.
You might as well include meat like deer, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, pigs, hogs, cows!
Anything that moves that we eat w/become extinct or too toxic for human consumption!
Forewarning: This is NOT an attack on you! This is how I perceive the
new evolution of most of American & International humanity’s thought process:
Does the human brain cease to function at a certain level? People think
“Great, I have a solution for this,” then they plop it down and forget about
it, are too under-staffed (pick any agency) to get it (the monitoring) done, or
they still only look at pieces of the puzzle instead of the whole picture, i.e. govt.
ignorance, pay-offs, rampant & runaway fraud, the fact that our own govt. and the billionaires
that run it want us reduced by 90% in population, and easily manipulative for easy government
control (i.e. reporting the “actual news” on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, HLN, etc. & all
of their affiliates instead of “allowing” our U.S. Government to “filter” it through use of
intimidation, bullying and threats) using FEAR TACTICS!
So, what do you think now?
652 chemicals being pumped into the ground with 1.8 million gallons of water to break apart rock, and release natural gas. Homes near fracking sites have unsafe water for any use due to natural gas contamination along with many of these 652 known carcinogens and pollutants! I don’t think anyone wants diesel, lead, formaldehyde, boric acid, or kerosene in the drinking water, do you?
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Reports of this disease started surfacing yesterday via Yahoo News, Fox News and other media which are referring to it as the new AIDS or next pandemic. Their numbers of infected people are way off. Yahoo News and Fox News should be ashamed of themselves for piss poor reporting. I do not know where they get their varying infected rates from, but it bounces from 30,000 to 300,000 up to 20 million! I had no problem pulling up what Chagas actually is, and a plethora of factual information regarding the disease that affects mainly poor areas in Central and South America. It has slowly migrated to the U.S. It is not related to HIV/AIDS at all, and is now being spread via the media who are apparently starving for the next pandemic story enough to cook one up! Get your facts straight reporters or don’t report at all!