SchwartzReport: Will Marijuana Challenge Destroy the GOP and the Supreme Court in One Go?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

It is driving the rightist prohibitionists crazy that none of the dire predictions they made about ending Marijuana prohibition have come to pass. In fact the outcomes have been the exact opposite to what they said would happen. So now they are trying to get the conservative majority on the Supreme Court to reverse what the people themselves voted for. It is not clear how this will play out but it has the potential to create a massive crisis of governance.

GOP attorneys general ask Supreme Court to strike down legal marijuana in Colorado

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Dec 20

Steve Aftergood: Diplomatic History of US with Iran Withheld — 61 Years Later — Due to Lasting Damage of CIA Covert Action

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

Department of State Delays Release of Iran History

The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. The controversial Iran history volume, part of the official Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, had been slated for release last summer. (“History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published,”

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Dec 18

SchwartzReport: 20 Key Findings on CIA Torture — Should President Fire DNI, USDI, and D/CIA?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

20 key findings about CIA interrogations

Almost 13 years after the CIA established secret prisons to hold and interrogate detainees, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA’s programs listing 20 key findings. Click a statement below for a summary of the findings:

1 “not an effective means of acquiring intelligence” 2 “rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness”  3 “brutal and far worse than the CIA represented”  4 “conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher”  5 “repeatedly provided inaccurate information”  6 “actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight”  7 “impeded effective White House oversight”  8 “complicated, and in some cases impeded, the national security missions”  9 “impeded oversight by the CIA’s Office of Inspector General”  10 “coordinated the release of classified information to the media”  11 “unprepared as it began operating”  12 “deeply flawed throughout the program’s duration”  13 “overwhelmingly outsourced operations”  14 “coercive interrogation techniques that had not been approved”  15 “did not conduct a comprehensive or accurate accounting of the number of individuals it detained”  16 “failed to adequately evaluate the effectiveness”  17 “rarely reprimanded or held personnel accountable”  18 “ignored numerous internal critiques, criticisms, and objections”  19 “inherently unsustainable”  20 “damaged the United States’ standing in the world”

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Dec 11