Monthly Archives: August 2013

Snowden releases US intelligence budget, Post withholds info

The top secret budget request for the current fiscal year was obtained by The Washington Post from the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden and published in part on its Web site on Thursday. The newspaper said it was withholding most of the 178-page document at the request of government officials because “sensitive […]

Cameron hears the people, Brits vote “no” on war with Syria

The stunning parliamentary defeat on Thursday for Prime Minister David Cameron that led him to rule out British military participation in any strike on Syria reflected British fears of rushing to act against Damascus without certain evidence.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/31/world/middleeast/syria.html?pagewanted=2&hp   British legislators rejected a motion urging an international response to the chemical weapons attack by […]

UN tries to forestall US aggression in Syria

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, cut short a European trip and rushed home on Thursday to prepare for a weekend briefing by his team of chemical weapons inspectors on the ground in Syria. He implored President Obama to refrain from a threatened military strike and to allow the procedures enshrined in […]

End to marijuana prohibition a historic day in Drug War

The Justice Department on Thursday said it would not sue to block laws legalizing marijuana in 20 states and the District of Columbia, a move that proponents hailed as an important step toward ending the prohibition of the drug.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/us/politics/us-says-it-wont-sue-to-undo-state-marijuana-laws.html?ref=us    Marijuana advocates praised the decision as a potentially historic shift in the federal government’s attitude […]

Agribiz food at risk for Cyclospora cayetanensis contamination

Taylor Farms, the large vegetable producer whose salad mix has been linked to hundreds of sickened people in 22 states, has had an unusual number of voluntary recalls for potentially tainted products in the last three years.The recent recall of greens used at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and possibly other restaurant chains is Taylor Farm’s […]

Congress begs for consultation before war begins in Syria

“We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria,” read a letter, signed by 98 Republicans and 18 Democrats in the House. “Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior Congressional authorization would violate […]

US Justice Department rules against reporter in CIA case

The Justice Department on Monday asked a full federal appeals court not to hear arguments from lawyers for a New York Times reporter, James Risen, whom prosecutors have subpoenaed to testify in a criminal leak case against a former C.I.A. officer, Jeffrey Sterling. A three-judge panel of the appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled in […]