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May Day 2012 at Firedoglake

10:49 am in Uncategorized by Brian Sonenstein

Tomorrow is May Day, and Occupy groups have spent months planning a general strike. Organizers are calling on people everywhere to show solidarity by abstaining from commerce, staying home from school and work, avoiding the bank, and other activities as part of a ‘day without the 99%.’

As one of the only outlets to have continuously reported on OWS since Day 1, we’re proud, excited and a little bit anxious for tomorrow, and we will have ongoing coverage of May Day events. I just wanted to take a moment and preview some of what we will be doing tomorrow:

Kevin Gosztola will be joined at the Dissenter by Dustin Slaughter- an independent journalist, political photographer, activist and founder of the David and Goliath Project, which celebrates and examines protest culture. Dustin has also been covering the Occupy movement since it began, and we’re excited to have him and Kevin doing our live blog throughout the day.

We’ve also teamed up with The Media Consortium as part of the Media for the 99% campaign, which seeks to confront the inaccurate portrayals and lack of depth and analysis in corporate media reporting on Occupy by pooling together the coverage of independent media outlets including Firedoglake, The Nation, Truthdig, Yes! Magazine, Mother Jones and others.

Media Consortium put together some really cool tools for May Day and we’re so happy to share them with you all on our May Day 2012 coverage page. They include:

- Interactive Map that plots events, articles and arrests across the country.
- Live Broadcasting featuring reports from around the U.S. and in-studio commentary.
- Curated Social Media via Storify with breaking news from Twitter, Facebook, blog posts and more.

Head on over to our May Day 2012 page tomorrow for breaking news and updates on May Day activities from across the country.

Citizen Journalists: Planning on writing about May Day events here at myFDL? Tag your post “MAY DAY” or email it to me at and I’ll make sure it gets on our coverage page.

AG Holder Outlines Administration’s Support for Warrantless Execution of Americans, But Where Are the Memos?

12:13 pm in Uncategorized by Brian Sonenstein

Demand the Obama Administration
Release the Execution Memos


On Monday, US Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech at Northwestern University outlining the supposed ‘legality’ of the Obama administration’s secret program to target US citizens for execution without notifying them of the accusations against them, officially charging them with a crime or offering them the opportunity to respond.

Since the whole world is a battlefield in the vague ‘war on terror,’ the only due process afforded to someone who has been targeted for extrajudicial execution is a secret ‘review’ by the panel of senior officials in the executive branch.

Just as the public demanded the release of the Bush Administration’s Torture Memos to expose the ludicrous rationale behind their secret torture program, we too must demand to know the legal rationale for a program that allows our president to unilaterally choose to deprive someone of life and liberty – without any oversight or recourse available to the victim.

Holder’s speech was a cheap attempt to feign transparency without actually releasing the legal memos that define the administration’s execution program. We need your help to demand the Obama administration release these memos immediately so there can be an open public debate about Executive power and the execution of American citizens without any due process or outside accountability.

Please sign our petition demanding the Obama administration produce the internal memos and legal justification for their targeted execution program.

Click here to sign:

The administration’s refusal to even outline this non-judicial ‘due process’ that allows US citizens to be secretly put on a kill list is beyond troubling to say the least.

If left unchallenged, this secretive program could continue to expand under Obama and future presidents, and further erode America’s most basic principles of justice. Without the memos we do not know exactly how far the Obama administration believes this unprecedented power extends. We need your help to build a groundswell of pressure to force the release of any and all legal justification for the targeted killings program so there can be an open debate in this country about our president’s unilateral authority to kill.

As Glenn Greenwald put it (emphasis mine):

…the ‘process’ which Eric Holder yesterday argued constitutes “due process” as required by the Fifth Amendment before the government can deprive of someone of their life: the President and his underlings are your accuser, your judge, your jury and your executioner all wrapped up in one, acting in total secrecy and without your even knowing that he’s accused you and sentenced you to death, and you have no opportunity even to know about, let alone confront and address, his accusations; is that not enough due process for you?

The ACLU, New York Times and others have been suing the Obama administration for months in hopes of securing the release of the Citizen Execution Memos, but as one of the least-transparent administrations in recent history, they have repeatedly blocked their release. We want to join the growing chorus of voices calling for the release of the memos and a full public reckoning for this atrocious policy of secretly murdering US citizens at the whim of the executive.

Sign our petition demanding the Obama administration produce the internal memos and legal justification for their targeted killing program.

This is a serious and dangerous precedent, and anyone who took issue with the Bush Torture Memos should be even more concerned about this latest expansion of Executive power. I hope you’ll join us in fighting to release these memos.