Michael Bennitt

Obama lawyers asked secret court to ignore public court’s decision on spying

In No Time For Slaves, Religion, Politics and War on June 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm

U.S. Dictator Ignores Constitutional Checks and Balances

The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.

The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop.

US officials confirmed last week that they would ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court – better known as the Fisa court, a panel that meets in secret as a step in the surveillance process and thus far has only ever had the government argue before it – to turn the domestic bulk collection spigot back on.

U.S. Congress Bows to World Trade Organization on Labeling Imported Food

In Economics, Healthy Living on June 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

House Votes to Repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat

Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.

The World Trade Organization rejected a U.S. appeal last month, ruling that the labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered are discriminatory against the two U.S. border countries. Both have said they plan to ask the WTO for permission to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on American goods.

The House voted 300-131 late Wednesday to repeal labels that tell consumers what countries the meat is from — for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.” The Senate has yet to act.

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Tyson Foods Hopes to Rid US Chicken of Antibiotics by 2017 – ABC News

In Healthy Living on April 30, 2015 at 7:16 pm

One of the World’s Largest Chicken Factories Responds to Consumer Demands


Tyson Foods intends to stop using human antibiotics in its domestic chicken flocks by September 2017, the company said Tuesday, and will explore doing the same for its beef, pork and turkey operations.

The move comes as restaurants demand more natural, unaltered food and amid concerns that widespread antibiotic use can lead to drug-resistant germs. An animal welfare group said if antibiotics are to be taken away, other steps were needed to ensure birds remain healthy.

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