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It's been all over the blogs for a couple of weeks, but virtually ignored by mainstream media in America.

What are the contents of the infamous "Downing Street Memo," and what does it possibly reveal about intel failures leading up to the war in Iraq?  Today, a look at that memo and the reasons why it has been so underplayed in America.

Also, as new evidence surfaces about Quran abuse in Guantanamo Bay, was Newsweek right?  The Pentagon has now said that there may have been examples of the religious book being placed near toilets or perhaps even splashed with urine.  At this point is there mounting evidence of wrongdoing, or is this simply the work of human rights activists splitting hairs to make a case that defends the initial Newsweek account?

And on the blogs today...

Iraqi officials announced that Saddam Hussein's trial could begin as early as late summer or early fall and will focus on crimes against humanity.  Some bloggers are reacting by calling for his execution, while others feel this matter has been politicized by the new government in order to curry favors from the United States.

Another hot story today, the Supreme Court issued a much anticipated ruling on medical marijuana.  They said in a 6-3 decision that the federal government can decide to prosecute those using marijuana for medical purposes even if the home state of the patient allows the use.  As you can imagine, this has sparked quite a bit of debate on the Web.

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Flash news: Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors’ orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don’t protect users from a federal ban on the drug. We'll have more of this on the noon hour.

It has been one year since the 9/11 Commission issued its report of recommendations to make the nation safer.  Today the panel returns to grade the government's progress in implementing those changes.

How are we doing?  Do you feel safer?

Most analysts believe that commercial aviation is still the most vulnerable aspect of Homeland Security.  What would it take to secure our airlines?  Last week The New York Times reported that the Pentagon was seeking a $10 billion missile defense program for commercial jets.  Just yesterday, a leaked memo from DHS implied that securing the skies was as simple as a few minor changes, like increased bag screening and more police in airports.  That is a far cry from a $10 billion super-Star Trek system.

We'll be joined by 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick, former FBI official Bill Gavin, and more.

Later in the hour we'll look at a controversial ruling in Indiana.  A judge has permitted the Attorney General in that state to have access to the medical records of teens seeking treatment at Planned Parenthood clinics.  The A.G.'s office says he's seeking evidence of sexual abuse.  This sounds just like the Kansas story we reported months ago.  Should be a great discussion.

And of course we are closely watching the Michael Jackson trial as the jury deliberations get underway.  We'll be joined by radio reporter and blogger Michael Linder who has been covering the trial.

Weblinks

Saddam on trial


Medical marijuana

  • The Facts of the Ruling from a Scotus Blog
  • http://outsidethebeltway.com/: I agree with the feds.
  • http://www.talkleft.com/: disagreement with the ruling
    The Justice Department today won another victory in its war against pot smokers, while advocates of states' rights -- not to mention seriously ill patients who now face federal prosecution for using a medicine many states would like them to have -- are the losers.
    By a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that state laws providing medical marijuana users and providers with protection against state prosecution are no shield against federal prosecution. http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/11827457.htm

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