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Stephen Colbert “On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and New York Governor, uhm, I want to say one of the Cuomos, Harpo?, announced that both states would enforce a mandatory 21 day quarantine for anyone who has come in contact with Ebola patients, even if they have no symptoms, which I hear, is the first symptom, leading to the immediate quarantine of a nurse returning from Ebola stricken Sierra Leone, Kaci Hickox who, after landing at Newark airport, underwent hours of interrogation and when a forehead scanner recorded her temperature as 101 degrees, authorities left her in the room for another 3 hours.  Still, better than flying into LaGuardia.  She was then taken to University Hospital in Newark and placed in a luxurious tent structure outside with a port-o-potty, no shower, and no connection to the outside world except her iPhone.  Big deal, throw in a space heater, a sixer of Labatts, and you’re basically ice fishing.  Unfortunately, she used her iPhone to gripe to the media about her forcible imprisonment.”

Hickox “I have been asymptomatic since I’ve been here.  I completely don’t understand it.  It is not based on any clear public health evidence and it’s not the recommendation of public health and medical experts at this point.  This is an extreme that is really unacceptable and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated.”

Colbert “Human rights?  I’m sorry ma’am, but the Constitution does not say the you have the right to endanger your neighbors, unless it’s with a gun.”

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/8hjpi2/ebola-in-new-york

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On his Friday show, Bill Moyers had Vincent Warren, the executive director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Vicki Divoll, who used to serve as a legal advisor to the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, to discuss torture, drone strikes, and President Obama.

Divoll also authored an op-ed for the New York Times last month, titled, “Who Says You Can Kill Americans, Mr. President?”

Vicki Divoll, who worked at the CIA until 2000, said that during her time at the intelligence organization, “harsh interrogation, detention, and certainly killing were not on the table. You would have been laughed out of a conference room if you brought up any tactics such as those, at that time.”

Warren said that he was deeply troubled by the secrecy of the Obama administration in regards to torture. “Clearly the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to and needs to keep some of this stuff classified. But we run into this problem where if you look historically, the only way that a country and certainly a country like the United States can torture is if they do it in secret, right? There was a connection between the secrecy and the torture.”

When Moyers asked if Obama was “fighting the war on terror within the rule of law,” Warren replied, “I do not. In fact, I know that he is not.”

Divoll was somewhat more lenient, saying, “I am concerned that he may not be. But I’m not going to go quite so far as to say that he is not following the rule of law. I think his lawyers have told him he is and he believes them.”

Warren asserted that “There’s no judicial oversight for how they determine who they’re going to kill and who they don’t want to kill.”

In regards to Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen killed overseas by the government, Divoll said that there is “plenty of evidence that lots of people are suspected of doing lots of things. And that doesn’t mean we shoot them from the sky.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/01/moyers-guest-on-drone-strikes-governments-interpretation-of-the-law-is-akin-to-a-state-secret/