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ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, ON KZYX, FRIDAY, SEPT 6 @ 9 AM, PACIFIC TIME (UPDATE, WITH VIDEO )

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Watch Next News Network's YouTube video of law professor, Francis Boyle, who was this morning's guest on KZYX:

 
Also read: 
 

Finally, read: 
 
 
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What is it about the U.S. and the "business of war"?

Why has war been the engine of the U.S. economy since WWII? Why is there example after example of the U.S. falsifying, and even fabricating, the reasons for war?

And isn't that an impeachable offense?
 
Let's take a closer look at the issue.

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ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT, ON KZYX, FRIDAY, SEPT 6, AT 9 AM, PACIFIC TIME

"All About Money" returns to KZYX on Friday, September 6, at 9 AM, Pacific Time, with a special edition show on the impending U.S. attack on Syria and the "business of war". 

Guests are John Quigley, professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University and author of The Ruses for War: American Interventionism Since World War II, and Francis Boyle, professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of Tackling America's Toughest Questions.

Our broadcasts are heard at 88.1, 90.7, and 91.5 FM in the Counties of Mendocino., Lake Humboldt, and Sonoma in northern California. We also stream live from the web at www.kzyx.org

MP3 links to shows may be found on the show's blog at the KZYX website. Shows are also archived at KZYX.


JOHN QUIGLEY

Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley recently wrote a piece scrutinizing the legal justifications for an attack on Syria: "John Quigley on Intervention." 

He is author of the book The Ruses for War: American Interventionism Since World War II. In addition to the false claims being used to drive the U.S. to war in Iraq, he cites numerous other examples of the U.S. government making such claims: 

* In 1998, the U.S. government told the UN Security Council that it had launched missiles against Khartoum, Sudan, because VX nerve gas was being produced at a factory there. In fact, no nerve gas was being produced there, as later acknowledged by administration officials.

* In 1993, after it launched missiles at the headquarters of the Iraqi intelligence service in Baghdad, the U.S. government told the Council that the circuitry found in a Renault (vehicle) at the Iraq-Kuwait border was of a type that linked it to the Iraqi intelligence service, and that the Renault was part of a plot to assassinate George Bush, who was then visiting Kuwait. As later analysis showed, the circuitry was not of a type that showed a connection to the Iraqi intelligence service.

* In 1964, it told the Council that U.S. vessels had been attacked by Vietnamese vessels in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. This information was based on reports from U.S. vessels that the vessels’ commander soon said were in error. Nonetheless, the State Department used the information before the Council and relied on it as a major rationale for a military buildup in Vietnam.

* In 1954, when the elected government of Guatemala was overthrown militarily by Guatemalan military officers, the U.S. was charged before the Council with organizing the coup. It denied to the Council any involvement. In fact it organized the coup.

* On three occasions, it told the Council it was invading other states because U.S. nationals were in danger there: Dominican Republic 1965, Grenada 1983, Panama 1989. In none of these instances were U.S. nationals in danger.


FRANCIS BOYLE

Boyle is a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of Tackling America’s Toughest Questions. He said today: "The test the Dossier [PDF] uses is 'high confidence' -- but the appropriate standard by the International Court of Justice (in the Corfu Channel case) is 'beyond a reasonable doubt.' The Dossier notes that it does not 'confirm' the allegations against Syria. So the U.S. intelligence community refuses to 'confirm' that the Syrian government did it. 

"Kerry claimed in his remarks: 'We assess that the opposition has not used chemical weapons.' But Carla del Ponte of the UN commission said they did. See: BBC: 'UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels "used sarin"' Similarly, Kerry claimed 'We intercepted communications involving a senior official...' But the Wall Street Journal already reported that came from Israeli intelligence."


Future guests on our show on the subject of impeachment will include:

MICHAEL RATNER

    Available for a limited number of interviews, Ratner is president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He said today: "Almost the only good thing about the Senate Foreign Relations Committee resolution [PDF] on Syria is that the vote to pass it was not overwhelming and that three Democrats abandoned the administration. Perhaps the worst single clause in it was a reaffirmation of the illegal power Obama claims he has to bomb Syria without congressional approval: 'the President has authority under the Constitution to use force in order to defend the national security interests of the United States.' No such authority exists -- except in self-defense -- and the vague term 'national security interests' hardly meets that standard.

    Ratner continues, "The operative clause setting forth the terms of the authorization -- the basis on which military force can be employed -- is open ended and vague enough to allow Obama a blank check to make war on Syria: Obviously, allowing Obama to use armed force as he 'determines to be necessary and appropriate' is not a limitation. That open ended grant is not helped by the claimed limitation to use such force 'to degrade Syria’s capacity to use such force in the future” or to “deter Syria’s use of such weapons.' Obama could decide that all-out war including the overthrow of the government of Syria is necessary to meet those objectives. He could also decide that those allies who supply Syria with weapons that have a dual use need to be stopped. Does that meaning bombing Iran and Russia if they are supplying such weapons? This is not a stretch. We have the example of the interpretation given by both Bush and Obama to the AUMF regarding the perpetrators of 9/11. Although supposedly restricted to those involved in that crime, that authorization has led to war almost anywhere the administration wants: Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia.

    Ratner goes on to say, "The resolution is filed with other lies and omissions including the claim of clear and compelling evidence that the Assad government employed chemical weapons on August 21 -- when the evidence is not conclusive; an utter failure to address the brutality of the rebels and the Russian report that on March 19, 2013 the rebels used chemical weapons. An irony in the resolution is the claim that Syria has violated its legal obligations under the UN charter -- this in the very resolution that will allow the use of military force without obtaining the necessary UN Security Council imprimatur.

    Ratner concludes,  "My hope is that the closeness of the vote is an indicator that authorization to use force will not make it through Congress; it would be a tragedy if it did." See the just-posted Real News segment with Ratner: "U.S. Attack On Syria Violates International Law." 


MARJORIE COHN

    Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, Cohn said today: "Even if Congress votes to give Obama authority to launch a military attack on Syria, it would still be illegal under the United Nations Charter. That is because the Security Council has not approved military action, and Syria has not attacked or threatened to attack any other country so the United States would not be acting in lawful self-defense. The Charter does not allow a military attack for punishment. 

   Cohn continues,  "Moreover, Obama would be hard pressed to certify to Congress that the United States has 'used all appropriate diplomatic and other peaceful means' to prevent the deployment of chemical weapons, which is a prerequisite to the use of force under the Senate Foreign Relations Committee resolution. The U.S. should work toward a negotiated ceasefire and political resolution, urge its allies to stop arms shipments to Syria, and urge Russia to urge its allies to stop sending arms to Syria. There are questions about whether it was the Assad government that used chemical weapons in Syria. Regardless, the use of chemical weapons constitutes a war crime. Obama should urge the Council to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court, which is competent to prosecute war crimes." Cohn recently cowrote the piece "Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria." 


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MCPB Board of Directors

Welcome our new board members and thank our outgoing board members at the Annual Meeting of the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board of Directors

Point Noyo (previously The Cliff House)

1011 S Main Street 

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 6:00 pm

(No Host Bar/Food available for purchase)

New board members John Azzaro (At large); Jonathan Middlebrook (1st District); and Stuart Campbell (Programmer Elect) 

Outgoing board members are Bob Page and John Sakowicz


Here are the minutes from the last meeting, as yet unapproved.


KZYX/MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC BROADCASTING

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MARCH 7, 2016

WILLITS LIBRARY

 

MINUTES

 THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:03 P.M.

ROLL CALL
Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas, John Sakowicz

Absent: Clay Eubank

 

APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING’S MINUTES: Unanimous

 

MATTERS FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT: Meg Courtney

—GROUND RULES: Meg appointed Jenness to be the Meeting Facilitator

—THANK YOUS: Meg expressed thanks to Lorraine Dechter, the new GM: Jane Futcher, elections coordinator and election ballot workers and stampers, including Jenness, Ed, Bob and several others. Ed Keller was thanked for building a covered area outside where staff can sit.

—FUNDRAISING: Meg mentioned some of the fundraisers coming up, including Amy Goodman in Willits, April 16; a Willits house party April 23; a Mother’s Day fundraiser with Starchild chocolate; a Church of the Boogie Woogie party with a Boogie Woogie diva in June. She thanked Catherine Keegan and Tim Bray for taking on many fundraising events for KZYX and for requiring board and staff do very little.

 

MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS:

Jane Futcher reported that board election was proceeding and the on-air forum went well.

John Sakowicz welcomed Lorraine and expressed hope that KZYX will collaborate with low-power channels like KMEC, also using digital platforms and many new technologies that expand the station’s reach and can be the source of potential revenues.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in

—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence

 

PRESENTATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMENDATION TO MARY AIGNER BY TOM WOODHOUSE: Tom Woodhouse read an eloquently worded recognition of Mary Aigner’s 22 years of service as a staff member of KZYX. (See Attached)

 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD REPORT FROM ELLEN SAXE

Ellen summarized the results of a CAB public meeting in Elk in February. She chose an area that the station does not always reach out to but was disappointed with the turnout despite the fact that the meeting was well publicized. About 10 people attended. She said transparency of the board and station was a big issue and there were requests for:
1. On-air CAB meetings

2. On-air Board meetings

3. On-air discussions with board representatives

4. The board should stop using a closed board list serve and confidential meetings

5. Simple living membership of $25 should be announced on the air

6. Controversy comes from exclusion — Someone said that when the Mendocino School Board adopted a more open stance their meetings became less contentious and shorter.

 

Ellen reported many comments about the board’s conduct, including:

—Board should state what its rules are and follow the process

—Board should not let a few people make all the decisions

—Board should make transparency a priority

—Board needs to follow through as new board members replace outgoing members.

—Board should be more responsive.

Several of those attending want access to the membership list with an opt-out clause for folks who don’t want to be contacted.

Other suggestions:

—Hire a volunteer coordinator

—contact nonmembers through public meetings

—Restore safe harbor

—State what happened with Ukiah studio funds

—Start a program council that had decision-making power

—Pay attention to the South Coast so people in Gualala can tune in.

—Encourage more participation by young people

—Define and follow the process for choosing programmers

—Institute a grievance procedure for former programmers

—Form Ad Hoc committees of members for pursuing specific issues

—Take seriously the decline in membership

—Encourage and support local programmers

 

BREAKS: During the meeting, possibly during Ellen’s presentation, a reporter covering the meeting and a candidate for the board interrupted frequently and claimed the board president was not following clear procedures. The facilitator called short break to establish calm.

 

NO ACTION ITEMS

STATE OF THE STATION REPORT — Lorraine Dechter

Lorraine did not submit a written report. She introduced Jerry Fraley, the interim Operations Manager, who was not present, and Raoul Van Haul, who introduced himself and his long experience in broadcasting, particularly in Portland, Oregon. Lorraine announced new Native American programming, a five-minute syndicated segment for which she has not yet found the perfect time slot. She said our expenses for the month of January were triple what was budgeted because it was costly covering the vacant program manager and ops manager positions.

 PUBLIC COMMENT:

Jeff Wright: Thanked Lorraine for unraveling the “trainwreck she was left with.” Said the satellites studios are working better and he asked that the “safe harbor” from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be restored. He encouraged KZYZ to participate in joint events with KMUD and promote the Seven Rivers Network.

Sheila Dawn Tracy: Said members should be able to communicate with each other; wants safe harbor restore; would like a written GM report; feels new KZYX newsletter should have gone in the silent drive letter.

Sarah: Requested results of fundraisers and pledge drives be published on the KZYX Web site and promoted on the Web site in advance

Fran Koliner: Welcomed Lorraine

Ellen Saxe: Gave out her email address so others can receive summary of CAB meeting

Lyn Dee Johnson: Wants each board member to have a sign with their names so people know who they are; said this was an “emotional transition” that is hard on listeners, too, as they hear new voices on the air, etc. She, or someone else, remarked that the FCC investigation of KZXY led to a decision by the staff to end safe harbor because of concerns the station might lose its license if the FCC heard bad language on the air.

 

The meeting ended at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jane Futcher, Board VP

 

Adendum: Mendocino Board of Supervisors’ letter of Commendation to Mary Aigner. Signed by Tom Woodhouse and Dan Gjerde, delivered at the meeting March 7, 2016

 

Mary Aigner tirelessly served Mendocino County for 22 years through her work at KZYX. During her tenure as program director, she exhibited an unflagging dedication to community radio in general and Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in particular. The station was more than a job to her, it was a career and a passion, often placed before her own personal life. 

 

Mary exhibited dedication to the listening community by

—Cultivating familiarity with the various communities of the region, and the issues

confronting each of them. She often helped to arrange discussions of those issues on the stations public affairs programs and newscasts’’

—Maintaining steadfast awareness, and unwaveringly correct instincts about the preferences

of the public radio listening community, and representing them in any meeting,

conversation, or decision in which she was involved. “How will it benefit the listeners?”

was the perspective she always brought to the table.

 —Facing recurring challenges from small segments of the community about programming,

remaining firmly rooted in her convictions and professional expertise about how to serve

the majority of listeners and how to make KZYX the best possible community station. 

  —Being willing to engage in conversation with any listener, and personally respond to their

questions and concerns

             

Mary exhibited dedication to the station by:

 —Understanding and being able to operate and manage all the stations equipment, and

keeping herself abreast of the evolving technology

—Being available 24/7 to handle last-minute changes, trouble-shoot technical difficulties and support other staff members in their efforts to seek resolution

 —Being available to facilitate special programming – coming in on weekends and evenings to update the stations automated broadcast system

 —Helping produce live remote broadcasts, and fundraising events

 —Remaining ever mindful of the regulations which govern public radio stations

              

Mary exhibited dedication to the stations volunteer programmers by:

—Training, guiding, and assisting on-air volunteers, whatever their level of skill or experience

 —Helping find substitute hosts for absent programmers, often filling in herself on short notice

—Always being available to programmers, even on weekends or when out of town, to instruct,

support, and trouble-shoot unexpected on-air difficulties

 —Actively interfacing with record companies, and content providers, to keep the flow of new

music and programming coming to the station

 —Alerting programmers to new music or events which might be of interest to their audience

 —Facilitating interview opportunities for programmers with performers and public figures

Tom Woodhouse & Dan Gjerde

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