Civil Liberties

Civil rights, etc.

Conservative Teabagging, and the Bush-era Torture Memos

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009

 Today, Abe Proctor hosts.  First, we'll talk about Teabagging, then we'll cover the Bush-era Torture Memos in the second half of the show.

56:31 minutes (25.88 MB)

Everyone's forgiven. Let's move on

April 21, 2009

Here's your White House Chief of Staff, speaking on ABC this past Sunday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cvp-7YOtRI&feature=player_embedded

According to Rahm, it is the president's position that everybody involved in torture gets a free pass. The officials who dreamed it up, the lawyers who justified it, and the agents who actualy did the torturing. Because, you know, we're all about moving forward now and investigations and prosecutions would be unseemly.

-A

The torture memos

April 21, 2009

A little light reading. There will be a quiz.

-A

Flashpoints on 04/21/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 04/21/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dennis Bernstein speaks with one of the reporters who just won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. He also speaks with a Venezuelan diplomat about the significance of the recent meeting between President Hugo Chavez and President Barack Obama. And a look at the situation in Haiti where police have attacked hunger strikers.

A little racism with your tea?

April 20, 2009

I was all set to write a brilliant psychosocial expose of the racist undercurrent of the April 15 Teabag Parties, and then I saw this video of Janean Garofalo and Kieth Olbermann hitting the nail on the head.

(I'm going to figure out how to embed video, I swear it.)

At the end of the day, the teabaggers are racists. It's the only intellectual thread (and I use that term loosely) that unifies all of Teabaggerdom. They're not really protesting taxes, because the president just lowered the taxes of the vast majority of the teabaggers. They're not really protesting the national debt, or deficit spending, because they didn't seem to give a shit when Dubya was emptying the Treasury into Iraq. They're not really protesting Obama's alleged Muslim-ness, 'cuz he's a Christisn. No, they're upset because there's a Black Guy in the White House.

Don't believe me? Check out these pictures:

 

Jailhouse Lawyers: A review from OSP

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Ruth reads a review of Mumia's new book "Jailhouse Lawyers" as told by Damon Lee Petrie, a prisoner/writer at OSP. 

There will be a Book Party on Friday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Bread and Roses Center. @ 819 N. Killingsworth St.

23:59 minutes (21.96 MB)

If You Love This Planet on 04/20/09

Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Instead of If You Love This Planet today we will hear Law and Disorder with host Michael Ratner.

The first topic on the show, "Mumia Exception: Supreme Court Denies Appeal For Mumia Abu-Jama," features an interview with Linn Washington, an Associate Professor of Journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia and a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune – America’s oldest black owned newspaper. He has reported on the Abu-Jamal case for nearly thirty years.

Later we'll hear "Michael Kuzma, attorney for Leonard Peltier. with his attorney Michael Kuzma.

Creating accountable immigration enforcement

program date: 
Wed, 04/15/2009

Over 440,000 people will be detained by the U.S. government this year. Women, children, the elderly, asylum seekers, torture victims and even long-time permanent residents will be detained for months - in some cases years - awaiting a determination on their status. Many of these people will be detained without a judicial hearing or access to an attorney in a nation that prides itself on the rule of law and due process. Will the Obama adminstration create real immigration reform to ensure the people who come to our shores are treated fairly?

55:42 minutes (44.62 MB)

Civil Liberties Watch: Obama DOJ claims "Sovereign Immunity"

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 04/08/2009

The Obama Department of Justice has put forth a claim of
“Sovereign Immunity” in a motion to dismiss in the domestic
spying case of Jewell v. NSA. The lawsuit brought by the
Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the National
Security Agency for spying on tens of thousands of citizens
without a warrant, during the Bush Administration. The
spying utilized the telecom company AT&T's fiber optic
network to access the communications of unsuspecting
Americans. The claim of Sovereign Immunity is unprecedented 

4:13 minutes (4.84 MB)
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