Civil Liberties

Civil rights, etc.

Voices from the Edge on 08/07/08

Air date: 
Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
What to do about Oregon's sex offenders?

The Oregon Attorney General's Task Force is lobbying for passage of a law that would extend the statute of limitations on sex crimes. Proponents say the present time limits make it difficult to prosecute crimes that often take place over periods of many years followed sometimes by even longer periods before victims come forward to report the crime. But will more prosecutions create more justice for the victims and the community as well as address the underlying causes for this social problem?

2008 Election Racism, Offshore Drilling, and "New Capitalism"

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2008

Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris cover the entire political spectrum, with today's show centered around Racism in the 2008 Elections (and our culture in general), how off-shore drilling is more smokescreen than solution to our energy problems, and they introduce the concept of the "New Capitalism" for later discussion.

56:42 minutes (25.96 MB)

Interview: Michelle Shepherd, Author of Guantanamo's Child

program date: 
Thu, 07/17/2008

Toronto Star, award winning journalist, Michelle Shepherd  discusses her book Guantanamo's Child; The Untold Story of Omar Khadr. Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was a wounded fifteen year old when taken into custody by the US military in Afghanistan. He has spent the past six years in the Guantanamo Prison Camp and is on the governments short list to face a  Military Tribunal. Ms Shepherd has covered his story since 2002 and interviewed others in his life extensively.

26:07 minutes (23.91 MB)

Interview: Frederick S. Lane, Author of The Court and The Cross

program date: 
Wed, 07/23/2008

 Free lance journalist Fred Lane traces the rise of the Religous Right and their attempts to reshape the Supreme Court.

27:57 minutes (25.59 MB)

Wouldn't want to be rude

Apparently, the myriad violations of the Constitution carried out by the Bushies warrant an investigation. But criminal prosecutions? Convictions? We wouldn't want to be rude.

From Salon.com:

Aug. 4, 2008 | WASHINGTON -- On the campaign trail in April, Barack Obama was asked whether, if elected, he would prosecute Bush administration officials for establishing torture as American policy. The candidate demurred. "If crimes have been committed, they should be investigated," he said. But he quickly added, "I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of the Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we've got too many problems to solve."

Too many problems to solve, indeed. Like torture, for instance -- and also unlawful imprisonment, warrantless spying, war profiteering, an illegal invasion, election theft, voter fraud, politicization of Cabinet departments, signing statements, the outing of covert agents, and on and on and on ...

And here's the would-be President, worried about what might be "perceived on the part of the Republicans as a partisan witch hunt." Because that would be, y'know, rude.

Conference on War Crimes: Holding the Bushites Accountable

program date: 
Sun, 08/03/2008

Host Scott Forrester interviews Dean Larry Velvel  of the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.  He talks about the September 13th and 14th Conference on War Crimes and the Law-breaking of the Bush Administration and how to hold them accountable in Domestic and International Courts in the future.

29:39 minutes (27.15 MB)

Interview: Andrew Pappone and Attorney Tom Nelson on IDS & FBI Harrassment

program date: 
Wed, 07/30/2008

Reed Graduate,  Andrew Pappone and his attorney Tom Nelson discuss his detention by the Israeli Defense Force when he left Palestine following completion of n internship with the Palestine Fair Trade Association.  After he returned to the US he and his family faced harrassment by the FBI prompting him to hire civil rights attorney Tom Nelson.

29:04 minutes (26.62 MB)

Civil Liberties Watch: US Senate & The Media Shield Law

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Sun, 07/27/2008

The US Senate debates a law to protect journalists from being forced to disclose confidential sources. Citizen journalists are not included for protection in the Senates version of The Free Flow of Information Act, S2035.

4:41 minutes (4.28 MB)

Civil Liberties Watch: Violations at NW Immigrant Detention Center

program date: 
Sun, 07/20/2008

The Seattle University School of Law and the non-profit One America relaease reportor on Human Rights violations found at The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington. The report follows an eight month study on the 1,000 detainnee facility used to hold people awaiting immigration status hearings. 

5:53 minutes (5.38 MB)

Civil Liberties Watch: Angola 3 Defendant's Conviction Overturned

program date: 
Sat, 07/12/2008

Angola 3 defendant Albert Woodfox had his 1973 comviction for the killing of Angola prison guard overturned by a federal judge in Lousisiana. This is a significant victory for former Black Panther, Woodfox who was held in solitary confinement for over 34 years.

Also see angola3.org

4:27 minutes (4.08 MB)
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