Mr. President: With Joe on leave, Abe looks at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.
It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined anddeepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.
From police-citizen confrontations on the streets of Portland to the nation-wide prison industrial complex, JoAnn Bowman and Bill Resnick discuss the violent realities of the criminal justice system. JoAnn Bowman has been a long-time KBOO programmer (hear her now on Voices from the Edge), a state legislator, and director of Oregon Action where she advocates for the poor and the black communities, especially around economic and criminal justice issues.
Welcome to the Machine. The USA PATRIOT Act has been renewed for another four years.
The surveillance state ushered in under the reign of Bush the Younger was given a bipartisan imprimatur in late May when the USAPATRIOT Act was renewed for another four years. Warrantless wiretaps? You bet. Illegal searches of personal and business records? That's just how it is these days, because, you know, terrorism.
It appears that any hopes progressives may have had that President Obama would undo the Bush-era security state are unfounded. Whither from here? Abe and Joe survey the damage.
Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey speak with Kevin Doughten, an editor at Viking Penguin, about the new book MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable. MALCOLM X was ten years in the making and draws from multiple untapped sources. Reviewers say the text will stand as the definitive work on Malcolm X.
Keaton Otis was shot and killed by Portland police on May 12, 2010, after a routine traffic stop at Northeast 6th and Halsey in Portland. He was 25. Tonight on Circle A Radio we’ll talk with Fred Bryant, father of Keaton Otis, and Geoff, part of Fred’s support network, about the upcoming anniversary of Keaton’s death, and the memorial to celebrate his life. Stay tuned.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we feature the former Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown. Brown is author of the books “A Taste of Power” and “The Condemnation of Little B”. She’s the cofounder of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and The National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform. She’s also on the Committee to free Chip Fitzgerald. She regularly lectures at colleges and universities around the country on “New Age Racism in America”. A long time prisoner advocate, Elaine Brown was a close advisor to prisoners who took part in the historic prison strikes in Georgia this past December. Here is her keynote speech from the opening night of The Counter Counter Insurgency Convergence, which took place at Reed College, April 8th thru the