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Inside the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Apparatus: Whistleblower William Binney Speaks Out

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In this web special, William Binney describes how his former agency has built a massive system to track, monitor and record phone and Internet communications of U.S. citizens and people around the world. [includes rush transcript]

Witness to a Massacre: Yemeni Tribal Leader Recalls How U.S. Attack on al-Majalah Killed 45 Civilians

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In this web-only segment on secret U.S. operations inside Yemen, we look at the first air strike on Yemen authorized by President Obama: a deadly cruise missile attack on the village of al-Majalah. Most of the 45 killed were women and children. [includes rush transcript]

June 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Yemen, Jeremy Scahill, Saleh bin Fareed

"Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer"

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

May 08, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

VIDEO REPORT: Inside Istanbul’s Taksim Square Protesters Remain Despite Police Attacks

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In this video report filed from inside Taksim Square, independent journalist Brandon Jourdan brings us the voices of union members and others who have continued to join in the protest that began nine days ago and has continued despite police violence that has left thousands injured. [includes rush transcript]

June 06, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Turkey

Must Watch 2008 Debate: U.N. Ambassador Nominee Samantha Power vs. Jeremy Scahill

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President Obama is set to nominate former White House aide Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In 2008, she debated investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill about Kosovo, Iraq sanctions and interventionism.

June 05, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, United Nations, Jeremy Scahill, Samantha Power

Ralph Nader on the Federal Reserve’s Gamble, Bradley Manning & Fighting the Two-Party System

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Part two of our conversation with longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. [includes rush transcript]

June 04, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Ralph Nader

Web Exclusive: Julian Assange on Fighting the International Crackdown on WikiLeaks

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In this 40-minute web exclusive interview, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks discusses his more than 300 days in the Ecuadorean embassy, the U.S. Justice Department spying on journalists, the future of WikiLeaks and Visa’s financial blockade on WikiLeaks. [includes rush transcript]

May 29, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Wikileaks, Julian Assange

Video: Jeremy Scahill & Noam Chomsky on Secret U.S. Dirty Wars From Yemen to Pakistan to Laos

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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill speaks Friday, May 31st, in New York. He and author Noam Chomsky recently sat down together at Harvard University to discuss Scahill’s groundbreaking new book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield."

May 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, Yemen, Pakistan, Laos, Jeremy Scahill, Drones

When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

April 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Death Penalty

Part 2: Alice Walker on Activism, Gay Marriage, Angela Davis, Obama and Turning 70 Years Old

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We continue our conversation with author, poet and activist Alice Walker about her new books and play an excerpt of a new documentary about another world-renowned author, activist and scholar: Angela Davis. Walker also discusses the meaning of the subtitle to "The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way," and shares her thoughts on gay marriage and President Obama’s record so far during his second term in office. [includes rush transcript]

May 28, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Gay Marriage

Obama Admin. Admits for First Time It Killed Four U.S. Citizens in Drone Strikes Outside War Zones

The United States has formally confirmed for the first time that it killed four American citizens in Yemen and Pakistan, "outside of areas of active hostilities." Watch Democracy Now! Thursday when we get reaction from Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield."

May 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Drone Attacks, John Brennan, Drones

Dissent or Terror: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

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Newly revealed documents show how police partnered with corporations to monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. [includes rush transcript]

Massive Tornado Hits Oklahoma Kills Dozens, Is There a Link to Climate Change?

A huge tornado with winds of up to 200 miles per hour tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday killing dozens of people. The storm ripped up at least two elementary schools and a hospital.

May 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change

Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting Michigan’s ban against affirmative action in state university admissions, and with the increasing resegregation of schools, it seems like Wallace’s dream of “segregation forever” may be alive and all too well.

April 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Race in America

VIDEO: From Boston to Pakistan, Pentagon Officials Claim Entire World is a Battlefield

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In a Senate hearing today, Pentagon officials claimed President Obama and future presidents have the power to send troops anywhere in the world to fight groups linked to al-Qaeda, based in part on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. [includes rush transcript]

May 16, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, War on Terror, Drone Attacks, Pentagon, Drones

AP Reporter Appeared on Democracy Now! While Being Targeted By Justice Department Dragnet

On April 17, 2012, Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim communities in the city and around the northeastern United States. Records of all of Apuzzo’s phone calls from that time were later seized by the government.

May 15, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Freedom of the Press

Breaking: Former U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide in Historic Trial

Former U.S.-backed Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt has been found guilty of genocide in a historic trial. He was the first head of state in the Americas to stand trial for genocide. Click here for live tweets from trial and links to our extensive coverage of the trial.

May 10, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guatemala

Exclusive Video Inside Cooper Union Student Occupation to Protest End of Free Tuition

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Over 50 students, faculty and staff at The Cooper Union in New York have begun a sit-in inside the office of the school’s president, Jamshed Bharucha. The school recently announced an end to its longstanding tradition of free tuition for all undergraduates. [includes rush transcript]

May 08, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, New York

Eduardo Galeano on Writing, "Historical Amnesia" in Latin America & His Fight Against Cancer

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Part two of our conversation with the celebrated Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, author of the new book, "Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History."

Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution of Willie Jerome Manning

The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked the execution of Willie Jerome Manning just hours before he was scheduled to die. The case attracted national attention after the FBI admitted that its original analysis of the evidence in Manning’s case contained errors. Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court refused to allow new DNA testing that could prove Manning’s innocence.

May 07, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty, Mississippi