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Wednesday, February 19, 1997

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  • Electronic Surveillance

    A look at electronic surveillance in the US and abroad. David Sobel summarizes the history of electronic surveillance and the recent FBI requests for greater access. The FBI has requested an upgrading of telecommunications to increase surveillance capacity, especially to cell phone and data networks. Telecommunications companies would be compensated 500 million dollars. Nick Hager talks about a global intelligence networks and New Zealand’s role in electronic spying. Hager goes on to discuss the Echelon spy network and his investigative report on the global spy network including the location and function of surveillance facilities. Sobel focuses on the role of encryption.

  • Columbia Update

    Michael Mogensen from Peace Brigades International talks about the recent mass protests in Ecuador and its effect on labor reforms in Columbia. Peace Brigade International is involved in Columbia working in 'non-violent accompaniment', unarmed bodyguards for threatened people. Mogensen discusses the current military conflicts, human rights abuses and the US’s role inside Columbia. He describes the US state departments reports on Columbia and the agenda of guerrilla groups in Columbia. Mogensen also speaks about the detentions, disappearances and torture of people by paramilitary groups.

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