Thursday, May 18, 2006

  • Confirmation Hearing Opens for CIA Nominee and Former NSA-Head Michael Hayden


    For the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks, the full Senate and House Intelligence Committees were briefed Wednesday on the National Security Agency’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. The Bush administration agreed to allow the briefing to happen with hopes it would pave the way for the Senate Intelligence Committee to approve the nomination of former NSA Director General Michael Hayden to become the new head of the CIA. Hayden’s hearing begins today. [includes rush transcript]

  • New Internet Legislation Would Force ISPs To Track Customers’ Online Activities


    Republican Congressman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin is preparing legislation that rewrite Internet privacy rules. Under the proposed legislation, Internet service providers would be required to keep logs tracking what users did online in order to help police to be able to "conduct criminal investigations." We speak the reporter who broke this story, Declan McCullagh, the chief political correspondent for CNET [includes rush transcript]

  • Will the Public Lose its Right to Know About Toxic Releases by Industry?


    Congress could face a vote as early as today on proposed changes by the Environmental Protection Agency that would essentially dismantle its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) which tracks the amount of toxic chemicals manufacturing facilities release into the environment. [includes rush transcript]

  • Is the U.S. Government Fueling Civil War in Somalia?


    The Bush administration has been accused of funding warlords in the Somali capital of Mogadishu as part of the "war on terror." Since May 7th, battles between the warlords and Islamic militants have killed at least 150 people and wounded more than 300. It is the worst fighting the city has seen in 15 years. We speak with the Executive Director of the Somali Justice Center and an Africa specialist at the Congressional Research Service. [includes rush transcript]

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