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Domestic Spying Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Domestic Spying

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  • A Canadian teenager and nine other detainees are appearing before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay this week even though the legality of the pre-trial hearings remains in doubt with the Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld still pending. We speak with ACLU attorney Ben Wizner. [includes rush transcript]
    April 05, 2006 | Story
  • Gary Hart, the former Colorado senator and two-time democratic presidential candidate, joins us in our firehouse studio. He was the youngest member of the Church Committee that investigated illegal wiretapping, CIA assassination plots and other abuses of governmental power. He also met with Condoleezza Rice five days before 9/11 and warned her of a terrorist attack. [includes rush transcript]
    March 28, 2006 | Story
  • When President Bush signed a law banning torture he quietly signed a statement saying he could bypass it. Earlier this month, Bush signed the USA Patriot Act but signed a statement that said he did not consider oversight rules binding. We speak with the Boston Globe reporter who broke the story. [includes rush transcript]
    March 27, 2006 | Story
  • Attorney Thomas Nelson discusses his lawsuit against the National Security Agency and his evidence that the Bush administration’s secret domestic surveillance is much broader than reported and may include secret physical searches. [includes rush transcript]
    March 23, 2006 | Story
  • Newly released files show the FBI has been monitoring and possibly infiltrating a Pittsburgh peace group because of its opposition to the war in Iraq. We speak with the former head of the Thomas Merton Center, who was personally named in the FBI spy files as well as the New York Civil Liberties Union which has filed FOIA requests to determine whether the FBI is spying on the ACLU and other prominent political and religious groups in the city....
    March 15, 2006 | Story
  • On Monday, Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin introduced a resolution to censure President Bush for authorizing the no-warrant domestic surveillance program. Feingold accused Bush of breaking the law and misleading Congress about it. We play Feingold introducing the resolution as well as reaction from Republican and Democratic senators on the Senate floor. [includes rush transcript]
    March 14, 2006 | Story
  • More than two years ago Congress halted plans for a controversial plan called Total Information Awareness to create the world’s largest surveillance database to track your phone calls, purchases, Internet usage, reading material, banking transactions. The National Journal has now revealed the program has quietly continued inside the NSA. [includes rush transcript]
    February 27, 2006 | Story
  • We spend the hour with legendary South African editor and reporter Allister Sparks. Sparks gained fame as editor of South Africa’s Rand Daily Mail in the late 1970s where he helped bring down a South African Prime Minister in a government propaganda scandal. He also helped expose the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko at the hands of South Africa’s security forces. In 1995, South African president Nelson Mandela appointed...
    February 23, 2006 | Story
  • Republican and Democratic Senators questioned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday over the Bush administration’s right to spy on Americans citizens without court order. We play excerpts of the hearings. [includes rush transcript]
    February 07, 2006 | Story
  • As Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales testifies on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We speak with Aziz Huq of NYU Law School about the hearing, the role of Congress and the Executive and the close relationship between Gonzales and the White House. [includes rush transcript]
    February 07, 2006 | Story