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  • A new provision buried in an intelligence appropriations bill moving through Congress would exempt Pentagon agencies from the Privacy Act, vastly expanding their ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants. [Includes transcript]
    Jun 15, 2004 | Story
  • President Bush announced this morning that he had accepted the resignation of CIA Director George Tenet. Tenet, who was the second longest serving director of Central Intelligence, resigned for "personal reasons," according to Bush. But many analysts say that Tenet is a fall guy for an administration plagued by accusations of misconduct. [Includes rush transcript]
    Jun 03, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Joyce Meskis, owner of the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, CO. A full year and a half before the Patriot Act, Meskis was confronted by police who demanded she turn over a patron’s records. Meskis refused and has since become a leading figure in librarians and booksellers’ struggle against civil liberties violations in Section 215 in the Patriot Act. [includes rush transcript]
    May 06, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with two whistleblowers from different eras about their experiences in speaking out: Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator hired to translate pre-9/11 intelligence, has said the U.S. had considerable evidence that al Qaida was planning to strike the U.S. with airplanes. The Bush administration is now trying to block her from testifying at a major 9/11 lawsuit. And Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps the most famous whistleblower in U.S. history...
    Apr 29, 2004 | Story
  • 55 Years Ago this week Pacfica’s first station KPFA first took to the airwaves in Berkeley  in order to give voice to the voiceless. Today we go to inside the prison walls to speak with the often censored death row journalist Mumia Abu Jamal. We spoke with him by phone from the San Francisco office of the Prison Radio Project. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 16, 2004 | Story
  • In addition to laying blame for counterterrorism failures on the Clinton administration, Ashcroft also defended the controverisal Patriot Act, as well as the Detain and Clear policy for immigrants. We speak with Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 14, 2004 | Story
  • A district judge ruled unconstitutional one provision of the USA Patriot Act that bans certain types of support for terrorist groups saying the law was so vague that it risked running afoul of the First Amendment. We speak with the attorney who argued the case. [includes transcript]
    Jan 27, 2004 | Story
  • In the third State of the Union address of his term, President Bush defended the war on Iraq, called for the renewal of the Patriot Act, praised the improving economy and called for a ban on gay marriage. We spend the hour listening to responses to Bush’s address that paint a different picture of the State of the Union.
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story
  • Bush called for a renewal of the controversial Patriot Act saying, "key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule." We speak with the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. [includes transcript]
    Jan 21, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with the ACLU about the FBI’s demand for guest and passenger information in Las Vegas over the New Year’s holiday period using the Patriot Act and subsequent rounds of anti-terrorism legislation passed to give the FBI an expansion of its information-gathering powers without judicial oversight. [includes transcript]
    Jan 06, 2004 | Story